Dark Chocolate Turtle Cups are made with only 3 ingredients! These can be put together so quickly and easily and they’re a mini version if a favorite candy in a little cup.
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Dark Chocolate Turtle Cups
I’ve always wanted to make lots of yummy treats and give away cute little boxes of candies and cookies right before Christmas. I mean lots. Not just a few plates or containers but enough to make my friend’s eyes go straight to my hands when they see me, peeking at the treats inside the box I’m holding. I love Christmas Week because I can share treats with you (not in person, sadly) and making all these Dark Chocolate Turtle Cups give me a great excuse to give them away. Although I wouldn’t mind eating more than my fair share.
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How Easy Are These Dark Chocolate Turtle Cups?
I do know the word “easy” can mean different things to different people, but this recipe is super simple to make. Usually I melt the chocolate in my microwave but you can use a double boiler on your stovetop if you want. Just three ingredients and you can make these Dark Chocolate Turtle Cups! You’ll want to use some good quality chocolate for this one. Keep reading for more notes about the recipe or scroll to the bottom of this post for the recipe.
I use pecan pieces to fill these cups instead of just a pecan half because you get more pecan in the center that way. Gotta love it. And the pecan on top is one of my favorite parts. The kids and my other half prefer the cups without the pecan on top. Which side are you on? 🙂
For me, these take about 4 hours to set so I refrain from removing them from the pan until then. I’ve been known to try one or two (gotta test the recipe, right?) when they’ve only been sitting for a couple hours and even soft, they’re ah-ma-zing. If you’re going to be sneaky like I usually am, don’t forget to wipe the chocolate off your face or the kids will pause, look at your face, then ask for some of what you just had. (sigh) Then you’ll end up sharing.
Make a double batch. That’s my tip for you today.
For Old Times Sake
I was never a big fan of turtles (candy) when I was growing up but those Caramacs were really somthin’! Nothing to do with these Dark Chocolate Turtle Cups. They were just good. And I didn’t like turtles back then. The only difference is I like turtles, especially in little cups. There’s more chocolate this way. What’s not to like?
My fellow Christmas Week participants are also sharing some awesome goodies with you today! Take a peek at what they’ve made for you:
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- 2 cups or one 10 oz. bag of quality chocolate chips
- 3 caramel candies cut into 4 small pieces
- ½ cup pecan pieces
- one whole pecan for the top of each turtle cup
- mini muffin baking liners
- mini muffin pan(s)
- Melt 1 cup of chocolate chips. I usually use my microwave and start with 30 seconds, then stir the chocolate chips. Another 10 seconds, lots of stirring, and if it still needs to melt a little I recommend 5-10 seconds at a time until the chocolate is almost fully melted. Stir to finish melting.
- Line your mini muffin pan with mini liners.
- Pour melted chocolate into each liner, almost halfway full.
- After you’ve poured chocolate into all the liners, pour the remaining melted chocolate into the liners making all of them as equal as possible.
- Add pecan pieces in a single layer.
- Flatten caramel pieces in between your finger and thumb then set one piece in each liner.
- Melt the remaining chocolate chips.
- Pour into the cups on top of the caramel.
- Top with a pecan half if you want.
- Let the dark chocolate turtle cups set until firm for about 3-4 hours.