Pecan Caramel Bark – (Turtle Bark)

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pecan caramel bark – turtle bark
I decided it would be fun to join a bake along challenge!!
Danielle over at Hugs & Cookies XOXO hosts one of these a week!
I have been having so much fun in the kitchen, I figured if I did something  like this, I would most likely be baking something I wouldn’t normally bake. 
Turns out, that happened on the first challenge!
First off, I have never been a big fan of pecans, and secondly, the thought of making homemade caramel always sort of intimidated me!
Well, Danielle, being the sweetheart she is, gave me a cheater version using melted caramels. 
I seriously considered it…. and then I tightened my apron straps, 
pulled up my big girl panties and tackled it!
I knew I had enough of the ingredients to have a few do-overs, and fully planned to.
Then… guess what?
I did it… on the FIRST TRY!
(takes a bow)
It was surprisingly easy.
So, I made this pecan turtle bark today with HOMEMADE caramel….
and it smells, looks and
TASTES amazing!
Thanks, Danielle for the fun “homework!”
Here is the recipe for those of you who want a yummy assignment!
* ~ *


Guess who has a jump on her holiday baking?!!? 
I do! I do!!


Close up of Turtle bark on a white plate and a package full in the background
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Pecan Caramel Bark - (Turtle Bark)

Pecans, Caramel and Dark chocolate make up this Turtle Bark.
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
Additional Time27 minutes
Total Time52 minutes
Course: Candy
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Pecan Caramel Bark - (Turtle Bark)
Servings: 8 x 8
Calories: 4109kcal
Author: Michaela Kenkel


  • ½ cup pecans toasted
  • 16 oz Ghirardelli DARK chocolate chips
  • Caramel Filling:
  • • ½ cup sugar
  • • 2 tablespoons water
  • • 1 tablespoon butter
  • • 5 tablespoon heavy cream
  • *Optional Topping:
  • 2 tablespoon pecans finely chopped
  • 2 oz caramel sauce


Toasting the pecans:

  • Place pecans on bake sheet pan and toast at 375 degrees for about 5-6 minutes then stir for even toasting and bake for about another 5-6 minutes or until nuts darken and become aromatic. Remove bake sheet from oven and set aside to cool. Once pecans are completely cooled; chop and set aside. Reserve 2 tablespoons of chopped pecans and chop it some for a finely chopped consistency; set aside for finishing.

To make the caramel filling:

  • Add sugar and water into a saucepan over medium low heat. Stir until sugar has dissolved. Use a wet brush to remove any crystals that form on the side. Once sugar has dissolved increase heat to high. Now and then, using the handle give the pot a swirl to keep the mixture moving. Do not stir the mixture directly. The mixture will start to bubble after a minute. As the mixture darkens to a medium amber color, approximately 5-7 minutes, add the butter and heavy cream to saucepan. The mixture will bubble wildly.
  • Whisk to combine (bubbles will subside upon cooling).
  •  Set aside to cool completely.

To melt the chocolate:

  • Place chocolate in a heat proof bowl over (not on) simmering water and stir until melted.


  •  Line 8×8 pan with parchment or wax paper

To assemble:

  • Pour half of melted chocolate into prepared 8×8 pan, using an offset icing spatula smooth out chocolate until an even layer is achieved. Place pan in refrigerator for 5 minutes for chocolate to slightly harden. Remove from refrigerator and pour ¼ of caramel on top and sprinkle pecans on top of caramel and gently press pecans down into caramel. Place pan in refrigerator for 7 minutes for caramel to become slightly harden. Pour remaining chocolate on top and return to refrigerator for 20 minutes for fully assembled


Serving: 1g | Calories: 4109kcal | Carbohydrates: 470g | Protein: 34g | Fat: 240g | Saturated Fat: 120g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 105g | Trans Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 154mg | Sodium: 566mg | Fiber: 41g | Sugar: 398g

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  1. I LOVE turtles so am definately going to try this for christmas. Question- if you only use 1/4 of the caramel as a layer, are you drizzling with 3/4 of the batch and will it harden on the top??

  2. This is wonderful stuff :-). This is my first visit to your blog, so on the strength of this recipe decided to browse through your earlier entries. I’m so glad I did that. You’ve created a great spot for your readers to visit and I really enjoyed the food and recipes I found here. I’ll definitely be back. I hope you have a great day. Blessings…Mary

  3. @deb… The recipe that I posted was directly from the baking challenge. It made about 1/2 cup of caramel. I used a little more than 1/4 cup and then used the rest to drizzle on the top. Sorry for the confusion! 🙂

    @Mary … Thank you so much for the kind words. I hope that you will be back often! I promise to do my best to keep you entertained! 🙂

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