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Salted Chocolate Caramel Pecan Turtles Recipe | Millionaires Candy

Today I made Salted Chocolate Caramel Pecan Turtles (also known as Millionaires Candy) with my special twist…..sea salt and I have the recipe for you. I also made Chocolate Haystacks and Butterscotch Haystacks. On a roll! Making sweets is more fun than cleaning the house.

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This is a family favorite, and I have to make it every year during the Christmas holidays. I also call this turtle candy, Millionaires.

I’m not sure, but I think at one time, a company made boxed candy called Millionaires, and then later, another company made something similar named Turtles. Whatever you call them, they are good, and this is the third batch I made this holiday season.

Salted Chocolate Turtles or Millionaires Candy Recipe

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Toast the pecans first. I toast the pecans at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes. (The full recipe is below.) Whole pecans are best for this candy. I’ve made this recipe for years and never toasted the pecans before. It definitely gives the candy a different flavor.

Salted Chocolate Caramel Pecan Turtles Recipe
Place the caramels and milk mixture in the microwave and melt the caramels slowly. Set the timer for a minute, then stir, and repeat until the caramels are melted. Next add the pecans and stir well until they are covered with caramel.

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Drop the mixture onto a parchment-lined cookie sheet and put it in the freezer to help the candy set.

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You could also just set the pan in the refrigerator but the candy will take a while to harden enough to dip in the chocolate.

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Grate a block or half block of paraffin. I know it says not to use paraffin for cooking, but I’ve been doing it for years and I’m still here. I tried the dipping chocolate recipe that uses two tablespoons of shortening instead of Paraffin and the chocolate was really thick. I also tried the chocolate bark, but it seems grainy.

I don’t measure exactly when it comes to chocolate chips or paraffin. It is approximately 2 cups of semi-sweet chips and 1/2 block of paraffin. I use semi-sweet chips because milk chocolate chips make the candy too sweet.

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Once the caramel and pecans are firm dip them in the chocolate. Next, sprinkle sea salt on the chocolate. You have to do this before the chocolate hardens. So dip a few pieces in chocolate, then sprinkle with sea salt…..repeat. Place on parchment paper and freeze them until set. Store in the refrigerator in a cookie tin. That’s it.

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Millionaires Candy with Pecans, Caramel, and Sea Salt

This is also the first year I used sea salt on the candy. I love sea salt with caramel and now I love it with chocolate too. You can pass on the sea salt if you prefer.

salted chocolate caramel pecan turtles recipe

Salted Chocolate Caramel Pecan Turtles Recipe ( or Millionaires Candy)

1 11oz bag Brach’s CaramelsSalted Chocolate Turtles Candy
2 cups Pecans
3 Tbsp. Milk
2 cups Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
1 Block of Paraffin
Sea Salt

Spread the pecans on a baking sheet covered with parchment paper. Toast the pecans for 10 to 12 minutes at 350 degrees.
Stir once during cooking.

Unwrap the caramels and put them in a large bowl with the milk. Melt in the microwave in 20 or 30-second increments.
Be sure and stir the caramels between microwaving to help them melt. Don’t burn the caramel.

Stir pecans into the melted caramels and drop them by spoonfuls onto parchment paper. Put in refrigerator or freezer to set.

Use a grater to grate the block or 1/2 block of paraffin. Put the paraffin and the chocolate chips in a glass bowl and microwave in 20 to 30-second increments. Stir between each microwave interval. If the chocolate gets too hot it will seize on you and nobody wants that.

Dip the caramel and pecan pieces into the chocolate. I use a potato peeler ( I know, weird) or a fork. Most times I use both together.
I stab the caramel with the fork and then dip it into the chocolate. Next, I hold the opposite side of the caramel piece with the potato peeler while the excess chocolate drips off. Place the chocolate-covered candy on parchment paper. Now is the time to salt the chocolate before it gets firm. Put the candy in the freezer or refrigerator to help it set faster.

How to make salted chocolate millionaires
Homemade Millionaires Candy

That’s it. Enjoy!

haystack candy with chocolate, dry roasted peanuts and peanut butter

I also made Chocolate Haystacks with Butterfinger Bites, dry roasted peanuts, peanut butter, and chow mien noodles. Melt the chocolate chips first, then mix in the peanut butter. After that go crazy adding your favorite crunchy stuff. Drop by spoonfuls onto parchment paper.

butterscotch peanut butter haystacks

Then I made Butterscotch Haystacks with peanut butter, butterscotch chips, chow mien noodles, and dry roasted peanuts. They were yummy! How about an appetizer recipe?

Sausage Wontons Appetizers with Ranch Dressing and Black Olives
Sausage Wontons Appetizers with Ranch Dressing and Black Olives

Try these….. Ranch Dressing Sausage Wontons Appetizer Recipe Thanks for being here, Kathy

Author: Kathy Owen
Kathy Owen is the founder of the home decor blog Petticoat Junktion where she shares tutorials on painting furniture and upcycling thrifty finds into unique home décor. Her DIY projects have been featured on the Home Depot Blog, Plaid Crafts, Behr Designer Series, and in numerous magazines. Kathy’s newest website is HappyHomeDIY.com

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  1. Thanks for your suggestion Sandra. I’ve edited the post thanks to you. I forgot to say I had tried other chocolate dipping recipes and the chocolate bark and I don’t like either as well as the paraffin but they are certainly available instead of using the paraffin! I should try just melting the chips without adding anything and see how that goes.

  2. I think everyone loves chocolate turtles but I never thought to make them! This is a wonderful recipe! I’m wondering though about the paraffin. What would be wrong with omitting it and just dipping caramelized pecans in the chocolate? Not trying to remake what I know is certainly a great recipe, but more curious than anything! Love your posts! Thanks for all, Sandra

  3. What a lovely post! Sounds like the perfect snow day and thank you so much for the recipe I love chocolate turtles and will definitely try this!