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Turtle candy on a tray.

Turtles Candy

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


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


  • 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


  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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