If roasting your pecans, preheat your oven to 350F
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!
Allow the pecans to cool before moving on to the other steps of the recipe.
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.
Arrange the pecans in small clusters to form the turtles’ “feet.”
Pour a generous tablespoon of the melted caramel sauce over the pecans.
Place the chocolates and shortening in a second microwave-safe bowl and heat in 25 second increments, stirring well in between each heating.
Add a generous tablespoon of melted chocolate overtop of the caramel and swirl the spoon in the chocolate to make a luscious design.
If desired, sprinkle the adults’ turtles with a few sea salt flakes.