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Homemade Dark Chocolate Turtles

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We were walking through one of those big stores that offer samples the other day and my children had their first samplings of the caramel-y, chocolatey Turtle. They wanted me to buy the 5-lb bag, but lets be honest. I would have taken the 5-lb bag of Turtles home with me, hid them in my room, and not shared a single one. And I wouldn’t have felt the slightest bit of remorse y’all. I love Turtles. And now my kids loves Turtles. And now I have to share — wah wah wah!!

So I did what any normal person does when they want something really badly. I made my own Homemade Turtles and hid them, where no one could see them. The kids were playing outside so it was the perfect opportunity to whip up a batch without them seeing me.

homemade dark chocolate turtles

They definitely don’t look as pretty as the store-bought variety, but they sure do taste so much fresher. If you’ve ever wanted to make your own homemade turtles — do it! It’s so easy and out of this world delicious.

Homemade Dark Chocolate Turtles

Homemade Dark Chocolate Turtles
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Dark chocolate and creamy caramel poured on top of pecans makes the perfect homemade dark chocolate turtles.
Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 24
  • 5.5 oz unsalted pecan halves (I used CVS Gold Emblem Abound Unsalted Pecan Halves)
  • 26 caramel squares, unwrapped
  • ¼ cup heavy cream
  • 10.5 oz dark chocolate (I used 3 - 3.5 oz bars of CVS Gold Emblem Select Gourmet European Dark Chocolate)
  • ½ teaspoon coconut oil
  • sea salt (optional), for sprinkling
  1. Line two large baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. Make piles of pecans, using 3-4 pecans per pile. When arranging the piles of pecans, make sure to keep your pecans as close together as possible. When you can, overlap the pecan pieces. If you want bigger turtles, you can use more pecans, although your yield will be less.
  3. Add the unwrapped caramels and heavy cream into a small pot and melt on low heat on the stove; stirring constantly. Alternately, you could melt in a microwave-safe bowl on high power in the microwave. If you go this route, make sure you stop every 30 seconds or so and stir.
  4. Carefully add about a tablespoon of caramel on the top of each pile of pecans. If the pecans move, use a toothpick or something else small to move it back in place. The goal is to not allow too much of the caramel through to the parchment paper. The less caramel that hits the parchment paper, the less sticky the final product will be. Set caramel topped pecan piles aside.
  5. Roughly chop the chocolate bars and melt using a double boiler or microwave-safe bowl. Add coconut oil; continue to stir until it's melted and smooth.
  6. Carefully add a tablespoon of chocolate to the top of each pecan pile. The chocolate should be runny enough that it slowly falls down the sides. If it's not, help it along by using the back of a spoon to spread it around. If you want to add a little bit of saltiness, add a little sprinkle of sea salt on top of each cluster.
  7. Set aside to cool, or place in the refrigerator to help speed up the process. Store in an airtight container at room temperature or in the refrigerator or freezer.

With a turtles recipe this easy, there is no reason you should have to buy them again. With just a little bit of time and a lot of patience while they firm up, you can enjoy fresh, homemade turtles anytime you want. For me, that would be every single day.

homemade chocolate turtles

The crunchy pecans smothered with the sweetness of the chocolate and the creaminess of the caramel is almost too much for the taste buds to handle, but my goodness y’all — it’s totally worth it.

homemade dark chocolate turtles recipe

For this homemade turtles recipe, I used several products from the Gold Emblem line at CVS, which consists of over 250 products, including nuts (like the pecans I used), chips, pretzels, cookies, and more! It is available exclusively at CVS.com and at over 7,700 CVS/pharmacy locations nationwide. And by shopping through the ExtraCare program at CVS, you will receive a personalized shopping experience based on your purchases. Just by scanning your ExtraCare card at checkout, each quarter you will earn 2% cash back on nearly everything you purchase! With all the funds that are pouring out of my wallet for holiday gifts and entertaining, getting a little cash back goes a long way.

But those Homemade Dark Chocolate Turtles are calling my name and the kids are away at school. I’m going to go indulge in one — or two.

What is your favorite homemade candy?

About Crystal

Crystal Reagan, the owner and founder of SimplyBeingMommy.com lives in Small Town, Texas with her husband and 3 children. Crystal and her website have been featured on local and national news stations including Channel 2 Houston and ABC News. She has also appeared on BetterTV as a Mommy Expert for VTech.


  1. 1

    Those look delish! I’d probably eat all of them myself! Yum!

  2. 2

    Oh yum!! I love to EAT these… now I can MAKE them! 😉

  3. 3

    I am definitely not normal because the prevailing thought for me would have been to just purchase the 5 pound bag LOL. That said yours look great. Would also be good with a pretzel inside.

  4. 4

    Okay, I need to make these. Turtles are one of my favorite chocolates!

  5. 5
    Jacqui Odell says:

    I love how easy you made this sound. I am debating on adding it to my Christmas candy list.

  6. 6

    They look delicious!

  7. 7

    Those look delicious and pretty easy too! I must try and make them!

  8. 8

    Oh goodness…these look AMAZING! I love that you made them with dark chocolate. And that you sprinkled a little salt on them!

  9. 9

    These look really good. And now I am really hungry!

  10. 10

    OH YUM! I am going to make these for the kids’ teachers! My favorite homemade treat is … probably rice krispies!

  11. 11

    Now this looks real good, I’ve never tried to make them before but I would try this.

  12. 12

    I had serious dental surgery about a month ago and will not be able to eat anything like this for almost a year. But this recipe just jumped to the top of the list when I can. They look soooo good! I may even make some for gifts!

  13. 13

    That is brilliant! Love caramel and the turtles in the store are expensive. i so am trying this!

  14. 14

    They look delicious! These are one my favorite holiday candies. Definitely going to pin this so I can make these for the holidays!

  15. 15

    I’m pretty sure I’d eat all the pecans before I even got to the part where you add dark chocolate to them. Because? PECANS! *lol* My hubby and daughter love Turtles and I think this would be fun for them to make together, over the long Christmas break.

  16. 16

    I enjoy the holiday cookies the best! But Turtles are pretty delicious!

  17. 17

    hahaha you are a girl after my own heart Crystal! Now don’t be bashful those turtles look gorgeous and I can’t wait to make a batch while the girls are still at school and hide them where no one else will find them heehee… I may have to make a batch to share.. after all it is Christmas 🙂

  18. 18

    That sounds amazing. I love dark chocolate, but never considered making it at home – great idea!

  19. 19

    These sound great! I love the combo of sweet and salty.

  20. 20

    Yum! These sound amazingly tasty. Perfect for the holidays!

  21. 21

    My husband would love this. He has a weakness for turtle candy! Even though I do get a sweet tooth every now and then, I’m not really a big fan of candy or sweets for that matter. However, my favorite homemade candy are truffles.

  22. 22

    I love to make old fashioned fudge (I add peanut butter so it has a bit of a Reece’s PB cup taste to it). Those turtles look and sound amazing!

  23. 23

    Wow, what a delicious treat and easy enough I could make it!

  24. 24

    I have never made these with dark chocolate! They look delicious!

  25. 25

    These look absolutely yummy! I’ve never made anything like this but they look easy enough to try.

  26. 27

    YUM! I have always wanted to make my own turtles but never had a tried and true recipes. Now I ma going to try.

  27. 28

    Those look yummy! My husband would love these thanks for the recipe!

  28. 29

    So, true! Caramel, chocolate and pecans are all weaknesses of mine… so I try to stay away. I would have eaten the whole bag myself, too. But they are so good!

  29. 30

    I love homemade fudge! I’ve never tried turtles, but clearly I should!

  30. 31

    I love dark chocolate – and dark chocolate is the healthiest version. These look tasty!

  31. 32

    I’ve never been a dark chocolate fan when it is by it’s self but mixed in with caramel, pecans and cream like that and I’ll eat them all day long.

  32. 33

    Those look yummy I think I need to make these for my husband. Perfect Valentine’s Day treat.

  33. 34
    Stephanie Keeping says:

    These sound amazing. You make it look so easy to make.

  34. 35

    This looks delicious and way easier than I imagined!

  35. 36

    Those look so yummy! Turtles are one of my absolute favorites.

  36. 37

    I never even considered making my own turtles but I am sure they are scrumptious! I especially love my chocolate with a hint of salt, which is something you don’t find with store bought varieties.

  37. 38

    The sound amazingly delicious. I cannot wait to try these.

  38. 39

    Well, NOW I need chocolate. That’s okay, because I’m pretty sure I’ve got all the ingredients I need to make this. Thanks! =D

  39. 40

    You sure make it look easy enough! I have never tried my hand at making Chocolate Turtles, Dark Chocolate is my favorite!

  40. 41

    These really do look good! Since I don’t have to worry about sharing with anyone but my cat and she does not like candy I could make them and not have to hide them!

  41. 42

    I love chocolate turtles! They are like the best thing on the planet. Fun that you can make them on your own!

  42. 43

    Those look awesome! But I’m not a dark chocolate person at all, and even less now that I’m pregnant. Give me the milky sugary stuff anyday!

  43. 44

    I love turtles and they are so expensive but you’ve made it so they are not. They look amazing.

  44. 45

    how fun! They look so delicious. Kids would love these

  45. 46

    Homemade sweets? Oh man! This looks dangerously delicious. 🙂

  46. 47

    I love to make my own turtle, because store bought are so expensive. I haven’t used dark chocolate yet, but am totally doing it with my next batch!

  47. 48

    Oh boy! Turtles are one of those decadent treats you only have once a year or so. I’d love to try my hand at making some at home!

  48. 49

    Yum. Yes please. I need to make these asap. I love turtles, and these look amazing!

  49. 50

    These look SOOOO good! They have 3 of my very favorite things: dark chocolate, caramel and pecans!

  50. 51

    These sound amazing! Delicious!

  51. 52

    I am drooling! I love Turtles. Anything caramel and chocolate I am in! Pinning this!

  52. 53

    My mother and I have been making homemade candy since I was a kid. It is so much fun and actually quite relaxing. One of my favorites is her homemade turtles. I like to add a dash of sea salt. So good.

  53. 54

    These look so delicious!! I can’t wait to try them!!

  54. 55

    Wow, these look lushiously delicious! I love anything chocolate

  55. 56

    Oh, these look incredible! Every time we visit a candy store we get a pound of chocolate turtles, and don’t you know it has never even dawned on me to make my own! I need to rectify that pronto!

  56. 57
    Debbie Denny says:

    I love turtles also. Yep… I would hide them too

  57. 58

    I love Turtles and I hardly ever have them – this might be a good new treat to try making at home!

  58. 59

    Oh, YES PLEASE! These look so delicious, and pretty simple to make too. Mmmm!

  59. 60

    This is only my favorite candy ever! So trying this recipe!!! Yum!

  60. 61

    These look so yummy! Wish I had the ingredients so I could make them tonight!

  61. 62

    Those look seriously delicious! I love anything with chocolate and nuts!

  62. 63

    Oh yum, turtles are one of my favorite treats! I stock up each holiday season.

  63. 64

    Mmmmmm, these look pretty simple. I think I’ll try them with my little girls tonight. They’ll love them.

  64. 65

    I am definitely going to try making these. they look so delicious and simple to make.

  65. 66

    OMG- Turtles are my moms favorites and this looks super easy – I may even be able to do it! Can’t wait to try and package it up for mom

  66. 67

    YUM!! These desserts look absolutely amazing!

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