Chewy Caramel Turtle Bark

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This Chewy Caramel Turtle Bark recipe has crunchy pecans and dark chocolate combined to make a homemade version of the popular turtle recipe that you will love. There is a good chance you will like this chewy caramel turtle bark recipe better than the store bought version. Dark chocolate just seems to make everything better. If you prefer milk chocolate or semi-sweet chocolate, you can switch it up. The caramel syrup in this recipe stays nice and chewy, even straight out of the refrigerator. You'll want to make this easy caramel recipe and share it with your friends.

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Nutrition Facts for:Chewy Caramel Turtle Bark from Barefeet In The Kitchen

Ingredients: Butter, brown sugar, honey, sweetened condensed milk, kosher salt, vanilla, pecan halves, semi-sweet or bittersweet chocolate, coconut oil.

* The entire recipe has been calculated for 20 servings.

* Percentages (%) are based on a 2000 calorie diet

* Per Serving: Calories 289, Calories from Fat 174, Total Fat 19.3g 30%, Saturated Fat 8.0g 40%, Cholesterol 19mg 6%, Sodium 76mg 3%, Potassium 163mg 5%, Carbohydrates 27.7g 9%, Dietary Fiber 1.9g 8%, Sugars 25.0g, Protein 3.4g, Vitamin A 4%, Vitamin C 1%, Calcium 8%, Iron 4%

The pecans in this easy caramel recipe give the recipe a bit of crunch that perfectly compliments the chewy caramel syrup in the recipe. Along with tasting good, pecans offer a lot of pecan nutrition to enjoy. Pecans are a great source of dietary fiber, protein, and iron with lesser amounts of calcium and Vitamin C. Whether pecans are eaten raw or roasted pecans they are healthy snack ideas and the secret to good dessert recipes. Pecans were food that was widely consumed and traded by the Native Americans before the European settled in North America. Pecans can provide two to five times more energy per unit weight than wild game, and require no preparation to eat. Thank you to Mary at the "Barefeet in The Kitchen" recipe site for sharing this easy caramel recipe for chewy caramel turtle bark. This is just one of the recipes you will find on the site. Some of the recipes you will find on the site include appetizers, breakfast ideas, main dish, side dish, desserts, salads, gluten free ideas, sandwich recipes and so much more. *

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