Homemade turtle candies make a delicious treat! This simple recipe uses five ingredients and comes together quickly! Great for gifts!

Turtles Recipe from addapinch.com

It’s the last week of our homeschool co-op until after the first of the year and I think we are positively, without a doubt, absolutely ready for the break! Studying for midterms, finalizing projects, and preparing for a mock trial has definitely kept Little Buddy busy over the last few weeks and has had me worrying one day that he’s studying too much and the next day worrying that he’s not studying enough.

I remember when I was in eighth grade, I studied and studied for my Georgia History test for weeks. Coach Prater had drilled in our heads the importance of the test for our overall grades. He stressed it at such a level that I believed being able to label all 159 counties correctly would impact my ability to graduate high school, go to college, find a husband, have children, and everything else in life! The night before the big test, I stayed up with a small flashlight in my room studying until the wee hours of the morning.

I knew my Georgia History facts backwards and forwards. I could rattle them off without hesitation – founded by James Oglethorpe, had three signers to the Declaration of Independence, major economy in agriculture, etc, etc. I was going to ace that test. I just knew it!

And then, as I sat down at my desk to take my exam the next morning, I turned over the test when Coach Prater announced, “begin,” and just then, without any prior warning, my mind went completely blank! Completely, without a doubt, like a big white sheet of paper blank! Needless to say I didn’t ace that test. Not even close.

So, yesterday to drive those memories as far as possible from my mind, I got busy making these turtle candies to take and share with the other parents at co-op to celebrate the upcoming break from school, a break from the crazy studying as of late, and to – most importantly – wish them a Merry Christmas!

There’s just something about the combination of chocolate, caramel, and pecans that is perfect for celebrations, I think.

Turtles Candies Recipe from addapinch.com
Turtles Candies Recipe from addapinch.com

Turtle candies make a delicious chocolate candy treat during the holidays and special occasions. With just a few ingredients, they come together fairly quickly and always make a wonderful present to share! These remind me of the chocolate candies we had while we were on the cruise in October and that I brought home to Bart and Sam from the trip! Talk about delicious!

Make these turtle candies soon! I think you’ll love them!

Turtle Candies Recipe

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Homemade turtle candies make a delicious treat! This simple recipe uses five ingredients and comes together quickly! Great for gifts!
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 36


  • 1 1/2 cups chocolate chips
  • 2 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1 cup pecan halves, plain or roasted
  • 36 caramels, unwrapped
  • 1 tablespoon heavy cream, half and half or milk


  • Line a rimmed sheet pan or cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  • Add chocolate chips and coconut oil to a microwave-safe bowl. Stir together and then microwave in 30-second increments until the chocolate chips have completely softened. Remove from microwave and stir together until smooth.
  • Spread 1/2 teaspoon drops of chocolate onto parchment paper, spaced about three or four per row. This will be the bottom of your turtle candy and will prevent the caramel from sticking.
  • Next arrange you pecan halves onto the warm chocolate.
  • Add caramel and heavy cream to a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave in 30-second intervals until the caramel has melted. Remove from the microwave and stir until smooth. Spoon about 1/2 teaspoon of caramel on top of the pecan halves.
  • Top caramel with a teaspoon full of melted chocolate and spread with the back of the spoon to cover the pecans and caramel as much as possible.
  • Refrigerate for 30 minutes to set completely before serving.


Package with parchment paper separating the turtles to prevent them from sticking together, if needed.


Calories: 103kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 0.01g | Cholesterol: 2mg | Sodium: 30mg | Potassium: 33mg | Fiber: 0.5g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 29IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 25mg | Iron: 0.2mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Robyn xo

Disclosure: I was a guest of Princess Cruises.

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    1. I wish you lived closer and I’d definitely share them with you! I was in a candy-making zone and made more than I needed for my son’s school!

    1. Thanks so much, Amanda. Thankfully, they are easy as can be, too. Wait, maybe that’s not a good thing! πŸ™‚

    1. Hi Leslie,
      The answer is debatable in my house! My son loves dark chocolate and my husband loves milk – so they would each answer a different way! I think it totally depends on your preference.

  1. I followed recipe. They got soft after taking out of refrigerator Now I don’t know what to do with them .
    They have to stay cold?

    1. Hi Karen,
      Once the chocolate has set in the refrigerator, they should be fine to keep out of the refrigerator – depending on your climate and the temperature of your home. You want them to be soft enough to bite into without any issues but firm enough to hold together. I hope that helps!

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    These turtles. remind me of the yummy ones I used to get at a local candy shop., I made some with almonds and others with almonds. Loved by all those I’ve shared them with at parties and as gifts!

  3. Robyn…these look AMAZING!!!!! Going to have to make these…ASAP!

    PS: so happy to NO be studying for mid-terms! πŸ˜‰