Poor Man’s Turtles

These are the simplest, most delicious candies ever!  Just be careful- it’s easy to over-melt them, and that results in a very delicious-but-sticky caramel mess, not great for parties.


  • chocolate-covered caramels (Rolo or similar)
  • pretzels – ideally the same shape as your caramel
  • whole nuts of choice, toasted to improve crispness if desired

    Simple ingredients

Purchase enough ingredients to make the amount you want.  None of the package sizes will match, so you’ll inevitably end up with too much of something.  I bought 4 packages of caramels (about 35 caramels each), one “pounder” bag of pretzels, and one bag of cashews (8oz?), and all I had left over was pretzels.  

Cover a cookie sheet with foil and set aside.  Unwrap caramels.  Preheat oven to 350°F.

Spread pretzels, discarding the broken ones, on the cookie sheet.

Pretzels, I chose squares for my square caramels.

Place a caramel on/in each pretzel.  Bake for 1-3 minutes, depending on the stickiness of the caramel.  Rolos will need 3 minutes, usually, but I used a gooey caramel recently that melted reallyfast, and a little over a minute was too much.  check them regularly, and keep in mind that the residual heat from the pan itself may continue melting things.

Caramels ready to be topped.

Remove from the oven and gently press a nut into each caramel. Make sure the nut sticks, but preserve the shape of the caramel.

All done!

Eat now, or refrigerate or freeze for later.

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