Making homemade chocolate turtles with with pecans and salted caramel is a simple introduction to candy making at home. Plus, who wouldn’t love these homemade turtles as a gift for Valentine’s Day? The turtles don’t have to look perfect and, in fact, their imperfection makes them all the more appealing.
Coming on the heels of my cookiedilla post, you might consider this recipe a little, well, unoriginal. That’s 100% true; it was taken right out of the book Sally’s Candy Addiction. Why? You’ll need to make these turtle candies in order to use them in my original dessert recipe (coming soon).
Let’s Talk Caramel
I’ve made – and burnt – many homemade caramel recipes over the years and I have developed my own favorite caramel recipe. Recently, I’ve been using the caramel recipe found on my salted caramel gooey butter bars as my go-to recipe. It’s a caramel made with white sugar and no corn syrup.
Sally uses her “Caramel for Dipping” recipe for these truffles and I’ve shared it below with permission. Because it uses corn syrup, her caramel ends up a little smoother than mine. It is also far less likely to burn. Yay! In addition to corn syrup, Sally’s caramel uses brown sugar. The combination of sweeteners gives her caramel a very different flavor profile than mine – not better or worse, just different. Try them both and see what you think (since it’s an easier recipe, I suggest that newbies start with Sally’s first).