- Prep: 10 min
- Cook: 20 min
- Ready In: 1 hr 30 min
“My husband's grandma gave me this recipe. I love to make them during the holidays and have never had a complaint.” - by RebeccaJ
Original recipe yields 3 dozen turtles
- Grease 2 baking sheets.
- Melt margarine in a saucepan over medium heat; stir brown sugar and salt into the melted margarine. Mix in corn syrup and sweetened condensed milk; cook, stirring occasionally, until mixture reaches 250 degrees F (120 degrees C), 15 to 20 minutes. Remove from heat; fold in pecans. Stir vanilla extract into the caramel mixture.
- Drop spoonfuls of caramel onto the prepared baking sheet. Allow caramels to cool until firm.
- Cook and stir chocolate chips in a saucepan over medium-low heat until melted and smooth, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat. Dip cooled caramels in the melted chocolate; return to greased baking sheet. Cool until chocolate is set.
Amount Per Serving (36 total)
- 130 cal
- 7.7 g
- 16.2 g
Based on a 2,000 calorie diet
Reviews (4)Rate This Recipe
"I decided to try these to test some candy recipes for the holidays. I don't know why, but these reminded me so much of the turtle candies from the fundraiser boxes. I did get exactly 3 dozen as sugges..." See moreted. The only change I made was using a stick of salted butter instead of margarine. I also didn't have to quite cook the caramel as long as stated. It was around 12 minutes to the 250 deg temparature. After the first 5 minutes, I turned the temperature down to 4 and stirred continuously so it did not over cook on the bottom. I scooped the caramel mixture with a cookie scoop and used parchment paper to let them set, and after dipping them in chocolate, and it worked fine. The caramels hardened at room temperature, but I had to refridgerate them to get them to set after dipping them in chocolate. I found that 6oz of chocolate is equal to 1 cup of chocolate chips. However, I ran out of chocolate after the first 2 dozen and I shook off the excess well. Another 1/2 cup really is neccessary. They are a little too sweet for me, but I think that with very many candies, however I can see how most people would really like these."
"I should have known when it said 15 - 20 minutes ... there is no way it could get to 250 degrees in that short of time. ANYWAY you need to adjust time or temperature .... Not sure which. Think I w..." See moreill continue looking for a better recipe."
"I must have done something wrong because mine turned out poorly. First off, they didn't harden up even in the fridge. When I put them in the freezer they stuck to the wax paper even though I coated it..." See more with Pam. They got gooey really quickly. I had a hard time dipping them in the chocolate. They are not hardening up after I dipped them. The caramel/pecan mixture tastes good but not worth the hassle and mess. However, I might have done something wrong?"
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