Homemade Turtle Candy With Pecans and Caramel

This beloved turtle candy is easier and faster to make than most, but it takes enough manpower to make it special. When I was little all the moms in the neighborhood tried to outdo themselves with their Christmas cookie collections. They were arranged in small compartments in what seemed to be, at least to my memory, huge boxes that made all the children's eyes pop. Each mother had her own variety of treats, but everyone included turtles.

* Ingredients:

☞ 96 walnut halves
☞ ten ounces of dark chocolate
☞ Eleven oz Kraft Caramels Bag, unwrapped
☞ a tablespoon of butter
☞ two tablespoons evaporated milk
☞ Cover 2 baking sheets with silicone mat

* Preparation:

Preheat the oven to 350F

Put the nuts on an uncoated baking sheet and grill for 10 minutes. Remove and let cool.

Heat half of the chocolate in a microwave-safe container on high power for 1 minute. Remove and delete. Microwave another 15-30 seconds and stir again until melted and smooth.

Place small amounts of chocolate on prepared baking sheets and remove to a quarter of the size. Garnish with 4 pecan halves to form turtle legs.

You can go to the next step immediately or place the tray in the freezer to firm for 5 minutes.

Fuse the caramels/ butter / milk in the microwave. Start in one minute, stir and, if necessary, heat in 15 second increments until smooth. I like to let the caramel cool slightly to thicken before continuing.

Add a small tablespoon (about 1/2 teaspoon) of caramel to the top of each turtle.

Then put  the tray in the freezer for 6 min .

Fuse the remaining chocolate and add a little amount to every  turtle, spreading it to cover the caramel. I like to give the chocolate a little swirl while I lift the spoon. Put the tray in the freezer for 6 min .