Rolo pretzel turtle candy is a simple, three ingredient spin on a classic treat. These rolo pretzels take less than five minutes to prep and make the perfect gift for the holidays or a really easy dessert for a party.

Rolo Pretzel Turtle Candy in a black bowl


Christmas is that one time of year when I become a baker and candy maker. I start turning out the snickerdoodles and gingersnap cookies, and packaging up my easy microwave fudge, peppermint bark, and these totally delicious turtle candies.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m still no candy maker. I like to keep my recipes super simple, especially when I’m making gifts for lots of people.

The original Turtle candy was made by the DeMet’s candy company in 1918. They are chocolate and caramel covered pecan clusters that have a kind of turtle shape, hence the name.

Our turtle candies are semi-homemade treats that give you that same chocolate, caramel, pecan flavor, with an added salty crunch thanks to the addition of pretzels.  

They only take 3 minutes in the oven to make and they are a great homemade gift for friends, family, coworkers… really anyone on your gift list!

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Rolo Pretzel Turtle Candy made with 3 ingredients

Ingredients You’ll Need

The three ingredients you’ll need include:

  • Rolos – Rolos give the traditional turtle candy flavor with caramel and chocolate, but just about any mini-candy will work for this, so you can have fun mixing and matching your favorite candies in this simple recipe.
  • Pecan Halves – You could also use walnuts if you prefer or even almonds, but for that turtle candy flavor pecans are the traditional nut used.
  • Mini Pretzels – We suggest using the mini square pretzels since they have the same taste and crunch with smaller holes.
how to make Rolo Pretzel Turtle Candy


Step 1 – Prep the oven and baking sheet. Before you get started making the turtle candies, preheat your oven to 350°F. As it heats, line your baking sheet with either parchment paper, or a silpat mat. These will help keep the candies from sticking to the baking sheet.

Step 2 – Bake the pretzels and Rolos. Place your pretzels on your lined baking sheet and place a single Rolo on each pretzel. It works best if you place the flat bottom on the pretzel. Once you have placed a Rolo on each pretzel, place the baking sheet in the oven and bake for 3 minutes or until the candy has softened but not melted.

Step 3 – Top with a pecan and allow to cool. Carefully, remove the tray from the oven and press one pecan half down into each Rolo. Before eating, allow the candy to cool completely. Once cooled, you can either eat them immediately or store in an airtight container for later.

Rolo Pretzel Turtle Candy on a sheet pan cooling

Other Options  

Rolo gives you the perfect chocolate and caramel for a traditional turtle candy, but if you want to change things up there are lots of other options. Any mini size candy bar will work pretty well, which gives you nearly endless possible combinations.

You can also mix and match to bring a variety of different candy flavors to your holiday or other get-togethers. Some of our favorite additions include: 

  • Milky Way
  • Snickers (give our Snickers pretzel bites a try!)
  • Three Musketeers
  • Reese Cups
  • Milky Way Caramel
  • Hershey Chocolate bar
Rolo Pretzel Turtle Candy made in 5 minutes

How to Store It 

Storing these tasty candies is super easy. All you have to do is let them cool completely and then place them in an airtight container. They will stay fresh for up to 2 weeks, which means you can prep them early for your next get together.

Or if you are looking for an easy holiday gift, these candies are a great way to show someone you care. You can make them and wrap them in a standard cookie tin and then give as a gift to your favorite sweet tooth.

Rolo Pretzel Turtle Candy in a black bowl and scattered on gray cloth

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Servings: 24
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 3 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

Rolo Pretzel Turtle Candy

Rolo pretzel turtle candy is a 3 ingredient homemade candy that takes less than five minutes to prep. It’s the perfect holiday gift or snack!
Rolo Pretzel Turtle Candy in a black bowl
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5 from 7 votes


  • 24 Rolos
  • 24 Pecan Halves
  • 24 Mini Pretzels, we suggest mini square pretzels


  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, or a silpat mat .
  • Place pretzels on the lined baking sheet and top with 1 Rolo on each pretzel.
  • Bake for 3 minutes, or until candy is softened but not melted.
  • Remove from oven and press one pecan half down into each Rolo.
  • Let cool completely then eat or store in an airtight container for later.


Serving: 1candy, Calories: 38kcal, Carbohydrates: 5g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 2g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 1mg, Sodium: 28mg, Potassium: 13mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 4g, Vitamin A: 7IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 10mg, Iron: 1mg
Nutrition Disclaimer: We are not certified nutritionists. Nutrition facts are an estimate and are provided as a courtesy. They are generated by an online API which recognizes ingredient names and amounts and makes calculations based on the serving size. Results may vary.
Author: Kat Jeter & Melinda Caldwell
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: pretzel rolo pecan, rolo pretzel, rolo pretzels, turtle candies, turtle candy, turtle candy recipe
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