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Caramel Pretzel Turtles Recipe

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This Caramel Pretzel Turtles Recipe is one that combines crunchy, sweet, and chew! It’s one of the best pretzel snack recipes because every bite has many delicious flavors. Perfect for grabbing and not having to share!

I love making these pretzel desserts because they are simple to make. Plus, the recipe makes quite a few, so I know there will be more than enough to enjoy more than just once!

Using Rolo candy as the caramel center for these pretzel treats makes this recipe a breeze. Not only are they the perfect bite-size, but they’re a simple way to make a treat for St. Patrick’s Day or any other holiday.

This is a simple way to have the family join in on the fun and make a sweet treat simultaneously. It’s so fast and simple – and delicious!

Caramel Pretzel Turtles Recipe

The fun part about making caramel dessert recipes like this one is that you can change up the color of the candy melts so that you can change up the fun.

We make these a lot for St. Patrick’s Day, so it’s an easy way to have everyone in the family join in on helping.

My boys love having sweet treats that they can pop in their mouths throughout the day. These fit the bill for that and make quite a large batch!

Can I use another nut besides pecans in candy turtle recipes?

The use of pecans in candy turtle recipes is traditional, and they lend a unique flavor. If you prefer to use another nut, there are several potential substitutes.

Almonds, walnuts, hazelnuts, and cashews all could be used in place of pecans; each of these varieties will impart its unique flavor profile.

Nut substitutes could be roasted before being added for optimal taste.

Making the switch for your candy Turtles will create a delightful new culinary experience you can share with family and friends!

Specialty Ingredients:

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Reminder, not all ingredients in the Pretzel Turtle Candy Recipe are linked above, just the ones that may be a bit difficult to find or that you might be unsure of what to look for

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Make it a Meal:

Now is the time to give meal planning a try! I waited before trying it, and I don’t know why. It’s one of my favorite ways to get everyone in the family on the same page – and to have good food ready for meals!

It’s such a simple and easy process to start.

Main Dish: One-Pot Roasted Pork Supper

Vegetable Side: Recipe: Roasted Spring Vegetables

Starch Side: Oven Roasted Red Potatoes Recipe

Refreshing Drink: Cucumber Basil Limeade Drink Recipe

Best Candy Recipes:

Once you make this Homemade Turtle Candy Recipe, it’s time to make even more candies! The best part is that I’ve done the work of gathering the best recipes!

This Rolo Candy Dip Recipe is one of my favorites for parties and birthdays!

Check out how simple this Valentine Heart Candy Puppy Chow Recipe is!

The kids will have a blast making their very own Rock Candy!

These Candy Corn Cookie Bars are the perfect way to use leftover candy corn!

Peppermint Candy Cookies are my favorite cookies to make during the winter months!

My boys love when I make this Cotton Candy Rice Krispie Treats Recipe! So much flavor!

Anytime I have whipped up this Cotton Candy Cupcakes Recipe, they’re gobbled up in a jiffy!

How do I store candy pretzels?

Storing candy pretzels properly can significantly influence their taste and texture upon consumption.

To ensure maximum freshness and flavor, it is essential to keep them in an airtight container or bag in a cool, dry place that is not exposed to direct sunlight.

It is also a good idea to consume the pretzels shortly after making them or within a few days.

If storing for an extended time, some additional precautions may be necessary; for instance, keeping the pretzels sealed inside of the original packaging with multiple layers of plastic wrap or parchment paper further reduces the chance of moisture entering and ruining the product.

What nuts can I use instead of pecans?

There are numerous nut varieties available as substitutes for pecans. To begin with, almonds possess a slightly sweet undertone and a crunchy texture that makes them an ideal replacement for pecans.

Similarly, walnuts, with their distinctively earthy flavor, can effectively mimic the taste and texture of pecans.

Additionally, hazelnuts are another popular substitute, offering a slightly milder and nuttier taste than pecans.

Finally, cashews, although generally softer in texture, deliver a buttery and earthy flavor that can impart similar notes to pecans in recipes.

Overall, experimenting with different nut replacements can open up a plethora of exciting new flavor combinations, enriching your culinary repertoire with varying textures and tastes.

How do I keep pretzels from going stale?

For snack enthusiasts and pretzel aficionados, the question of how to maintain the freshness of pretzels is a common one.

Fortunately, there are several practical methods for preserving the crispness and flavor of pretzels, particularly when they have been opened and exposed to moisture.

One of the most effective strategies is to store pretzels in airtight containers, which helps to prevent moisture from seeping in and causing the pretzels to become stale or soggy.

Another option is to add a slice of bread to the container, which can help to absorb excess moisture and keep the pretzels fresh for a longer period of time.

Alternatively, pretzels can also be frozen to extend their shelf life, provided they are sealed in an airtight freezer bag.

While pretzels may seem like a simple and straightforward snack, taking proactive measures to preserve their freshness can greatly enhance the overall snacking experience.

More Caramel Recipes:

Caramel Pretzel Turtles

Caramel Pretzel Turtles

Yield: 35
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Additional Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

These Caramel Pretzel Turtles are incredible for St. Patrick's Day or anytime you want a sweet and crunchy treat!


  • about 35 small pretzel twists
  • about 35 pecan halves, lightly toasted and salted
  • 1 (8 ounce) package Rolo candy
  • Yellow and green candy melts
  • St Patrick’s Day sprinkles


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Add parchment paper to a baking sheet and put the pretzels in a single layer on top. Add a Rolo candy on top of each pretzel.
  3. Put in the oven for 3-5 minutes until the Rolo candy is soft but not melted. Take the pan out of the oven.
  4. As soon as you take out the pan, press one pecan halfway down on each Rolo. Press just hard enough so that the Rolo goes through the pretzel. Let the pretzels cool all the way.
  5. Move to a wire rack once cool.
  6. Melt the candy coating in a bowl according to the package directions. Drizzle the colored candy one color at a time over the pretzel turtles. Add sprinkles.
  7. Let the coating harden, and enjoy!
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 15 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 296Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 826mgCarbohydrates: 57gFiber: 3gSugar: 4gProtein: 7g

This data was provided and calculated by Nutritionix on 2/4/2023

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