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Pretzel Turtle Bites - 9 Ways

Turtle Pretzel Bites are quick and easy to whip up and make the perfect holiday gifts. Switch them up with Almond Joy, Snickers and other flavors depending on what you have in your pantry!
Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American, Holiday
Keyword christmas candy recipe, christmas food gift, christmas recipe
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 20 servings
Calories 126 kcal


  • small pretzels I used a mix of waffle and twists
  • soft caramel squares unwrapped
  • milk chocolate candy melts or green candy melts for the Christmas Version and white candy melts for the snowmen

Various Nuts and Toppings:

  • pecan halves
  • peanuts
  • cashews
  • walnuts
  • macadamia nuts
  • pistachios
  • hazelnuts
  • Hershey Kisses
  • Rolos
  • M&Ms
  • Reeses Pieces
  • shredded coconut
  • sprinkles
  • melted chocolate for drizzling


  1. Preheat oven to 350 F degrees. Line baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone mat. Place pretzels on a single even layer. Top with unwrapped caramel candies.

  2. Place the pan into the oven and bake for 3-4 minutes or until the caramels become soft. Watch the caramels carefully so they do not melt completely into puddles. Different brands of caramel will melt at different times.
  3. Remove pan from oven and immediately press a chocolate candy melt (or Hershey's Kisses) over caramel. Return pan back into the oven for just 1 minute.
  4. Remove pan from oven and take a pecan, nut or topping of your choice and gently press it right into the center of the chocolate candy.
  5. Allow the chocolate to set completely before storing in an airtight container.
  6. For the Almond Joy Version: Place one Almond on top of the chocolate candy melt, then immediately sprinkle sweetened shredded coconut around the edges. Drizzle with melted chocolate.
  7. For the Snickers Version: Place one Honey Roasted Peanut on top of candy melt and sprinkle sides with chopped peanuts. Drizzle with melted chocolate.
  8. For the Christmas or Grinch Version: Place green candy melt over gooey caramel square. Top with mini red M&M's or red heart sprinkle.
  9. For the Turtles: Use pecan halves and drizzle melted chocolate
  10. For the Snowmen: Use white chocolate melt, blue non-pareil sprinkles for the eyes, orange jimmies sprinkles for the nose and black cut licorice
  11. For the Hershey's Kisses: Top with milk chocolate, peppermint, cookies & cream or any Hershey's Kisses
  12. For the Rolos: Top with a Rolo candy

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Nutrition Facts
Pretzel Turtle Bites - 9 Ways
Amount Per Serving (3 caramel pretzels (no toppings))
Calories 126 Calories from Fat 18
% Daily Value*
Fat 2g3%
Cholesterol 2mg1%
Sodium 111mg5%
Potassium 68mg2%
Carbohydrates 25g8%
Sugar 19g21%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 15IU0%
Vitamin C 0.1mg0%
Calcium 42mg4%
Iron 0.2mg1%
* Nutrition facts are provided as a courtesy using the WPRM recipe calculator. It is best to make your own calculations to ensure accuracy. We expressly disclaim any and all liability of any kind with respect to any act or omission wholly or in part in reliance on anything contained in this website. Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.