Turtle Candy

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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. 

Can’t get enough caramel, chocolate, and pecans? Try this turtle bark or these sugar cookie turtle pudding cups.

Overhead image of Turtle Candy with sea salt on them.

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.

Turtle Candy

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!

Process shots-- images of homemade Turtle Candy in various phases of the process.

How to make Turtle Candy

  1. Lay out pretzels: You can use pretzel twists or pretzel snaps.
  2. 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.
  3. Bake: Bake for 2-3 minutes or until the Rolos are soft but not fully melted.
  4. Add pecan: Press a toasted pecan half gently on top of the Rolo.
  5. Press down: Press lightly on the hot Rolo to get it evenly spread across the entire width of the pretzel.
  6. 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.

Toasting pecans

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. 

Up-close image of the finished Turtle Candy.

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Turtle Candy

5 from 3 votes
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. 
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Turtle Candy

5 from 3 votes
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. 
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword turtle candy
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 3 minutes
Total Time 13 minutes
Servings 25 turtles
Calories 73kcal

Ingredients

  • 25 twist or snap pretzels
  • 25 Rolos
  • 25 pecan halves (Note 1)
  • Optional: sea salt flakes

Instructions

  • 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.

Recipe Notes

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.

Nutrition Facts

Serving: 25turtles | Calories: 73kcal | Carbohydrates: 9.3g | Protein: 1.2g | Fat: 3.7g | Cholesterol: 0.7mg | Sodium: 85.7mg | Fiber: 0.6g | Sugar: 4.1g

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