Homemade Chocolate Turtles {+ Giveaway}

Homemade Chocolate Turtles

Before Thanksgiving I was thinking of different recipes I could use the American Heritage Chocolate I received on. It’s hard to find old-fashioned recipes that are also gluten-free since I don’t think that was much of a concern in the 18th century. I remembered how much I like old fashioned candy shops and seeing the homemade candies behind a glass case and wanted to try making a favorite: turtles.

I can’t say I went all-out old-fashioned with this recipe because I cheated a little bit and bought wrapped caramels. Learning how to use a candy thermometer well is something I want to do; this didn’t seem like a good time to start practicing, though. Store-bought or not, the end result was delicious and that’s what really matters, right?

American Heritage Chocolate

Whenever you’re working with high-quality baking chocolate I would suggest melting it over the stove using the double boiler method. Boil water in a small pot and place a fitted bowl on top with the chocolate inside of it, moving the chocolate around to melt it evenly. Chop the chocolate into smaller portions to make it melt faster.

Homemade Chocolate Turtles

Prep time: 15 minutes

Cook time: 0 minutes

Ingredients(Makes 10 turtles)

*I used Trader Joe’s salted old fashioned caramels. Feel free to make your own from scratch if you’re experienced with a candy thermometer.

Homemade Chocolate Turtles Yield

Method:

  1. Lay the pecans out in clusters on a non-stick, greased surface.
  2. Spoon about a Tablespoon of the melted caramel on top of each pecan cluster.
  3. Over a double boiler, melt the chocolate until it is smooth and shiny.
  4. Spoon just enough chocolate on top of the the clusters to cover most of the caramel and pecans.
  5. Move the turtles into the refrigerator or freezer for 20 minutes to set the chocolate.
  6. Serve and store at room temperature.

Homemade Chocolate Turtles Serving

Now for the fun part. American Heritage Chocolate wants to give away some of their finely ground chocolate drink and chocolate sticks to 2 US readers. All you have to do is leave a comment for each entry below and I’ll pick the winners Tuesday, December 4th, at midnight.

Good luck!

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61 Responses to Homemade Chocolate Turtles {+ Giveaway}
  1. Liz
    November 28, 2012 | 10:32 am

    Hot chocolate! (Or, frozen chocolate chips right out of the bag I stash in my freezer)

  2. Liz
    November 28, 2012 | 10:33 am

    Also, I follow you on Twitter (I’m @ElizabethBevanH)

  3. Caity @ Moi Contre La Vie
    November 28, 2012 | 10:40 am

    These look amazing – I’m definitely going to give them a try this weekend. Though knowing me I’ll just end up splattered in boiling chocolate…

  4. Melissa @TryingtoHeal
    November 28, 2012 | 10:45 am

    Chocolate is best just eaten and melted in your mouth. Only way to taste the real flavor!

  5. Sweta
    November 28, 2012 | 11:07 am

    My favorite way to enjoy chocolate is by baking cookies.

  6. Sweta
    November 28, 2012 | 11:08 am

    I follow you on twitter (@atxgirl623)

  7. Bridget
    November 28, 2012 | 11:55 am

    Chocolate is pretty great by itself, but I also really enjoy pretzels covered in chocolate!

  8. Sweta
    November 28, 2012 | 12:24 pm

    I follow AHC on twitter.

  9. Lisa
    November 28, 2012 | 2:06 pm

    Those look so good! And easy, I needed a treat to make for a holiday party. Great idea!

    I love chocolate any way! :)

  10. Molly
    November 28, 2012 | 3:13 pm

    From the freezer.

  11. Eva
    November 28, 2012 | 3:30 pm

    is there a bad way to enjoy chocolate?! with peanut butter, preferably, is my favorite way

  12. Eva
    November 28, 2012 | 3:30 pm

    I follow you on twitter @stareitcold

  13. Eva
    November 28, 2012 | 3:31 pm

    I follow American Heritage Chocolate on twitter @booksconsidered

  14. Madeline
    November 28, 2012 | 5:13 pm

    I like Chocolate straight up, maybe with a glass of red wine to go along with it :)

  15. Madeline
    November 28, 2012 | 5:14 pm

    I follow American Heritage on Twitter!

  16. Madeline
    November 28, 2012 | 5:14 pm

    I also follow you on Twitter :)

  17. Madeline
    November 28, 2012 | 5:15 pm

    I like them on FB!

  18. Madeline
    November 28, 2012 | 5:15 pm

    And I like you on FB too :)

  19. Patty
    November 28, 2012 | 5:46 pm

    Chocolate with Coffee! YUM :)

  20. Wehaf
    November 28, 2012 | 5:50 pm

    I love hot chocolate!

  21. Dominique
    November 28, 2012 | 6:48 pm

    I love chocolate in just about any form! One favorite is dark chocolate cocoa powder added to protein shakes.

  22. Dominique
    November 28, 2012 | 6:53 pm

    Now following The Wannabe Chef (@wannabechefevan) on twitter!

  23. Dominique
    November 28, 2012 | 6:54 pm

    Now following American Heritage Chocolate (@choc_history) on twitter!

  24. 91% Chocolate Lover
    November 28, 2012 | 7:26 pm

    I’m pretty sure it’s impossible to have a favorite way to enjoy chocolate- eating it plain is amazing, as is using cocoa powder in paleo mug cakes (which I do quite often), hot chocolate, cakes, brownies, pancakes, etc.

  25. alain
    November 28, 2012 | 7:28 pm

    my favorite is still chopped up in cookies. mmmmm nothing beats it!

  26. Emily P
    November 28, 2012 | 9:06 pm

    My favorite way to enjoy chocolate is with some cherries mixed into oatmeal!

  27. Emily P
    November 28, 2012 | 9:07 pm

    I follow you on twitter! @epurms

  28. Emily P
    November 28, 2012 | 9:08 pm

    I follow American Heritage Chocolate on twitter!

  29. maureen
    November 28, 2012 | 9:51 pm

    In a brownie that is gooey and has chocolate frosting.

  30. Brittany @ GOtheXtraMile
    November 28, 2012 | 9:56 pm

    My favorite way is to eat it straight up!

  31. Ally
    November 28, 2012 | 10:32 pm

    I love a piece of chocolate with a cup of hot tea. It’s just cozy and comforting.

  32. Katie
    November 29, 2012 | 1:38 am

    Best way to each chocolate hands down is on a potato chip… mmmm salty and sweet!

  33. Deborah
    November 29, 2012 | 9:47 am

    Hot chocolate

  34. Jan
    November 29, 2012 | 10:48 am

    I love chocolate fudge

  35. Jo @ Jo In the Kitchen
    November 29, 2012 | 4:34 pm

    In my mouth ;)
    No seriously, I just love chocolate in any form.

  36. Anu
    November 29, 2012 | 5:45 pm

    I love chocolate truffles!

  37. indubitably
    November 29, 2012 | 5:52 pm

    By it’s self is my favorite way to enjoy chocolate. In brownies and cookies is also good.

  38. Loretta
    November 29, 2012 | 9:56 pm

    salted chocolate covered caramels are the best, and hot cocoa homemade in my cocomotion machine is the best! I use very little sugar to get the most flavor from the cocoa.

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  39. Vita @ Juicer Depot
    November 29, 2012 | 11:21 pm

    Chocolate turtles are my biggest weakness. It is so hare to just eat one.

  40. Cathy Guszkowski
    December 1, 2012 | 7:44 am

    I love chocolate with a bit of dried fruit and nuts for the perfect dessert after a rich meal…

  41. karen
    December 1, 2012 | 1:36 pm

    In brownies! Or just straight out of the package…
    karenreichmann@hotmail.com

  42. Corisa
    December 1, 2012 | 4:00 pm

    Sounds like a delicious giveaway

  43. Sara
    December 2, 2012 | 3:25 am

    I love chocolate for breakfast!

  44. Sara
    December 2, 2012 | 3:26 am

    i also liked american heritage on fb

  45. Sara
    December 2, 2012 | 3:26 am

    also liked you on fb

  46. EMC
    December 2, 2012 | 11:43 am

    Seriously? What *isn’t* a great way to enjoy chocolate??!

    I’m fairly partial to straight up high quality chocolate. I’m also utterly addicted to my mom’s chocolate raspberry truffles… Mmmm. And hot chocolate, high quality drinking chocolate stuff. And, and, and…

  47. wk
    December 2, 2012 | 12:31 pm

    in bed. with ice cream.

  48. Brian
    December 2, 2012 | 12:35 pm

    Chocolate + Peanut Butter is the best way in my book.

  49. Claire @ Un Bello Aperitivo
    December 2, 2012 | 5:32 pm

    I love chocolate covered anything: raisins, almonds, pb. So good.

  50. Claire @ Un Bello Aperitivo
    December 2, 2012 | 5:33 pm

    I also follow you on twitter: @ClaireUBelloA

  51. Amy
    December 2, 2012 | 10:01 pm

    Any way where chocolate is high-quality and smooth I’m happy with! (mostly as candy – little else satisfies a craving)

  52. Amy
    December 2, 2012 | 10:01 pm

    I liked your page on FB

  53. Amy
    December 2, 2012 | 10:01 pm

    I’m following you on Twitter

  54. Amy
    December 2, 2012 | 10:02 pm

    I liked American Heritage Chocolate on FB

  55. Amy
    December 2, 2012 | 10:02 pm

    I’m following American Heritage Chocolate on twitter

  56. Laura
    December 3, 2012 | 2:21 pm

    I love chocolate chip cookies or dark chocolate bars.

  57. Gianna
    December 3, 2012 | 8:15 pm

    Super chewy chocolate brownies.

  58. Danielle T
    December 4, 2012 | 2:07 pm

    i love chocolate that melts into chocochip cookies!

  59. Danielle T
    December 4, 2012 | 2:08 pm

    i like ur fb page (name is Realia Mazing)

  60. Danielle T
    December 4, 2012 | 2:09 pm

    i like the historic division on fb (name is Realia Mazing)

  61. D Schmidt
    December 5, 2012 | 12:20 am

    My favorite way is with a cup of hot tea

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