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Turtle Candy – a homemade candy of pecans, covered in gooey caramel and topped with chocolate!
One of my favorite things about the holidays is all the baking and making treats! There are so many that hold memories from childhood and new ones I want to try.
This turtle candy recipe is a homemade version of one that my mom used to buy from the store every year when I was a kid. And just like so many other things, it is so much better homemade!
When the holidays roll around, I love to give homemade gifts. I think that it shows so much more thought and effort than getting a gift card or something generic. And homemade candy like this is such a great gift that everyone loves.
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This year more than ever I am loving that I can get literally everything I need for the holidays at Safeway. One stop shopping is pretty much the name of the game right now. Plus Safeway proudly stands behind their exclusive brands with a 100% money-back guarantee, so I know I can trust what I am buying.
I recently had the opportunity to join a virtual event with floral designer and chief eventeur Debi Lilly. We learned all about how to elevate your home and gifting with high-quality, affordable ‘grocery to gorgeous’ tips and tricks.
I mean how pretty is this Alpine arrangement from debi lilly design™. In the event we learned all about how flowers instantly help our brains feel happy and less stressed. They are a great way to bring cheer this holiday season. You can pick up already pre-arranged bouquets, at a reasonable price, right in the floral depart of your local Albertsons Companies store. All you have to do is cut them open, put in a vase and add water. And they are great to mix up and make your own. You can break up one bouquet into a few small ones by putting them in mason jars for your holiday table.
What better way to spend an afternoon than making this gorgeous floral arrangement as well as making and enjoying holiday treats! The holiday season can get busy, and making homemade treats isn’t always feasible. Which is why I love the Signature SELECT™ Seasonal Cheesecake Platter. It includes 4 varieties of cheesecake in one platter, so everyone will have something they love! This is perfect for my picky family or even entertaining!
What Are Turtle Candies Made Of
They are super simple, but oh so delicious! You often see turtle candy in chocolate shops all over the place, but making them at home is so darn easy and tasty.
Why is Turtle Candy Called Turtle?
They get their name from the way they look. The pecans peeking out the bottom look like the feet, and the chocolate is like the hard turtle shell.
How To Make Turtle Candy
- Arrange pecans in little clusters on a lined baking sheet.
- Melt together caramel and milk until smooth. You can microwave at 50% power for 45 seconds at a time, stirring after each time.
- Spoon melted caramel over the pecans. It will get into all the cracks and act like glue to hold everything together. Let the caramel set up for just a few minutes before you add the chocolate.
- In a separate bowl melt the chocolate and shortening together.
- Spoon chocolate over the caramel. Let it set up and harden before serving.
How To Store
Store homemade turtle candy in an air tight container at room temperature for about 2 weeks. You to not need to refrigerate these. If it is very warm where you are storing them, you may want to keep them chilled so the chocolate doesn’t melt.
Turtles make a great gift for friends and neighbors over the holidays. They are great to give in a jar with a festive ribbon.
Can You Freeze Turtle Candy
Yep, you can freeze these. If you want to make a big batch at the beginning of the holiday season, they will last in an air tight container for a few months in the freezer.
There are so many easy ways to mix things up!
- Top with a little bit of sea salt for a sweet and salty combo that is delicious
- Top with chopped nuts or coconut for a different twist.
- Mix up your chocolate. I like to use semi-sweet chocolate, but if you love dark chocolate or milk chocolate they both work well.
- Use different nuts! I love to make it with cashews, but almonds or even walnuts would be delicious.
I shopped at Safeway, but you can also find everything you need, for not only the turtles, but the cheesecake platter and the floral arrangement as well, at Albertsons Companies family of stores, including Albertsons, Safeway, ACME Markets, Jewel-Osco, Randalls, Shaw’s Supermarket, Star Market, Tom Thumb and Vons.
Safeway also offers Grocery Delivery and DriveUp & Go™ for convenient ways to shop!
More Fun Christmas Recipes
- Frosted Sugar Cookies
- Christmas Magic Bars
- Andes Mint Cake Mix Cookies
- White Chocolate M&M Fudge
- Chocolate Toffee Bars
- 1 1/2 cups toasted pecan halves
- 14 oz caramels, unwrapped
- 1 Tbsp milk
- 1 1/2 cups semi sweet chocolate chips
- 1 tsp shortening
- Arrange 18 piles of pecans on a lined baking sheet.
- In a microwave safe bowl melt the caramel and the milk together. Microwave at 50% power for 45 seconds at a time, stirring after each time.
- Once fully melted, spoon caramel over the pecans. Make sure to kind of spread it around, so they all stick together once cooled. Let the caramel set up for about 30 minutes.
- Meanwhile, melt chocolate chips and the shortening together. If using a microwave follow the same technique as the caramel.
- Spoon melted chocolate over the caramel and the pecans. You can leave a little bit of the pecans sticking out
- Let the chocolate set before serving.
Amount Per Serving Calories 216Total Fat 13gSaturated Fat 4gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 8gCholesterol 2mgSodium 56mgCarbohydrates 28gFiber 2gSugar 23gProtein 2g
Nutrition Disclaimer: All information presented on this site is intended for informational purposes only. I am not a certified nutritionist and any nutritional information shared on dinnersdishesanddesserts.com should only be used as a general guideline.
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