Recipe by Cacki
"Quick and easy turtle candies! Mini pretzels, caramel covered chocolate candies, and pecans make up this delicious treat."
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chocolate covered caramel candies
I have been making these for years now and they are always a big hit. I do offer a couple suggestions. I use the round pretzels that are usually available around the holidays. The Rolo fits nicely inside it and makes for the perfect little treat. Also, after these are completely cooled, I melt a cup of white chocolate chips with a little Crisco, place it into a zip lock bag cutting a small hole in the corner. I then drizzle it over the turtles. They turn out beautiful.
It says "chocolate covered caramel candies" and the only ones I could find were Hershey's with caramel centers. Perhaps that was the problem? After 4 minutes at 300, the chocolate was not soft enough to push a pecan into and have it stay. 2 more minutes, then 2 more minutes. I finally tried turning up the temp. That caused the caramel to all ooze out and yet still the chocolate was not soft enough to hold the nuts. All of the nuts fell off, and I was left with gooey sticky caramel pretzels. If Dove chocolate caramels are the only product that will work (as recommended by some reviewers), it would be helpful to put that in the recipe. I may try this again if I can find those.
Do yourself a favor and double the recipe. As long as you're going to make them, it doesn't really add much more time and expense, and these were a big hit! I couldn't find Rolos, but I did find Dove Chocolates w/Caramel. They worked perfectly and are very good (smoother/creamier than Rolos). I also used the square shaped "Snap" pretzels. The chocolates fit very well on top. Baked the candies for only 3 min. - more than enough time. I think any longer and you run the risk of the caramel squishing out of the chocolate candy when you place the pecan halves on top. Be gentle or you'll have a mess on your hands, and they'll be sticky and messier to hold when served. Chill them out in the fridge for 1/2 hr. or so and they should pop right off the parchment paper. I also pre-toasted the pecans. Toasting/roasting nuts always makes them taste better. Coated the pecan halves with a little melted butter, and baked for 10 - 15 min @ 325 (watch to prevent burning). Let cool, then proceed w/recipe. Again - something so easy, and they're really popular!
These have got to be the simplest treat ever to make and yet are SO VERY ADDICTIVE! Make sure that you make at least two batches... one to enjoy right away and another so that you'll have more for tomorrow or for that special event that they were originally intended for! I used the square grid-shaped pretzels with Rolos on top and to save time, I topped them with the pecan halves before placing them in the oven so that the pecans could toast slightly as the Rolos soften. After about 5 minutes in the oven, I just pressed down on each pecan which caused the Rolos to spread out perfectly over the square pretzel. They looked absolutely beautiful and presentable plus you can turn out hundreds of these quite fast. They just take a while to fully cool and set up but this can be remedied too by putting them in the refrigerator on an empty shelf to cool completely before storing them in plastic zip-top bags. These even taste great without the added nuts on top for those (especially kids) that don't quite appreciate nuts. Just flatten the heated Rolos with the back of a slightly oiled spoon to look like little kisses sitting on top. This will definitely be a staple for the holidays. Thank you for sharing this delightful recipe.
These were a bit too rich for me, but judging by how fast they vanished from the party I brought them to, everyone else must have disagreed with me. These got RAVE REVIEWS! I did take the advice of a few others and here's what you need to do to make these perfect... Use the square "waffle" style pretzels as they absolutely work the best. Don't buy "Rolo's" as your choice of caramel filled chocolates, but rather use the "Dove" brand instead, (they are also square and fit perfectly atop the waffle pretzel). I placed a pecan half on top of each chocolate and baked. When I took them out of the oven, I just gently pushed down on each pecan to make it ooze into the chocolate & caramel. (If you do it this way, you skip the step of toasting the pecans since they toast while they bake.) I would also suggest doubling this if you are taking it to a party. They do not last long!
These truly are delicious. I make mine in the microwave. I arrange a circle of 9 pretzels (topped with the Rolo) on wax paper on top of a small plastic cutting board. Microwave about 30 seconds, remove from the microwave and squish a pecan half on top of each one. Then I just slide the wax paper off on the counter so they can cool and do another batch. The chocolate should be soft when you squish the nut on, but if the caramel oozed out of the Rolo while in the microwave, cut the time down a couple of seconds. I make the whole bag of Rolos while I'm at it. The thing that takes the longest is unwrapping all of the candies!
Awesome. I love making these as Christmas gifts. They're a huge hit. Rolos are the best to use, as caramel Hershey Kisses get messy when you put the pecan on. Oh, and using roasted/salted pecans makes it too salty. Delicious!
I can't wait to make these this way, here is how I have done it.....use kisses instead of rolos and M&M's instead of pecans.....I bet the almonds will be delicious!
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Serving Size: 1/20 of a recipe
Servings Per Recipe: 20
Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat: 20
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