Pecan Caramel Nut Clusters Fall Apart

by Prettynpinkplanning
(Upper Macungie Township PA)

Why do my pecan caramel nut clusters fall apart when I dip them into the chocolate? (also called Turtles)

I arrange the nuts in a cluster--I put the caramel on (not homemade - store bought from AC Moore/Michaels) & I let the caramel set.

I then dip the clusters in my Wilton chocolate pro melting pot but the clusters just fall . The nuts actually just melt right off into the pot/bowl.

I've also tried melting the chocolate in the microwave and dipped into a regular bowl, but they still fall apart.

Is the chocolate too hot? I really don't know what I'm doing wrong. I will appreciate any feedback.

Thanks in advance!

Hi Prettyinpink,

It does sound like the chocolate is too hot, doesn't it? Perhaps you can let the chocolate cool a bit first and then dip the pecan nut clusters in the chocolate.

Another option, I guess, would be to try spreading the chocolate on top rather than dipping.

I'm thinking that you may be having this trouble because your caramel has a low melting point. Different caramel has different consistencies.

You are probably working with a softer caramel so as soon as the warm chocolate hits the caramel, it melts and the nuts fall out!

Let us know if you are able to find a way to make it work. Anyone else have any suggestions???


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Oct 06, 2011
Pecan Caramel Clusters Fall Apart
by: Darla

Here is an option for your pecan clusters. You can melt individual Kraft caramels in the microwave for 15 seconds, just enough to soften the caramels and wrap them around 2 whole pecans and dip them in chocolate. Hope this idea helps you in your candymaking.

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