An All-time Favorite….
Oh, wow! How did this day get away from me? I don’t even know where the day went? This morning I took the kids to the mall so they could play on their indoor playground since it is to cold to go to the park and burn any energy. By the time we got home it was time to feed them lunch and lay them down for a nap. While they were sleeping I left them home with my husband and ran back out for about an hour and got home just in time for them to wake up. I started working on the recipe for the first collaboration post I will be sharing in our Holiday party series. Then I was lucky enough to have my husband’s daughter call me from Germany and now it is almost time to start dinner! So, I will apologize if this post seems kind of short.
I have been on a serious mission to make sugar-free caramel and at this point I just don’t think it is in the cards. I know that there is a zero calorie sweetener out there that will make caramel just like sugar, I just haven’t found it yet! Anyway, that brings me to my main point, this recipe is NOT sugar-free. But on a good note, it isn’t prepackaged, it is easy to make, and it will impress anyone that you choose to share them with. Unless you have been hiding under a rock your entire life I know that you have tried Turtle candy. This candy is by far one of my absolute favorites! The crunch of the pecans, the gooey caramel, and the smooth chocolate, you can’t beat it!
There aren’t any special directions really, this recipe is super simple, and not really complicated. And what is so awesome is it only takes FOUR ingredients. My turtles are a little higher in calories than the store bought just because of the amount of pecans. Instead of using whole pecans, like most people, I used pecan pieces. These would make great Christmas gifts, candy to share with coworkers, or just eat all by yourself. There is no shame in that. 😉 In the end, you need to just pat yourself on the back for making such an amazing candy, sit back, relax, and enjoy!
By Angie Gouchenour
¼ cup sugar
6 Tablespoons cream
6 Tablespoons pecan pieces
6 Tablespoons chocolate chips – melted
In a small sauce pan over medium heat combine the sugar and cream, bring to a boil
Keep an eye on it, around the two-minute mark you will be able to smell it, and the 4-minute mark it will start changing color
When the bubbles turn from large to small and it coats the back of a metal spoon remove from heat
On wax paper or parchment paper place a 1 tablespoon pile of pecans in 6 spots
Cover each pile of pecans with caramel
Put in the refrigerator and chill
Melt the chocolate chips in the microwave in 30 second increments (60 seconds) stir until smooth
Once they are chilled dip the tops in melted chocolate chips
Chill again and when set flip the candies over and use a spoon to spread the rest of the chocolate on the bottoms
Chill again until fully set and then serve or place in an airtight container.
156 calories per turtle