You will LOVE these chocolate caramel reindeer treats this holiday season! A yummy spin-off of chocolate caramel turtles. You might also like our pop tart gingerbread houses or hot chocolate bombs. Both are super fun to make during the holidays!
If you like chocolate caramel turtles you will LOVE our caramel reindeer! Pecans, caramel, and chocolate. Is there a better combination of flavors?
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These little guys are were actually my husband’s idea! I just carried them out and had so much fun in the process! I love turtles and these are just a fun holiday twist on them.
If you don’t like pecans, substitute pretzels broken in half like these cute little guys here.
Chocolate Caramel Reindeer (Turtles)
- Caramel candies
- Melting chocolate wafers or chocolate chips
- Pecan halves
- Red hots candy or mini M&M’s
- Candy eyes
Step 1: Melt caramel candies and chocolate in microwave-safe bowls.
Step 2: Give your caramel a nice stir then drop spoonfuls onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. You’ll want to make about 15 circles of caramel.
Note: don’t worry if you end up with a few strings of caramel going here and there. Once the caramel sets up you can just pull them off.
Step 3: Press pecan halves into the caramel for the reindeer antlers.
Step 4: Add a spoonful of chocolate over each reindeer’s head.
Step 5: Add eyes and a nose and let the caramel reindeer set up!
What kind of caramel do you use to make caramel reindeer?
I used Werther’s Original soft caramels, but you can also use Brach’s Milk Maid caramels.
What kind of chocolate works best for making caramel reindeer?
Melting chocolate wafers melt down easily and are perfect for making candy. My favorite brand is Ghirardelli. Milk chocolate chips work great, too!
How many reindeer will this recipe make?
You will need two caramel candies for every reindeer that you’d like to make. This recipe calls for 30 candies and makes 15 reindeer. You can definitely make your candies bigger or smaller. These are about 2″ wide.
What is the best way to store caramels?
Caramel candy sets up so that it isn’t sticky to the touch, but it will still stick to itself. This is why you always wrap individual homemade caramel candy in parchment paper. The same applies to these cute reindeer! Place them on a serving tray, lined with parchment paper or serve on small squares of parchment for best results. The candy peels right off of the paper to be enjoyed!
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Chocolate Caramel Reindeer Printable Recipe
Chocolate Caramel Reindeer (Turtles)
- 30 individually wrapped caramel candies soft (Werther's Soft or Brach's Squares)
- 1 - 1 1/3 cup melting chocolate wafers melted
- 30 pecan halves
- 15 small red candies
- 30 candy eyes
- Melt caramels in a microwave safe bowl for 30 seconds. Stir. Repeat in 10 second intervals until completely melted and smooth.
- Melt chocolate in microwave safe bowl for 30 seconds. Stir. Repeat in 10 second intervals until completely melted and smooth.
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Spoon caramel into 15 round circles.
- Press pecans into caramel.
- Spoon chocolate over caramel and pecans (you will probably have leftover chocolate)
- Add eyes and a nose.
- Allow caramels to set up.
- Serve on platter lined in parchment paper or on individual squares of parchment to prevent reindeer from sticking.
Welcome! I'm Brandy, mother to 5 darling kiddos and a cute black lab named Toby. My husband is in the Coast Guard so we've lived all over the place, turning each house into a home. I love baking, sewing, making cute things with my kids, and sharing what I've learned with all of you!