Turtle Chocolates (Crockpot Candy) + Video

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Turtle chocolates are an easy holiday treat that you won’t be able to stop eating! Make this crock pot candy recipe with just 5 ingredients.

turtle chocolates crockpot candy

Recipes like Turtle Chocolates Crockpot Candy

Perfectly roasted pecans, creamy caramel, and rich chocolate come together for one incredibly scrumptious treat.

And it’s so easy to make, it just about cooks itself!

Combine these pecan turtles with some Peppermint Oreo Candy Bark and Microwave Peanut Brittle to make easy holiday gift baskets!

No Bake Avalanche Cookies make a great addition as well, and you can get creative with mix-ins to make all kinds of different flavors.

milk chocolate dark chocolate and pecans in a crockpot

How To Make Turtle Chocolates

Simply dump the ingredients into your slow cooker, stir well, and scoop.

Then, add some chocolate drizzle and garnish. It doesn’t get much easier than that!

You should be able to get about 5 dozen pieces out of this recipe, but that will depend on how small or large your scoops are.

Helpful Tips & Tricks

  • Make A Big Batch: You can easily double the recipe, but the caramels will start to get a little gritty if the crockpot candy isn’t scooped out quickly enough. If you know you can’t go quickly, it may be better to make two separate batches.
  • Use Cookie Sheets: Line sheet pans with parchment to save counter space, especially if you are working on other treats. Once the turtle candy is scooped out, you can move the pans to another area to cool.
  • Cool Quickly: If needed, pop the trays in the refrigerator to set the candy faster.
  • Use Mini Muffin Liners: This is a great option when making treat boxes for gifts. Just place the liners in a few mini muffin pans so the pecan turtles hold their shape. Keep in mind, it may take a bit longer for them to cool this way.
milk chocolate dark chocolate meling with pecans in crockpot

What You Will Need To Make Turtle Candy

  • Slow Cooker – I recommend using at least a 4-quart sized crock, but larger is better so everything melts evenly.
  • 2 Tablespoon Scoop – This not only makes scooping easier, but it guarantees that all of your candies are the same size.
  • Parchment Paper – Prevents your treats from sticking and makes clean up a breeze!
caramel bites on top of chocolate and pecans melted together

FAQ – Common Recipe Questions

Can I toast the pecans first?

Absolutely! You can toast them lightly in a pan or in the oven, but let them cool completely before adding them to the slow cooker.

Can I replace the almond bark with real chocolate?

Almond bark and candy melts are created specifically for melting and contain an emulsifier that keeps the texture smooth without needing to be tempered.

So, you can replace the Baker’s chocolate with a different variety, but the candy coating is necessary for the recipe to work properly.

forming crockpot candies

Does crockpot candy need to be refrigerated?

These will keep just fine at room temperature, but I would recommend storing them in the refrigerator if your kitchen is particularly warm.

Otherwise, the ingredients will start to separate, and the texture can become gritty once they firm up again.

You can keep these chilled for at least a month. Or, freeze for even longer but let them thaw a little before serving.

Enjoy!

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Crock Pot Candy Recipe Video

To see us make the recipe from start to finish, watch the video at the top of this page.

turtles crockpot candy on wood board

Turtle Chocolates (Crockpot Candy) + Video

Donna Elick
Turtle chocolates are an easy holiday treat that you won’t be able to stop eating! Make this crock pot candy recipe with just 5 ingredients.
5 stars from 1 review
Tried this recipe?Please comment and review!
Prep Time 25 mins
Cook Time 2 hrs
Total Time 2 hrs 25 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Method Slow Cooker
Servings 144 1 Tablespoon Candies

Ingredients
 

  • 16 ounces whole raw pecans, reserve 1/2 cup for garnish
  • 24 ounces chocolate flavored candy coating, almond bark or candiquik
  • 2 ounces German chocolate bar (by Baker's), 1/2 bar
  • 11 ounce bag caramel bits
  • 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips

Instructions
 

  • Layer pecans, then candy coating, then chocolate bar into crockpot (I used a 5 quart). Cover. Cook for 1 hour on low temperature. Do not stir. After 1 hour stir mixture and continue to cook, stirring every 15-20 minutes for another hour (a total of 2 hours). Once mixture has completely come together, stir in caramel bits and turn off the heat. Cover for 5 minutes.
  • Meanwhile line counter top or table with a long piece of parchment paper.
  • Stir. Use 2 table spoons to scoop out candy from crockpot and scoop it onto parchment paper. Make sure candy is not touching.
  • Meanwhile, melt 2 cups chocolate chips and chop 1/2 cup pecans. Drizzle over turtles and garnish with chopped pecans.
  • Allow to set completely.
  • Serve and enjoy!

Video

Donna’s Notes

You can double the recipe, but the caramels will start to get a little gritty in the candy if not scooped out quickly enough. So, be careful.
The photos above are from a double batch that I made. Scoop fast.

Nutrition

Serving: 1 | Calories: 74cal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 7mg | Sugar: 6g | Fiber: 1g | Calcium: 7mg | Iron: 1mg

All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe’s nutritional value will vary depending on the ingredients used, measuring methods, and portion sizes.

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turtle chocolates crockpot candy

Originally published December 2015, updated and republished November2020

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60 Comments

    1. When you empty the crock pot, fill with hot water and wash. It's easier to do it now than letting it sit. You can use a rubber spatula to remove the excess before washing with the water in the pot.

    1. You can use chocolate chips to get the same type of candy. Your choice of flavor – I'd do milk chocolate with this, but other taste buds are different. You can also use the wafers, although my guess is the price might be a little higher. Hard to know exactly how much, since oz of chocolate chips would be different than oz of chocolate chips. They will also melt much quicker than the larger chunks, so your timing will be less. I don't use the 2 hours, only 1 – you aren't "cooking" this, just melting the chocolate rather than using a double boiler or microwave to do it.

  1. Where are you all finding the videos for Donna's recipes? I've looked all over and have never found a video yet.

  2. 5 stars
    This was such an easy recipe to make and everyone at my holiday party loved it! Will be printing and adding this to my personal recipes

  3. I made these this morning. Very good, very rich, very easy. The one thing I will do next time is chop the pecan halves a bit before adding to the crockpot. It was difficult to get “small” pieces of the candy with the pecan halves. Otherwise, I’ll be making these again.

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