Traditional turtle candies + sea salt = sea turtles! These little guys are so fun to make and would be perfect for holiday treat swaps. They're made dairy-free (and in turn, completely vegan) by replacing the caramel with a simple date caramel.
- 24 whole 24 whole 24 whole Dates (Medjool)
- 1.5 cups 1.5 cups 1.5 cups Water, hot, (you just need enough to cover the dates)
- 0.25 cup 0.25 cup 0.25 cup Coconut Milk
- 0.125 tsp 0.125 tsp 0.125 tsp Salt
- 2.25 cups 2.25 cups 2.25 cups Pecans, halves
- 1.5 cups 1.5 cups 1.5 cups Dark Chocolate Chips, or just chop up some dark chocolate
- .5 tsp .5 tsp .5 tsp Sea Salt, coarsely ground
Note, these instructions are written assuming the standard serving size, since you have modified the number of servings, these steps may need to be modified for best results
- Remove the pits from the dates and allow to soak in hot water for about 30 minutes, or until softened.
- Once softened, discard the water from the dates and place dates and 1/8 tsp salt in a food processor. Blend until smooth, adding the coconut milk a tablespoon at a time. You may not end up needing all of the coconut milk - the texture should be smooth but not runny.
- Lay out a large sheet of parchment paper and use a spoon to drop the date caramel onto the sheet in about 30-35 balls. They should end up being around a tablespoon in size and don't worry if you end up with a few more or less - it can vary a little depending on the size of your dates.
- Press four pecan halves into the sides of each caramel ball in the shape of an X.
- In a microwave-safe bowl, microwave the chocolate pieces on high for 30 seconds then stir. Repeat until chocolate is completely melted which should take 1½ to 2 minutes total. Be careful as the chocolate and bowl will get really hot.
- Use a spoon to cover the caramel center of each turtle with the melted chocolate. Sprinkle a little coarse sea salt on the chocolate center of each turtle once the chocolate has almost solidified. If the salt gets added while the chocolate is too runny, the salt will sink down into the chocolate instead of setting neatly on top.
- Once the chocolate is completely solidified, serve and enjoy!
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