got pecans? Make Turtles!

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“All you need is love.

But a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt.”

Charles M. Schulz

Spanish Moss dripping from Oak trees. Quaint Southern streets. Welcome to Georgia! This sweet song keeps Georgia on my mind.

A roadside sign lures me in for local Georgia Pecans!

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So many pecans, so little time.

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Fresh, crunchy, decadent pecans.

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Loaded up with my stash, I spotted this sign. Got me thinking that I can make my own Pecan Candy!

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My love for Pecan Turtles dates back to when I was young. I rode my pink bike (with pink basket) throughout our neighborhood, selling chocolates as a fundraiser for my brothers JV football team. But, between the hot Miami sun and my girlish appetite, not many turtles survived. Sorry, dear brother.

Turtles get their name from their turtle-like shape.  Sweet, buttery caramel, and silky, smooth chocolate cover crunchy, toasted pecans. Irresistible. Yet so easy to make. You will never buy boxed chocolates again! (Even if a girl is selling them for her brother’s football team!)

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 “Try to be like the turtle – at ease in your own shell.”

Bill Copeland

CHOCOLATE PECAN CARAMEL TURTLES

Yields 60 turtles

INGREDIENTS:

1 1/2 pounds pecan halves (raw or lightly toasted)

1 cup unsalted butter

2 cups brown sugar

1 cup light corn syrup (Karo)

1 (14oz) can Sweetened Condensed Milk

¼ teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

One package (24oz) Chocolate Almond Bark (or chocolate chips)

Half package (12 oz) White Chocolate Almond Bark (or white chocolate chips) (optional)

PREPARATION:

Arrange clusters of 4 or 5 pecans on greased cookie sheets. (I used parchment paper.)

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Melt butter, sugar and salt in a heavy pot. Stir until combined. Stir in corn syrup and mix well.

Gradually add condensed milk, stirring constantly.

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Cook to firm candy stage, about 12 to 15 minutes (240 degrees using a candy thermometer).

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Remove from heat and add vanilla.

Carefully spoon caramel sauce over arranged pecans, enough to cover pecans. Let cool.

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Melt almond bark/chocolate over double boiler.

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Spoon chocolate on top of cooled caramel. Let cool.

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Repeat with melted white chocolate, if desired.

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Allow turtles to cool and set completely (at room temperature or in the refrigerator) before removing and packaging.

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Store refrigerated in airtight container. Bring to room temperature before serving.

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Caramel, pecans and chocolate are “so happy together!”  Just like the song says, by, of course … The Turtles! Enjoy!

Happy 2015!!

What is your favorite homemade candy?

Shared with: Mix It Up Monday, Motivation Monday Gluten Free Fridays, Natural Family Friday  Simple Saturdays, Motivation Monday, Clever Chick’s Bloghop, Mix It Up Monday, Home and Garden Thursdays, Recipe Round Up, Great Ideas Thursday, Full Plate Thursday, Fiesta Friday, Foodie Friday, Weekend Bites

Original photos courtesy of Seedy Lawyer.  All rights reserved.

  • Christy

    These look great. I love caramel and pecans. Visiting from Great Ideas Thursday. Happy New Year!

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  • Mr Fitz

    wowsers! I wish I could lay my hands on pecans like that!

  • Sarah

    I love your turtles!

  • I love the chocolate, caramel and pecan combination!

  • Johanne Lamarche

    These would bring me to my knees! My parents used to always bring back a bag of those pecans when driving home from Florida to Canada. Nothing like them for freshness!

  • Kaila

    Happy Fiesta Friday! Thank you so much for brining these to the party! I loved your opening quote about chocolate. For Christmas my mom received a similar quote along the lines of “Nothing is better than good friends, except for good friends with chocolate.” I’m sure these turtles will be eaten quickly at the fiesta, and of course, have a wonderful 2015!

  • Miz Helen

    I do have some pecans and will be making these awesome treats! Thanks so much for starting your 2015 with Full Plate Thursday and have a great week.
    Happy New Year!
    Miz Helen

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  • thenotsocreativecook

    These look delicious. 😀

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  • Oh those look so GOOD!! I think I may have some pecans… if I do, I’m definitely making these 😀

  • Cindy (Vegetarianmamma)

    Thanks for linking up at our Gluten Free Fridays Party! I have tweeted and pinned your entry to our Gluten Free Fridays board on Pinterest! 🙂 I can’t wait to see what you share next time!
    -Cindy