Turtle Candy

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Turtle candy is the perfect sweet treat to make during the holiday to give as gifts, or as part of a dessert buffet. Lightly toasted pecans are covered with soft caramel and chocolate then sprinkled with finely chopped pecans or sea salt.

Turtle candy.

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. (This post was originally published on August 18th, 2011. As an Amazon Affiliate, I earn commission on qualifying purchases.)

Turtle candy.

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.

turtle candy.

How to make turtle candy

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.

Pecans and caramels.

Arrange pecans in groups of 3. Top each cluster with a caramel candy.  Lightly press down caramel.

pecans and caramel press down.

Top with melted chocolate and a sprinkle of sea salt or chopped nuts.

 Turtles with chocolate.

Turtle candy is easy enough for the kids to help make.

Turtle candy with pecans and caramel.

Looking for more edible gifts, what about Chocolate Truffles or Peppermint Bark Cups?

turtle candy.

Sea Salt Caramel Pecan Turtles

Pecan Turtles with Sea Salt
5 from 44 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Course Sweets
Cuisine Candy
Servings 24 pieces
Calories 106 kcal


  • 72 pecan halves
  • 24 caramel candies unwrapped
  • 6 ounces chocolate chips dark chocolate or semi-sweet
  • 1/8 cup pecans finely chopped (optional)
  • sea salt flakes (optional)


  • Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Place a sheet of parchment or silpat, on a cookie sheet. Lightly toast pecans for 2-3 minutes.
  • For each candy, place 3 pecan halves in a "Y" shape on the foil.
  • Place on caramel over the center of each cluster of pecans. 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 additional nuts or sea salt flakes. Chill until chocolate firms, about 10 minutes. Makes 24 turtle candies.


  • The fresher the caramels, the more easily they will melt. 
  • flatten the caramels slightly to help them melt more easily.
  • top turtle candy with sea salt flakes or finely chopped pecans.
  • Store in an airtight container for up to 5 days.


Serving: 1pieceCalories: 106kcalCarbohydrates: 13gProtein: 1gFat: 6gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0.01gCholesterol: 2mgSodium: 29mgPotassium: 41mgFiber: 1gSugar: 11gVitamin A: 23IUVitamin C: 0.1mgCalcium: 25mgIron: 0.2mg
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Gluten free Caramel Pecan Turtles with Sea Salt.
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  1. I made these for my family Christmas. They went over well, but were a little harder than I would like. Is there a way to make them a little softer and creamier? Would not putting them in the fridge after making help?

    I love how simple they are, and want this to be a Christmas tradition!

    Thank you!


    1. You just want to chill them until the chocolate loses its sheen….just a few minutes. You can keep them on the counter, but it will just take longer.

  2. 5 stars
    Dear Cynthia, I make these pecan turtles every year, and they are so lovely and make the perfect gift. And not too hard or involved either. Yours look mouthwatering. Loved the salt lesson. Jon brought me back a big bag of pink Himalayan salt from his missions trip to Nepal last year. He paid something like fifty cents for it. Crazy, huh? And it’s the real deal. Have a beautiful day!

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