Pecan Caramel Chocolate Turtles

by Alli

If you need something easy and delicious to contribute to a Christmas party, this is it. My mom made Pecan Caramel 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.

To see my collection of recipes with pecans, check out my Best Recipes Featuring Pecans.

How to Make Turtles

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!

Turtles Candy

Pecan, Caramel Chocolate Turtles 

Pecan, Caramel and Chocolate Turtles The Easy Way

How to Make Turtles

My mom always made Pecan Caramel Chocolate Turtles at Christmas. Pecans and a caramel mixture are covered in chocolate.


  • 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


  1. 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.
  2. In a heavy saucepan, melt unwrapped caramels, water and butter on medium-low, stirring constantly, until melted.
  3. Add pecans to the caramel mixture and mix well.
  4. On lightly greased wax paper (or parchment), spoon tablespoons of caramel/pecan mixture. Let harden.
  5. Heat Candiquik in the microwave according to package directions.
  6. Dip each candy into Candiquik with a fork and let excess drip off. Let harden.

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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 – Bonus Recipe!

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?

Pecan Caramel Chocolate Turtles

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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How to Make Turtles

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Chris Lewis December 15, 2016 - 6:18 am

Oh my gosh I have to stop starting my day with reading these decadent posts…. they look so good! I know I mentioned that the Buckeyes are my downfall but these look amazing too!

Robin Masshole Mommy December 15, 2016 - 7:38 am

These sound like a wonderful sweet treat. I needed an idea for a family Christmas party on Sunday and these will go over big with my family.

Polarbelle December 15, 2016 - 8:24 am

Your food photography is really amazing. Everything looks so fresh and delicious

Jacqui @FlightsFancyMom December 15, 2016 - 8:53 am

Tis the season to enjoy tons of baking! Making candies is also one of my favorite things to do. These turtles look fantastic!

candy December 15, 2016 - 10:30 am

Making candy at christmas is a special tradition I do with my daughter. We always make these turtles one because they are our favorite and two they do make great gifts.

Dee December 15, 2016 - 10:36 am

I am in love with chocolate turtles, but I have never dreamed that I would be able to make them myself. Thank you so much for sharing I am going to have to try this recipe over the holiday break.

Pam December 15, 2016 - 5:07 pm

We make a ton of candy every Christmas season. I have been looking for a good turtle recipe to try this year.

Jenn @ EngineerMommy December 15, 2016 - 5:40 pm

Wow, these treats look absolutely incredible! I would definitely love to try this recipe this weekend. I know the whole family would love these desserts!

Bella December 15, 2016 - 8:47 pm

These look fantastic (even though they don’t look like turtles haha). Turtles are one of my favorite chocolates so this would save me a lot of money!

rika December 16, 2016 - 2:07 am

These chocolate candies look so delicious.. I love easy recipe, can’t wait to try this!

Lisa Favre December 17, 2016 - 7:43 am

My boss loves Turtles chocolates! This is something I should make for him – he would love it!

Lori Vachon December 17, 2016 - 11:28 am

Of all the sweets I’ve prepared for the holiday seasons I’ve never made Turtles! I’m going to make them one of these years, yours look delish!

Garf December 18, 2016 - 8:07 am

This is definitely a hit for the holiday. Looks so good. Thanks for sharing the recipe, I can’t wait to give it a try.

Anosa December 18, 2016 - 8:59 am

These look absolutely delicious not had these kind of candy turtles before. Thanks and Merry Christmas

LaShawn December 18, 2016 - 7:52 pm

OMG i remember these when i was younger, we called them Katydids I think? I haven’t seen them in years!

Nikka Shae December 18, 2016 - 8:15 pm

All I can say is yummy!!! This is perfect anytime of the day!!

Jasmine Watts December 19, 2016 - 6:39 am

Chocolate is my favorite flavor and this sounds delicious! I would love to try out this recipe!

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