Monday, November 26, 2012

Chocolate Pretzel Turtles

Unlike a lot of people, I'm not really scared by candy-making. Fudge? Easy. Caramels? Been there, done thatPralines? Ok, you get the point...

Candies are GREAT for the holiday season; make candy and bring it to potlucks, parties, or office get-togethers. Package them in cute little boxes and you have an inexpensive homemade gift. If you have kids, homemade candies will give them a lifetime of holiday memories

No time for candymaking? Terrified of bubbling, 200°+ sugar syrup? Just want something EASY? How about turtles? 

Turtles have been around for nearly 100 years - basically, a turtle is a pecan, chocolate and caramel candy that gets its name from the fact that the shape of the dipped candy resembles a turtle. Typically, 2-4 pecan halves are on the bottom, then topped/glued together with caramel, then all dipped in chocolate. They're incredibly tasty, but making caramel from scratch, then melting/tempering chocolate can sometimes be a bit much for most people. 

Luckily, this version is MUCH easier. Since I have a ton of pecan halves leftover from pie-making, I knew that this would be a perfect candy to make for a few upcoming holiday parties I'll be attending.

Chocolate Pretzel Turtles

40 pretzel minis or 'snaps'
40 Rolo candies, unwrapped

Place the pretzels on a parchment or Silpat lined baking sheet. Place a single Rolo atop each pretzel.

Bake for 2 minutes in a 300° oven. You only want the candies to SOFTEN, not melt completely. Remove from oven, then immediately press a single pecan half atop each melted Rolo. 

Let cool completely, and keep in an air-tight container.


  1. Totally cool! That's MY kind of candy-making cuz I can't do the 'real' stuff! :)) thank you!!

    1. You're welcome! It doesn't get much easier than this recipe, and the salty/sweet combo is to die for!