Chocolate Turtles

by Teresa Long
(Caldwell Ohio)

Chocolate Turtle Candy

Chocolate Turtle Candy

This recipe for Chocolate Turtles is really simple to make.

  • 30 shelled salted pecan halves (I like the buttery kind)
  • 10 Kraft Caramels
  • Melting chocolate (you can use chocolate chips or wafers)

  1. Heat oven to 300 degrees.
  2. Place the pecans flat side up on a baking pan that has been sprayed with cooking spray (I use butter flavor). Place them in groups of 3 so they make a triangle shape (more like a Y).
  3. Unwrap and place a caramel on each triangle.
  4. Place in oven and heat until melted but not running everywhere. Remove from oven and place on a piece of waxed paper after they have had a few minutes to cool.
  5. Melt the chocolate and drizzle heavily over the caramels and nuts. Allow to cool. If you prefer, you can wait until they are pecan and caramels have cooled and then dip them with a fork or candy dipper into the chocolate to coat. Allow the chocolate to set.


My kids used to love to help make these. Other than the fact that they could not use the oven, they loved placing the nuts in the proper order.

Also they loved to unwrap the carmels (get a big bag, they will eat more then you make). They loved stacking the carmels.

It is really an easy, yet yummy recipe that the whole family can get involved in. What great memories! These also make great hors d'oeuvres or great gifts for kids to make for grandma and grandpa or teachers, etc..

Hope you enjoy!

Hi Teresa,

Thanks for sharing this delicious but 'simple to make' Chocolate Turtle Candy recipe.

I think this recipe is so easy anyone should be able to make it for Christmas (or whenever) without worrying about it not 'turning out right.'

If you have any other recipes to add, please do. It's so fun getting more and more new ideas for making yummy treats.

Happy Holidays!

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Dec 23, 2016
how to use turtle molds NEW
by: donna

I have a turtle plastic mold for making chocolate pecan and caramel but it has been years and I don't remember how I did it. Can anyone help my memory?

Dec 14, 2011
Soft Caramel for Making Turtles NEW
by: Angie

The Kraft caramels are going to be as hard as they are when you purchase them because you aren't adding anything to them to thin them down.

If you want a softer caramel for making turtle candy, you need to either make your own from scratch, or start with a softer bought caramel.

They have a soft caramel available at Candyland Crafts called Peters caramel.

Hope that helps!

Dec 14, 2011
Caramel too hard NEW
by: Anonymous

Having never made turtle candy before, I selected this recipe because of the simplicity of it. Unfortunately, when they candy set the caramel was so hard it was difficult to bit into and even more difficult to chew. I was hoping for a turtle that was like those I have purchased in the past but these are not chewy at all.

Aug 15, 2011
Tips for making chocolate turtles
by: Angie

Hi Shannon,

Thanks for adding your additional tips for making turtle candy the easy way! Now there's no excuse for any of us not to get a little creative in the kitchen and make some yummy treats for friends and family ~ and ourselves, of course! :)

I really like the idea of putting a square of Hershey bar on each one to save having to melt the chocolate down and pouring it over the top. I bet a Hershey kiss would work well also if you happen to have some on hand.

Mom's are wonderful. They pass on their best little tidbits and tips to us and give us sweet memories in the process.

Thanks for sharing your tips. Hope you'll pop in often and give us more hints for candy making along the way.

Aug 15, 2011
Less- mess chocolate on top
by: Shannon

Hi, and thank you for posting this recipe! Every recipe out there with the exception of yours says to melt all the carmels together and place spoonfuls on the pecans. That's way too messy. My mom made hers the way you do-- melt the caramels on the nuts. It adds the benefit of toasting the nuts.

But what my mom always did was, as soon as the caramels were soft and starting to droop, she would take them out of the oven. With an opened stick of butter or margarine on the counter next to her, she would rub a spoon over the butter, then use the buttered spoon to smoosh the caramel flat. She re-buttered the spoon before each caramel.

Then she would immediately place one square of Hersheys chocolate bar on each turtle and let them sit for a minute. The heat from the caramel would melt the chocolate enough that she could then use a spoon to swirl the chocolate. No messy pots, no scraping bowls-- just two spoons.

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