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Video:How to Make Turtles Candy

with Elizabeth LaBau

Turtles are a classic candy made from just three ingredients: pecans, caramel, and chocolate. This simple turtle candy recipe is made entirely in the microwave and comes together in no time.See Transcript

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Transcript:How to Make Turtles Candy

Ingredients for Turtles Candy

To make turtles, you will need:
  • 6 oz, or about 1-1/2 cups, of toasted pecan halves
  • 12 ounces of unwrapped soft caramels
  • 8 ounces of semi-sweet chocolate

Arrange Pecans on Non-Stick Cookie Sheet

Start by covering a cookie sheet with foil or waxed paper, and spraying it very well with nonstick cooking spray.

Arrange the pecans in small clusters on the baking sheet, with 3 or 4 pecans to a cluster.

Melt the Caramel and Pour on Pecans

If your soft caramels are actually pretty hard, add a spoonful of water or cream to them before melting, so that they will be softer in the final product.

Microwave the caramels until melted, stirring after every 30 seconds or so. When they're done, you'll have a fluid and smooth caramel sauce.

Using a spoon, place a scoop of melted caramel on top of each pecan cluster. It doesn’t have to be too pretty or precise, these are meant to look rustic.

Melt the Chocolate and Pour onto Caramels

Once all of the clusters have caramel, melt the chocolate in the microwave, stirring after every 30 seconds, until it's smooth and liquid.

Now pour a spoonful of chocolate over the caramel layer, again, not worrying too much about perfection. Just try to get most of the caramel covered by chocolate.

Refrigerate the Candies

Once they're done, refrigerate them to set the chocolate and caramel, for about 20 minutes.

Now these are best eaten at room temperature, so the caramel isn't too hard, but you can store them in the refrigerator for up to a week.

I think you'll be surprised at how good this quick & easy candy is.
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