Chocolate Pecan Turtle Clusters

by liliana
Chocolate Pecan Turtle Clusters

Chocolate Pecan Turtle Clusters are a delicious and unique treat that you don’t want to miss out on. These clusters are made with layers of chocolate and pecans, and they are sure to please any lover of chocolate and nuts. The clusters are easy to make, and they will be a hit at your next party.

What are Chocolate Turtles?

A traditional Christmas treat, turtles are made of nuts, smooth caramel, and chocolate. During the holidays, you may get them in a large variety at practically every store. You can use your favorite nuts and the combination of the layers is truly outstanding. You are going to love making them at home for everyone.

Chocolate Pecan Turtle Clusters

Chocolate Pecan Turtle Clusters Recipe

Serves: 30 Prep Time:
Nutrition facts: 184 calories 9 grams fat
Rating: 5.0/5
( 1 voted )


  • 1 cup Packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup Light corn syrup
  • 3/4 cup + 2 tablespoons Sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon Vanilla
  • 12 ounces of Milk chocolate chips
  • 1/2 teaspoon Shortening


  1. The pecans is be lightly toasted in a large pan over medium heat for a few minutes.
  2. Line 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper and spray with nonstick cooking spray.
  3. Place the toasted pecans in three-pecan groups, with an inch or so between each group. Set aside.
  4. Melt the butter over medium-high heat in a medium saucepan.
  5. Add the sweetened condensed milk, brown sugar, and corn syrup by mixing. Cook and stir continually until a candy thermometer reaches 235–240F.
  6. Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla.
  7. Drizzle about 1/2 tablespoon of caramel over each cluster, and set aside.
  8. To build a double boiler, fill a pot with water until it is approximately 1/4 full, then fit it with a bowl so that the bottom won't contact the water.
  9. Heat the pot over medium heat.
  10. Start stirring the chocolate chips once it has warmed up for a few minutes until they are completely melted and smooth.
  11. Stir in the shortening and spoon about 1/2 tablespoon on the top of each cluster.
  12. After the chocolate has cooled, either serve it right away or put a sheet of parchment paper between each cluster before storing it in an airtight container.


For those who want to dip their pecan in chocolate instead of caramel, some individuals find it annoying. It implies that the chocolate will be spread out like a biscuit over the turtle clusters.

How To Store Chocolate Turtles

The turtle candies should be kept in an airtight container. To prevent the caramel from sticking to the subsequent layer, use pieces of parchment paper or waxed paper between each layer in a single layer.

FAQs about Chocolate Pecan Turtle Clusters

Why are chocolate turtles called Turtles?

Turtles were developed by Johnson’s Candy Company (which became DeMet’s Candy Company in 1923) in 1918 after a salesman came into the commissary’s dipping room and showed a candy to one of the dippers, who pointed out that the candy looked like a turtle.

Why did my melted chocolate seize up?

There are several causes for melted chocolate to seize. It usually implies that either it became too hot or water entered it. Make sure the double boiler is set to medium-low if melting on the stove. You should only microwave for intervals of 10-15 seconds. Don’t risk letting even a single drop of water touch the chocolate.

What are the best caramels for making turtles?

Pick a soft caramel, such as Kraft caramel squares or Milk Caramels, often known as caramel. These caramels will melt into the renowned creamy, stringy caramel made by turtles.

How long do chocolate caramel turtles last?

Store unused caramel pecan turtles in an airtight container for up to 4 weeks in the refrigerator or 2 months in the freezer.


These chocolate pecan turtle clusters are a delicious and fun way to show your love for your loved ones. If you’re looking for a unique gift, you can’t go wrong with these! Thank you for choosing us as your source for chocolate pecan turtle clusters. Liliana Kitchen hopes you have a wonderful day.


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