Celebrate your Saturday as a family with some delicious homemade turtle candy and backyard DIY!
This Saturday is brought to you by Enbrighten.
You guys, I love my Saturdays.
Having said that, let me also state that I have a job that I love and enjoy doing every day of the week.
BUT. Saturdays are something special.
Saturdays are when we’re all home. Saturdays are for family time. Saturdays are for connecting.
Saturdays mean no alarm clock and mornings spent with all four of us in bed, having a tickle fight.
Saturdays mean a fun breakfast that we create and enjoy together.
Saturdays mean working on projects together. Saturdays mean I get to watch my love instill lessons in our boys as they work alongside their hero, dad.
Saturdays mean snacks and relaxing in the backyard together, reflecting on our day and week — and planning for the week ahead.
Saturdays mean all the giggles and all the quality time my heart craves during the busy weeks.
Saturdays mean no school and no work to interrupt our quality family time.
So you see why I love my Saturdays?
I know that as the boys grow Saturdays will probably start to mean other things, too.
Someday our Saturdays will look like sports and homework and friends coming over.
So I’ll cherish the Saturdays we have now. And I’ll work hard to make sure that the parts of Saturdays that I love stay intact, even as the boys grow and seasons change.
This past Saturday we had an especially magical day — one that I wanted to capture every detail to my memory and hold it close for always.
It was one of those incredible days where things are just smooth. Ever have a day like that?
I needed it after how busy it’s been lately. I needed a day that was peaceful and easy. And Saturday provided it to me!
Our morning started off my favorite way: the boys jumping in our bed and ready to be tickled. Of course, Ryan and I were happy to oblige.
After breakfast, it was time to start projects. I wanted to clean up in the backyard a little and also install the new Enbrighten Color Changing Landscape Lights and Jason Seasons Color Changing Enbrighten Cafe Lights from Jasco we received. I can’t wait to show you how it turned out!
I’ve always loved our backyard. It has a great vibe. It’s laid out well for entertaining and we host friends and family for cookouts often.
As the weather cools, we’ve been spending more and more time enjoying the oasis of our yard.
Now that the Enbrighten lights are installed, I’m completely obsessed and want to spend all my time back there! It was the perfect way to revamp our yard and prepare for fall entertaining!
Putting up the lights was a breeze — Ryan got to work on transforming our space while I headed to the kitchen to make a treat. I’ll be sharing that in a second!
The Enbrighten Landscape Lights have a wide variety of colors — over 120 combinations to be exact. You can dim them or create effects. You can create countdown timers or present holiday themes. There are three adjustable settings for white light: warm white, soft white or daylight.
Each strand comes with it’s own remote, but you can link them together to control both sets of lights if you want. There are more accessories you can add as well, like a timer.
It’s such a simple and fun way to jazz up your space.
I was already looking forward to the game day parties we’d be hosting over the fall, but now I’m really excited to show off our space.
Since you set two colors simultaneously with the lights, I’m thinking it’s the perfect way to highlight favorite team colors at our shindigs!
While my guys worked out in the yard, I went to the kitchen to create a dessert for us to enjoy together when they came back in.
This homemade turtle candy recipe turned into bars is the result. It’s easy and delicious!
What Is In a Turtle Candy?
My boys were immediately incredulous that there might be actual turtles inside these candies. I assure you, there are not. Ha!
The original little chocolate delights were originally named in 1918 when a salesman at Johnson’s Candy Company saw the candy being made and said they looked like turtles. The name clearly stuck and here we are, 100 years later, still calling it turtle candy!
Turtle Candy Ingredients
Today’s recipe takes everyone’s favorite turtle candy and turns into bar form. The result is a tasty treat filled with the chocolate, pecan and caramel flavor that you love.
Let’s gather the ingredients: flour, powdered sugar, finely ground pecans, butter, dulce de leche, chocolate chips, roasted pecans and sea salt.
How to Make Turtle Candy…
… into bars! This recipe is the best and such an easy way to enjoy those classic flavors.
We’ll begin with pecans! To finely grind pecans, place ¼ cup chopped pecans in a blender or food processor and process until pecans become like flour. Remove and add to bowl with flour and powdered sugar. Whisk together.
Cut butter into tablespoons and add to the flour mixture. Use a pastry cutter to cut the butter into the mix until it because like coarse sand.
Line an 8×8 dish with parchment paper and press the flour and butter mixture into the bottom of the pan. Bake at 350 for 20 minutes. Remove from oven.
Spread pecans on a cookie sheet and place in the oven and roast for 5 minutes. Remove and let cool.
Pour dulce de leche into a medium saucepan and bring to a low boil, stirring continuously for 2 minutes then remove from heat.
Pour over shortbread and let sit for 15-20 minutes until the caramel has cooled and set (I placed mine in the fridge to chill faster).
In a microwave safe bowl, pour chocolate chips and microwave in 30 second intervals until melted. Let cool slightly before pouring over caramel.
Once the chocolate has cooled, spread over caramel and top with roasted pecans. Sprinkle with sea salt and let sit for 3 hours until caramel and chocolate has set.
Remove from pan, slice and serve.
We timed it out perfectly and our candy turtle candy bars were ready at the same time as Ryan called me that the lights were ready for me to see!
I couldn’t wait for the big reveal. And of course, the boys were more than happy to help!
We settled into our seats and watched the lights do their magic. I loved watching my boy’s happy faces as they controlled the colors. They were beaming with pride that they had been daddy’s assistants as well.
This. This is our Saturday. These are the days I’ll remember and cherish forever.
I hope you’re able to create some magical Saturday memories with your family soon — and maybe even create a turtle candy treat bar to enjoy as well!
Caramel Turtle Bars
- 1 ½ cups flour
- ½ cup powdered sugar
- ¼ cup finely ground pecans
- ¾ cup butter softened
- 1 can dulce de leche
- 1 ½ cups chocolate chips
- 1 cup roasted pecans
- sea salt
- To finely grind pecans, place ¼ cup chopped pecans in a blender or food processor and process until pecans become like flour. Remove and add to bowl with flour and powdered sugar. Whisk together.
- Cut butter into tablespoons and add to the flour mixture. Use a pastry cutter to cut the butter into the mix until it because like coarse sand.
- Line an 8x8 dish with parchment paper and press the flour and butter mixture into the bottom of the pan. Bake at 350 for 20 minutes. Remove from oven.
- Spread pecans on a cookie sheet and place in the oven and roast for 5 minutes. Remove and let cool.
- Pour dulce de leche into a medium sauce pan and bring to a low boil, stirring continuously for 2 minutes then remove from heat.
- Pour over shortbread and let sit for 15-20 minutes until the caramel has cooled and set (I placed mine in the fridge to chill faster).
- In a microwave safe bowl, pour chocolate chips and microwave in 30 second intervals until melted. Let cool slightly before pouring over caramel.
- Once the chocolate has cooled, spread over caramel and top with roasted pecans. Sprinkle with sea salt and let sit for 3 hours until caramel and chocolate has set.
- Remove from pan, slice and serve.