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Homemade Honey Caramel Turtles Recipe

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How to Make Honey Caramel Turtles

Turtle candies are one of the most popular types of chocolate snacks. Even though the ingredients have nothing to do with live turtles, people seem to remember the quirky name. Chocolate, caramel, pecans – what’s not to love? And, you don’t have to visit a candy shop for this special treat. Learn how to make honey caramel turtles.

Large homemade pecan honey caramel turtle covered in chocolate image.

What is Turtle Candy?

Turtle candies are a combination of pecans and caramel that are dipped in chocolate. Why are they called turtles? Well, that’s a funny story.

A chance remark by a worker in a candy shop related that the dipped candy looked like a turtle – the rest is history. Today, you can purchase turtle candy in every shape and size.

Honey caramel in pot and finished honey turtles on plate image.
Yield: 28

Honey Caramel Chocolate Turtles

image of honey turtle candies on a cookie sheet

Create an ooey gooey delight with this recipe for Honey Caramel Chocolate Turtles.

A masterpiece of flavors come together when honey is used instead of regular sugar. Honey is a useful ingredients in many types of candy making. This natural sugar pairs well with pecans and chocolate.

A great addition to any holiday table or special occasion event.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Additional Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 35 minutes


  • 3 cups of pecan halves
  • 1 cup of brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup of honey
  • 1/2 cup of butter
  • 7 oz sweetened condensed milk
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/2 t vanilla flavoring
  • 1 1/2 cup of chocolate chips
  • 1/2 tsp vegetable oil


  1. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper and arrange pecan halves on paper. Use 6 halves per turtle.

    image of pecan halves arranged in shape of turtles
  2. In a saucepan, gently heat the butter, brown sugar, honey, vanilla and a dash of salt until it is warm and combined. Then add the condensed milk and pinch of salt - combine well.

  3. Heat the mixture to a temperature of about 235F - 245F using a candy thermometer - or until it reaches the soft ball stage. Stir constantly.

    You can check this by dropping a drip into a glass of cool water. If the mixture holds together in a pliable ball - it is ready. Take care to not over-cook as this can happen quickly.

  4. Once the caramel is ready, quickly spoon some over each pecan turtle - making sure that each piece of pecan is connected with caramel. Sit aside to cool as you prepare the chocolate.

  5. Melt the chocolate chips and vegetable oil in a double boiler or in the microwave using short burst of time. Once it is completely melted - spoon a coating of chocolate on each of the turtles.

    image of warm turtle candy with chocolate
  6. Leave the honey caramel turtles on the cookie sheet until thoroughly cooled. Perhaps an hour or more depending on room temperature.


*Take special care when making candy products as the high temperatures can result in burns. Do NOT taste the spoon with hot caramel - You have been warned. 🙂

*Making honey turtles works better for me when it is not very humid outside.

*You can use any kind of honey but even though we are cooking - I always like to use raw honey for my recipes.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 226Total Fat: 15gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 12mgSodium: 46mgCarbohydrates: 24gFiber: 2gSugar: 22gProtein: 2g

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Storing Your Homemade Honey Candy

Once your candies are completely cooled, store them in an air-tight container. They can be left on the counter for a few days but I prefer to keep them in the frig.

Let me warn you though- these are alarmingly good. The chance of them going stale is remote. You can even eat them frozen – please don’t ask how I know this.

Great Gift Idea Too!

Homemade candies are great gifts for someone special. Sure you can buy something but taking the effort put into home-baked goods is still appreciated by many folks. These honey turtles are rich enough that even a few of them make a sweet little gift.

picture of chocolate honey caramel turtles in a gift tin

A gift container with a ribbon or a decorative tin works well to hold the turtles. If you live in a humid environment, placing a bit of wax paper between them will help prevent stickiness.

This is only one of many easy honey recipes you can make a home and they don’t require a lot of prep work.

To create a gift basket or plate for a party you might combine them with Peanut Butter Honey Oatmeal Bites or even Honey Roasted Almonds with Sea Salt.

Final Thoughts on Making Honey Caramel Turtles

This is a great recipe for those of you who enjoy homemade goodies but don’t have a lot of time. Using only a few ingredients and very little cook time, even the most inexperienced candy maker can be successful.

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