Best Chocolate Turtles:Only 4 Ingredients

By: Prasanna| Published: 10:24:00 AM

These chocolate turtles need just 4 ingredients and are perfect for gifting! Crispy pecans covered with caramel and chocolate make the best chocolate caramel pecan turtles.


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These chocolate turtles are so easy and quick to make in under a few minutes and perfect when you crave delicious candy.

If you love picking up the pecan turtles from the candy store then this turtle recipe will surprise you, as they are super fast and delicious. These are perfect for Holidays!


best and easy homemade chocolate pecan turtles

Chocolate Turtles

What are Chocolate Turtles?

Chocolate covered turtles are quick and delicious candy made with crispy pecans covered with chewy caramel and then covered with chocolate.

You can either use white, milk, or dark chocolate as per your choice. Also, you can add some sea salt crystals on top.

What's In Chocolate Turtle Recipe?

 This turtles chocolate recipe needs just 4 ingredients, that's it! They are super easy to make and ready and under 30mins. Once you make these turtles then won't go back to the store and buy anymore!



You will need:

  • Pecans
  • Caramel Squares (soft chewy)
  • Milk or Cream or Half and Half
  • Chocolate (white, milk, or dark)
a bowl with soft caramels and milk
pecan halves on a tray

How to make Chocolate Caramel Pecan Turtles from scratch?

Step1:   In a baking sheet add pecan halves and toast them till fragrant and crisp. You can do this step in a pan on the stovetop too. Keep these aside to cool.

Step2:   In the baking sheet arrange, pecan halves in groups of 4 to 5, by leaving half-inch space between them.

a tray with pecan halves arranged in piles

Step3:   In a glass cup/bowl, add the caramel squares and cream/milk.

Microwave this at regular intervals of 10secs till the caramel starts to bubble. Quickly stir it to form a smooth caramel.

This is will be loose and runny caramel, as it cools it will get thicker.
covering pecans with caramel
pecan clusters with melted caramel

Step4:   Spoon 1 Tablespoon of caramel over the pile of pecans. Refrigerate this for quicker cooling or you can set it aside on the counter.

Step5:    In a glass bowl add the chocolate and coconut oil and let it melt at 10second intervals till the chocolate melts fully. Give a quick stir to the chocolate.

Step6:    Spoon around 2 Tablespoons of chocolate over each turtle, and refrigerate it for a few minutes till the chocolate solidifies.
Serve them and enjoy!

melted chocolate to cover the pecan turtles
melted chocolate covering pecan turtles
pecan turtles with soft caramel and chocolate arranged on a tray
easy and best homemade pecan turtles arranged in a tray

What type of caramels can I use?

Use soft chewy individually wrapped caramels, not the hard ones. 

What chocolate to use to cover homemade turtles?

The best chocolate to use in this recipe is the milk chocolate bar. You can go for a white or dark chocolate bar too. 

Do not use chocolate chips as they harden up instead of melting when heated in the microwave.

How to store homemade chocolate turtles?

These chocolate turtles will last up to 3 weeks when chocolate turtles are stored in an airtight container.

If you want to freeze then arrange them with pieces of parchment or butter paper between them so that they do not stick together and freeze them for up to 2 months.
best and easy homemade chocolate pecan turtles

Tips to make the best turtles chocolate recipe:

  • Toasting pecans in the oven or on the stovetop will make the pecans very crisp and flavorful.
  • Use chocolate bars instead of chocolate chips. Chocolate bars melt well.
  • Adding coconut oil to chocolate bars will make the chocolate smooth and glossy.
  • Use individually wrapped soft caramels. Do not overcook the caramels as they will burn. 
  • Adding milk or cream while melting caramels will make the caramels melt well and be smooth.
  • Instead of pecans, you can also use cashews and almonds to make the turtles.
  • You can use a mix of white, milk, and dark chocolate bars to make this recipe.
  • If you keep the turtles over the counter for caramel or chocolate to get firm then it will take a lot of time. You can also refrigerate the turtles for 15mins to make them firm quickly.
a close up of a pecan chocolate turtle



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