These Chocolate Turtle Candies are an AMAZING, easy to make homemade candy of crunchy pecans with a sweet caramel filling covered in dark chocolate.
- 4 ounces pecan halves (60 pieces)
- 8 ounces dark chocolate chips (Enjoy Life Dark Chocolate Chips or Hu Gems)
- 3/4 cup paleo caramel sauce (recipe below)
For the caramel sauce:
- 1 can full fat coconut milk, chilled overnight
- 5 tablespoons organic coconut sugar
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1/4 teaspoon Celtic sea salt
For the caramel sauce:
- To make the caramel, open your can of chilled coconut milk. Pour off 1/2 cup of the “water”. Put the solid coconut and remaining water into a blender and blend on low until smooth. Pour into a small saucepan.
- Add the coconut sugar. Heat the coconut milk and coconut sugar over medium heat, stirring to blend. Bring the mixture to a boil.
- Once boiling, reduce the heat to low so it is just simmering. Continue to cook, stirring occasionally to avoid the sugar burning, until the mixture is thickened enough to coat the back of a spoon and deep caramel in color. It will take 30-45 minutes depending on your stove.*
- Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla and salt. Chill in the refrigerator for 4 hours or until firm. I usually leave it overnight.
To make the Turtle Candies:
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Melt half the chocolate in a double boiler until soft but not runny.**
- Pour 1/2 tablespoon of chocolate into circles on the parchment paper 2” apart until you have 6 circles.
- Arrange 5 pecan halves onto each round of chocolate to look like 4 legs and a head of a turtle. Repeat to make 6 more turtles.
- Let chill in the refrigerator for 5 minutes.
- Melt the rest of the chocolate in the double boiler until soften. Don’t let it get too runny.**
- Put 2 teaspoons of caramel onto the center of each turtle.
- Top with 1/2 tablespoon of chocolate. Spread to cover the caramel and connect to the bottom chocolate. Cover the center of the pecans but let the legs and head stick out.
- Let the turtles chill in the refrigerator for 20-30 minutes before serving.
- For the best taste and texture, serve the turtles at room temperature.
I found Native Forest Classic got thicker faster than Native Forest Simple.
If your chocolate gets too runny, let it cool a bit or add a few more chips to thicken it up as they melt.
- Prep Time: 20 minutes
- Category: Dessert, Snack
- Cuisine: Vegan, Paleo, Gluten-Free
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