Recipes for chocolate pecan turtles include pretzel turtles, Christmas turtle candies, and turtle candy. To make pretzel turtles, arrange 24 pretzels on a baking sheet and place 1 caramel square in the middle of each one. Heat the pretzels at 325 F for five minutes, then press 1 pecan half onto each of the softened caramels. Dollop spoonfuls of melted chocolate onto the sheet, and place each pretzel on one spoonful. Allow the chocolate to harden before serving.
Make Christmas turtle candies by arranging 3 pecan halves in a "Y" shape so that they meet in the middle. Repeat the process 24 times, then place 1 caramel square in the center of each pecan cluster. Heat the caramels at 300 F for 10 minutes. Meanwhile, melt together 1 teaspoon of butter or shortening and 1 cup of semisweet chocolate chips. Spoon the melted chocolate over the caramel and pecan clusters. Chill the turtles for 30 minutes before serving.
Another similar recipe suggests using clusters containing 4 pecans each so that they form an "X." Melt 12 ounces of soft caramels, and spoon the mixture into the center of every pecan cluster. Follow with a spoonful of melted chocolate. Serve the turtles after the chocolate hardens at room temperature for 30 minutes.