If you need something easy and delicious to contribute to a Christmas party, this is it. My mom made Pecan, Caramel, and Chocolate Turtles for years – way before recipes on the internet was even a thing.
We always have turtles at Thanksgiving, Christmas, family beach vacations and, well, every single time we’ve ever visited mom and dad.
These days, I’m making everything I can think of that mom used to make. Memories are too precious to forget.
Once upon a time, mama made turtles that actually looked like turtles. Eventually, she took a shortcut and never looked back. The first time I tried these, I skipped an important step and they weren’t mom’s.
Finally, I’ve nailed it and I have to share it with the world or at least my little corner of the world. Here goes!
Pecan, Caramel and Chocolate Turtles (that don’t look like turtles at all but I don’t care)
- 2 cups pecan halves
- 1 package chocolate Candiquik (may take a bit more to cover all candies)
- One package caramels, unwrapped (11 oz)
- 2 Tablespoons water
- 1/4 cup butter
- Preheat oven to 350ºF. Place pecans in a single layer on a baking sheet and bake for 5-7 minutes or until toasted. Set aside.
- In a heavy saucepan, melt unwrapped caramels, water and butter on medium-low, stirring constantly, until melted.
- Add pecans to the caramel mixture and mix well.
- On lightly greased wax paper (or parchment), spoon tablespoons of caramel/pecan mixture. Let harden.
- Heat Candiquik in the microwave according to package directions.
- Dip each candy into Candiquik with a fork and let excess drip off. Let harden.
These are great for taking to Christmas parties. I usually make a batch of these and a batch of Puttin’ On The Ritz Cookies.
Puttin’ On the Ritz Cookies are the cookies that you add peanut butter between two Ritz crackers. Continue making the peanut butter and crackers until you’ve used 1-1/2 sleeves. Dip each peanut butter cracker into melted vanilla Candiquik and let harden on wax paper. How easy was that?
Believe it or not, out of all the candies, cookies, etc. I make during the Christmas season, my kids love the Turtles and Ritz ones the best and they are the easiest of all to make.
PS – It’s not a post unless I overshare so here goes! A few days ago I found a voicemail on my iPhone that mom left me back in October 2015 (she unexpectedly went to heaven on May 7, 2016). My daughter, Caitlin, and I were headed down to mom’s house to attend my niece’s wedding. She called to let us know she was headed to the rehearsal but would leave the back door open (small town love). She told us to drive safe, she loved us and could hardly wait to see us.
Normally, I delete voicemails as soon as I listen to them. However, this is one time I’m glad I didn’t. When I’m having a rough day or just need to hear her voice, I play the voicemail. I’ve saved it in several places to make sure it never gets deleted.
What’s your favorite holiday candy or memory? Please share! I read all comments.
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