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December 1st is here!! All restrictions about decorating for Christmas “too early”can be totally throw out the window and those Christmas Trees, Candy Canes and Gingerbread Men are free to come out to celebrate!
Thanksgiving is over and that means that I can now embrace the Christmas spirit without the fear of someone telling me that I’m going to hell for skipping over Thanksgiving. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE Thanksgiving and I’m very thankful for everything I have but to me, the Christmas season actually makes me more thankful for everything (and feels my heart with more love) than that one day in November that’s set aside for being Thankful and eating Turkey! I’m counting my blessing even more during the Christmas/Holiday Season.
Big Bear actually wanted to put up our Christmas tree yesterday but after the week/weekend we had, we decided to wait until next weekend to put it up. After all, we do get a real tree and I am a little nervous about putting it up too early. I don’t want it to be completely dry and dead on Christmas day haha. But now that I think about it…I don’t know if that would even matter since they’ve already been cut and have been sitting on the Christmas tree lots since before Thanksgiving.
Dangit, we should have just gone and got the stinkin’ tree yesterday. Oh well. At least I’ll have time to clean up the house a bit and make space for it in the living room. (Insert sad trombone here haha)
But let’s move onto something that will cheer me up!
So now that we’re all into the Christmas season, it’s time to get into the kitchen and whip up some homemade goodies! Because, let’s be serious…I know a TON of people that would love to have a box of these Homemade Chocolate and Caramel Pecan Turtles delivered to their door.
(Unless you’re like my best friend, Nikki, and you’re allergic to Pecans…if that’s the case, I’m going to need you to back away slowly. I’m also super sad for you because these little beauties are delicious.)
The “What You Need” list for these turtles is pretty small.
You’re going to need:
Chocolate (I used the Food Lion Brand Candiquik)
Pecans (I used Fisher)
Butter (I used Kerrygold)
Caramel (I used the Kraft Caramel Bits)
& Sea Salt (Optional)
How to make these Homemade Chocolate and Caramel Pecan Turtles :
First you’re going to need to toast the pecans. Lay the pecans out on a sheet tray and brush them with about 2-4 tablespoons of melted butter.
Heat the oven to 350°F. After the oven has reached 350°F, stick the tray of pecans into the oven and toast them for about 5 minutes. *don’t let them burn*
Remove from oven and let cool.
Melt the chocolate according to the package directions.
Melt the caramel according to the package directions.
Spoon a teaspoon of chocolate onto wax paper or onto a Non-Stick Silicone mat.
Top the Chocolate with 4 pecans, in the shape of a cross.
Add another pecan to the center.
Spoon a tablespoon of caramel over the middle of the pecan cluster.
Top the caramel with chocolate.
Sprinkle with a small amount of sea salt.
Let the chocolate sit until it has hardened (about 10 minutes or so).
And that’s it. That’s all that stands between you and the amazing taste of Homemade Chocolate and Caramel Pecan Turtles.
I’m already planning on making a ton of these to give away during the Holidays!
I know you’re gonna love them! I posted these onto my personal facebook page and got some of the best comments ever! One of my friends/blogger friends said, “I’ve never seen a turtle that beautiful in a chocolate store let alone homemade!” — and that my friends…that made my day!