Turtle Bark

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Turtle Bark-Chocolate, Pecans and Caramel all come together in this easy to make Bark.

Turtle Bark-Chocolate, Pecans and Caramel all come together in this easy to make Bark.

I love a good Turtle. Chocolate, soft caramel, pecans. Just the perfect combination. I’ve made them a few times but it takes time, especially when you’re making homemade caramels as the base. The results are worth every minute of time spent but sometimes, you just don’t have a ton of time to make candy.

I had bought these Caramel Bits at the store before Halloween, thinking I’d make caramel apples. Well I never got around to it.

Turtle Bark-Chocolate, Pecans and Caramel all come together in this easy to make Bark.

Then I made my Fried Pecans. Pecans, Caramel, caramel, pecans…the only thing missing is chocolate and then I’ve got turtles.

I’ll tell you a little secret, I can make caramel from scratch but melting caramel in the microwave…lets just say, it can take days to soak burnt caramel out of that glass bowl. I have to do it over the stove, in a double boiler. Slow and controlled. The same with melting chocolate.

As I’m getting everything out I have one of those light bulb moments. I don’t need to melt the caramel, these caramel bits are so soft, why not just make some bark? In less than 10 minutes, I was setting my bark in the refrigerator to set. An hour after that, I was eating it. Every bite was a perfect combination of pecan, caramel and chocolate.

Turtle Bark-Chocolate, Pecans and Caramel all come together in this easy to make Bark.

So easy. Guess what I’m giving this holiday season?

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Turtle Bark

Turtle Bark

Turtle Bark


  • 1 package chocolate almond bark or candy melts
  • 1 tablespoon shortening (if needed)
  • 1 package Caramel bits
  • 1 1/2 cups Fried pecans (or plain pecans will work too)


  1. Line a large cookie sheet with parchment paper or waxed paper. Melt chocolate in a double boiler or microwave, according to package directions add shortening if chocolate seems thick. Add in caramel bits and pecans, stir just to coat. Pour out onto cookie sheet, spread to desired thickness. Let chocolate set at room temperature or to speed it up, place in refrigerator until set. Cut to desired size bars. Store in airtight container.



I did drizzle a little melted white chocolate just to make it look pretty.

Turtle Bark-Chocolate, Pecans and Caramel all come together in this easy to make Bark.

 How about some more holiday treats?
Swedish Christmas Cookies-a delightful blend of spices combine to give you a delicate, tasty cookie
Reese's Peanut Butter Cup Bark-sure to satisfy and chocolate and peanut butter lover.
Peanut Brittle-the perfect candy for the peanut lover in your life!
If you like Andes Mints, you will love this Mint Chocolate Bark!
Homemade Caramels
Decorating Cookies with Royal Icing
Cream Cheese Mints also known as Wedding Mints-easy to make, perfect to serve for any event.
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About Joan Hayes

Mom to 3 teens, sweets and travel are her passions. Joan really does love her chocolate. She has a secret stash she hides from the kids and she has at least one bite of something chocolatey every day. She creates easy recipes any skill level can achieve to satisfy the sweet tooth in everyone!


  1. Yum and extra yum!!

  2. How easy! And delish!! I love those caramel bits…I add them to just about everything!

  3. Oh my! These look amazing! Thanks for sharing your recipe

  4. Brilliant idea! These look mouth watering and I would sooo enjoy the whole stack. =)

  5. Okay I am packing my bags and moving in with immediately. THIS is true love. Has nothing to do with the turtle bark.

    I love this recipe. I need to try this asap.

  6. Wow, your turtle bark looks good, I like the idea of gifting a few packages of this for the holidays;-)

  7. WOW! These are amazing!

  8. Turtle Bark?? You really do think of everything. Fannie May turtles are one of my favorite gifts to buy. I should make your turtle bark instead!

  9. Brilliant idea! I might have to make some of this soon!

  10. This turtle bark looks like it can inspire a lot of cravings! And like it’d be a great Christmas gift!!

  11. Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel says:

    Gimme, gimme! This bark looks fantastic and is so so so brilliant. Love how easy it is for holiday gift baskets!

  12. Turtles are always around for our holiday celebrations – this bark looks amazing!

  13. Yum, this bark looks incredible! A perfect holiday gift!

  14. Oh yum! Wish I could eat them right now! Adding it to my To Do List 😀

  15. What a genius way to use the caramel bits! This would make such a great gift idea, thanks for sharing!

  16. Oh wow! I just love these beauties…delightful!

  17. i hope you deliver! the bark looks amazing Joan! I don’t think I’ve seen those caramel bites around here, darn! I had to buy a house in this neck of the woods

  18. Totally genius Joan! LOVE turtles. This bark is fabulous!

  19. Yum, that looks delicious!

  20. Oh yum!!! I just love those caramel bits too…I find myself throwing them into everything:-)

  21. Gosh! You can actually sell these to Williams-Sonoma! I bet you they’d buy this, just by the looks alone, but I’m pretty darn sure that they are dee-li-cious as well!!!

  22. Wow! This bark looks amazing! I could gobble up a big piece right now! 🙂

  23. Ok, this looks AMAZING!

    I’d love for you to come link up at my link party this week! http://www.gingerlymade.com/2012/11/show-and-tell-2.html

  24. Yum!! Love those caramel BITS by the way, forget unwrapping a thousand little caramels – these are soo much easier!

  25. Oh you’re giving these to me? How kind of you 😉 I love your genius idea because let’s face it – bark is a lazy girl’s treat. Pinning for sure!

  26. This bark has the WOW FACTOR – I love this bark! I need to find those caramel bits ASAP! Pinning now.

  27. Loving this bark what a super idea! so easy and yummy thanks for the recipe!!

  28. Great idea–love how super easy you’ve made these to make. These wouldn’t last long with my family.

  29. I love this idea! I have a few bags of those carmel bits left over from apples and now I know what I’ll do with them!

  30. Love this idea! Thanks for sharing! I think that I need to make some!

  31. That looks amazing. I’m going to have to search for those carmel bits, I’ve never seen them before. Thanks for sharing.

  32. These look amazing!

  33. These look great! Please come by and post on our blog party! Thank you! Please help spread the word!


    Warmest Regards,

  34. Love this bark! Looks like it would make an irresistible holiday gift. Now if only I could get my hands on those caramels here in Canada 🙂

  35. I came across these this week on G+. Looks fantastic and another great holiday gift idea, Joan. Thanks for sharing:)

  36. This looks amazingly delicious! You don’t even find a beautiful bark like this one at the store! Very nicely done!
    Thank you so much for sharing this at Wednesday Extravaganza! Hope to see you there again this week 🙂

  37. I’ll take a batch of these please!!!

    Thanks for sharing at The DIY Dreamer… From Dream To Reality!

  38. Ah these look incredible – just a quick question…what is bark? it may sound very silly but i’m over here in Ireland and haven’t come across it in shops. Is it just chocolate mixed with whatever ingredients you like? thanks x

    • Tash, Bark is what we call this type of candy, not sure where the name came from. They do sell it in candy shops here in the US. Usually bark is a combination of flavors of chocolate swirled together, sometimes with added goodies. The main thing is the big flat slab of chocolate goodness that you can break or cut into manageable pieces.

    • Where do you find these caramel bits?

    • I was able to find them at all my major grocery stores-Publix, Kroger, Walmart. My smaller local store doesn’t carry them. They should be somewhere close to the Chocolate chips.

  39. This looks so good Joan, don’t know how I missed it!!! PINNED!

  40. I would love to make these for gifts too, but I have a quick question. What size is your package of chocolate almond bark. I believe mine is 24 oz. Is that what you used?


    • Hi Barbara, I have used both the 16 oz Candy Quik chocolate candy coating and the 24 oz Almond Bark, either will work fine, with the larger package, you’ll have a bit less “filling” but not really noticeable. If you feel it needs a bit more just throw in an extra handful of pecans.

  41. Just wondering if you used the plain fried pecans in these candied fried pecans? Sounds delicious either way!

    • I used the plain fried pecans for this recipe, you could also use salted pecans that you get in the snack section of the store, like cocktail peanuts if you don’;t want to fry your own pecans.

  42. Candice Taylor says:

    Great idea! I have a question. I’ve never seen chocolate bark sold in a store anywhere near where I live. Can you tell me the size of the chocolate bark you use, in oz or g? I’d like to substitute.Thanks.

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