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Pecan Delights

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
    about 4 dozen


  • 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 semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup milk chocolate chips
  • 2 tablespoons shortening


  • 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).
  • 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.
  • Melt chocolate chips and shortening in a microwave-safe bowl. Drizzle over each cluster. Cool.
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.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 255 calories, 17g fat (5g saturated fat), 14mg cholesterol, 71mg sodium, 26g carbohydrate (22g sugars, 2g fiber), 2g protein.
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  • lisapeters
    Nov 5, 2017

    There are nearly 100 on my Christmas cookie list, so I chop the nuts, mix thoroughly, and spread in a buttered pan to slice into neat candy squares. No change to flavor, but quicker and easier to wrap for shipping.

  • 2124arizona
    Jun 25, 2017

    These candies remind me of turtles candy. So chocolatey good!

  • coramper
    Dec 12, 2016

    so good!!! i think it adds some flavor if you toast the nuts.

  • carolynstowers
    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.

  • thecreativebaker
    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!

  • rogema
    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.

  • CDthatsME
    Dec 12, 2011

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

  • marshelle
    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!

  • marshelle
    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. These are easy, delicious, and impressive to give as gifts if you can bear to part with them.

  • myrojisa
    Jun 2, 2011

    WOW...are these yummy!! This is the first time I had made candy and it was surprisingly easy. Made them for our church's High Tea and they were a hit. I melted the chocolate in a double boiler and added double the shortening to get a finer drizzle. Sooooo good!!