Yield: 24 candies

Homemade Turtles

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes

Homemade Turtles with a crunchy pecan base, fresh buttery caramel, and topped with melted chocolate, these candies are a must make this holiday season! And our recipe shows you just how easy they are with 3 ingredients!


  • 3 cups pecan halves
  • 1 package (12 ounce) soft caramels
  • 2 cups (12 ounce) semi-sweet chocolate chips


  1. Line counter with large sheet of parchment paper. Arrange pecans about 2-inches apart (3 to 4 pecans per candy).
  2. Melt caramels in microwave in 30 second intervals, stirring after each interval until smooth. Or, if using our homemade caramel recipe, when the caramel reaches temperature, use a small Tablespoon cookie scoop and dollop the top of each pecan turtle with caramel. You'll need about ¼ of the caramel in our recipe. Pour the remaining caramel into a prepared dish, or if desired, make more turtles!
  3. Melt chocolate in microwave in 30 second intervals, stirring after each interval until smooth (about 1-2 minutes total). Dollop a Tablespoon or so of chocolate on the tops of each caramel turtle. Allow to set.


  • You'll need about 3-4 pecans per turtle, depending on the size. For that authentic turtle "look" we use 4 pecans. For best flavor, toast the pecans before using!
  • For the caramels, you can use homemade caramels (like we prefer), you'll need about ¼ of the batch. Or use a package of store bought soft caramels. Werthers soft caramels are perfect for melting.
  • Store in airtight container at room temperature for up to one week.
  • Do not refrigerator or freeze turtles or the chocolate will change color.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 candy

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 108Total Fat: 10gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 1mgCarbohydrates: 4gFiber: 1gSugar: 3gProtein: 1g

*Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. Please see a registered dietitian for special diet advice.

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