Chocolate Pecan Turtle Clusters: A Decadent Delight

Indulge in the irresistible blend of chocolate, pecans, and caramel with these delightful Chocolate Pecan Turtle Clusters. A treat that’s perfect for every chocolate lover!

Welcome to Kitchen Fun with My 3 Sons, where we bring you the most delightful dessert recipes to satisfy your sweet tooth. Today, we’re excited to share our mouthwatering Chocolate Pecan Turtle Clusters—a delightful twist on the classic turtle candy that promises to be a hit with family and friends.

In this article, we’ll take you through the step-by-step process of creating these heavenly clusters right in your own kitchen. The combination of rich chocolate, crunchy pecans, and gooey caramel creates a symphony of flavors that will leave you craving for more.

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Our Chocolate Pecan Turtle Clusters are a delightful indulgence that will transport you to chocolate heaven. These bite-sized treats feature the perfect balance of textures and flavors—creamy caramel, crunchy pecans, and luscious chocolate—that will leave you wanting more.

Whether you’re preparing a dessert for a special occasion or simply want to satisfy your chocolate cravings, these Turtle Clusters are sure to be a crowd-pleaser. So, let’s dive into the recipe and learn how to create these delectable treats that will delight your taste buds.

Chocolate Pecan Turtle Clusters Recipe


  • 1 cup pecan halves
  • 1/2 cup caramel candies
  • 1 tablespoon heavy cream
  • 8 oz semi-sweet chocolate, chopped
  • Sea salt (optional, for sprinkling)

Preparing the Clusters:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C) and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Place the pecan halves on the prepared baking sheet and toast them in the oven for about 5 minutes or until fragrant.
  3. Remove the pecans from the oven and let them cool completely.

Tempering the Chocolate:

  1. In a microwave-safe bowl, melt half of the chopped chocolate in the microwave in 30-second intervals, stirring after each interval until smooth.
  2. Add the remaining chocolate to the melted chocolate and stir until all the chocolate is melted and smooth. This process helps in tempering the chocolate for a glossy finish and snap.
  3. If needed, use a candy thermometer to check the temperature of the chocolate, ensuring it is between 86°F (30°C) and 90°F (32°C).

Assembling the Turtle Clusters:

  1. Line a separate baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Arrange the toasted pecan halves on the parchment paper, leaving enough space between each pecan to form clusters.
  3. In a small saucepan, combine the caramel candies and heavy cream. Cook over low heat, stirring continuously, until the caramel candies are completely melted and smooth.
  4. Working quickly, spoon a small amount of melted caramel over each pecan cluster to create the turtle’s body.
  5. Using a fork, drizzle the tempered chocolate over the caramel and pecan clusters to form the turtle’s shell.
  6. If desired, sprinkle a pinch of sea salt over the clusters for a delightful burst of flavor.
  7. Let the chocolate set completely before removing the clusters from the parchment paper.

Elegant Presentation Tips:

These Chocolate Pecan Turtle Clusters are already delightful on their own, but you can make them even more elegant with these presentation tips:

  • Arrange the clusters on a beautiful platter and garnish with a dusting of cocoa powder for a sophisticated touch.
  • Place each cluster in a mini cupcake liner for an adorable and convenient serving option.
  • Drizzle melted white chocolate over the clusters to create an intricate and eye-catching pattern on the turtle’s shell.

Storing Your Turtle Clusters:

If you manage to have leftovers, here’s how to store your Turtle Clusters:

  • Place the clusters in an airtight container and store them at room temperature for up to 5 days.
  • For longer storage, refrigerate the clusters in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.
  • For freezing, place the clusters in a single layer on a baking sheet and freeze until solid. Then, transfer them to a freezer-safe container or ziplock bag and freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw at room temperature before serving.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Can I use milk chocolate instead of semi-sweet chocolate?

Yes, you can use milk chocolate if you prefer a sweeter flavor for your Turtle Clusters.

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