These sweet and salty, three-ingredient candies are made from pretzels, Rolos, and pecans. This delicious Turtle Candy can be ready in about 15 minutes and makes such a great holiday treat or snack.
Merry Christmas Eve! I wanted to sneak one more treat in here before the big day! With only three ingredients, Turtle Candy is also one of the easiest treats to make –it’s the perfect last-minute dessert or snack if you’re short on time.
Turtles are a delicious treat developed in the early 1900s that have caramel, chocolate, and some sort of nut (typically pecans). When those Turtle candies were first made over a century ago they looked like a turtle, which is how they got their name. While there are a few different ways to make turtle candy (including with homemade caramel), today I’m sharing our favorite way to make them. Not only are they super tasty, they also require very little effort!
How to make Turtle Candy
- Lay out pretzels: You can use pretzel twists or pretzel snaps.
- Unwrap the Rolos®: Place them right in the center of the pretzels. If you’re unfamiliar with Rolos caramel chocolates, you can learn more here.
- Bake: Bake for 2-3 minutes or until the Rolos are soft but not fully melted.
- Add pecan: Press a toasted pecan half gently on top of the Rolo.
- Press down: Press lightly on the hot Rolo to get it evenly spread across the entire width of the pretzel.
- Lastly, sprinkle with sea salt if you’re a salt lover like me.
Turtle Candy quick tips
- Toast pecans: While optional, toasting the pecans adds another layer of flavor to these candies (see more information on this below).
- Line pans: Make sure to use parchment paper or a Silpat liner to prepare the pans before adding the pretzels. This will ensure the candies come up nicely once hardened.
- Watch carefully: Watch the Rolos while they’re in the oven; if they bake too long, they’ll get too melty and will end up too hard once they’re cooled.
- Work quickly: Press the pecans in quickly before the Rolos harden too much.
I like to toast the pecans to enhance the flavor (and even the texture) of Turtle Candy. The Kitchn goes into more detail on why it’s often preferred to toast nuts before baking with them.
So how to toast them? Simply spread the pecans in a baking pan and bake at 350 degrees F until golden brown, stirring about halfway through. Generally, nuts will take 6-10 minutes to toast. Watch them carefully; nuts can go from toasted to burned very quickly. Make sure to let the pecans cool completely before adding to the mix.
More holiday treats
- Chocolate Cookie Recipe
- Reindeer Chow
- Christmas Snack Mix
- Santa Cookies
- White Chocolate Cranberry Cookies
Sweet and salty, three-ingredient candies made from pretzels, Rolos, and pecans. This delicious Turtle Candy can be ready in about 15 minutes and makes such a great holiday treat or snack.
- 25 twist or snap pretzels
- 25 Rolos
- 25 pecan halves (Note 1)
- Optional: sea salt flakes
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. If desired, toast the pecans (See Note 1).
Line a tray with parchment paper or a Silpat liner and place the pretzels on the tray.
Unwrap the Rolos and place on the pretzels.
Bake for 2-3 minutes (See Note 2) or until the Rolos are soft but not melted.
Press the fully cooled pecan halves into the center of the Rolos right out of the oven. Press gently to cover the pretzel with the Rolo. If desired, sprinkle with sea salt flakes while the chocolate is still warm.
Note 1: To toast nuts, simply spread the pecans in a baking pan and bake at 350 degrees F until golden brown, stirring about halfway through. Generally, nuts will take 6-10 minutes to toast. Watch them carefully; nuts can go from toasted to burned very quickly. Make sure to let the pecans cool completely before adding to the candy.
Note 2: If the chocolate is crumbling, it means the oven was too hot or the chocolate was baked too long. I would recommend trying one Turtle at first to test. If it crumbles, reduce the baking time for the rest. Do not use convection oven settings.