A Turtle Treat for You, Dear Valentine

This post is linked to Friday Foodie Fix–Pecans, Friday Foodie Fix–Chocolate, Valentine Party, and Ellen’s Valentine’s Day roundup.

Do you like those ooey, gooey, delicious chocolate caramel treats called turtles? Here’s an easy way you can make your own version … and I think it is actually better than the boxed variety. This version takes 10 minutes tops from start to finish and you only need three ingredients! (Okay, one of those ingredients is made up of several itself, but still only three things for you to buy, and it’s possible you already have two of them on hand if you are like me.) This recipe not only has the requisite ooey, gooey, but it also has a little bit of saltiness. Don’t you love that combo? Here’s how you can make some for the ones you love for Valentine’s Day. :-)

Rolo Turtles
(Click here for a print version of this recipe.)

–small pretzels (I typically use Ener-G Foods crisp pretzel twists or their Wylde pretzels, which are rings)


–pecan halves

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Line cookie sheet with aluminum foil. Grease lightly or spray with non-stick spray.

Place pretzels about an inch or more apart.


Unwrap Rolos. Top each pretzel with a Rolo.

Place in oven for no longer than 2 minutes. 

Remove and immediately firmly press down a pecan half in the center of the Rolo.


Set cookie sheet aside for turtle treats to cool (about 30 minutes). Then serve to anyone you love!


Note:  I think this recipe has been circulating for a good while,  but I don’t know the origin. It was passed on to me by a gluten-free friend. However, as you can see it can be made by anyone—gf or not. I didn’t provide amounts for the ingredients because it’s up to you how many Rolo turtles you will make. I used about half a bag of Rolos this evening, which made 28 treats.   

I am in the final throes of preparing for our big Valentine’s Day bash tomorrow night and these Rolo turtles will be one of several treats on one dessert tray. To borrow (badly, I might add) from Robert Frost, “I have promises to keep and miles to go before I sleep.”  No snow here in our woods, but lots to do before I reach “home.” Sitting down to write this post might not have been the best idea … getting up will be very tough! I’m not kidding …

Oh, one more treat for you … I have updated my initial “Waiting” post with the Banana Maple-Nut Muffins recipe to now include pictures! I just made them yesterday for our overnight guests and they are even better than I remember. All (except that “test” one) are in the freezer until Sunday morning. Perhaps a little breakfast treat for you is in order soon?

Happy Valentine’s Day all! Whether you are staying in with the ones you love, heading out to a fancy dinner, or having a get together with dear friends, I hope you will have as good a time as we will on the big night!


Not just gf, but gfe!

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34 Responses to “A Turtle Treat for You, Dear Valentine”

  1. glutenfreeforgood on February 14th, 2009 5:09 pm

    Thanks for the muffin reminder. I have to bring a snack to a meeting next week and I think your muffins might be it. The new picture looks yummy. As for the turtles — they look deceivingly decadent. It’s a good day for it!

    Happy Valentine’s Day!

  2. Maureen "Hold The Gluten" on February 15th, 2009 12:10 pm

    Hope you had a WONDERFUL Valentine’s Day :) These look delicious – the perfect mixture of sweet and salty! And no one needs to know that the pecans are quite healthy for you :)

  3. Shirley on February 15th, 2009 1:20 pm

    Melissa–We had the muffins as part of our breakfast this morning and they were so good. :-) (BTW, our Vermont friends just brought us a big jug of maple syrup which be used for future batches—somuch better than what we can get here in the store!) I hope you and all your meeting buddies enjoy them. The turtles were all eaten up last night. They are just a small bite of decadence. ;-)


  4. Shirley on February 15th, 2009 1:23 pm

    Hi Maureen–Thank you! It was a terrific Valentine’s Day … just could not have been better. Hope yours was great, also! Try making those treats with your children. They are just so easy and everyone will enjoy them. A mom at the party last night told me her daughter makes them all the time to take to events … she’s quite pleased with herself and the recipients are very grateful. :-)


  5. noble pig on February 15th, 2009 2:51 pm

    What an awesome idea. I absolutely love them…the perfect size to just bite into!

  6. Shirley on February 15th, 2009 7:14 pm

    noble pig–Thanks, Cathy. That’s exactly right … pop one in your mouth and you’re good to go! Very good to go. ;-)


  7. Christine on February 16th, 2009 2:39 pm

    Shirley these look awesome, thanks for sharing! I’m going to remember these for my next “bring a dish” event. I love Rollo’s so I can’t wait to try them!

  8. Shirley on February 16th, 2009 3:13 pm

    Hi, Christine–Welcome to GFE! Thank you. :-) These turtles are so easy to take to a gathering. Many will easily fit in a small container and then you can put them on a lovely plate once you arrive (if you wish). The presentation is always surprisingly impressive … not to mention the feedback once they are eaten. ;-)


  9. RobinSue on February 18th, 2009 9:30 am

    I make these too and they are delicious and such a hit anywhere I take them. Nope I don’t think anything like this is cheating!! Well cheating on my diet but not cheating as in cutting corners!!

  10. Shirley on February 18th, 2009 11:02 am

    Hi, Robin Sue! Thanks so much for sharing your own experience with these turtles. A personal endorsement is always the best! LOL on the clarification on which type of cheating it is (per the latest discussion on your wonderful blog, Big Red Kitchen).

    Welcome to GFE! :-)

  11. Matt on February 18th, 2009 11:43 am


    Hope your Valentine’s Day party went well.

    I want to thank you again for all of your support. I just found yesterday that my issue is in fact a parasite! Which is exciting because it’s something I can fix. I have been GF for three plus weeks now and it has certainly weakened the pain. I’m still not sure if I’ll remain GF, but it will be interesting to do some testing after this is all over. Thanks,


  12. Shirley on February 18th, 2009 2:26 pm

    Matt–The party was fantastic! I hope to post a summary and a few pics with a recipe (of course) later. (BTW, there were several alumni from our alma mater in attendance!)

    I am very happy to know you’ve found this answer. And, I love your attitude on it being a fixable problem! Of course, I still hope you will do testing to determine if gluten is an issue for you. If being GF has improved your symptoms in any way, gluten has to be playing some type of role in your situation. Unresolved gluten issues can be a factor in making one more susceptible to parasites (among so many other things). Carol at Simply Gluten Free did this post last year on the topic in regard to her own parasite issues. Worth a read …

    Thanks so much for checking in … hope you’ll keep visiting GFE and keep us informed on your healing! All the best,


  13. Travis on February 19th, 2009 6:42 pm

    What a great idea! So simple too:) I have to say, they’ve been stepping up their game in making GF pretzels. I’ve tried quite a few GF varieties that taste no different than those polluted with gluten. Thanks for sharing this easy-to-make tasty treat!

  14. Shirley on February 19th, 2009 9:35 pm

    Thanks, Travis! Do make these for a special treat sometimes. I agree on the latest GF pretzels. While I prefer the particular pretzels I used for this recipe for that purpose vs snacking, I tried the Glutino pretzel sticks a few months ago for a pumpkin dip recipe and I was amazed how good they tasted on their own. Best of all, for folks with multiple food issues/needs, they are gluten free, egg free, casein free, dairy free, and kosher.


  15. Carol, Simply...Gluten-free on February 22nd, 2009 1:28 am

    Yum and so easy!

    Check out my latest blog post for a chance to win a great gluten book http://simplygluten-free.blogspot.com/2009/02/gluten-book-give-away.html

  16. Shirley on February 22nd, 2009 12:32 pm

    Thanks, Carol! And, thanks for stopping by GFE. I am sure my readers will want to visit your blog and comment to win the book by your doctors. It sounds terrific. How cool that you wrote a review in front of your friends’/doctors’ book!! :-)


  17. Cindi on February 22nd, 2009 6:45 pm

    Olivia and I made these this afternoon. She had a blast, especially pushing the pecan down into the gooey chocolate. They’re yummy!! And I love that the recipe is one I can do with Liv.

  18. Shirley on February 22nd, 2009 7:02 pm

    Cindi–You’ve made my day! I can just imagine you making these with Olivia—such fun. I am so glad you found the recipe to be so easy and yummy. It can be your fallback recipe for a special treat at home or one to take to an event and surprise and impress. :-)


  19. Melanie on February 23rd, 2009 10:47 am

    Hi Shirley,

    Thanks so much for your comment on my blog and for your help with promoting my book. I appreciate the advice and the encouraging words! I would be happy to send you a complimentary copy since you’ve shared it with others so much. Just remind me of your address! Oh, and I’m so glad to know about YOUR blog and recipes! Exciting! :)


  20. Shirley on February 23rd, 2009 5:56 pm

    Melanie–Thanks for stopping by GFE! I will gladly accept your gracious offer of another copy of your wonderful book, Bagels, Buddy, and Me. It stays “checked out” from our support group all the time. :-) There are very few books about gluten intolerance/celiac for children. Plus, this one works for both children and adults. Sometimes we just want a simple explanation of why we need to eat gluten free … we don’t want to read a 200-page book with all the technical terms. Often, folks are just too overwhelmed at first to tackle those types of books. That’s why I have your book in my Amazon picks. It was so neat to find your blog and make this connection. :-)


  21. H.Peter on February 23rd, 2009 10:37 pm

    I could use some of those for my flight.
    Air Canada serves good food, but they do lack in snakcs….

  22. Shirley on February 24th, 2009 6:58 am

    H.Peter–Oh, that would have been a pleasant surprise!! A little tasty treat on an airline. :-) You can’t complain much when you have any good food on an airline though. I think we flew Air Canada once, but it was a short flight and I don’t remember any food, just drinks. Mostly I remember that they didn’t get all the luggage on the plane including ours and most of the musical equipment for the band sitting next to us … but that’s a story for another day. LOL


  23. Diane-The WHOLE Gang on December 7th, 2009 3:27 pm

    OMG! I love the things you come up with. I’m drooling. So now you’ve got me thinking. Rice and dairy free version. I’ll just go have a bit of chocolate now and think on it. Thank you for sharing this on Friday Foodie Fix.

    • Shirley on December 8th, 2009 10:37 am

      Diane–LOL Thanks! If you come up with something, let me know so I can make it and share it with my support group members. I don’t know of a rice-free pretzel, but there have to be some substitutes …

      Always my pleasure to share on the Friday Foodie Fix! This Friday chocolate … Mr. Linky better be doing push-ups to get ready!!


    • Shirley on December 8th, 2009 10:38 am

      Oh, I should add that it wasn’t my original idea … I got it from the leader of the other support group that I belong to. You know how quickly great and easy recipe ideas spread!


  24. Diane-The WHOLE Gang on December 22nd, 2009 11:34 am

    Queen of chocolate Friday Foodie Fix.

    • Shirley on December 23rd, 2009 8:36 pm

      LOL … There are far worse titles. ;-)


  25. Diane {createdbydiane.blogspot.com} on February 1st, 2010 3:02 pm

    very cute! I love quick and easy, and Rolos oh how I love caramel :)

    • Shirley on February 1st, 2010 9:22 pm

      Diane–Folks are always so impressed with these easy “homemade” candies. I’ve served them many times and taken them to many parties the last few years. :-)

      Please report back if you try them—thanks!


  26. Liz@HoosierHomemade on February 2nd, 2010 9:59 am

    What a perfect Valentine treat! Thanks for joining in the fun at the Valentine Party!

    • Shirley on February 3rd, 2010 7:50 am

      Liz–This is a great little treat to make. Folks will think you’ve toiled for hours over these delightful little confections! ;-)

      Have a wonderful time at Blissdom! You’re going to make folks very happy with your cupcakes!! :-)


  27. Lexie on February 6th, 2012 11:53 pm

    Num num!

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