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Salted Dark Chocolate Caramel Pecan Turtles

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Toasted pecans and homemade honey caramel topped with melted dark chocolate and sea salt. These delicious candies are easy and make beautiful food gifts, especially for the holidays. Step by step photo are shown in the original blog post, for your convenience.

Ingredients

  • 2-½ cups Pecans
  • ½ cups Butter
  • 1 cup Brown Sugar
  • 1 pinch Salt
  • ¼ cups Honey
  • 7 ounces, fluid Sweetened, Condensed Milk
  • ½ teaspoons Vanilla
  • 12 ounces, weight Semisweet Chocolate Chips
  • 1 teaspoon Shortening
  • Fine Sea Salt, To Taste, For Sprinkling On Top

Preparation

Spray a large frying pan or skillet with non-stick spray. Over medium heat toast the pecans, stirring frequently until fragrant, about 4-5 minutes. Be careful not to burn the nuts. When done remove the pan from the heat.

Prepare two large baking sheets by lining them with parchment paper and spray the paper with non-stick spray. Place the pecans in clusters of three on the parchment paper, leaving an inch or so of space between each cluster. I found placing two pecans side-by-side and then one on top laying across the other two worked well and looked most like a “turtle.”

In a heavy-bottomed pot (I used my enameled Dutch oven) over medium heat, melt the butter together with the brown sugar, salt, honey and sweetened condensed milk. When the mixture is smooth, increase the heat to medium-high and bring to a boil, stirring continually with a heat-proof spoon, until the mixture reaches 234 F on a candy thermometer. Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla.

Using a teaspoon, carefully spoon some of the hot caramel over each cluster of pecans (about 1 to 1-1/2 teaspoons of caramel on each). The caramel will begin to set up as it cools. If it gets too firm before you are done putting caramel on your clusters, just return the pan to the heat briefly to loosen it back up.

In a microwave safe bowl, melt the chocolate chips and shortening together in 30 second increments, stirring between each increment and continuing until smooth. In the same manner as the caramel, spoon the melted chocolate over the clusters, making a swirl in the top of the chocolate with the back of the spoon. Before the chocolate sets, sprinkle each cluster with a dash of fine sea salt.

Allow the turtles to cool completely and set up. Remove from the parchment paper and store in airtight containers.

Adapted from Jamie Cooks It Up.

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Laurie {Simply Scratch} on 12.31.2012

Oh my word! These look amazing!

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Patricia @ ButterYum on 12.30.2012

I can taste them now… delish!!

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Alaska from Scratch on 12.28.2012

Hi! This caramel is definitely on the softer end… in fact, sometimes it needs to be refrigerated to fully set up because it’s so soft. Enjoy! These are addicting and delicious. :)

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luvmychaos on 12.28.2012

These look great,want to make them but was wondering if the caramel stays softish or does it turnhard? Nothing worse that breaking a tooth on hard caramel! They look scrumptious!

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