Sea Salt Cashew Turtles


Sea Salt Cashew Turtles

Sea Salt Cashew Turtles
2 dozen
10 Min

If you're craving something sweet and salty, then these Sea Salt Cashew Turtles are calling your name. This homemade candy is so delicious and easy to make, people will think you bought it from a candy store!

What You'll Need

  • 3/4 to 1 pound cashews
  • 1 (14-ounce) package caramels, unwrapped
  • 3 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 1 (12-ounce) package milk chocolate chips (2 cups)
  • 2 teaspoons vegetable shortening
  • 1 tablespoon sea salt

What to Do

  1. Cover 2 baking sheets with wax paper and coat with cooking spray. Arrange cashews into 24 groups on the baking sheets.
  2. In a small saucepan over low heat, melt caramels with cream 5 to 7 minutes, or until smooth, stirring constantly. Immediately spoon caramel mixture over each nut group while still hot; reheat if caramel gets too thick.
  3. In another small saucepan over low heat,  melt chocolate chips with shortening 5 to 7 minutes, or until smooth, stirring constantly. Drizzle chocolate over caramel-covered nuts, evenly sprinkle with sea salt, and let stand until firm.


  • This will work with any type of nuts, so substitute your favorite and enjoy the contrasts of chewy and crunchy!
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FIVE STARS! Everyone loves them. I would like to make some to give as gifts how long can they safely be kept after I make them?

Hi there! How long these will last depends on how hot your area is. We would say these would keep 2 to 3 days where humidity is high, and5 to 7 where it is low. :)

Will try it for Christmas

I've made these by using those 'twisty' pretzels as the base, then adding whatever nuts I have at the time. That way I don't need to use sea salt as the pretzels are already salty.

Are the nuts roasted and salted?

Hello Paula, While we did use roasted and salted cashews, unsalted ones would also work.

These are awesome! Rave reviews...followed recipe, except used "butter flavored" vegetable shortening, it's what I had. Used 14oz of caramel chips (in the baking aisle by chocolate chips). Turned out wonderful.Sending some batches out as presents when Christmas comes again. I did not use the microwave.

Do you have to add the vegetable shortening? If so, can you use an alternative, like coconut oil?

If you have used coconut oil as a substitution and know how it works, you can try it. However, we have not tried it in the Test Kitchen so can not guarantee the results. Thank you for your question!

what is heavy cream

Heavy cream, also called heavy whipping cream, is whipping cream with a milk fat content of between 36 and 40 percent. Whipping cream will double in volume when whipped. You can find it in the dairy aisle of your grocery store.

Could you melt these caramels & chips in the microwave? If so how long?

Nancy ... I have used the microwave when melting chocolate chips for other recipies and I do them in 30 second intervals because every microwave is different. If you do melt them in the microwave, be sure to stir them between increments. You should be able to tell if they are melting well by stiring them. DON'T overcook because they will burn. As to your question about melting the caramels: I am uncertain on the caramels .... I too wonder if that is possible? Maybe we will get a response to this question from the Kitchen Staff.

Good question Nancy! irwind45150 5363438 was correct about the chocolate chips. You can melt them in the microwave, but stop and stir them at 30 second intervals until they are smooth. However, since the caramel need to be melted with the heavy cream, we would recommend cooking it on the stove, not in the microwave. Thank you for your questions!


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