Unlike a lot of people, I'm not really scared by candy-making. Fudge? Easy. Caramels? Been there, done that. Pralines? 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
40 pecan halves
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.