Rolo Pretzel Turtles

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These delicious little snacks have the perfect blend of saltiness and sweetness everyone will love. They are even easy and quick to make! With this Rolo pretzel turtle recipe, you will only use 4 ingredients, and in 3 to 5 minutes of baking time, you have satisfying treats.

three rolo pretzel turtle candies stacked on top of each other


 

When I was a kid, I lovde chewing chocolate caramel candies like Rolos. They are sweet, chewy, and satisfying – the trifecta of a candy if you ask me. They were a big favorite in our house growing up too. I think they were a big fan of my mom’s so we were known to always have some laying around. I loved unwrapping each little gold foil surprise and biting into those chewy caramel centers.

And I love using candies in my baking, like these chocolate M&M cookies, peanut butter candy corn cookies and candy cane kiss cookies. I mean of course candy is going to make your treats better!

I’ve even been known to stuff cookies with a Rolo as well! But this time we making these super easy Rolo pretzel turtles!

bowl of Rolo pretzel turtles

Why You’ll Love These Rolo Pretzel Turtles

  • Simple Recipe – This is one of the easiest treats I made ever! All you need to do is put a rolo over a pretzel and press a pecan half on top. Bake in the oven and in about 5 minutes you have delicious easy treats!
  • 4 Ingredients Only – This great recipe only needs 4 simple ingredients.
  • Make Ahead Delicious Treat – You can prepare these pretzel Rolo turtles on the weekend, store them in the fridge, and eat them when you are craving a sweet treat.
  • Holiday Gift – The flavor combo of crunchy pecans, sweet chocolate caramel candy, salty pretzel, and sprinkle of sea salt at the top are the perfect neighbor gifts for your next holiday party. Transfer them to a nice jar or airtight container and attach a ribbon and card.
pile of rolo pretzel turtles

Ingredients Needed

Here are the ingredients you will need for this Rolo pretzel turtle recipe:

  • Square Pretzels – I used square pretzels for this recipe. It offers enough space for the Rolo candy to melt without spilling and making a mess. Mini pretzels are too small and leak when the Rolo candy melts. Also, the pretzel squares are just the right bite size for this sweet treat.
  • Rolos Candies – You will need enough Rolo candies for this Rolo pretzel turtle recipe. I used 40 pieces of each ingredient, which is about one 11oz bag of Rolos.
  • Pecan Halves – I used pecan halves but you can also use pecan chips or coarsely chopped pecans.
  • Salt – To balance and bring out the sweetness. I used coarse sea salt.

How To Make Rolo Pretzel Turtles

Before you start making Rolo pretzel turtles, prepare all your ingredients. Make sure all of them are within reach to finish quicker. You can also let kids help with assembling. It can be an enjoyable and memorable activity for your whole family!

1. Preheat Oven

Preheat the oven to 250°F/121°C.

2. Prepare Baking Sheet

Line a cookie sheet or baking sheet with parchment paper. Place pretzels on the parchment paper in rows. Make sure there is enough space between each pretzel.

3. Soften Rolo Candies

Put a piece of Rolo candy at the center of each pretzel. Place the baking sheet in the preheated oven for 3 to 5 minutes to soften the chocolate caramel candy.

rolos placed on top of pretzels on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper

4. Add Pecan Half

Then, lightly press a pecan half on melted Rolos, spreading the melted chocolate on the salty pretzel. Sprinkle coarse sea salt.

pecan halves pressed on top of rolo

5. Cool, And Chill

Allow the Rolo pretzel turtles to cool completely inside the fridge for about 30 minutes or until the Rolos can hold their shape.

Serve Rolo pretzel turtles and enjoy.

hand holding a rolo pretzel turtle

Recipe Variations

  • Chocolate – If you don’t have Rolos, you can use other chocolates like Hershey’s Kisses, M and M’s, mini chocolate chips, mint chocolate, white chocolate, or mini Reese’s peanut butter cups.
  • Salted Caramel Sauce Drizzle some homemade caramel sauce on your Rolo pretzel turtles before cooling them in the fridge.
  • Caramelized White Chocolate The caramelized white chocolate sauce pairs well with these delicious snacks. Drizzle the sauce over the pretzel Rolo bites and sprinkle sea salt. Cool in the fridge and enjoy.
  • Other Toppings – Top turtle candies with coconut flakes or mini marshmallows.
pretzel turtles on counter

Recipe FAQs

What are Rolo candies?

Rolos are caramel candies coated with chocolate. They are delicious and sweet. You can find them in the candy aisle or near the checkout counter in your grocery stores.

How to store these Rolo pretzel turtle candies?

To store turtle candies at room temperature, transfer them to an airtight container or sealed bags. These pretzel Rolo bites can last up to 1 week on your counters. You can also place them inside your fridge.

Can I freeze Rolo pretzel bites?

Yes, you can also freeze pretzel Rolo pecan turtles. Transfer to freezer-safe bags and containers and place in the freezer. Place in the fridge to thaw overnight. Don’t open the container until the turtle candies thaw completely.

Can I use the microwave to make these Rolo pretzel turtle candies?

Yes, you can use your microwave to melt the Rolos. Just melt small amounts in short increments to avoid burning or over-melting your chocolate caramel candies.

bowl of rolo pretzel turtle candies

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Rolo Pretzel Turtles

Prepare quick and sweet snacks your whole family can enjoy with this easy Rolo pretzel turtles recipe. All it needs are 4 ingredients and 10 minutes of assembly time.
5 from 4 votes
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 40 servings
Calories: 42kcal

Ingredients

  • 40 pretzel squares
  • 40 Rolos about 1 11 oz bag
  • 40 pecan halves
  • 2 teaspoons coarse sea salt

Instructions

  • Preheat your oven to 250°F.
  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and lay out the pretzels in even rows.
  • Top each pretzel with a Rolo. Place the tray in the oven for 3-5 minutes to soften the chocolate.
  • Press a pecan half into each Rolo to help spread the softened chocolate and then sprinkle them with sea salt.
  • Allow the turtles to cool in the fridge for about 30 minutes, or until the chocolate is no longer melted.
  • Serve and enjoy!

Notes

  • Storage: To store your leftover turtles, transfer them to an airtight container. They can be stored on the counter for up to one week.
  • Freezing: Transfer to freezer-safe bags and containers and place in the freezer. Place in the fridge to thaw overnight. Don’t open the container until the turtle candies thaw completely.
  • These pecans are also great drizzled with some homemade caramel sauce before they cool in the fridge.
  • If you are not a fan of Rolos, you can make this recipe using Hershey Kisses instead.

Nutrition

Calories: 42kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 140mg | Potassium: 19mg | Fiber: 0.2g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 8IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 10mg | Iron: 0.1mg
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8 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    How cute! The kids will love these as an after school snack!

  2. 5 stars
    Just when I thought rolos couldn’t get any better…these were so good! The crunchy and salty and sweet….yum!

    1. Great, so glad that you enjoyed them! Thanks, Chenee!

  3. 5 stars
    This is the easiest turtle recipe I’ve ever seen! I love using Rolos to get that chocolate and caramel flavor.

    1. Thanks so much, Beth!

  4. 5 stars
    This is genius, Heather! And it’s so easy to make. The most difficult part of the recipe was having to wait for them to cool down. But the wait was totally worth it. They’re soooo good! Thank you for the recipe!

    1. So glad that you enjoyed them, Adri, thank you!

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