Well it’s time for our special Valentine’s Day homemade candy recipes. Chewy Chocolate Turtles, Toffee, and Spicy Chocolate Hearts! I was really pleased with how these came out and they look so pretty in the heart shaped box that I saved just for this idea.
First off we’ll do the Chewy Chocolate Turtles, these really do taste like the real thing. Hope you like them.
Chewy Chocolate Turtles
3/4 cup pecan halves or about 24
12 dates, cut in half
8 oz. bag of soft Caramels
2 Tablespoons heavy cream
3 squares semi sweet chocolate
On a cookie sheet lay parchment paper out and place two pecan halves side by side on the cookie sheet. On top of the pecans place a half date the opposite direction that you place the pecans, you want some of the pecan to show.
Melt the caramels and heavy cream in a saucepan stirring consistently on low heat until melted.Using a small spoon drop a little of the caramel on top of the date try to keep the pecan exposed a bit. Continue doing the same with all of them. Then refrigerate for 25-30 min.
Melt your chocolate and with a small spoon drop a small amount of the chocolate on top of the caramel. Refrigerate until set.
Now for the Toffee I have been making this candy for years as is the case with the Chocolate Turtles. I can’t even remember where I found the recipes but they are loved around our house.
1 cup real salted butter
1 cup sugar
3 Tablespoons water
1 teaspoon vanilla
2/3 cup finely chopped almonds or pecans
4 oz. of quality chocolate of choice, chopped fairly fine
Combine butter, sugar, water, and vanilla in a saucepan over medium heat stirring constantly until golden brown and candy thermometer shows 300 degrees. Place 1/3 cup of nuts in the bottom of a 9×9 pan then pour the butter solution over the top. Then while it’s still hot sprinkle the chocolate over the top. When it is melted spread chocolate out with a butter knife. Sprinkle remaining nuts over the top and cool. When it’s completely cool you can break into small pieces.
Spicy Chocolate Hearts
This next recipe was one I wanted to try as I like the flavor combination. You hear of chefs combining chocolate, cinnamon, and cayenne pepper…what a wonderful flavor profile.
I was winging this one! I took 1/2 cup chocolate chips that I had on hand, added 1 teaspoon olive oil and actually microwaved it until melted. Each microwave varies; don’t cook it, just melt. I added 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper and stirred. I have a set of heart molds that I sprayed with a little non stick spray and with a spoon dropped the chocolate in the molds and refrigerated until firm. You know what? They were absolutely wonderful.
There you have it, homemade and from the heart. These are not difficult to make at all and they are out of this world. Hope you try them then leave us a comment and let us know how your sweetheart liked them. Happy Valentines to you all!