Turtle Pretzels Recipe
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Turtle Pretzels Recipe

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Sweet and crunchy, these tasty treats will be gobbled up in no time! —Barbara Loudenslager, O'Fallon, Missouri
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES:15 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES: 15 servings


  • 1 package (14 ounces) caramels
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 package (10 ounces) pretzel rods
  • 8 ounces German sweet chocolate or semisweet chocolate, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons shortening
  • 1 cup finely chopped pecans

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (2 each) equals 304 calories, 13 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 2 mg cholesterol, 311 mg sodium, 45 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 5 g protein.


  1. In a double boiler, melt caramels in water. Dip half of each pretzel into the hot caramel. Place on a greased sheet of foil to cool.
  2. In a microwave, melt chocolate and shortening; stir until smooth. Dip the caramel-coated end of each pretzel into the chocolate, allowing excess to drip off; sprinkle with nuts. Return to foil to cool. Yield: about 2-1/2 dozen.
Originally published as Turtle Pretzels in Country Woman November/December 1993, p35

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Reviewed Aug. 4, 2012

"This is a unique method for decorating Pretzel Rods in the Turtle Flavored method. The recipe yields 15 servings with 2 equaling a single serving (30 are in a complete set for the recipe). They are real mind challenges, in creating the final treat. Try not to flatten when laying upon a foil lined cookie sheet. Your guests will be enchanted by the tasting finish you have installed upon each one!"

Reviewed Aug. 10, 2010

"Made this for a church coffee hour for the kids...adults enjoyed just as much--it was a huge hit. I used dark melting chocolate and it took at least another cup of pecans."

Reviewed Oct. 22, 2009

"What a fun treat for a party! Yum!"

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