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Turtle Bites Recipe

Turtle Bites, the perfect sweet and salty indulgence, are a delightful treat that brings together the rich, chewy goodness of Rolos, the satisfying crunch of pretzels, and the nutty essence of pecans. This easy-to-make recipe combines just a few simple ingredients to create bite-sized, irresistible morsels that are guaranteed to satisfy your sweet tooth cravings.

In this cookbook, we’ll take you through the step-by-step process of crafting these delectable Turtle Bites, from gathering the ingredients to indulging in their delightful flavor. Along the way, we’ll delve into the history of this beloved confection, explore potential variations, and provide expert tips to ensure your Turtle Bites turn out perfectly every time.

So, whether you’re whipping up a batch for a special occasion, a snack, or simply because you’re craving something sweet, let’s dive into the world of Turtle Bites and discover the magic of this timeless treat. Get ready to embark on a culinary journey that’s both fun and delicious!

Turtle Bites are one of the easiest treats to make and they are fun for the kiddo to help!

Three ingredients are all you need to make these M&M Pretzel bites.


Caramel enveloped in chocolate. Look for the package that is unwrapped for easy, quick candy-making.


We prefer the square pretzels. They fit the Rolo candy perfectly and are bite-size, but mini pretzels work well too.


We use one-half pecan for each Rolo candy.


For a delicious substitute, use M&Ms instead of pecans.

Try Hershey Kisses in place of the M&Ms.

Switch to Reese’s Pieces for a peanut butter flair.

Turtle Bites made with pretzels, rolo candy and pecan halves


How Easy Are These to Make?

The process is as simple as the ingredients. 

Line the pretzels up on the baking sheet.

Top each pretzel with an unwrapped Rolo candy.

Place in oven, just long enough for the Rolo candy to soften (not melt).

Remove from oven.

Press one M&M into the softened Rolo.


Turtle Bites made with pretzels, rolo candy and pecan halves


Turtle Bites

Servings: 24 bites

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cooking Time: 5 minutes

Chilling Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes

Turtle Bites are a delightful fusion of sweet, salty, and nutty flavors that come together in perfect harmony. These bite-sized treats are made with just a handful of ingredients and are a guaranteed crowd-pleaser. Whip up a batch for your next gathering or whenever you’re in the mood for a delicious snack.

Turtle Bites Recipe Ingredients:

  • 24 square-shaped pretzels
  • 24 Rolos, unwrapped
  • 24 pecan halves (or nuts of your choice)

Each turtle bite will need: 1 Pretzel, we use square-shaped, 1 Rolo, unwrapped,1 Pecan Half (or nuts of choice)

Turtle Bites Recipe Directions:

Preheat oven to 350.

Line the cookie sheet with foil or parchment paper.

Line up square pretzels on a sheet

Place unwrapped rollos on top of the pretzels.

Bake for 5 minutes on the center rack in a preheated oven until soft but not melted.

Remove from the oven and squish pecan halves on top.

Put the cookie sheet into the fridge until they’re chilled and set.

Store in an airtight container.

Enjoy these delicious Turtle Bites!

Expert Tips:

  • Experiment with different nuts like almonds or walnuts for a unique twist on the classic Turtle Bite.
  • To expedite the chilling process, you can place the baking sheet in the freezer for about 15 minutes.


  • Store Turtle Bites in an airtight container at room temperature for up to a week. For longer storage, keep them in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.

Leftover Ideas:

  • If you happen to have any leftover Turtle Bites, crumble them over ice cream or use them as a topping for your favorite dessert.


Q1: Can I use other chocolate candies instead of Rolos? A1: Certainly! You can get creative and use caramel-filled chocolates of your choice to customize your Turtle Bites.

Q2: Can I make these in advance for a party? A2: Absolutely! These bites are perfect for making ahead. Prepare them a day or two before your event and store them in an airtight container until you’re ready to serve.

Alternate Names:

  • Rolo Pretzel Turtles
  • Chocolate Caramel Pretzel Bites
Turtle Bites made with pretzels, rolo candy and pecan halves

Turtle Bites Recipe

Yield: 1 to infinity
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

Discover the sweet, salty, and nutty perfection of Rolo Turtle Bites—a delightful treat that's a snap to make!


Each turtle bite will need:

  • 1 Pretzel, we use square-shaped
  • 1 Rolo, unwrapped
  • 1 Pecan Half (or nuts of choice)


Preheat oven to 350.

Line cookie sheet w/foil or parchment paper.

Line up square pretzels on sheet

Place unwrapped rolos on top of the pretzels.

Bake for 5 minutes on center track in preheated oven, until soft but not melted

Remove from the oven and squish pecan halves on top.

Put the cookie sheet into the fridge until they’re chilled and set.

Store in an airtight container.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 1 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 148Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 1mgSodium: 363mgCarbohydrates: 27gFiber: 1gSugar: 5gProtein: 3g

The Nutritional Information may not be accurate. This website provides approximate nutrition information for convenience and as a courtesy only. Nutrition data is gathered primarily from the USDA Food Composition Database, whenever available, or otherwise other online calculators.

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