Easy Turtles Candy

If you’re a fan of chocolate and caramel, especially when mixed together, you need to try homemade Turtles Candy! Also made with toasted pecans, this no-bake candy will easily become one of your favorite desserts.

Turtle candy on a tray.

No-Bake Chocolate Caramel Candy

Toasted pecans are drizzled with homemade caramel and then topped with melted chocolate. Are you craving sugar now, or what? If that introduction didn’t already convince you, trust me when I tell you that these No-Bake Turtles Candies are THE dessert to satisfy your sweet tooth with.

No matter what time of the year it is, there is always room in this house for a batch of turtles candies. They fit right in on holiday dessert trays, make appearances in lunch boxes, etc. These nutty chocolate caramels always get rave reviews, so get in on the goodness!

What is Turtles Candy?

Turtles candies are bite-sized candies made up of pecan halves, caramel, and chocolate. They are named as such because when you pile the chocolate and caramel on top of the pecans, it kind of looks like the shell of a little turtle!

Pile of turtle candy.

What You’ll Need

What exactly goes into making turtles candies? Round up the following 9 ingredients:

  • Pecans: You could use whole pecans, but, in my experience, halved pecans work best and toast quicker!
  • Butter: Salted or unsalted, whatever you prefer.
  • Light Brown Sugar: To provide that sweet caramel flavor!
  • Light Corn Syrup: To keep the caramel from crystallizing.
  • Kosher Salt: Regular salt is fine too.
  • Condensed Milk: Sweetened condensed milk is often sold in a 14 oz can, so you might just have to make two batches!
  • Vanilla Extract: Offers extra sweet flavor.
  • Chocolate Chips: I like to use semi-sweet chocolate chips rather than milk chocolate ones.
  • Vegetable Oil: Adding in a little vegetable oil to your chocolate while its melting makes the consistency SO smooth.

How to Make Turtles Candy

As far as candy-making processes go, this one is pretty simple. First you’ll toast the pecans, then you’ll make the caramel and melt the chocolate, and finally you’ll put all 3 components together.

Toast the Pecans: Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper and spread the pecan halves in a single layer on the prepared pan. Bake for 10 -12 minutes until lightly browned and fragrant.

Toasted pecans on a tray.

Allow the Pecans to Cool: Line another baking sheet with parchment paper and when the pecans are cooled arrange them into clusters of 3 or 4 nuts. Using an additional baking sheet allows you more space to work so they are not packed too close together as you top with caramel. Set the pecans aside.

Make the Caramel: In a medium, heavy-bottomed saucepan or Dutch Oven combine the butter, brown sugar, corn syrup, and salt. Bring to a boil over medium heat. Add in the sweetened condensed and continue boiling until it reaches 240°F on a candy thermometer.

Remove from the Heat: Stir in the vanilla. Allow the caramel to cool for 5 minutes and then spoon an approximate teaspoon on top of each pecan cluster.

Melt the Chocolate: In a small microwave-safe bowl combine the chocolate chips and vegetable oil. Heat in 30 second intervals, stirring after each until the chocolate is melted and smooth. Spoon approximately 1/2 teaspoon of melted chocolate on top of the caramel. Allow the chocolate to set completely.

Tips for Success

Looking for tips to perfect your turtle-candy-making techniques? I’ve got a few:

  • Making Caramel: If you don’t want to make the caramel from scratch, feel free to melt caramel candies on the stovetop with a double boiler.
  • If You Don’t Have Pecans: Use pretzels! Salty-sweet, slightly-modified turtle candies are just as tasty as the original versions.
  • To Help the Chocolate Set Quickly: Refrigerate the candies for 15-30 minutes after adding the melted chocolate.
  • Variations: Try adding some espresso powder to the chocolate for mocha turtle candies, use white chocolate instead of/with semi-sweet chocolate, or simply add a pinch of sea salt to the top of each candy!

How to Store Homemade Candy

Store these candies in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 7 days. I don’t recommend storing them in the refrigerator because they’ll become too hard.

Side note, turtle candies make great gifts for family, friends, neighbors, etc. Once the chocolate and caramel have completely cooled, pop the candy in tupperware, or line a box/cookie tin with tissue paper if you’re feeling fancy, and they’ll be ready for delivery!

Can I Freeze Turtles Candy?

Yes! Freeze them in an airtight/freezer-safe container for up to a month.

Cooled chocolate on caramel pecans.
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Turtles Candy

  • Author: Cookies & Cups
  • Prep Time Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield Yield: 75 candies 1x
  • Category Category: Candy
  • Method Method: No Bake
  • Cuisine Cuisine: American

Description:

Chocolate, caramel, and toasted pecans? Sounds like the perfect dessert combination! This homemade Turtle Candy is sweet, crunchy, and absolutely delicious. 


Ingredients:

  • 4 cups pecan halves
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 7 ounces sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 teaspoon vegetable oil

Instructions

  1. Pecans: Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper and spread the pecan halves in a single layer on the prepared pan. Bake for 10 -12 minutes until lightly browned and fragrant.
  2. Allow the pecans to cool. Line another baking sheet with parchment paper and when the pecans are cooled arrange them into clusters of 3 or 4 nuts. Using an additional baking sheet allows you more space to work so they are not packed too close together as you top with caramel. Set the pecans aside.
  3. Caramel: In a medium, heavy-bottomed saucepan or Dutch Oven combine the butter, brown sugar, corn syrup, and salt. Bring to a boil over medium heat. Add in the sweetened condensed and continue boiling until it reaches 240°F on a candy thermometer. Remove from the heat and stir in the vanilla. Allow the caramel to cool for 5 minutes and then spoon an approximate teaspoon on top of each pecan cluster.
  4. Chocolate: In a small microwave-safe bowl combine the chocolate chips and vegetable oil. Heat in 30 second intervals, stirring after each until the chocolate is melted and smooth. Spoon approximately 1/2 teaspoon of melted chocolate on top of the caramel.
  5. Allow the chocolate to set completely. Store airtight at room temperature for up to 7 days, or freeze for up to a month.

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Shelly Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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