With only THREE ingredients, Rolo Pretzel Turtles are so easy to make! They can be made as a quick treat or given as gifts during the holidays.
You can satisfy your sweet tooth in a hurry with Pretzel Turtles! There are only 3 ingredients, pretzels, caramel filled chocolates aka Rolos and nuts!
Start by prepping the pan by covering it with parchment paper and lining up the pretzels.
What kind of pretzels should I use?
I love using square checkboard pretzels that are called snaps. They have smaller holes and hold the melted chocolate really well. They are widely available at grocery stores in Minnesota but you can also purchase them here on Amazon.
That being said you can use any of the pretzel shapes available at your grocery store from mini twists to holiday shapes.
Unwrap all of the Rolos and put one on top of each pretzel.
Do I have to use Rolos?
I like using Rolos when making the pretzel turtles but you could use any brand of caramel-filled chocolates. You could try using Milky Way, Dove Promises with Caramel, Milk Duds, or Hershey’s Kisses filled with Caramel.
Keep in mind that the baking time will vary depending on the candy bar so start with a very short time and continue heating as necessary.
Bake at 300˚F for 3-5 minutes, until the chocolates are soft, but not melted.
Rolos have thicker chocolate than something like Dove Promises with Caramel so they will take closer to 5 minutes to soften.
Press one pecan into each softened Rolo. Allow the chocolate to cool and harden before removing them from the baking sheet.
What kind of nuts should I use?
My favorite nuts for making these Rolo pretzel turtles are pecans and walnuts. Other kinds of nuts such as hazelnuts, cashews, and almonds would work too. You could also do a variety so that people could choose their favorites!
Rolo Pretzel Turtles Recipe FAQs
1. How can I make pretzel turtles in the microwave? You can do a few of these at a time in the microwave. Depending on your microwave, it takes about 20-30 seconds to soften the Rolos.
2. Should I toast the nuts first? They are delicious with toasted nuts! Need to know how? You can find my recipe here: How To Toast Pecans.
3. Wondering how to store Rolo Pretzel Turtles? Simply store them in an airtight container once they completely cooled.
4. How can I add a festive touch? An easy way to add a little color to these turtles is to drizzle them with candy melts. If making these during the holidays, use red and green candy melts.
5. Do you have a nut-free option? You can make Rolo pretzels without nuts by pressing M&M’s (or another holiday candy) into the softened chocolate instead.
Want More Pretzel Candy Recipes? We’ve Got You Covered
Candy Bar Pretzel Bites: Candy Bar Pretzel Bites are easy to make with mini candy bars sandwiched between pretzels. They’re perfect for cookie exchanges or in a mason jar as a gift!
Peanut Butter Cup Pretzels: These Peanut Butter Cup Pretzels have mini peanut butter cups melted between two Christmas pretzels and they are drizzled with red, green and white candy melts! They would look really cute wrapped in cellophane and tied with a ribbon, as a gift from the kitchen.
Red, White, and Blue Pretzel Bites: Red White and Blue Pretzel Bites are easy to make with mini candy bars sandwiched between pretzels. A fun patriotic dessert for Memorial Day, Fourth of July and Labor Day!
Crispy Peanut Butter Bites: If you don’t have time to sit and dip truffles, try making these Crispy Peanut Butter Bites instead. The peanut butter truffle mixture is sandwiched between two pretzels and then one half is dipped in almond bark.
I am making these for Christmas gifts and I was wondering how far ahead of time I could make them before they go bad?
I made these. So quick, easy AND delicious! Thank you!
Sharon Russell -Ricciardi says
I am unable to find square pretzels anywhere…we do not seem to carry them in Canadians supermarkets…….would the regular more common bag of pretzels work just as well or would chocolate melt through the larger holes?….they do look to be soooo yummy!
Hi Sharon! You can use regular pretzels. Just make sure you put a piece of parchment paper or a silicone baking mat underneath. Then, allow them to cool on the pan completely. The chocolate will harden again and you will be good to go!
Sharon Russell -Ricciardi says
Thanks a bunch,Tonia..appreciate your prompt reply..,have the rolos already,now out to buy the regular bag of pretzels and I will be good to go!…will let you know how they turned out for my first try!
Can I add coconut?
Yes! That would be a delicious addition!
Tammy Tereck says
I live in wpg and found them at superstore, they don’t always have but when they do I buy a few bags
Bulk Barn has them here in Calgary.
Judy Maggie says
How do you toast the nuts or do you buy them like that?
Hi Judy! I toast them myself. You can skip toasting them but it gives them more flavor. Spread the nuts on a rimmed baking sheet and bake at 350° for about 5-10 minutes, stirring them around occasionally, until golden. Watch carefully so you don’t burn them. Happy baking! ~Tonia
Shelana Ferris says
I’ve made these for a few years now and everyone loves them. Once you start eating them it’s hard to stop.
I have been making them also. I line my cookie sheet with parchment paper and put in a 350 oven for 3 1/2 minutes. EVERYONE LOVES THEM. SO EASY.
These look great and also, what I like, easy..
Thanks so much. I’m going to try them.
I plan on making these to add to gift baskets for Christmas Gifts. Thanks
Karen @ THEBUSYBUG says
Wow…I have to try these!!! TFS
So funny…I made these the other night, but I top them with another pretzel and make them little sandwiches. My next attempt will involve Peanut Butter also so it’s like a Take Five bar. Yum!Amy @ A Little Nosh
Haha I want some now! Stopping by from the Sugarbeecrafts party. I would love for you to come link up to my party too, going on all week! Thanks~Iffy~www.stayathomenation.blogspot.com
Oh no, now you’ve made this pregnant mama HUNGRY! LOL! I’m going to have to find an excuse to make this up!
Purple Froggie Clay Stuff says
OMG those look so YUMMY, it’s making my mouth water to look at’em!!
Tanya @ Greetings From the Asylum says
These look delicious! I can’t wait for a reason to make them! I am your newest follower. I would love it if you came over to Greetings From the Asylum and followed me too!
YUM!!! These look delicious, and your photos are AMAZING! That’s one thing I need to work on with my blog. I’m your newest follower!~Michelle @ Thrifty 101www.thrifty101.blogspot.com
Something Swanky Cupcakes and Desserts says
I LOVE these! Great photos too! Would love for you to link up to my Sweet Treats Party today! Hope to see you there :)Ashtonwww.somethingswanky.com
YUM!!! These look incredible – and your pictures are amazing too! So artistic and look delicious! I love Rolos…and pretzels… and walnuts – so I’m sure I’d love these!Star Hughes Living
Oh my goodness! I LOVE chocolate covered pretzels, but now with caramel… awesome!
EE!! Those look SO good!! I am Pinning the second to last picture..it will link back to your blog!!XODelighted Momma
Simply Bungalow says
Those look yummy! I’m guesses it’s one of those things that once you start munching you can’t stop.~Heidi
Sad to say, that is the case! 😉 They did not last long at all. Will definitely be making again…….and again!
Princess of Everything (and then some) says
I have made these before and I LOVE them! Try using cashews. mmmmmmmmmmYou always take the best pictures.