Sea Salt Caramel Pecan Turtles are the perfect candy to make and give as gifts, especially holiday food gifts, or to snack on any time of the year!
Caramel Pecan Turtles are one of my favorite candies! I mean, what’s not to love about caramel, chocolate and nuts? The best part is how easy they are to make. Toast some pecans, add a caramel candy and top with melted chocolate. I started adding sea salt a few years ago when the “salted caramel” craze took hold. Sometimes I’ll top them with chopped nuts too. I clipped this recipe out of the Pasadena Star News at least a decade ago, and have been making them for the holidays ever since. Line a baking pan with a silpat or parchment paper.Arrange pecans in groups of 3. Lightly toast pecans. Top each cluster with an unwrapped caramel. Soften in the oven for just a few minutes.
Lightly press down caramel.
Make some of these sea salt caramel pecan turtles for someone you love, and don’t forget yourself!
- 72 pecan halves
- 24 caramel candies, unwrapped
- 1 6 ounce package chocolate chips, chocolate or semi-sweet
- Heat oven to 350*F. Place a sheet of aluminum foil, on a cookie sheet and spray with vegetable oil.
- For each candy, place 3 pecan halves in a "Y" shape on the foil. Place on caramel over the center. Bake about 6-7 minutes, just until the caramel melts. The caramels might still appear un-melted, press them gently with the back of a spatula to flatten slightly. Cool 2-3 minutes.
- Melt chocolate chips over a very low heat (or use a double boiler), stirring. Spoon chocolate over the candies, leaving just the tips of the pecans uncovered. Sprinkle with sea salt flakes. Chill until chocolate firms, about 10 minutes. Makes 24
Looking for more edible gifts? How about Peppermint Bark Cups? Or Chocolate Truffles?