Homemade Candy Turtles

DELICIOUS homemade candy turtles that are paleo, low glycemic, vegan, dairy free, and gluten free! You guys will be making these on repeat, they’re so good!

I remember the first time I had a “turtle.” I remember being a hardcore candy bar fan and being taken aback by the unexpected deliciousness of these unknown little mounds of tasty. Chocolate outer with gooey caramel center? Extra bonus points for that nutty crunch? Why did nobody tell me?!

Homemade Candy Turtles

The combo is such a simple swipe of genius I couldn’t believe it took me so long to try and obsess over. I was living under a rock, apparently. No, no in a turtle shell!! I was living in some sort of turtle shell!! Bahh you get what I’m saying 🙂 

Here’s what I like about turtles. As you eat them, the caramel gets on your fingers. Then, when you’re all bummed out that the turtle is gone and your fleeting chocolate bliss has ended, you get to lick the caramel off your fingers as if a tasty little encore to ease you into dessert doneness.

Homemade Candy Turtles

I can’t tell you HOW easy these are to make! First of all – GUYS!! Vegan and paleo caramel?! What the what? You guys will be SO OBSESSED, I know it. Plus, I’m bringing the heat, if you know what I’m sayin’!!

I’m so pumped to partner up with Colman’s Mustard for this post. It was so fun to “Hot Mess Around” with their hot mustard to give the spicy caramel a really nice, savory undertone.

Colman’s Mustard has been England’s iconic fiery-hot cooking essential for almost 200 years! From crab cakes to deviled eggs, Colman’s Mustard goes well beyond the condiment category. Since making the move across the pond, Colman’s has been spreading like wildfire in the U.S. If you guys are interested in trying Colman’s, head to their website to download a coupon!

Homemade Candy Turtles

Colman’s has dry mustard or traditional, prepared mustard. Both work great in the recipe! If you want to keep this vegan and paleo, use the dry mustard. If you have Colman’s Prepared Mustard on hand, go to town with it.

You don’t need to be an expert candy maker to make these beauts. Trust me, I am not. Anybody can make these!! I purposefully made these without any extra fancy stuff. No candy thermometer. No molds (though totally welcome if you want them to be nice and tidy). Anyone can make these and I can’t urge you enough to DO it. YOLO, you guys, no regrets.

Homemade Candy Turtles

So let’s make some Homemade Candy Turtles!!

First, you want to make your caramel. This is something you want to make a few hours in advance, though if you can make it the day before, even better!

Pour the coconut cream and coconut sugar in a saucepan over medium heat. Whisk frequently until it thickens, about 10 – 15 minutes. Once it’s thickened, reduce the heat to low and add the vanilla, sea salt, Colman’s Mustard, cinnamon, and chili powder. Whisk to combine.Homemade Candy Turtles

Once nice and combined, remove from heat and allow it to come to room temperature.

Once cool, place in an airtight container in the fridge for 3+ hours. If you can leave the caramel for 12 – 24 hours, even better!

Homemade Candy Turtles

Make the turtles: heat the chocolate chips for a minute in the microwave. Add the coconut oil and continue to stir until the chocolate is smooth and creamy. Depending on your microwave, you may need to heat the chocolate for another 30 seconds to 1 minute.

On a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, make 12 chocolate circles about the size of a POG. Remember those?! For those of you that don’t know what the heck I’m talking about, make the circles about 3 inches across. Pop in the freezer for a couple minutes for the chocolate to harden.

Homemade Candy Turtles

Then, use a spoon to outline the chocolate circles with more chocolate and place it in the freezer to harden for a minute. This “outline” will create a nice wall so that the caramel won’t pour out the sides. Repeat the outline one more time and place it in the freezer to harden for a minute.Homemade Candy TurtlesHomemade Candy Turtles

Add a scoop of caramel to the center of the chocolate. Top with a pecan. Spoon the chocolate onto the top to cover the caramel and pecan. Though, you could probably just eat them without the chocolate topping.

Homemade Candy Turtles

Homemade Candy Turtles

Pop them in the freezer for another minute or two to set the top chocolate. Store in the fridge until you’re ready to eat!

Homemade Candy Turtles

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Homemade Candy Turtles

  • Author: Lindsay// The Toasted Pine Nut
  • Prep Time: 24 hours
  • Cook Time: 20 mins
  • Total Time: 24 hours 20 mins
  • Yield: 12 1x

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DELICIOUS homemade candy turtles that are paleo, low glycemic, vegan, dairy free, and gluten free! You guys will be making these on repeat, they’re so good!


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Ingredients

  • 11 oz. coconut cream
  • ½ cup coconut sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • ¼ teaspoon Colman’s Dry Mustard OR 3 teaspoons Colman’s Prepared Mustard
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • Couple pinches of chili powder
  • 1 cup 60% cacao dark chocolate chips
  • 1 tablespoon refined coconut oil
  • 12 raw whole pecans

Instructions

  1. Pour the coconut cream and coconut sugar in a saucepan over medium heat.
  2. Whisk frequently until it thickens, about 10 – 15 minutes.
  3. Once it’s thickened, reduce the heat to low and add the vanilla, sea salt, Colman’s Mustard, cinnamon, and chili powder.
  4. Once nice and combined, remove from heat and allow it to come to room temperature, Stirring occasionally.
  5. Once cool, place in an airtight container in the fridge for 3+ hours. If you can leave the caramel for 12 – 24 hours, even better!
  6. Make the turtles: heat the chocolate chips for a minute in the microwave.
  7. Add the coconut oil and continue to stir until the chocolate is smooth and creamy.
  8. On a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, make 12 chocolate circles about 3 inches in diameter.
  9. Pop in the freezer for a couple minutes for the chocolate to harden.
  10. Use a spoon to outline the chocolate circles and place it in the freezer to harden for a minute. This “outline” will create a nice wall so that the caramel won’t pour out the sides.
  11. Repeat the outline one more time and place it in the freezer to harden for a minute.
  12. Add a scoop of caramel to the center of the chocolate.
  13. Top with a pecan.
  14. Spoon the chocolate onto the top to cover the caramel and pecan.
  15. Place it in the freezer for another minute or two to set the top chocolate.
  16. Store in the fridge until you’re ready to eat!

These are so tasty, enjoy!! xo

Thank you so much to Colman’s Mustard for sponsoring this post! I love working with my favorite brands and couldn’t be more thrilled they support The Toasted Pine Nut!! Xo

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