Turtle Pretzel Candy Clusters

Turtle Clusters | My Baking Addiction

Turtle Pretzel Candy Clusters made with Ghirardelli Dark and White Melting Wafers are a combination you won’t want to miss. Caramel, pecans, and salty pretzels combine into small bites of pure happiness.

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Ghirardelli®.

So, you may be starting to see a theme here on My Baking Addiction. Lots of no bake recipes. Lots of small bite, easy recipes that come together in no time – just like these No Bake Peanut Butter Bars. There’s a reason for that; we officially have a crawling baby.

My friends tried to warn me what a game changer it is, once the babe is crawling. But holy moly, you guys. You guys. Elle is everywhere. Even places I didn’t think she could get to. We’re having to get really creative in our kid-containment. It got real interesting here, real fast.

Because I feel like I can’t take my eyes off that adorable little mischief maker for a second, I am all about the easy desserts this holiday season. Sure, pumpkin rolls and pumpkin cheesecake will always have their place in my heart. But with a crawling baby around? Ain’t nobody got time for that.

Turtle Clusters on My Baking AddictionEnter these Ghirardelli® Turtle Pretzel Candy Clusters. Not only are they incredibly adorable, they make both a fantastic small-bite dessert and homemade gift. These are hardly any effort at all – chilling takes more time than anything else about the dessert. You can serve them on a pretty Christmas themed plate, or package them up in plastic bags with pretty ribbon and tags. Christmas gifts, done!

Seriously though – all you need is a microwave, some parchment paper, a spoon, and a ziptop bag. That’s it. In no time, you’ll be popping these Ghirardelli® Turtle Pretzel Candy Clusters into your gob. And let me tell you, once you’ve had one, you’ll be hard pressed to stop.

Dark and white candy melts make a magical combination. Add caramel and salty pretzels, plus the added sweetness and crunch of pecans? Irresistible, I tell you.

If you’re looking for more festive holiday recipes, be sure to head over to Ghirardelli’s website and check out their Small Bites recipe selection. Emily (Jelly Toast) and I joined forces to create and photograph a variety of delicious recipes like these Mini Chocolate Raspberry Brownie Trifles just in time for the holidays! Stay tuned to MBA over the next month or so for more holiday inspired desserts.

Chocolate Caramel Clusters on My Baking AddictionReady to see me live on video making bite size desserts like these?

On November 15 at 11am ET, I’ll be co-hosting the Ghirardelli® Holiday Prep Kitchen live-streamed event alongside Bon Appétit Magazine’s Executive Chef Mary Nolan and Emily from Jelly Toast! We’ll be showing you how to prepare bite-size Ghirardelli recipes like this one, share baking and entertaining tips and answer your baking questions. Let us know if you have any questions you’d like us to answer using the hashtag #ICanBake. Tune in HERE for the event.

Turtle Pretzel Candy Clusters

Yield: 24 clusters


1 cup Ghirardelli Dark Melting Wafers
24 bite sized pretzels (square or twists)
12 baking caramels, unwrapped
1 teaspoon water
24 whole pecans
1/3 cup Ghirardelli White Melting Wafers


1. Line a large rimmed baking sheet with non-stick parchment paper and set aside.

2. Melt Ghirardelli Dark Melting Wafers according to package directions. Using a 1 teaspoon measuring spoon, scoop 1 teaspoon of melted dark melting wafers onto prepared baking sheet. Repeat with the remaining melted dark melting wafers until you have 24 small circles.

3. Gently place one pretzel on top of each circle of melted candy. Chill until firm. Remove from refrigerator.

4. Place unwrapped caramels and 1 teaspoon of water in a microwave safe bowl. Microwave on high for 30-45 seconds or until caramel is melted. Stir and allow to cool for 30 seconds. Using a 1/4 teaspoon measuring spoon, scoop 1/4 teaspoon amounts of melted caramel on top of each pretzel. Top each cluster with one whole pecan. Chill until firm.

5. Melt Ghirardelli White Melting Wafers according to package directions. Transfer to a zip top bag and cut off a very small amount of one corner of the bag, creating a piping bag. Drizzle melted white wafers over the clusters. Allow to set or chill until firm.


Store clusters in a cool, dry place.

Dark and White Melting Wafers can be reversed for added fun!

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Ghirardelli®; however, the views and opinions expressed on My Baking Addiction are my own, and based upon my experiences with Ghirardelli® products. Thank you for supporting Ghirardelli® and the brands that continue to make My Baking Addiction possible.

28 Responses to “Turtle Pretzel Candy Clusters”

  1. Jen @ Baked by an Introvert — November 14, 2014 at 8:29 am

    I want to eat them all! Good luck on your live stream!

    • Jamie — November 14th, 2014 at 7:42 pm

      Thanks so much! I appreciate you stopping by!


  2. Tieghan — November 14, 2014 at 8:43 am

    These look so delicious and easy, perfect for the busy holidays! Plus, I love Ghirardelli chocolate!

    • Jamie — November 14th, 2014 at 7:41 pm

      Thanks so much for visiting.


  3. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — November 14, 2014 at 11:05 am

    Too cute. These look like the perfect little snack :)

    • Jamie — November 14th, 2014 at 7:41 pm

      They are a great snack. Thanks for stopping by.


  4. Ilona @ Ilona's Passion — November 14, 2014 at 11:54 am

    So delicious clusters. I should make them someday!

    • Jamie — November 14th, 2014 at 7:40 pm

      Thanks so much for visiting.


  5. JulieD — November 15, 2014 at 12:39 pm

    These look amazing, Jamie!!! Loving you and Emily on the live stream! You guys are doing a great job!!

    • Jamie — November 16th, 2014 at 3:44 pm

      Thanks so much! I appreciate you stopping by!


  6. tracy — November 16, 2014 at 8:22 am

    These look yummy! How long will these keep and how do you store them?

    • Jamie — November 19th, 2014 at 6:37 pm

      They should keep for a couple of days in an airtight container, although we’ve never had a leftover problem.

  7. Jennie @themessybakerblog — November 16, 2014 at 9:02 pm

    Oh heck yeah! These look amazing.

    • Jamie — November 17th, 2014 at 9:13 pm

      THanks so much for stopping by!


  8. Fiora — November 18, 2014 at 4:03 am

    This looks really sumptuous! And presentation wise, it really give me an impression. Would love to give a try or maybe I could sprinkle crushed almonds for a little twist. Thanks for sharing this recipe!

    • Jamie — November 19th, 2014 at 12:13 pm

      Thanks for stopping by!


  9. Autumn — November 18, 2014 at 12:29 pm

    These look delightful! My mouth is watering just looking at the pictures. Great job!


    • Jamie — November 19th, 2014 at 12:09 pm

      Thanks so much for stopping by.


  10. Jeni — November 19, 2014 at 1:29 pm

    I am in loooove with these! Such a delicious treat that is so easy to make!

    • Jamie — November 19th, 2014 at 6:29 pm

      Yes! They are so darn easy, but the first thing to disappear. Thanks so much for stopping by!

  11. Baking Tuts — November 21, 2014 at 6:23 pm

    Oh wow.. Looks like I know what I’ll be making this weekend!

    • Jamie — November 22nd, 2014 at 9:53 pm

      I hope you have the chance to try it. Thanks for stopping by.


  12. Brenda — November 23, 2014 at 7:21 pm

    Are baking caramels different than regular wrapped vanilla caramels? Look yummy.

    • Jamie — November 24th, 2014 at 11:20 am

      The regular wrapped vanilla caramels will work. Thanks for visiting.


  13. jill carovich — December 3, 2014 at 5:47 pm

    What are baking caramels and who makes them?

    • Jamie — December 3rd, 2014 at 11:47 pm

      Any caramel candy square should work, it doesn’t have to be a particular brand. I hope this helps.


  14. MOM IN NEED — December 11, 2014 at 10:33 am


    • Jamie — December 11th, 2014 at 8:45 pm

      I would recommend placing them in festive tins or boxes, separating each layer with a piece of wax paper or parchment. Tie on a cute bow and tag, and you’re good to go. Thanks so much for stopping by!

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