Homemade Turtles Candies Recipe

Make the classic Turtles candies in your kitchen with just a few simple ingredients and in a few minutes! Toasted pecans are covered with delicious caramel and topped with chocolate to create an easy, irresistible holiday or any-time dessert!

Homemade Turtles Candies

Childhood holiday memories are saturated with sugary sweets in my mind. At Christmas-time, my mom always filled our home with goodies. I remember those striped hard candies that sat on our coffee table. I remember exactly how they felt in my fingers and exactly how they tasted. I also remember the boxes of Turtles candies that I swooned over. The pecans held the irresistible gooey caramel and chocolate together to create a cute little turtle-looking candy that was IMPOSSIBLE to resist. I indulged mannnnny a-time over these yummy candies.

How do you make homemade Turtles candies?

If you love the iconic candy as much as I do, I have great news for you! They are super easy to make in your very own kitchen, using just a few ingredients and with minimal effort. You’ll need: pecans, caramel bits and chocolate chips. Toast the pecans for a few minutes in the oven for an extra little kick of delicious flavor. Arrange the pecans in clusters of 4, top with melted caramel followed by melted chocolate. Place in the fridge until you are ready to serve. That’s it! Easy peasy!

Homemade Turtles Candies

What are some other good Christmas candy recipes?

Ahh my favorite topic! Christmas treats! The good thing about Christmas goodies is that you don’t have to get too fancy to please people. Oreo Balls are a great example, requiring only 3 ingredients and tasting like Christmas heaven. Salted Maple Bourbon Caramels are a unique and yummy way to enjoy homemade caramels. Have you ever imagined that you can make your very own Butterfinger Candy Bar Bites? It’s true and sooo soo yummy. The homemade candy that blew my mind but that turned out really well was Old-Fashioned Gumdrops. I know! Yum!

Please leave me a comment and tell me what your favorite Christmas candy is, whether it is store-bought or homemade. Inquiring minds want to know!

I am hoping you all have a wonderful, peaceful, lovely week leading up to Christmas. There will be more goodies coming in the next few days, so check back! See ya, friends.

Homemade Turtles Candies
candy, dessert, caramel, chocolate
Yield: 34

Homemade Turtles Candies

prep time: 30 minscook time: 15 minstotal time: 45 mins

Make the classic Turtles candy in your kitchen with just a few simple ingredients and in a few minutes! Toasted pecans are covered with delicious caramel and topped with chocolate to create an easy, irresistible holiday or anytime dessert!


  • 3 cups pecans
  • 11-oz. package caramel bits + 2 tablespoons milk or water
  • 12-oz. package semi-sweet chocolate chips


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Arrange the pecans in a single layer on a large baking sheet and bake in the preheated oven for 10 minutes. Let cool. Line 2 baking sheets with wax or parchment paper and spray lightly with cooking spray. Place pecans in clusters of four on the prepared baking sheets.
  2. In a small saucepan, heat the caramel bits and milk (or water) over medium-low heat. Stir constantly until mixture is smooth and free of lumps. Spoon approximately 1 tablespoon of caramel over the top center of each pecan cluster. Place baking sheets in the refrigerator.
  3. Place the chocolate chips into a microwave-safe bowl and heat in the microwave for 60 seconds. Stir and heat in 30-second intervals, stirring after each, until smooth and creamy. Remove baking sheets from the fridge and spoon approximately 1 tablespoon of the melted chocolate over the top centers of the caramel. Return baking sheets to the fridge for 30 minutes, or until ready to serve.
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