diy turtles candy (a canadian confectionery)

turtles candyI enjoy noshing on select candies, and Turtles is one of them.  Pretty impressive considering I don’t have a sweet tooth but the combination of pecans with caramel and chocolate makes it hard for me to resist.  This candy recipe is foolproof. And, you most probably have the ingredients on hand.  This recipe salutes the commercial brand, TURTLES; a Canadian candy since 1949.  I made these on Saturday as Mr. S and I were invited to dinner.  These cute turtles were the perfect hostess gift.

you will need

pecan halves
chocolate chips (I used semi-sweet)
melted caramel (I used Werther’s soft caramels but you could also use Kraft caramels)


Place four pecan halves on a parchment-lined baking tray shaped like an X and repeat the pattern until the tray is full. Melt caramels using a double boiler method or the soften setting on a microwave.  Scoop out melted caramel by using a teaspoon and drop in the middle of the pecan halves.  Use another teaspoon to help scrape off the caramel.  Repeat the process until all the pecans are covered.  Melt chocolate the same method used for the caramel.  Drop a heaping teaspoon of the melted chocolate over the caramel and gently spread out.  Sprinkle with flaky sea salt (optional) but oh-so delicious.  Move turtles to the refrigerator for 30 minutes.  Once the chocolate is firm, remove from the fridge.

the culinary chase’s note:

Allow candy to come to room temperature before consuming otherwise the caramel will be too firm to eat. Enjoy!