Have you ever had a chocolate turtle? If not, you’re in for a real treat. Mr. Handsome came home from work the other day and told me that someone had brought in homemade turtles to the office. The only problem was that there weren’t enough for everyone. He thought he would wait until the end of the day to eat one, to reward himself for working hard, but he walked into the office kitchen to find an empty plate.
Naturally, I took pity on poor Mr. Handsome and decided to make him his very own batch of homemade turtles. And since they turned out so well, I made extras for his coworkers. They were a huge hit.
- 75 pecan halves
- 2 Tbsp olive oil
- 6 Tbsp heavy whipping cream
- 6 Tbsp honey
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp vanilla
- 3/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips
Toss pecans in a bowl with olive oil. Spread on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
Toast pecans in 350F oven until they begin to brown (approximately 10 minutes). Allow pecans to cool 5 minutes.
Line a cool baking sheet with parchment paper. Arrange pecans into 12 piles, 5 pecans per pile. 3 on the bottom and 2 on the top works well. You will only need 60 pecans, but starting with 75 will give you extras to repace those that will inevitably break.
Make the caramel. Add heavy whipping cream, honey, salt, and vanilla to a saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until caramel beings to thicken (approximately 5 minutes). Remove from heat, and allow caramel to cool 5 minutes.
Evenly drizzle approximately 2 tsp caramel over each pile of pecans.
Melt chocolate chips in a heat-proof bowl in the microwave. Total time will depend on the strength of the microwave. Heat in 30 second increments, and stir well each time to prevent burning.
Using a spoon, cover each turtle in 1 Tbsp melted chocolate. Allow turtles to set until hardened.