Chocolate pecan turtle clusters are a delicious treat that combines the richness of chocolate, the nuttiness of pecans, and the sweetness of caramel. Here’s a simple recipe to prepare them:
- 1 cup (about 4 ounces) of pecan halves
- 1/2 cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 1/2 cup of milk chocolate chips
- 1/2 cup of caramel candies (about 14-16 individual caramels)
- 1 tablespoon of heavy cream
- Sea salt (optional, for sprinkling)
- Prepare a Baking Sheet: Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. This will prevent the clusters from sticking to the pan.
- Toast the Pecans: Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Spread the pecan halves in a single layer on the baking sheet and toast them in the preheated oven for about 5-7 minutes, or until they become fragrant. Keep a close eye on them to prevent burning. Remove the pecans from the oven and let them cool.
- Prepare Clusters: Once the pecans are cool, arrange clusters of 3-4 pecan halves on the prepared baking sheet. Leave some space between each cluster.
- Melt the Chocolate: In a microwave-safe bowl or using a double boiler, melt the semi-sweet and milk chocolate chips. If using a microwave, heat in 20-30 second intervals, stirring between each interval until the chocolate is completely smooth and melted.
- Coat the Pecan Clusters: Spoon a small amount of melted chocolate over each cluster of pecans, making sure the pecans are well coated. Use
- Make Caramel Sauce: In a separate microwave-safe bowl, combine the caramel candies and heavy cream. Heat in the microwave in 20-30 second intervals, stirring in between, until the caramel is smooth and melted.
- Drizzle Caramel: Drizzle the melted caramel over the chocolate-covered pecan clusters. You can use a spoon or a piping bag for more control.
- Set and Sprinkle: Allow the clusters to cool and the chocolate and caramel to set. If desired, sprinkle a small pinch of sea salt over each cluster for a sweet and salty contrast.
- Chill: Place the baking sheet in the refrigerator for about 15-20 minutes to help the chocolate and caramel firm up.
- Serve: Once the clusters are completely set, carefully peel them off the parchment paper or silicone mat and transfer them to a serving platter. You can store any leftovers in an airtight container at room temperature or in the refrigerator.
Enjoy your homemade chocolate pecan turtle clusters! They make a great gift or party treat.