Here’s a delicious dessert treat you can serve at parties and family gatherings (or even just to treat yourself): Chocolate Turtles! These delicious pecan, caramel, and chocolate bites are so good you’ll have trouble keeping your hands off them! (And they’ll probably taste even better than any turtle candies you’ve ever purchased!)
Chocolate Turtles are straightforward to make, so don’t be intimidated by the need to melt caramel and chocolate. They are super quick to make (about 10-20 minutes), not including caramel melting time and setting time.
The History of Chocolate Turtles
Chocolate Turtles were developed back in 1932 by Bobbi and Louis Gordon Hooper, at Hooper’s Confections Company in Oakland, California, while Louis still hand-delivered their confectionary on a Harley Davidson motorcycle! The Chocolate Turtles became popular in the bay area, and other confectioners copied the new style.
How to Make Chocolate Turtles
The first thing you need to do is assemble your ingredients, the recipe below will make about 30 medium/large turtles.
- 16 ounces Callebaut Melting Chocolate
- 1 Cup Peter’s Caramel
- 8 ounces pecan halves– whole or chopped both will work
- Melt your caramel and chocolate as per instructions on the packaging and your
- Use a non-stick board or roll out a piece of parchment paper to work on.
- Optional: bake your pecans in the oven at 350F for 10 minutes for toasted pecans
– not essential but will kick your Chocolate Turtles up a gear!
- Arrange small handfuls of pecans (about ¼ cup) on your board in small clusters. If
you’re using whole pecans, three to five pecans are enough.
- Optional: if you want your Chocolate Turtles to look like turtles, arrange some
pecan halves around your clusters to look like a head and feet. This is by no
means an essential step for taste, but it is if you want your turtles to resemble a
genuine turtle shape.
- Remove your caramel from the stove or oven and use a large spoon and drizzle a
spoonful of caramel over each of the clusters. If your caramel starts to harden too
soon, simply warm it back up for a couple of minutes and then continue.
- Use a large spoon to pour a spoonful of chocolate onto the top of each turtle.
- Leave to set at room temperature (at least two hours until the chocolate has fully
set) or pop in the freezer for 5 minutes, or until fully set.
- Note: You can double/triple this recipe- turtles will store beautifully in your fridge for many weeks or in your freezer for several months.
You can top your turtles with a little salt for a little kick, broken pieces of honeycomb, or anything else you like!