I remember this day vividly: I was in middle school. My father had spent the day helping out a friend re-do a resume. In return, this friend brought us a large box of Phillip's Candy House's chocolate turtles.
I don't think I had ever had a turtle before that point. But I do know that I returned to that red box with gold stretchy ribbon over and over and over until. I. Ate. Them. All.
Considering how taken I was with them, it is surprising that I have never gone to Phillip's to buy any turtles. This winter though, my thoughts kept returning to how good they were and (seemingly) how easy they would be to make.
I went out and bought a bag of unsalted cashews, unsalted pecans, semi-sweet chocolate chips, and individually wrapped caramels. Using my Silpat (such a great product) I arranged three (isn) pecans and cashews in little clusters. I then placed a whole caramel on top and popped them in the oven at 350 degrees until they melted over the nuts.
Once the caramels were melted I put a bunch of chocolate chips on top of the melted goodness and put them back in the oven until they were just soft enough to spread. They then went in the fridge to cool. Once cooled, they peeled right off the Silpat. Be sure to serve them at room temp though otherwise you'll break a tooth.