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Chocolatier and judge on Netflix's "Nailed It" Jacques Torres shares an easy recipe for homemade turtles. The hardest part is tempering the chocolate, but Jacques makes it easy with microwave instructions.

"I like to temper chocolate with a microwave," Jacques says of the technique that gives chocolate a glossy sheen.

He uses his Homemade Caramels to make these turtles, though you could also use store-bought caramels as a shortcut. For more of his treats, check out his recipe for Chocolate-Dipped Caramels and his famous Chocolate Chip Cookies (which you can also order online if you don't feel like baking!).


  • ½ pound pecan pieces
  • 20 Caramels, halved (about forty ½-inch pieces)
  • 1 pound chopped dark chocolate, chopped into small pieces


Serves: Makes 3 to 4 dozen


To temper the chocolate, place in a microwave-safe glass bowl. Heat for 30 seconds at a time on high power until most of the chocolate is melted; the chocolate will retain its shape even when mostly melted. Whisk until smooth.

Preheat oven to 350˚F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Arrange the broken pecan pieces evenly over the prepared baking sheet. Top with ½-inch squares of caramel, leaving about an inch between each caramel. Bake until the caramel melts and is slightly soft, 3 to 5 minutes; do not overbake. Let cool completely.

Working one at a time, lift each caramel pecan cluster off the baking sheet and dip into the bowl of tempered chocolate. Use a fork to remove, letting excess chocolate drip back into the bowl. Place turtles onto a parchment-lined baking sheet to cool and set.