Homemade Vegan Turtle Chocolates

My favourite candy growing up were chocolate turtles. It’s been a long time since I’ve had one but I am pretty sure I just invented something better using my favourite sweetner – dates!

3/4 cup dairy free chocolate (semi-sweet chocolate chips or a couple of dark chocolate bars work well)
12 soft fresh dates (eg Medjool), pitted
1 cup whole pecans
1 Tablespoon vanilla extract

Place the dates and vanilla in a bowl and mix together with your hands. You want to soften the dates as the vanilla flavour mixes in. Form 30 small balls about the size of a large marble and then slightly flatten them. These will be your caramel centres. Cut two pecans lengthwise to form the four legs and stick one end of each of them into the caramel centre. Use another small piece of pecan for the turtle head.

Melt the chocolate in a double boiler or very carefully in a small pot over low heat, stirring continuously so it does not burn. Once melted remove from heat. Place a smaller dab of melted chocolate on the bottom of the turtle which will help hold the legs and head in place and then place it bottom side down on a sheet of parchment paper. Put a nice dab of chocolate to cover the top of the turtle. Once all the chocolates are formed place in the fridge to set.

Makes 30

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