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This ultimate turtle pie is loaded with all the best parts of Turtles candy including smooth caramel, rich chocolate, and crunchy pecans mixed into creamy vanilla ice cream.
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  1. Turtle Pie Ingredients
  2. How to Make This Turtle Pie Recipe
  3. How To Serve
  4. Storage
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All of the rich and decadent flavors of Turtle chocolates play a starring role in this amazing no bake ice cream turtle pie. This over-the-top delicious dessert is bursting with vanilla ice cream, silky chocolate, creamy caramel, and crunchy nuts all on top of a buttery pecan crust.

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Turtle Pie Ingredients

Turtle Pie raw ingredients that are labeled

You’ll need:

  • 1 (9-inch) ready-made pecan pie crust (I used Diamond brand)
  • 2 (14-ounce) containers Häagen-Dazs vanilla ice cream
  • ⅓ cup salted caramel ice cream topping (I used Smucker’s brand)
  • 1 (8-ounce) container of Cool Whip or make your own stabilized whipped cream 
  • Garnish: drizzle of chocolate sauce and caramel sauce that you find in the squeeze bottles (like Hershey’s or Ghirardelli brands) along with ¼ cup chopped pecans

PRO TIP:

When choosing a salted caramel brand to use to swirl into the ice cream, choose a thick one. The thinner caramel sauces that come in the squirt bottles are just too thin for this part of the recipe. However, the thinner sauces are great for the garnish on the top of the pie. 

SUBSTITUTIONS AND ADDITIONS

WHIPPED CREAM: Instead of making your own whipped cream, you could substitute store-bought Cool Whip in this easy recipe.

PECANS: I like to buy the pre-chopped pecans in the small bags from the baking section to use for easy recipes like these. They are great to keep stocked in your pantry and you don’t have to worry about storing large amounts of nuts. You can keep a variety of chopped nuts on hand.

CRUST: If you do not want to use, or can not find in your grocery store, the pecan pie crust, you can use a standard 9-inch graham cracker crust instead. I find all different types of nut crusts and chocolate cookie crust at my local grocery store in the baking aisle where I find the standard graham cracker premade crusts. The pecan crust tends to be sturdier than the graham crust for an ice cream pie.

TOPPING: You can always add even more goodies on top of your chocolate caramel turtle pie to make it extra decadent. Skor bits or chocolate chips are two great options.

How to Make This Turtle Pie Recipe

STEP ONE: Remove the plastic lid from the ready-made pecan pie shell. Set the pie crust onto a small rimmed baking tray. This will allow you to place the turtle pie into the freezer so that it is level while freezing.

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Save the plastic lid that comes with the pecan pie crust. You can invert it and use it as a storage lid for the turtle pie.

STEP TWO: Remove the Häagen-Dazs vanilla ice cream from the freezer and allow it to soften on the counter for 10 to 15 minutes. You want it soft enough to easily scoop and spread but not so soft that it is melting.

STEP THREE: Using an ice cream scoop, scoop out 6 to 7 scoops of ice cream from the first 14-ounce container and place them in the pecan pie crust. Using the back of the ice cream scoop, gently spread the ice cream into a single layer.

ice cream being smoothed out in the pie crust with a ice cream scooper

STEP FOUR: Drizzle caramel sauce over the first layer of vanilla ice cream and, using a butter knife, swirl the caramel into the ice cream. 

PRO TIP:

You really need to work fast when swirling your caramel into the ice cream. You do not want your ice cream to melt too much or it will make a huge mess. 

caramel sauce drizzled over the ice cream in a pie dish and then swirled together

STEP FIVE: Scoop the remaining vanilla ice cream over the caramel swirl and gently press the ice cream to create as smooth of a top as possible.

ice cream on top of the pie with an ice cream scooper

STEP SIX: Freeze the turtle pie for 2 hours to overnight. Make sure it is sitting flat in your freezer.

PRO TIP:

Do not skip the freezing step or try to shorten it. The ice cream needs time to firm up in the freezer.

STEP SEVEN: While your turtle pie is freezing, you can make your stabilized whipped cream if you plan to make your own or get your container of Cool Whip ready for the next step.

STEP EIGHT: Transfer the whipped cream to a piping bag or large freezer bag with the corner snipped off with a piping tip. I used a Wilton brand 2D star tip.

STEP NINE: Once your turtle pie has frozen, you can decorate the pie by doing a drizzle of the bottled chocolate fudge sauce, bottled caramel sauce, and a sprinkle of the chopped pecans.

caramel, chocolate sauce, whipped cream, and pecans poured on top of the pie

STEP TEN: Pipe the stabilized whipped topping around the border of the pie to give it a beautiful finished look.

PRO TIP:

You can slice and serve your turtle pie once garnished. If you have had your turtle pie in the freezer for longer than 2 hours, you may want to let it sit on the counter for 10 to 15 minutes to soften up enough to slice it.

How To Serve

Enjoy a perfect slice of this caramel turtle pie with an iced tea or a vanilla latte to wash all the rich, delicious flavors down. This is the perfect treat to bring to a potluck or a great alternative to an ice cream cake for a birthday party.

More of our dreamy no-bake pies include our cherry Kool-Aid pie and creamsicle pie.

Storage

IN THE FRIDGE: This turtle pie needs to be stored in the freezer, otherwise, the ice cream will melt and you will have a soupy mess.

IN THE FREEZER: You can store your turtle pie in the freezer for up to 2 weeks. Your stabilized whipped cream should be just fine in the freezer for that time, but if you prefer, you can make your turtle pie ahead of time, place the lid on it, and keep it in the freezer until ready to garnish and serve.

overhead shot of Turtle Pie and Haagen Dazs vanilla ice cream

This easy turtle pie recipe is full of simple ingredients including creamy chocolate, rich caramel, and crunchy pecans all tucked into a delicious buttery pecan crust. If you love Turtle chocolates, this pie is just the treat for you.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Can I use a cookie crumb crust instead of the pecan crust?

This frozen turtle pie chocolate would also work well with a different pie crust such as a store-bought or homemade graham cracker crust or an Oreo cookie crust.

Can I make this dessert ahead of time?

This tasty pie is best made ahead of time because it needs time to chill in the freezer to make sure the ice cream is the right consistency.

Can I use any kind of vanilla ice cream for this recipe?

Any vanilla ice cream will be delicious as long as you have 28-ounces of ice cream in total.

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Turtle Pie

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This ultimate turtle pie is loaded with all the best parts of Turtles candy including smooth caramel, rich chocolate, and crunchy pecans mixed into creamy vanilla ice cream.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 20 minutes
Servings 8

Ingredients
  

  • 9 inch ready-made pecan pie crust, (I used Diamond brand)
  • 28 ounces Häagen-Dazs Vanilla Ice Cream
  • cup salted caramel ice cream topping, (I used Smucker’s brand)
  • 8 ounces Cool Whip, or make your own stabilized whipped cream
  • 1 drizzle chocolate fudge sauce and caramel sauce, that you find in the squeeze bottles (like Hershey’s or Ghirardelli brands) (optional garnish)
  • ¼ cup pecans, chopped (optional garnish)

Instructions
 

  • Remove the plastic lid from the ready-made pecan pie crust. Set the pie crust onto a small rimmed baking tray. This will allow you to place the turtle pie into the freezer so that it is level while freezing.
  • Remove the Häagen-Dazs Vanilla Ice Cream from the freezer and allow it to soften on the counter for 10 to 15 minutes. You want it soft enough to easily scoop and spread, but not so soft that it is melting.
  • Using an ice cream scoop, scoop out 6 to 7 scoops of ice cream from the first 14-ounce container and place them in the pecan pie crust. Using the back of the ice cream scoop gently spread the ice cream into a single layer.
  • Drizzle the salted caramel sauce over the first layer of vanilla ice cream and, using a butter knife, swirl the caramel into the ice cream. You will need to work fast so the ice cream doesn’t melt too much.
  • Scoop the remaining vanilla ice cream over the caramel swirl and gently press the ice cream to create as smooth of a top as possible.
  • Freeze the turtle pie for 2 hours to overnight. Make sure it is sitting flat in your freezer.
  • While your turtle pie is freezing, you can make your stabilized whipped cream if you plan to make your own or get your container of Cool Whip ready for the next step.
  • Transfer the whipped cream to a piping bag, or large freezer bag with the corner snipped off, with a piping tip. I used a Wilton brand 2D star tip.
  • Once your turtle pie has frozen you can decorate the pie by doing a drizzle of the bottled chocolate fudge sauce, bottled caramel sauce and a sprinkle of the chopped pecans.
  • Pipe the whipped cream around the border of the pie to give it a beautiful finished look.

Notes

  • When choosing a salted caramel brand to use to swirl into the ice cream, choose a thick one. The thinner caramel sauces that come in the squirt bottles are just too thin for this part of the recipe. However, the thinner sauces are great for the garnish on the top of the pie.
  • Save the plastic lid that comes with the pecan pie crust. You can invert it and use it as a storage lid for the turtle pie.
  • You really need to work fast when swirling your caramel into the ice cream. You do not want your ice cream to melt too much or it will make a huge mess.
  • Do not skip the freezing step or try to shorten it. The ice cream needs time to firm up in the freezer.
  • You can slice and serve your turtle pie once garnished. If you have had your turtle pie in the freezer for longer than 2 hours, you may want to let it sit on the counter for 10-15 minutes to soften up enough to slice it.

Nutrition

Calories: 303kcal | Carbohydrates: 38g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 48mg | Sodium: 144mg | Potassium: 250mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 31g | Vitamin A: 478IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 165mg | Iron: 1mg
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