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Homemade Turtle Chocolates

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Turtle chocolates are a classic Christmas candy – and they taste even better when they’re homemade!

Homemade Turtle Chocolates


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Homemade candy may be an intimidating prospect, but there are so many easy, straight-forward Christmas candy recipes that even a beginner can master. 

These turtles don’t involve any candy thermometers or crazy concoctions – just some simple assembly work and melting caramels and chocolate in the microwave. Easy Peasy. (You can melt your caramels and chocolates on the stove, but I’m all about ease.)

Homemade Turtle Chocolates

These homemade turtle chocolates make a delicious and thoughtful homemade Christmas gift that everyone will love! Unlike my kid-made chocolate trail mix melts, these turtle chocolates package and travel well, without melting.

They also look pretty on a holiday party table – and considering they only take a few minutes to make, you can easily double the recipe if another recipe didn’t work out!

It is optional to roast the pecans for this recipe – it makes them less chewy but other than that, it’s totally fine to skip roasting.

Ingredients to Make Homemade Turtle Chocolates

  • 2 cups pecans
  • 25 caramel squares
  • 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 cup dark chocolate
  • 1 Tablespoons shortening
  • Sea salt flakes, optional

Homemade Turtle Chocolates

How to Make Homemade Turtle Chocolates

1. If roasting your pecans, preheat your oven to 350F

2. Spread your pecans in an even layer on a cookie sheet and bake for 8 minutes until just slightly darker and fragrant. These burn quickly so watch them!

3. Allow the pecans to cool before moving on to the other steps of the recipe.

Homemade Turtle Chocolates

4. Place the unwrapped caramel squares and heavy whipping cream in a microwave-safe bowl and heat in 30 second increments, stirring well in between each heating.

  Homemade Turtle Chocolates   

5. Arrange the pecans in small clusters to form the turtles’ “feet.”

6. Pour a generous tablespoon of the melted caramel sauce over the pecans.

Homemade Turtle Chocolates

7. Place the chocolates and shortening in a second microwave-safe bowl and heat in 25 second increments, stirring well in between each heating.

8. Add a generous tablespoon of melted chocolate overtop of the caramel and swirl the spoon in the chocolate to make a luscious design.

Homemade Turtle Chocolates

9. If desired, sprinkle the adults’ turtles with a few sea salt flakes.

10. I always do this with my chocolate baked goods or candies, and I leave a few plain for the kids – this ensures I get mine and it really brings out all of those delicious flavors while adding that incredible salty-sweet flavor profile.

Homemade Turtle Chocolates

This is the easiest Christmas candy recipe you will see this winter, and it’s always a hit!

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Ingredients
  1. 2 cups pecans
  2. 25 caramel squares
  3. 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
  4. 1 cup dark chocolate
  5. 1 Tablespoons shortening
  6. Sea salt flakes, optional
Instructions
  1. 1. If roasting your pecans, preheat your oven to 350F
  2. 2. Spread your pecans in an even layer on a cookie sheet and bake for 8 minutes until just slightly darker and fragrant. These burn quickly so watch them!
  3. 3. Allow the pecans to cool before moving on to the other steps of the recipe.
  4. 4. Place the unwrapped caramel squares and heavy whipping cream in a microwave-safe bowl and heat in 30 second increments, stirring well in between each heating.
  5. 5. Arrange the pecans in small clusters to form the turtles' "feet."
  6. 6. Pour a generous tablespoon of the melted caramel sauce over the pecans.
  7. 7. Place the chocolates and shortening in a second microwave-safe bowl and heat in 25 second increments, stirring well in between each heating.
  8. 8. Add a generous tablespoon of melted chocolate overtop of the caramel and swirl the spoon in the chocolate to make a luscious design.
  9. 9. If desired, sprinkle the adults' turtles with a few sea salt flakes.
  10. 10. I always do this with my chocolate baked goods or candies, and I leave a few plain for the kids - this ensures I get mine and it really brings out all of those delicious flavors while adding that incredible salty-sweet flavor profile.
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