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Pretzel Turtles

These two-bite Pretzel Turtles are ridiculously easy to make, and are guaranteed to disappear in a snap. Pun intended. I use square pretzels and candies and top each with a glorious pecan half. They’re so simple and tasty, they rank as a year-round favorite at our house and impossible for us to reserve only for the holidays.

Pretzel Turtles

Easy Pretzel Turtles Recipe

These little one-bite sweet an salty yummies are a holiday favorite. Rightly so, they’re simple to make and bring together the salty sweet flavor combination beautifully. So easy the kiddos can get in on the action. These pretzel turtles can be mad in any shape you like. If you’re unable to find Doves square salted caramel chocolates that I use in this recipe, you may of course, go with the gold standard and use Rolo candy instead. Pictured is a combination of the two.

Pretzel Turtles

How to Make the BEST Pretzel Turtles Recipe

There’s no such thing as too many pretzel turtles or improperly shaped pretzel turtles so this is another one of those moments that I say don’t sweat the small stuff.

  • Ingredients you’ll need to make homemade Pretzel Turtles: Square salted pretzels, Dove caramels or Rolo candies, pecan halves.
  • Kitchen tools you’ll need: Sheet pans, measuring cup and storage container or goodie bags to package and give as gifts.
  • Pretzels – You can use your favorite brand. I used Rold Gold.
  • Dove Candies – I use these to match the shape of the pretzels and they come with the bonus of being quite buttery and delicious! You can use classic Rolo chocolate covered caramels, if you like.
  • Pecan Halves – Use a premium pecan and toast them to bring out the flavor.
  • Feel free to double or triple the ingredient amounts and enjoy these sweet and salty bite-size delights for birthday parties, Valentine’s Day, Halloween gatherings, summer picnic’s and showers. They’re terrific during the entire year as well as a feature on holiday goodie trays.
  • Store Pretzel Turtles in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 weeks.
Pretzel Turtles

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Pretzel Turtles

Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time4 minutes
Cooling time30 minutes
Total Time44 minutes
Course: Candy, Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: #turtle-candy, pretzel-turtles
Servings: 40 pieces
Calories: 42kcal
Author: Melissa Sperka


  • 40 square pretzels
  • 40 Dove Salted Caramel Dark Chocolates Dove Milk Chocolate Caramels or Rolos, unwrapped
  • 40 pecans halves toasted


  • Preheat the oven to 350°F. Place the pecan halves in a single layer on a baking sheet and toast for 6-8 minutes. Set aside to cool.
  • Lower the oven temperature to 300°F. Place the pretzels on a baking sheet, topping each one with 1 piece of candy.
  • Bake for 3-4 minutes until softened, but not completely melted.
  • Remove from the oven and immediately press one pecan half into the chocolate.
  • Cool completely.


Serving: 1piece | Calories: 42kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 24mg | Potassium: 18mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 8IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 10mg | Iron: 1mg
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