Christmas and they received 2 enthusiastic thumbs up from the folks in this house. They look and
taste a lot like turtles except you get the added bonus of crispy rice cereal mixed in there with the
caramel and pecans--YUM.
They were surprisingly easy to make but there were a couple of crucial things I learned:
1) Don't start making these if you don't have uninterrupted time to devote to the project (melted
chocolate doesn't like to be kept waiting.)
2) Don't make these with your husband home unless you have a place to hide them.
1 14 ounce bag of caramels
3 Tablespoons water
1 1/2 cups chopped pecans
1 cup slightly crushed crisp rice cereal (not too fine--they add a nice texture)
1 Tablespoon shortening
2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips (I only use Nestle's)
1) In top of double boiler over low heat, melt caramels with water, stirring until very smooth.
2) Remove from heat and stir in pecans and rice cereal.
3) Drop by rounded teaspoons onto lightly greased waxed paper on cookie sheet. Chill until firm.
4) Melt chocolate chips and shortening in double boiler over low heat until melted and smooth.
5) Using 2 forks, dip chilled candies in chocolate until covered, shaking fork gently back and
forth to remove excess chocolate. Push candy off the fork with the other fork onto waxed paper.
5) Chill until chocolate is set, then store in an airtight container. These are wonderful presented
in a pretty box, on a pressed glass plate or in a vintage cookie container as a gift (people will be
amazed at your candy making abilities!)
Makes approx. 4 dozen small candies or 36 larger candies.