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Turtle Candies

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Now you can make turtle candies anytime of the year using our simple 4-ingredient recipe. Share this holiday treat with those you love!

We’re on a roll with these candy recipes. On Friday, we shared saltine cracker candy.

Before that, it was Kim’s peanut butter balls. Today, we’re sharing these adorable pecan clusters.

Decadent chocolate, chewy caramel, and buttery pecans take center stage in this 4-ingredient recipe.

Two turtle candies on a rectangular platter.
You can never go wrong with caramel and chocolate!

I know you won’t be disappointed with this candy, because it’s simple and delicious.

Which, is pretty much everyone’s favorite combination, am I right? Not only is it great for Christmas, but turtles are also a wonderful gift for Valentine’s Day!

We make them right along with other sweet treats like Valentine’s Rice Krispie Treats, Instant Pot Lava Cakes, and red velvet truffles. So, without further adieu, let’s get started!

An up-close view of the pecan candy.
These candies are so cute and delicious.

How to make homemade turtle candies with caramels?

First, grab a large (at least 9×13-inch) sheet pan and line it with parchment paper.

After that, divide the pecans into small clusters (4-5 each) and place them on the parchment paper.

Pecan clusters on a lined baking sheet.
Make sure to leave a little room between each pecan cluster.

Next, in a medium mixing bowl, combine the caramels and water. Place the bowl into your microwave.

Using the high setting, melt the caramels. Stir the mixture every 10-20 seconds to prevent burning.

Melted caramel in a glass mixing bowl.
You can melt the caramel on the stove or in your microwave.

It should only take about 2-3 minutes to complete this step.

Afterward, place 2 teaspoons of melted caramel on top of each pecan cluster.

Melted caramel covering the pecan clusters.
Let the caramel cool before adding the chocolate.

Then, once the caramel has cooled, grab another clean mixing bowl and melt the chocolate (stirring every 10-20 seconds).

Now, once the chocolate has completely melted, place 2 teaspoons of it on top of the caramel.

Melted chocolate in a glass mixing bowl.
Again, you can use your microwave or stove-top to melt this ingredient.

Last, let the chocolate pecan clusters cool completely before serving.

That’s it, your homemade turtle candies are done! Kim and I hope you enjoy them and wish you all the best 🙂

Melted chocolate poured over the caramel and nuts.
Once the chocolate has cooled, the turtles are done.

Recipe Tips & FAQ’s:

  • Keep an eye on the caramel and chocolate while melting them the microwave. Stir the ingredients every 10-15 seconds to prevent them from scorching.
  • You don’t have to use pecans. In fact, you can use walnuts, cashews, or peanuts for your homemade turtles.
  • If you don’t have access to melting wafers, you can use semi-sweet chocolate chips in a pinch.

Can I freeze turtle candies?

Absolutely, these candies can be frozen and then thawed out later. When properly stored in your freezer, they should last for about 2 months.

How long do turtle candies last?

They will last for about 5 days when stored in a sealed container, at room temperature.

Three pieces of candy stacked on a plate.
That’s right, they’re cute and stackable!
Three pieces of candy stacked on a plate.

Turtle Candies

Yield: 24 Turtles
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 6 minutes
Additional Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 31 minutes

Now you can make turtle candies anytime of the year using our simple 4-ingredient recipe. Share this holiday treat with those you love!


  • 8 Ounces Pecan Halves
  • 12 Ounces Caramel Squares
  • 1 Tablespoon Water
  • 12 Ounces Semi-Sweet or Dark Chocolate (We used Ghirardelli melting wafers.)


Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Use the pecans to make about 22-24 mounds on the baking sheet. There should be 5-6 pecans in each mound.

Place the caramels in a microwave safe bowl with the tablespoon of water. Microwave for 2-4 minutes, while stirring every 15-20 seconds, until the caramel is completely melted and smooth.

Scoop 2 teaspoons of caramel over each mound of pecans, and allow it to cool before adding the chocolate.

In a medium microwave bowl, melt the chocolate by microwaving for 2-3 minutes while stirring every 15-20 seconds. Spoon about 2 teaspoons of the melted chocolate over the caramel, and allow to set before serving.

Store leftovers in an airtight container for up to 4-5 days.


The calories listed are an approximation based on the ingredients listed on the recipe card and a serving size of 1-chocolate caramel turtle. Actual calories will vary. For more information and tips, please refer to the post.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 24 Serving Size: 1 Candy
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 210Total Fat: 16gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 10mgSodium: 32mgCarbohydrates: 17gFiber: 2gSugar: 13gProtein: 2g

*The calories are an estimate and are based on the ingredients and serving size listed. The calories can vary depending on the brand of product purchased.

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