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Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Turtle Time in Tennessee

Happy Holidays, Y'all! Our weather roller coaster brought snow flurries over the least we saw some snowflakes.

I thought I'd share my favorite holiday recipe with you today. These turtles are the best I've ever tasted. The pecans are full of anti-oxidants, the chocolate will make you a wonderful person to be around & the caramel is buttery soft and delicous. They're so tasty they have to be good for you. ;)
2 pkgs. Hershey's Special Dark Chocolate chips
14 ozs. Kraft caramels
1 large tray of pecan halves
2 ozs. paraffin
1/2 stick butter
1/4 cup heavy cream (hold back 1 tablespoon then add later if needed to thin caramel mixture)
Melt caramels with butter & milk over low heat. Place pecans on two buttered or wax papered cookie sheets in stacks of: 2 parallel on the bottom with 1 atop crosswise as in the picture.
Spoon small amount of the caramel mixture over the 3-stacked pecans and let cool.
Meanwhile, melt the chocolate chips with the paraffin in a double boiler. Lift the cooled pecan stacks with a fork and dip into chocolate mixture. Place on waxed paper to cool. Store in air-tight containers.
The grandgals and I made these yesterday & one container is already nearly gone.

Have a wonderful holiday, Y'all!


  1. Those snowmen are soooo cute. I think the one with the snowball is up to no good
    OMG...those turtles look sooo yummy! I like your reasoning for how they must be good for you...makes sense to me...anyway, that's our story and we're sticking to it!
    That tin full of turtles looks like it's ready to be mailed address
    Merry Christmas & Hugs!

  2. "The chocolate will make you a wonderful person to be around." I laughed out loud, and I'm still laughing!

    --AlisonH at, heading off to the kitchen for some 72% Valrhona dark...

  3. ooooh, thank you for the Turtles recipe! They look so yummy.

  4. They look wonderful! I love the snowmen too.

  5. I almost wish (not really) that I didn't see those wonderful turtles...NOW I WANT TO MAKE SOME!! Guess I'll have to get the ingredients.....

    WE really love turtles in our house, but the candy store ones are so expensive. Thanks for the recipe :)

  6. Ohh my, turtles are one of my all-time favorite condies. I love pecans, love milk chocolate and love carmel. Whoever invented turtles sure made up a delightful treat!

  7. Way nummy looking turtles - gone in a minute at our house...

    I love the blog - nifty things to read and learn...

    thanks for the moment on the mountain...

  8. Oooh those look good. And dangerous!

    Cute snowmen.

  9. mmmmmm... THose look really good

  10. I LOVE turtles but I've never made them myself. I'm afraid I'd eat too many of them if I did! Your snowmen are so cute.

    I just wanted to come by to wish you and your family a Merry Christmas!


  11. On your way to the post office
    to mail those turtles? I will be
    watching my mailbox! lol!
    great turtle instructions!Send me some divinity too- no horehound
    candy !

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  13. Yum! That's a good lookin batch of turtles!!!

  14. Guess I'd better add the turtle ingredients to my shopping list for tomorrow. I've just got to try them, they look yummy

  15. Dear Tea,
    You are invited to visit the gallery of nativity scenes, posted on Dec. 23 at Oak Rise Cottage:
    Over 50 countries on five continents are represented, each depicting the birth of Jesus Christ in their own way.

  16. Thank you for sharing your Turtles recipe at the Holiday Cookie Hop. They look absolutely delicious!
    Kathi @

  17. Thank you for sharing your recipe over at the Holiday Homeacre Hop! I'll be featuring it for this Thursday!!
    Mary :)

  18. Oh dear, these turtles sure caught my eye!!! Especially with the dark chocolate which I happen to be eating right now as I type (dark chocolate peanut butter truffle with choc chips inside). I didn't know you can eat paraffin! What is it made of do you know? I will be trying these :)

    1. Thank you Toni for sharing this recipe! I have featured it this week on the Art of Home-Making Mondays :)

      Happy Monday to you!

  19. Magnolia, these look absolutely fabulous. Thank you for sharing, and I'm so glad you were featured on JES' Art of Homemaking hop. Have a wonderful week!

  20. These turtles look amazing and will be one of our favorite treats this holiday season as I plan on making them! Thanks for a great tutorial and pictures!

  21. Mmmmmmmm........ those looks sooooo good!!


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