Candy is so much easier than I had thought it was. I made these Chocolate Walnut Turtles (or clusters If you want to call them that) and they are so easy! I even made the caramel from scratch too. I always struggled with melting chocolate but these last two weeks everything has gone so well! Just follow the recipe below!
- 4 Cups of Walnut Halves (or large pieces work fine)
- 4 Tablespoons Unsalted Butter
- 1 Cup Evaporated Milk
- 1 Cup Light Corn Syrup
- 1 Cup Sugar
- 1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
- 1 12 oz Bag of Semi Sweet Chocolate Chips
- 4-6 Teaspoons Shortening
1. Arrange walnuts on parchment paper. About four walnut halves in each arrangement. It should be noted that Pecans work well for these too. I just happened to have a ton of walnuts leftover at my house!
2. In a large heavy saucepan, melt the butter. Add the evaporate milk, corn syrup and sugar. Bring to a boil over medium heat. Continue to stir at a boil until it reaches the soft ball stage or about 240 degrees Fahrenheit.
3. Remove from heat and add the vanilla. Let the temperature drop to about 80 degrees.
4. Pour about 2 tablespoons full on to each set of walnuts. Make sure that you get a little bit of the caramel on all of the walnut pieces so that they get stuck together.
5.Allow to cool. Once cooled they will be stuck to the paper. I found that before dipping them in chocolate it was easier to go through and scoop them up off the paper. That way I didn’t have to struggle with it while the chocolate was already hot. You may also shape them a little better so that they are easier to dip.
6. Melt chocolate in a small bowl, I like to use a coffee mug, in the microwave for about 1 minute, stopping to stir after 30 seconds. I like to melt about 1 Cup of chocolate chips at a time with about 2-3 teaspoons of shortening. The shortening thins the chocolate so it is easier for dipping.
7. Dip the turtles into the chocolate so that they are covered.
8. Allow the chocolate to harden. I let them sit out for about an hour before moving them to the refrigerate so that the chocolate got hard.
9. Store in the refrigerator in an air tight container.