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Honey Turtle Candy Recipe

Charlotte Anderson @ Carolina Honeybees, LLC
Create an ooey gooey delight with this recipe for turtle candy with honey, chocolate and pecans. A masterpiece of flavors come together when honey is used instead of regular sugar. A great addition to any holiday table or special occasion event.
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Additional Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 35 minutes
Course Snacks
Cuisine American
Servings 28
Calories 179 kcal

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


  • Line cookie sheets with parchment paper and arrange pecan halves on paper. Use 6 halves per turtle.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Leave the turtle candy 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.


Serving: 1gCalories: 179kcalCarbohydrates: 22gProtein: 2gFat: 10gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 5mgSodium: 18mgPotassium: 89mgFiber: 1gSugar: 21gVitamin A: 32IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 39mgIron: 1mg
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