Pecan Delights Recipe
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Pecan Delights Recipe

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A relative visiting from Oklahoma brought these and the recipe with her. Who can resist rich chewy caramel over crunchy pecans drizzled with sweet chocolate? These candies have become a holiday favorite to both make and eat! -Linda Jonsson, Marion, Ohio
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. + chilling Cook: 1 hour + cooling
MAKES:48 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. + chilling Cook: 1 hour + cooling
MAKES: 48 servings


  • 2-1/4 cups packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup butter, cubed
  • 1 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1-1/2 pounds whole pecans
  • 1 cup (6 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup milk chocolate chips
  • 2 tablespoons shortening

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 each) equals 255 calories, 17 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 14 mg cholesterol, 71 mg sodium, 26 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 2 g protein.


  1. In a large saucepan, combine the first four ingredients. Cook over medium heat until all sugar is dissolved. Gradually add milk; mix well. Continue cooking until a candy thermometer reads 248° (firm-ball stage).
  2. Remove from the heat; stir in vanilla until blended. Fold in the pecans. Drop by tablespoonfuls onto a greased or parchment-lined baking sheets. Chill until firm. Loosen from paper.
  3. Melt chocolate chips and shortening in a microwave-safe bowl. Drizzle over each cluster. Cool. Yield: about 4 dozen.
Editor's Note: We recommend that you test your candy thermometer before each use by bringing water to a boil; the thermometer should read 212°. Adjust your recipe temperature up or down based on your test.
Originally published as Pecan Delights in Taste of Home December/January 1995, p25

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Reviewed Jan. 3, 2016

"first time making my own caramel. I was very pleased, with the way the pieces turned out. I did use 2 candy thermometers to make sure the temp was correct, They came out prettier and taste better then the expensive store bough."

Reviewed Feb. 23, 2014

"I am a TOH field editor and have made them for at least 15 years at Christmas! They are really good and such a treat! I would definitely recommend toasting the pecans!"

Reviewed Dec. 15, 2012

"I started making these when I found them in the Taste Of Home magazine. Can't remember what year but I do remember my daughter was a toddler, now she is 15. These have always been a big hit and my friends enjoy getting them as a gift."

Reviewed Dec. 12, 2011

"Excellent and easy recipe but it makes closer to 90 turtles than the 48."

Reviewed Aug. 27, 2011

"I made these last year for a christmas gift for a friend. She thought I had bought them at a candy store. I toasted the pecans for that extra crunch. These are easy, delicious, and impressive gifts if you can bear to part with them!"

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