Total TimePrep: 15 min. + chilling Cook: 1 hour + cooling
Makesabout 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 (6 ounces) 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 NoteWe 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 Facts1 each: 255 calories, 17g fat (5g saturated fat), 14mg cholesterol, 71mg sodium, 26g carbohydrate (22g sugars, 2g fiber), 2g protein.
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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.
Jun 25, 2017
These candies remind me of turtles candy. So chocolatey good!
Dec 12, 2016
so good!!! i think it adds some flavor if you toast the nuts.
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.
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!
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.
Dec 12, 2011
Excellent and easy recipe but it makes closer to 90 turtles than the 48.
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!
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.
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!!