Old Fashioned Chocolate Caramel Turtle Fudge with Pecans #Choctoberfest

Old Fashioned Chocolate Caramel Turtle Fudge with Pecans #Choctoberfest

Old Fashioned Chocolate Caramel Turtle Fudge is a real winner in my book. It’s fudgy, chewy, and requires only 15 minutes to make.

Chocolate Caramel Turtle Fudge

For everyone out there with a sweet tooth, this Old Fashioned Chocolate Caramel Turtle Fudge with Pecans that I’m sharing for the final week of #Choctoberfest 2016 has got your name written all over it. Well, not really, but I double-dog-dare you not to love everything about it!

Welcome back to my third recipe post celebrating #Chocotoberfest 2016. #Choctoberfest is an awesome annual food blogger event where your favorite food bloggers (70 to be exact), come together to celebrate all things chocolate, share our best recipes, and even throw in a sweet giveaway! To learn more about the GIVEAWAY, and for your chance to ENTER to WIN the FABULOUS PRIZE PACKAGE (made possible by our generous sponsors), please visit my previous #Choctoberfest recipe post found HERE for my Deliciously Easy White Chocolate Ghost Pops.  While you’re at it, why not follow Allison from The PinterTest Kitchen on pinterest? Without her, none of this #choctoberfest deliciousness would be happening. Thanks so much, Allison!!

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At the end of this post, please make sure to click on all the link photos to be taken to all the other wonderfully sinful (in a good way) chocolate recipes from all your favorite food bloggers. But now, back to the recipe for Old Fashioned Chocolate Caramel Fudge with Pecans…

Chocolate Turtle Fudge with Pecans

Turtles are on the top of my list of favorite candies. I’ve made traditional turtle candy many times before, but they’re rather time-consuming and are a real labor of love. I used to make them for my dad because they were his favorites, too.

My dad used to request that I make them for him from time to time, and I was always happy to oblige. As we all know, there is nothing better than giving a gift of food, with love as the main ingredient.

I’ve not made traditional turtle candy since my dad passed away last April. It just wouldn’t feel right. I’m sure that someday I will make them again, but it will have to be a VERY special occasion for me to do so. Food memories are strong. Stronger than I am, and I’m not sure I can handle the flood of emotion making them would bring. Until that time, this recipe for Old Fashioned Chocolate Caramel Turtle Fudge is the next best thing. I’m sure my dad would approve, and that makes me happy!

Chocolate Caramel Fudge with Pecans

Since this recipe calls for using individually wrapped store-bought caramel candies, the time involvement needed to make this Old Fashioned Chocolate Caramel Turtle Fudge is minimal. So put away the candy thermometer! And while you’re at it, why not make a few extra batches because a box of this chewy, fudgy, chocolaty confection will make the perfect homemade food gift of love this holiday season.

So now, let’s get busy making Old Fashioned Chocolate Caramel Turtle Fudge with Pecans. We will be done in no time!

Assemble your ingredients and equipment. Aluminum foil, 8″ x 8″ baking dish, caramels, chocolate chips, medium saucepan, sweetened condensed milk, butter, pecans, salt, vanilla extract, and baking spray. Cover the baking dish with aluminum foil and spray with baking spray. Set aside. Unwrap approximately 20 caramel squares and place them in a bowl. Set aside.

Chocolate Caramel Turtle Fudge tutorial

Place the chocolate chips in the saucepan along with the can of sweetened condensed milk. Melt the chocolate over medium low heat, stirring frequently as to not scorch the chocolate. Once thoroughly melted remove the chocolate from the heat and stir in vanilla extract and a pinch of salt.

Chocolate Caramel Turtle Fudge with Pecans tutorial

Stir in the butter and chopped pecans. Once slightly cooled, but not hardened, stir in the caramel squares.

Chocolate Turtle Fudge tutorial.

Spread the fudge mixture in the aluminum foil coated pan and press additional pecans on the top. Chill the fudge at least 60 minutes.

Chocolate Caramel Turtle Fudge with Pecans Tutorial

Once chilled, lift the fudge from the pan using the foil. Peel back the foil and cut the fudge into squares before serving. 

Chocolate Caramel Turtle Fudge Tutorial

Old Fashioned Chocolate Caramel Turtle Fudge with Pecans
 
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Old Fashioned Chocolate Caramel Turtle Fudge is a real winner in my book. It's fudgy, chewy, and requires only 15 minutes to make.
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Recipe type: Dessert
Makes: 2 pounds
Ingredients
  • 1 package semi-sweet chocolate morsels (2 cups)
  • 1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk
  • 7 ounces (approximately 20) individually wrapped caramels
  • 1 cup roughly chopped pecans, plus additional for topping (if desired)
  • pinch salt
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
Instructions
  1. Line the baking dish with aluminum foil and spray with baking spray. Set aside.
  2. Unwrap the caramels and set aside.
  3. Place the chocolate chips and sweetened condensed milk in the saucepan.
  4. Melt the chocolate, stirring frequently, over medium low heat.
  5. Once melted and smooth, remove the chocolate from the heat.
  6. Stir the butter, vanilla, salt and pecans into the chocolate.
  7. When cooled slightly, but not yet firming, stir the caramels into the fudge.
  8. Add the fudge into the prepared baking dish and smooth the fudge evenly in the pan.
  9. Press additional pecans into the top of the fudge (if desired)
  10. Chill the fudge for at least 30 minutes.
  11. Use the foil to life the fudge out of the pan, peel back the foil and cut into squares.
Notes
Tools and equipment:

medium sauce pan
wooden spoon or silicone spatula
8" x 8" baking dish
aluminum foil
baking dish
baking spray

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Old Fashioned Chocolate Turtle Fudge

Since I hope your sweet tooth has now been satisfied, it’s time to get back to the #Choctoberfest celebration, and all the other recipes that will tempt and tease you. By clicking on the photos below, you’ll be taken to the blogs (and recipes) for your baking (and eating) enjoyment.

And since I’ve been talking about the holidays and holiday gift giving, I thought it would be fun to coordinate this gift giving fudge with my fun and whimsical hand painted Christmas Baker wine glass. After all being in the kitchen is fun, but it’s better with wine. LOL

Hand Painted Christmas Baker Wine Glass

All of my hand painted glassware items are completely dishwasher safe as well as being non-toxic. Each glass comes in its own gift box making them perfect for gift giving. Any item can be personalized, at no extra charge, if requested. If there is ever anything I can paint for you, from fabrics (aprons, tea towels, and book bags) to glassware items, please don’t hesitate to contact me or visit one of my shops on Etsy and Wazala. I welcome custom orders, and I will happily paint and design from any idea, photo or description you send my way.

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14 Comments

  1. Hi Renee, How much does the chocolate weigh? I have a big bag from costco. I know it’s way too much. This recipe sounds so good. Thank you.

    • Hi Cathy! Thank you so much for your question. It’s 2 cups of semi-sweet chocolate. I had meant to go back and add that to the recipe when I was writing it, but I forgot. I have since revised it. I really appreciate you bringing that to my attention. Thanks again, and I hope you love the fudge!
      Renee

  2. Food memories are so strong. I totally understand how you aren’t making the one your dad loved the most just yet. Take your time and you will when you’re ready. In the meantime, this looks fabulous!! xx

  3. This fudge is perfect!! I can’t wait to try it! 🙂

  4. Thank you Renee. Cathy

  5. Oh my this looks absolutely decadent!

  6. Aww. I bet he would have definitely approved of this! It looks incredible and I like that you’re keeping the traditional kind a very special occasion kind of thing.

  7. We are a fudge-loving family, so this is going to be an instant hit! My mouth is already watering!

  8. What a rich and stunning chocolate treat!

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