Island Sea Turtles

Island Sea Turtles

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"A twist on the classic turtle, this addictive candy brings together macadamia nuts and bittersweet chocolate with a buttery coconut caramel. Topped with a sprinkling of sea salt, it's the perfect blend of sweet and savory."
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Ingredients

1 h 10 m servings 215 cals
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Nutrition

  • Calories:
  • 215 kcal
  • 11%
  • Fat:
  • 14.1 g
  • 22%
  • Carbs:
  • 21.8g
  • 7%
  • Protein:
  • 2.1 g
  • 4%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 10 mg
  • 3%
  • Sodium:
  • 49 mg
  • 2%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  • ** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.
  • (-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. Place macadamia nuts in 36 clusters of 4 to 7 nuts each, 2 inches apart; set aside.
  2. Toast coconut in oven for about 5 minutes or until lightly browned. Pulse in food processor or chop into shorter strands.
  3. Butter the inside of a heavy 3-quart saucepan. Melt 1/2 cup butter over low heat. Add sugar, corn syrup and sweetened condensed milk; mix well. Increase heat to medium-high and bring mixture to a boil, stirring frequently. Reduce heat to medium and continue to boil, stirring frequently until mixture reaches 244 degrees F on a candy thermometer.
  4. Remove saucepan from heat, stir in vanilla and coconut. Cool slightly; spoon a tablespoon of coconut caramel over each nut cluster; cool completely.
  5. Place chocolate in a microwave-safe dish. Microwave 30 seconds on high, stir and continue to microwave in 10- to 20-second intervals, stirring after each. Chocolate should be smooth, but not warm. Dip tops of caramel-nut clusters in chocolate and sprinkle with sea salt. Place in refrigerator to set chocolate.
  6. Store in an airtight container at room temperature, separating layers with wax paper for up to 1 week.

Footnotes

  • Tip: To prevent the formation of sugar crystals in the caramel, wash down the sides of pan using a pastry brush dipped in water.

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This was the easiest caramel recipe. I used it to make carameled apples. I didn't use the coconut for the turtles but other that that it came out perfect. I had no problems with sugar crystals f...

Most helpful critical review

If I had to make these over again I would make some minor adjustments. 4-5 nuts in a cluster are just right. Make sure all of your macadamia nuts are halved. Also, 244 degrees is just too hot...

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This was the easiest caramel recipe. I used it to make carameled apples. I didn't use the coconut for the turtles but other that that it came out perfect. I had no problems with sugar crystals f...

Its so CUTE!!! I'm sure that i would have a bite of it if i could...... For the recipe, i wish to make a little suggestion: Maybe you could correct it by using chocolate, because chocolate taste...

Very good, carmel stays soft and chewy. I used chocolate chips because I didn't have bittersweet chocolate. That seemed a bit too sweet. Next time I will be sure to use bittersweet chocolate.

These are very yummy and a great spin on turtles. A couple of suggestions.....remove from heat at about 238 to 240. Certainly store in the fridge, but take out a couple of hours before serving...

If I had to make these over again I would make some minor adjustments. 4-5 nuts in a cluster are just right. Make sure all of your macadamia nuts are halved. Also, 244 degrees is just too hot...

Very clever and very yummy. This was my first attempt at candy making and I'm pretty impressed. My caramel stayed very soft, so plan on treating these guys gentley. Also I had to wait quite aw...

Carmel lacked flavor

These taste great! The only tricky part is assembling the turtles early enough that the caramel is still soft, but not so early that the turtles "spread" and deform after you create them. Keep a...

Caramel too sticky and didn't come off my candy wrappers. It was delicious though!

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