The recipe for today is another one that is easy to do and makes a big batch. These Turtle Clusters are a candy that’s really nice for gift giving. They’re similar to the Nut Goodie Candy I posted last December, but much more fudgy. I love that you can use the microwave to make these. Grandma and Grandpa were great proponents of the microwave, and when they got their first one, they used it a lot. Grandpa was famous in the family for his microwave peanut brittle, and I’m sure Grandma was excited about using something for her cooking that was quick, easy to use, and didn’t use as much electricity or get as hot as the stove. They kept up with technology, were always moving forward, and kept up with all of the new-fangled technology. I loved that about them!
Note that this one also has the “V Good” connotation!
Here is the recipe as I made it:
Melt in microwave:
3 cups chocolate chips
1 can sweetened condensed milk
1 jar marshmallow cream
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 pound chopped pecans, dry roasted peanuts, or nuts
32 large marshmallows, quartered or 32 caramels, quartered (I used caramels)
Put on waxed paper until set.
This looks like a lot of ingredients, but it all does mix in!
When the first mixture is melted and mixed, it looks like fudge!
Yep – it’s pretty much fudge with nuts and caramels mixed in!
I would definitely chop the pecans finer next time – the clusters got a bit big, but then I always have a problem making candies too big. Chopping the pecans into finer pieces might make it easier to make the candies smaller. I used two spoons to scoop them, and smaller pieces would be easier and quicker to get them off of the spoon. Once the pecans and caramel are mixed in, you have to work fast so it doesn’t firm up before you’re done. It’s a big batch so having someone to help would make things easier.
Definitely fudge with goodies mixed in. Definitely.
Once they set, they’re less glossy than when originally put onto the baking sheet. These are so good and chewy and chocolaty and nutty and fudgy. Try out this new-fangled gadget – the microwave. Your friends and family would love to get a box of these. I recommend getting them into a box and wrapped as soon as you possibly can. I think you can guess why!