Chocolate Pecan Caramel Turtles

Who doesn’t love chocolate? Especially chocolate combined with ooey gooey caramel and toasted pecans. Ahhh…a match made in taste bud Heaven. These chocolate pecan caramel turtles will give you a triple dose of extreme palate satisfaction. I believe that you will gladly like, I do, help yourself to another two or three. Who could blame you?

These Chocolate Pecan Caramel Turtles are absolutely mouthwatering. They are good either chilled in the refrigerator or in an ambient temperature. I like to devour mine not as cold, because I enjoy the gooey caramel melting onto my tongue, creating the perfect union with the chocolate and toasted pecans.

I used pecans for this recipe. Feel free to experiment with other nuts if you are not a fan of pecans. Cashews are a good nut to substitute, in lieu of pecans. Salted cashews add a really great flavor! If you are allergic to nuts, then just use caramel. If you want the crunchiness, add a few crushed up salted pretzels in your turtle creation. Do whatever suits your taste buds.

Chocolate Pecan Caramel Turtles

5 from 2 votes
Recipe by Madison Course: DessertDifficulty: Easy


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  • 1/2 cup 1/2 pecans, broken in pieces

  • 5 ounces 5 chewy caramels (mine came in a pack)

  • 6 ounces 6 semi-sweet chocolate chips

  • 1 teaspoon 1 water


  • On a baking sheet, lined with parchment paper (wax paper will work, but the caramel will be a little sticky to the wax paper) place an equal amount of toasted pecans in separate piles on the lined baking sheet. (Optional step: If you choose, roast pecans in the oven for 5 Minutes on 375° F/190° C).
  • After melting your caramel, either, in the microwave or on the stove top using one teaspoon of water to liquefy the caramels a little, pour the caramel gently over the pecans.
  • Next, once the caramel sets or hardens on top of the pecans (a couple minutes), pour your melted chocolate chips over the caramel and place in the refrigerator to set for 30 minutes.
  • Serve either cold or room temperature. Enjoy your treat!


  • Roasting your pecans will bring out their natural nutty flavor.
  • Be sure to melt chocolate and caramel on medium low so they do not burn.

Truly have fun with this candy recipe. This candy treat is a fun and clever way to get the entire family involved, especially, the little ones. Kids love to play games and stay busy using their minds and hands. They love to count, and they are pretty precise with numbers. You can turn this no-bake dessert into a fun and stress-free learning experience. And if they are old enough, someone can read the instructions (the teacher), someone can count the pecans (the mathematician), and someone can mix in the ingredients (the scientist). See how much fun that sounds? Innovative learning, with hands-on experience.

Since you are never too old to learn, I figured I would learn a little history myself about chocolate turtles. So, just in case you too, are curious, I Googled the history of this delicious candy. I found out that the chocolate turtles, were created in the United States in 1918 by Johnson’s Candy Company, which later became DeMet’s Candy Company. The creator thought the chocolate shell resembled a turtle, and that is how it got its name.

This candy recipe is super easy. Three ingredients are all you will need. Semi-sweet chocolate chips, chewy caramels and pecans will do the trick for this fun recipe. A little tip about the pecans: I roasted mine in the oven for about five minutes, then, once cooled, broke the pecans in pieces instead of using the whole or halve pecan.

Feel free to double the recipe I am giving you. I usually will halve my dessert recipes most times. I made ten chocolate turtles and two went magically missing before I took the picture for this blog. Yes, I am Guilty as Charged and Pleasantly Pleased. I know you too, will get a thrill making and eating something so delectable. It is not only a fun recipe but, might I say, it makes you feel like a kid all over again. Perhaps, as an adult, your children or grandchildren’s title for you, might even be Culinary Tester.

Enjoy every savory bite!


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