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Poor Man's Turtle Candy

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Sarah Perreault
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Take me into a candy shop, and I will walk out with a turtle candy every time. Nothing beats the combination of chocolate, caramel, and pecans. With only three ingredients, you can quickly whip together a version of this crunchy, melt-in-your-mouth treat. I call it “Poor Man’s Turtles.” Warning: It’s addictive! 

It is one of those recipes you don’t need to write down—it’s that easy. It makes you say, “Why didn’t I think of that?

Make these turtle candies for Valentine’s Day, Christmas—or whenever you need a fix. They’re a great last-minute treat for any potluck or gathering.

Small bite-sized pretzels (square shape works the best)
Chocolate covered caramels (such as ROLOS® candies)
Pecan halves
Optional: Candy sprinkles (optional)
Optional: Pink and/or red candy melts (available at craft stores)
  1. Preheat the oven to 275ºF. Spray a cookie sheet with non-stick spray. Or, line a cookie sheet with parchment or aluminum foil.
  2. Place pretzels on a tray in a single layer, salted side up, spacing at least an inch apart.
  3. Unwrap caramel candies and place one on top of each pretzel. Bake for 3 minutes (or, as long as it takes to soften, but not melt).
  4. Remove from the oven and gently press a pecan half into each softened candy.
  5. Optional: Shake candy sprinkles over everything if using.
  6. Set the cookie sheet aside to cool. Let harden (pop in the fridge for about 10 minutes to speed up this step).
  7. Once cooled, place a handful of candy melts in a zip-top plastic bag and microwave on 50% power in 30-second intervals, stopping to knead the bag in between until it is smooth.
  8. Snip the very tip of one corner of the bag, then drizzle over the Turtle candies. Allow to cool.
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Sarah Perreault

Senior editor, Sarah Perreault, works on all things Almanac, but is especially proud to be the editor of our Old Farmer’s Almanac for Kids series. Read More from Sarah Perreault

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