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Homemade Pecan Turtle Candy spilling out of a glass heart candy dish.
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5 from 3 votes


Rich and buttery! Homemade pecan turtle candy may take a little time to prepare, but trust me when I tell you that this recipe is worth every minute.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time20 mins
chill time20 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: dessert - candy
Cuisine: American
Servings: 30 servings
Calories: 314kcal


  • 1 cup butter I use salted
  • 1 cup light corn syrup
  • 2 ¼ cups dark brown sugar
  • teaspoon salt
  • 1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 ½ pounds of pecans
  • 1 standard package chocolate chips I used semi-sweet
  • 2 tablespoons shortening


  • -Spread the pecans evenly on a baking sheet and bake them in a 350-degree oven for approximately 7-10 minutes (they're ready when you start to smell them). Set aside to cool.
  • -Meanwhile, melt the butter over medium-low heat in a 3 quart, heavy-bottom saucepan.
  • -Add the corn syrup, brown sugar, and salt and cook, occasionally stirring, until all the sugar has dissolved.
  • -Gradually add in the sweetened condensed milk and cook and stir over medium-high heat until the mixture comes to a boil.
  • -Continue boiling the mixture, stirring frequently. Be patient as you'll be boiling and stirring for quite a while (approximately 15-18 minutes).
  • -Using a candy thermometer, continue boiling and stirring until the mixture reaches 248-degrees (firm ball stage) on a candy thermometer.
  • -Turn off the heat and stir in the pecans and vanilla extract until well combined.
  • -Carefully drop the caramel and nut mixture, by tablespoon measurements, onto parchment-lined baking sheets, spacing them about 2" apart.
  • -Refrigerate the candy until firm.
  • -Meanwhile, melt the chocolate chips and the shortening together in a microwave-safe bowl on half power for 20-second intervals, stirring until the chocolate is smooth and melted.
  • -Using a teaspoon, dollop each turtle with chocolate (or you can drizzle chocolate over the top using a piping bag or fork) and return the turtles back to the fridge to firm before serving.


Store the completed candy in an air-tight container for up to 1 week.
May be frozen. Store in an air-tight freezer container for up to 2 months.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 314kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 11g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 16mg | Sodium: 75mg | Potassium: 117mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 26g | Vitamin A: 202IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 33mg | Iron: 1mg