Turtles

by Michelle Cowling
(Crown Point, Indiana, USA)

Chocolate Pecan Turtles

Chocolate Pecan Turtles

  • 1 cup white sugar

  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup dark Karo syrup
  • 2 sticks butter (not margarine)
  • 2 cups evaporated milk
  • 1 lb. pecans
  • 1 T. vanilla
  • 2 packages chocolate bark


  1. Mix sugars, syrup, and butter in a large, heavy pot. Add 1 cup evaporated milk. Bring to a hard boil, stirring constantly.
  2. Gradually add the rest of the evaporated milk. Cook until it forms a very firm ball in cold water (220-230 degrees), stirring frequently.
  3. Remove from heat and stir in pecans and vanilla. Spoon onto buttered cookie sheets. Place in freezer until hard.
  4. Melt chocolate bark, 1 package at a time. Dip caramels in chocolate. Place back on cookie sheets. Put in freezer until set.


Yield: 75-100 turtles, depending on how generously you size them. If you make them a little smaller, you may need more chocolate for dipping, but you also have more for sharing!

Extra Tips:
Be careful not to cook the caramel too long.
I did that one year, and ended up with a very firm candy that was difficult to bite through. After you have made a couple of batches, you will recognize the "feel" of the caramel when it is ready. Also, do not double the recipe if you want more than one batch. Just make one batch at a time.

Comments for Turtles

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Mar 24, 2009
need help
by: Jerry

when I tried to bring this recipe to full screen I am getting adds by google over the instructions and can't read them. could someone please tell what i've done wrong or send them to me at 2starnos@att.net

Nov 30, 2008
In response to the "runny" comment
by: Michelle Cowling

If the caramel was runny, you didn't cook it long enough. Make sure you take it all the way to the soft ball stage. A candy thermometer is very helpful if you do not know how to do the cold water test.

Nov 30, 2008
Dont waste your money
by: Anonymous

Dont waste your time or money on this recipe. The first time I made it very very runny. So I thought to cut the milk in half and this recipe still didnt turn out right. I guess I will just have alot of ice cream topping,

Dec 19, 2007
Wonderful!!!!
by: Annette

I made these for the first time using this recipe and I was quite delighted that they turned out so well. At first I wasn't sure because when I am making something nothing seams like it will turn out very well. I have had several comments that these were the best they have ever had. I found my new favorite thing to make. Thanks.

Nov 27, 2007
How Scrumptious Is That?!
by: Angie

Thanks Michelle! What a great recipe. As much as I love chocolate, I do love my caramel, too. :-) Oh, alright, I love just about EVERYTHING I shouldn't.

Thanks again for sharing. Feel free to add others as you come across them, especially as Christmas is coming. :)

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