Monday, July 8, 2013

Sweet Pete's Caramel Pecan Clusters

Caramel Pecan Clusters are a type of chocolate candy that dates back to the 20th century. They are made from pecans, caramel and chocolate, and are also called caramel pecan patties, katydids, chocolate turtles, pecan patties, chocolate caramel pecan turtles and chocolate caramel turtles.

Most people refer to them as turtles.The name "turtle" was given to the candy based on its resemblance to the reptile's body, shell and legs. Nuts peek out from under the domed top of the candy and look like four turtle legs sticking out from under a shell. As the chocolate runs down the top of the candy on either end, it forms shapes similar to a turtle's head and tail.

These chocolate candies are extremely popular at most chocolate shops and are one of the best sellers at Sweet Pete's. I believe that most candies are best made with simple, time proven methods. The Caramel Pecan Clusters are all natural. I pour Sweet Pete's famous small batch caramel over Georgia pecans that are salted and roasted at Sweet Pete's. The clusters are then dipped in premium Belgium Callebaut chocolate.

While most of the clusters are purchased individually out of a chocolate case, Sweet Pete's Clusters are also available on Sweet Pete's website and Amazon in pretty silver gift boxes. Make sure to check out Episode Four of Sweet Pete's, The Show to see Sweet Pete's Caramel Pecan Clusters being made.

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