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Chocolate Turtle Fudge

Chocolate turtle fudge is one of the most decadent and delicious treats and is an easy homemade recipe to make. The warm caramel oozes through the center of the fudge and the pecans add a salty and delicious taste to the dessert. Everyone will be begging for this at Thanksgiving and Christmas. 

Chocolate turtle fudge on a plate

This easy fudge recipe might just be one of the messiest but, it’s definitely one of the best. It only takes a few minutes to prepare it, an hour or so to set up, and you’ve got one of the most decadent desserts to bring to a party (or just sit and home and eat). 

While making this I had warm caramel oozing all over the place and it took everything I had not to just grab a spoon and start letting it ooze right into my mouth! 

Chocolate turtle fudge is a great dessert because it combines both salty and sweet tastes together with chocolate, caramel, pecans, and sweetened condensed milk.

And the best part is that it’s fudge in the microwave, so no boiling, checking temperatures, or anything like that. 

Looking for something different? Give this peppermint fudge a try. 

Chocolate turtle fudge on a plate

What do I need to make chocolate turtle fudge?

(Exact measurements listed at the bottom of the post)

  • An 8″ x 8″ casserole dish
  • Non-stick spray
  • Tin foil or parchment paper
  • Semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • Caramels
  • Pecans
  • Vanilla extract
  • Sweetened condensed milk
  • Butter
  • Heavy cream
  • Two medium-sized bowls
  • Spoon

If you are a fan of fudge, you’ll love this peanut butter fudge to die for or this chocolate fudge

Chocolate fudge with caramel and pecans in a dish

How do I make pecan turtle fudge?

Chocolate fudge layer

  1. Add a sheet of tin foil or parchment paper to an 8″ x 8″ casserole dish. Spray with non-stick spray.
  2. Add the chocolate chips, sweetened condensed milk, and butter to a medium-sized bowl.
  3. Microwave the chips for one minute and check if melted. Make sure to stir, helping melt the chips. Microwave more, in increments of 30 seconds, if needed. 
  4. Stir until melted. 
  5. Add the vanilla extract and stir until well combined. 
  6. Next, add the 1/2 cup chopped pecans and combine. 
  7. Press half of the chocolate fudge mixture into the casserole dish and set aside. 

Caramel Layer

  1. Unwrap the caramels and place in a medium-sized bowl. 
  2. Add the heavy cream and microwave the two ingredients, in 30-second increments, until almost melted. 
  3. Stir the caramel and heavy cream until all of the caramel has melted. 
  4. Pour half of the caramel over the chocolate fudge layer. 

Top Chocolate Fudge Layer

  1. Press the rest of the chocolate fudge on top of the caramel layer. (If the fudge has set up and is too thick to top the caramel, add one tablespoon of heavy cream and stir it in. 
  2. Drizzle the rest of the caramel over the top of the fudge. 
  3. Take a handful of pecan halves and sprinkle over the top. 
  4. Refrigerate for at least an hour to allow the fudge to set up. 

Recipe and printable instructions listed below

Chocolate Layer

Chocolate chips in a bowl

Start by adding the semi-sweet chocolate chips to a medium-sized bowl.

 

Sweetened condensed milk and chocolate chips in a glass bowl

Next, add the sweetened condensed milk. You can already tell it’s getting good. 

 

Butter, chocolate chips, and sweetened condensed milk in a glass bowl

Add the butter to the bowl and microwave for one minute.

 

Melted chocolate chips, butter, and sweetened condensed milk in a glass bowl

Stir the ingredients. When you pull the bowl out of the microwave, the chips will look like they didn’t melt, but they did, they just need some stirring. 

Once you start stirring the chocolate will melt. You might need to add it back to the microwave, in increments of 30 seconds, until the chocolate is melted.

Most of the time it will only take about 90 seconds total and some stirring to melt it all. 

 

Melted chocolate and pecans in a glass bowl

Next add the chopped pecans to the homemade fudge and stir them in. 

 

Chocolate fudge with pecans in a baking dish

Press half of the fudge into the casserole dish lined with tin foil or parchment paper and non-stick spray. Set the other half of the chocolate to the side.

The non-stick spray will help a little, but the caramel is going to be sticky no matter what you do. 

The tin foil doesn’t look as pretty, but it’s functional. 

Caramel Layer

Caramels and heavy cream in a glass bowl

Grab a new medium-sized bowl and add the caramels and heavy cream. 

 

Melted caramel in a glass bowl.

Melt the caramels in the microwave, starting in increments of 30 seconds.  Stir until they are all melted. 

I microwaved mine for about 90-seconds, as well. You’ll have to stir the caramel quite a bit more to get it all melted. 

Caramel melted on top of chocolate fudge with pecans

Pour half of the caramel over the chocolate fudge. 

 

Melted chocolate fudge on top of caramel.

Spread the rest of the chocolate fudge over the top of the caramel. 

TIP: If the fudge has set up and is thick, add a tablespoon of heavy cream and stir it in to think it out a little before spreading it. 

 

Caramel drizzled over the top of melted chocolate fudge.

Now, drizzle the rest of the caramel over the top of the fudge. 

And, good luck keeping your fingers clean.

Chocolate turtle fudge with pecans in a casserole dish.

Grab a handful of pecan halves and sprinkle on top of the caramel. Place the pecan turtles into the fridge to set up for at least an hour. 

Check out these pecan desserts:

Chocolate turtle fudge on a plate and on some tinfoil.

How is fudge different from chocolate?

Chocolate is usually harder than fudge, such as chocolate chips or a chocolate candy bar. Fudge includes ingredients like evaporated milk or sweetened condensed milk, and butter to give it a softer texture. 

What does fudge taste like?

Fudge is creamy, soft, and melts in your mouth. Chocolate fudge is rich and decadent. 

Chocolate turtle fudge on a plate.

Does Fudge go bad?

Fudge will eventually go bad, but if you keep it on the counter, at room temperature, it will last for up to a week, and if you refrigerate it, the fudge will last for a couple of weeks. 

Should you refrigerate fudge?

You do not have to refrigerate fudge, as it will be fine in room temperature. But, you do need to keep it in an airtight container. 

Chocolate turtle fudge on a plate

Check out the chocolate turtle fudge recipe card below, grab those ingredients, and start creating! This is a great Thanksgiving and Christmas treat and I think you’ll really love it.

Then, share your comments below and click here to share a picture of your turtle candy on the Pinterest Pin!  If you made any changes or added something different, be sure to share with us so we can try it, too!

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Yield: 26 pieces

Chocolate Turtle Fudge

Chocolate turtle fudge on a plate

Chocolate turtle fudge is one of the most decadent and delicious treats and is an easy homemade recipe to make. The warm caramel oozes through the center of the fudge and the pecans add a salty and delicious taste to the dessert. Everyone will be begging for this at Thanksgiving and Christmas. 

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 4 minutes
Additional Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 24 minutes

Ingredients

Chocolate Fudge

  • 3 cups chocolate chips
  • 1 - 14 oz. can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 3 Tbsp. butter
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans

Caramel Layer

  • 11 oz. bag caramels
  • 3 Tbsp. heavy cream
  • 2 Tbsp. butter
  • Handful of pecan halves

Instructions

  1. Add a sheet of tin foil or parchment paper to an 8" x 8" casserole dish and spray the inside with non-stick spray.
  2. Next, add the chocolate chips, sweetened condensed milk, and butter to a medium-sized bowl.
  3. Microwave for one minute and check if melted. Make sure to stir, helping to melt the chips. Microwave more, in increments of 30 seconds, if needed. 
  4. Stir until melted. 
  5. Add the vanilla extract to the bowl and stir until well blended.
  6. Next, add the 1/2 cup chopped pecans and combine. 
  7. Press half of the chocolate fudge mixture into the bottom of the casserole dish and set aside. 

Caramel Layer

  1. Unwrap all of the caramels and place in a medium-sized bowl. 
  2. Add the heavy cream and microwave the two ingredients, in 30-second increments, until almost melted. 
  3. Stir the caramel and heavy cream until all of the caramel has melted. 
  4. Pour half of the caramel over the chocolate fudge layer. 

Top Chocolate Fudge Layer

  1. Press the rest of the chocolate fudge on top of the caramel layer. (If the fudge has set up and is too thick to top the caramel, add one tablespoon of heavy cream and stir it in to thin it out).
  2. Drizzle the rest of the caramel over the top of the fudge. 
  3. Sprinkle a handful of pecan halves over the top.
  4. Refrigerate for at least one hour to allow the fudge to set up. 

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

26 pieces

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 256Total Fat: 14gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 16mgSodium: 76mgCarbohydrates: 34gFiber: 1gSugar: 30gProtein: 3g

Nutrition is approximate.

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Southern PlateSouthern Bite, Julia’s Simply Southern,

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