I absolutely love the combination of chocolate, caramel and nuts! I decided recently that I was going to make “Chocolate Caramel Pecan Turtle Candy” for my husband. I have never made them before, but figured I was up to the challenge. I was admittedly nervous about the caramel making. I have never attempted to make homemade caramel before. I have heard from some people who said it was easy and others who said it was super hard. So, my apprehension was pretty high going into this. Luckily, the process was very easy and these came out simply incredible. Also, one of the best parts about trying these out is that I now have a delicious caramel recipe that I can use to make homemade candies now. So, if you are looking for a crunchy, sweet and melt in your mouth candy treat, give these “Chocolate Caramel Pecan Turtle Candies” a try!
- 1/2 cup butter
- 1 1/2 cups chocolate chips
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 tsp vegetable oil
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup corn syrup
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 7 oz of sweetened condensed milk. (These come in typically 14oz cans so use 1/2 of the can)
- 3 cups whole pecans
- Preheat over to 350°
- Place the pecans on a baking sheet.
- Bake for about 10 minutes until they are lightly browned. They will be very fragrant when they are done.
- Remove the pecans from the oven and let cool.
- Next, take a piece of wax paper and line a large sheet pan.
- Take the pecans and make a bunch of small clusters.
- Next, in a large sauce pot, combine the brown sugar, butter, corn syrup and salt.
- Bring to a boil over medium heat.
- Add in the vanilla extract and sweetened condensed milk.
- You will need to continue cooking and stirring this mixture until it reaches 235°.
- Remove from heat.
- Quickly, spoon your desired amount over the pecan clusters.
- Let them sit so the caramel can harden.
- Next, in a medium-sized, microwave safe bowl, combine the chocolate chips and oil.
- In the microwave, melt the mixture until it is smooth. (You will be able to achieve this by heating it up in intervals. Cook for a few seconds and then stir. Repeat multiple times until smooth).
- Once the mixture is smooth, spoon the chocolate on top of the caramel.
- Let sit for 1-2 hours until hardened. (This time may vary)
- One way to test to see if caramel is done, is to drop a small spoonful of the hot caramel into ice water. If you take it out of the water and can roll it into a ball, then you know it’s done.
- Make sure the caramel is touching each pecan in the cluster. If not, the pecan clusters will fall apart.