Turtle Cups

Turtle Cups

The Spruce / Elizabeth LaBau

Prep: 60 mins
Cook: 25 mins
Total: 85 mins
Servings: 20 servings
Yield: 20 candies
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
135 Calories
9g Fat
15g Carbs
2g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 20
Amount per serving
Calories 135
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 9g 11%
Saturated Fat 3g 13%
Cholesterol 2mg 1%
Sodium 29mg 1%
Total Carbohydrate 15g 6%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 12g
Protein 2g
Vitamin C 0mg 1%
Calcium 24mg 2%
Iron 0mg 3%
Potassium 84mg 2%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Turtle cups are a fun variation on the traditional Turtle candy made of pecans, caramel, and chocolate. Although this version doesn't have the whimsical turtle shape, I think it's more elegant and easier to serve and eat.


  • 8 ounces soft caramels, homemade or store bought

  • 2 tablespoons cream

  • 1 1/4 cups toasted pecans, finely chopped

  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Arrange the candy cups on a baking sheet.

  3. Distribute the chopped pecans evenly among the candy cups.

  4. Place the unwrapped caramels and the cream in a medium microwave-safe bowl.

  5. Microwave for one minute, then stir the caramels. If they have not all melted, or if it is still very stiff, microwave for an additional brief period. Stir until the caramel is smooth and homogenous.

  6. Spoon the caramel over the nuts in the candy cups. Be sure to leave a space at the top so that you can fill it with chocolate later.

  7. Place the chocolate chips in a small microwave-safe bowl and microwave for one minute, then stir until all of the chocolate is melted.

  8. Spoon a small dollop of chocolate on top of the caramel in each cup, making a swirling motion in the center for a finishing touch.

  9. Place the cups in the refrigerator to set the chocolate and caramel, for at least 30 minutes. Unless your environment is very cool, these cups will need to be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator, as the caramel and chocolate get very soft when left for long periods of time at room temperature.