So, so yummy! So, so easy! So, so many compliments! THIS turtle wins the race hands down!!
Make these pecan turtles for your Valentine and you'll win their heart for sure.
In a large heavy stock pot, melt 1 cup unsalted butter, cut into cubes. Add 1 cup light corn syrup , 2+1/4 cups dark brown sugar and 1/8 teaspoon salt and cook until the sugar is melted.
When the sugar is completely disolved, gradually add 1 can (14 oz) sweetened condensed milk and cook and stir until mixture comes to a boil.
Continue boiling the sugar/milk mixture all the while, stirring frequently. Be patient, you'll be boiling and stirring for quite awhile. In the meantime, spread out 1-1/2 pounds of pecan halves on a baking sheet and toast them in the oven at 350 degrees for approximately 10 minutes.
Mmmmmmm, toasted pecans! But... I digress.
Returning our attention to the sugar/milk mixture that has been boiling away ~ When a candy thermometer reads 248 degrees (firm-ball stage), about 16 minutes, remove the mixture from the heat and gently stir in 1 teaspoon vanilla extract and the toasted pecans.
Drop candy by rounded tablespoons onto parchment lined baking sheets and refrigerate until firm.
In a microwave-safe bowl, and on half power, melt 1 package of milk chocolate chips with
2 tablespoons shortening; stirring until smooth. Drizzle over turtles and refrigerate again until chocolate is fully set. Here is the finished product. This recipe makes approximately 24 rich, buttery candy confections.
I just know you're going to LOVE these. I hope you'll make these for your
Valentine sweetheart! Sending you sweet hugs and kisses. Happy Valentine's Day!