Chocolate Caramel Turtles

Ever since we read Anansi’s Party Time we’ve been searching for a perfect Chocolate Turtles recipe. We liked Chocolate Turtle Cake that we posted here, but it wasn’t until we tried the classical Chocolate Turtles recipe on what’s cooking America that we said “this is it!  Look no more!”  The ingenuity of this recipe is in it’s simplicity.  You take five pecan halves and arrange them in a shape of a turtle (head and four legs), then your pour melted caramel on top to fuse the parts together and cover it all with melted chocolate.  Voila!  No cooking, no baking!  And the kids think this is the best dessert they ever made!

Ingredients (to make 10 turtles)
50 pecan halves
20 caramels
2 Tbsp heavy whipping cream
1 cup chocolate chips

Procedure
1. Cover a cookie tray with parchment paper and spray it with cooking spray.
2. In a microwave safe bowl combine caramels and whipping cream.  And microwave it on high for 1 minute.  It will look lumpy when you get it out, but give it a good stir and that should bring it to the desired consistency.  If you still see lumps microwave for 15-30 seconds more.

3.  Arrange five pecan halves in a shape of a turtle – head and four legs – on parchment paper.  And pour melted caramel in the middle to fuse all the part together.

4. In a microwave safe bowl melt chocolate and with a spoon pour it over the turtles.  Depending on how fast you are working, you might need to re-heat chocolate a couple of times to bring it back to the liquid consistency you need for pouring.  Refrigerate for a few minutes.

Our turtles are far from perfect.  After all, a 4-year old and a 7-year old put it together.  I’m sure yours will look much better.  Or not, if your kids are helping you too.  But no matter how they look, it’s still chocolate, caramel and nuts and things don’t get better than that!

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