Oh em Goodness as Olaf would say. If you don’t know who Olaf is then you must not have had any small children within the last 5 years or so? But yes OH EM GOODNESS we are at Day 10 which means….
ONLY 3 MORE SLEEPS TILL CHRISTMAS!!!!
I’m really excited because tonight we get to celebrate Christmas with my Step Family and we’re going to play the Saran Wrap ball game. Such a blast! I Can’t Wait!!! Also i’m going to attempt one of those Christmas Tree Spinach and Cheese things, with the pizza dough… I KNOW you’ve seen it on Pinterest. Wish me luck 😉
Back to Day 10… Dark Chocolate Pecan Turtles
No they aren’t actual turtles. I wonder how many people clicked to see if it was a certain type of delicacy like chocolate grasshoppers or whatever. ha!
If you are a chocolate, pecan and caramel lover this will be an absolute delight! Here’s how you do it…
Dark Chocolate Pecan Turtles
Dark Chocolate Pecan Turtles
You will need:
- 2 cups Pecan Halves
- 2 cups Dark Chocolate (60% Cacao +) Ghirardelli or Guittard are best!
- 1 bag of Brach’s Caramel Chews
**Now, using the Caramel Chews is the easiest way to go. HOWEVER, I was not able to find a bag of those delicious caramel chews. In the past I have also used the thick Caramel Sauce you find with the ice cream toppings at the grocery store. This year I made a quick Caramel Sauce myself. Ingredients/Recipe as follows:
- 1 1/2 cups Heavy Cream
- 2 cups Brown Sugar
- 2 tsp Sea Salt (I didn’t have any so I used 1 tsp Kosher salt)
- 2 tsp Mexican Vanilla (Regular Vanilla extract will do)
Step 1. Make the Caramel. (If you purchased the caramel chews, read the instructions on the bag to melt them and move on to step 2)
Add the Heavy Cream, Sugar, Salt and Vanilla to your saucepan. Stir to combine, place your Candy Thermometer on the side of the saucepan. Stir the mixture often until the temperature reaches 250 degrees. Careful not to burn. Remove from heat, Caramel will thicken as it cools. To speed up the process a bit you can pour the caramel into a heat safe bowl away from the heat.
Step 2. Lay out the parchment paper on to your counter top or cookie sheet. Pour out the Pecans and arrange them so they’re very close together but not stacked.
Step 3. Fill the bottom of your double boiler(a saucepan and pyrex style bowl will do) with a small amount of water maybe 1/2 cup or so. Place the other pan on top or your glass bowl. Heat at Low.
Step 4. Add the Dark Chocolate Chips 1 cup at a time to the top pan and allow to melt, stirring occasionally. As the Chocolate starts to melt continue to add the rest of the chocolate chips. Keep stirring until the chocolate is melted and smooth. Place at a Simmer.
Step 5. Using a spoon, spoon out 1 tbsp or so of the caramel and in a circular motion allow it to drip down into the size of a quarter or silver dollar onto the pecans. Repeat along your pecans leaving an inch of space apart.
Step 6. Using a different spoon, Top the Caramel with the Dark Chocolate. Then use the back of the spoon and the same circular motion to cover the caramel evenly.
Step 7. Allow the Chocolate to cool and harden completely. Once the chocolate has hardened you can carefully peel off your homemade candy.
And you did it, you make Dark Chocolate Turtles!! Did you know these sell for $14/lb OR MORE in a candy store!?
TIP!!! You can use the left over pecans to make LifeAmorFamily’s 12 Days of Baking and Candy Making OATMEAL CRAISIN COOKIES which were Day 5’s recipe. So good!!!
Oh, and if you’ve read down this far YOU ROCK and I’ve been saving The Best recipe for last! Mini Bacon Rum-Cakes! ooooooh yeah!!! Keep an eye out.