Chocolate Turtles // St. Valentine’s Day

Getting ready for St. Valentine’s Day, but can’t think of any sweets to make GF?  Well, you’re in luck!  These decadent chocolate turtles are naturally gluten-free (though not dairy-free–however, non-dairy chocolate does exist).  And by making the candies in decorative muffin cups, clean up is easy!  You can easily make large batches of turtles in almost no time at all–we made 5 1/2 dozen in less than an hour!

Chocolate Turtles

Pecan halves (pieces would work as well)

Ghirardelli Dark Chocolate Melting Wafers (though chocolate chips can work as well)

Ghirardelli White Chocolate Melting Wafers

Vanilla Caramels

Note: the 2 lbs of melting wafers from Ghirardelli was one of the best deals that we found for such good quality–if you aren’t able to use all of the chocolate at once, it freezes well.

Place muffin cups on a baking sheet and fill the bottom with 3-4 pecans or pecan pieces:

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Unwrap caramels, if necessary; place one caramel in each muffin cup, making sure that it is in the middle of the nuts:

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You can use either an oven or a microwave to melt the caramels–while a microwave works, sometimes it can be too strong and if the caramels are melted too much, they can turn crunchy instead of smooth.

For Microwave: Place candies on a microwaveable plate and cook on high for 20-30 seconds until caramels are just melted

For Oven: Place candies on baking sheet in 325° F oven for 10 minutes until caramels are just melted:

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Set caramels aside to cool.   Place dark melting wafers in the top of a double boiler; stir until melted.  For further instructions on melting chocolate, Ghirardelli has a nice explanation.

You can also melt the chocolate in a microwave: place wafers in a microwaveable bowl, cook in microwave on high for 15-20 second intervals until chocolate is melted.  Be careful not to burn chocolate!

Cover nuts and caramels with chocolate.  You can swirl white chocolate over the dark chocolate, or vice versa, for decoration.  Sprinkles are fun too 🙂

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Wait until candies are completely cool and hard before consuming.

Make some cute cards to accompany candies:

Valentine Cards

Enjoy!  Happy St. Valentine’s Day!

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