To make chocolate turtles like the Katydids recipe, gather the ingredients: 4 ounces of pecan halves, 24 individual and unwrapped caramels, 1 teaspoon of shortening and 1 cup of semisweet chocolate chips. Adjust the ratios of the ingredients according to the desired serving size. The recipe takes approximately an hour to complete, from preparation to cooling.
Begin by preheating the oven to 300 degrees Fahrenheit, and take out a cookie sheet for the turtles. Cover the sheet with aluminum foil, and keep the shiny side face up. Gently grease the foil with a vegetable oil spray, and then place 3 pecan halves in a Y formation on top of the foil. Keep the pecan halves as close together as possible while placing a single, unwrapped caramel candy at the center of each Y formation.
Carefully place the sheet into the oven, and bake until the caramels begin to melt, which happens after about 9 minutes. In a separate saucepan, heat the chocolate chips and shortening together until the chocolate melts. Take the caramels and pecans out of the oven, and allow them to cool before spreading the chocolate mixture over the candies. Refrigerate them for 30 minutes before serving with candy or as garnishes for any other desserts.