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Homemade Turtles Recipe

This easy Turtles Recipe is made with just four simple ingredients. Lightly toast pecans, drizzle with caramel, and top with melted chocolate. This decadent homemade candy recipe is perfect for giving. 

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Did you grandma have a “secret” candy stash? Mine always had a bowl of goodies on the coffee table… You know the ones?  The generic, hard as rock, candies?

The real winners were always stashed next to her reading lamp. I loved digging through the little goldmine. You could find everything but my favorite? Homemade Turtle Candies.

OK, so they were not homemade. But mine are.

Recipe Features:

  • 4 Ingredient Recipe: This recipe only uses FOUR ingredients and is ready in minutes.
  • Perfect for Beginners: This is a no-fail recipe which means it is the perfect starting point for novice candy makers.
  • Edible Gift Idea: Package these sweet treats up for an impressive homemade gift!
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What You’ll Need:

Most of my recipes are super easy to make, use minimal ingredients, AND pack a big punch in the flavor department. These are no exception. For a full list of ingredients and measurements see the recipe card below.

  • Pecans- For this recipe you will need to be sure to use lightly toasted pecans. We like to use whole or roughly chopped. 
  • Caramel Ice Cream Topping- You can find this next to the ice creams in most grocery stores. If you can find the ticker topping it works best. 
  • Chocolate Chips- You can use either milk chocolate or semi sweet. Our preference is milk chocolate for this specific combination of flavor. 
  • Shortening- Do not substitute this with butter. Shortening is used to slightly thin the chocolate chips and help coat the candies easier. 

How to make candy turtles recipe from scratch:

  1. Stir together the pecans with the ice cream topping. Drop by heaping tablespoon onto wax paper. Refrigerate until solid.
  2. Melt together the chocolate chips and shortening in the microwave, stirring every 20 seconds. Spoon over your pecan clusters.
Homemade Turtles Candy. With just four simple ingredients you can have an elegant homemade candy ready for giving! Lightly toast pecans, drizzle with caramel, and top with melted chocolate. This decadent homemade candy recipe is perfect for giving. 

Tips for this recipe:

  • These are messy to make. Line your work space with parchment or foil for easy clena up. 
  • We used a thicker ice cream topping. Make sure that you are picky when you are cruising the aisle deciding on your flavor. The thinner syrups will not work well.
  • Do not skip toasting the nuts. Toasting is easy. Line a baking sheet with parchment, spread your pecans in a single layer, and bake at 350 degrees for around 8 minutes or until fragrant.

How to toast pecans:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. 
  2. Toss pecans in a small amount of oil (we really like coconut oil) and salt if desired. Spread onto the prepared tray in an even layer. 
  3. Toast for 5 to 10 minutes, or until lightly browned and fragrant. 

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Homemade Turtles

Homemade Turtles

Yield: 24
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

Homemade Turtles Candy. With just four simple ingredients you can have an elegant homemade candy ready for giving! Lightly toast pecans, drizzle with caramel, and top with melted chocolate. This decadent homemade candy recipe is perfect for giving. 

Ingredients

  • 2 cups pecans, toasted
  • ¼ cup caramel ice cream topping, the thicker kind
  • 1 cup milk chocolate chips
  • 1 teaspoon shortening

Instructions

  1. Stir together the pecans with the ice cream topping. Drop by heaping tablespoon onto wax paper. Refrigerate until solid.
  2. Melt together the chocolate chips and shortening in the microwave, stirring every 20 seconds. Spoon over your pecan clusters.

Notes

How to toast pecans:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. 
  2. Toss pecans in a small amount of oil (we really like coconut oil) and salt if desired. Spread onto the prepared tray in an even layer. 
  3. Toast for 5 to 10 minutes, or until lightly browned and fragrant. 

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 12 Serving Size: 2 Servings
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 213Total Fat: 17gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 3mgSodium: 34mgCarbohydrates: 15gFiber: 2gSugar: 12gProtein: 3g

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