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       It was my birthday yesterday. I’m too old at this point for it to be a huge deal, however, this doesn’t mean I can’t celebrate through food. I knew I wanted to make something that truly represents me.

This means:

1. It must be totally immature, something that only children would appreciate. Let’s face it, I am amused by the most childish things.

2. It involves one of my favorite treats. Mmmm Snickers.

3. It must have an element of humor. I like hidden jokes that I can laugh over with my friends, but outsiders don’t quite “get.” 

            Sadly, these little turtles are an inside joke that I share mostly with myself. I cannot explain it, but I am fascinated with turtles. They are ridiculous looking, especially when they are chewing or walking (very very slowly). Even more so when they are mating.

    Yesterday, my birthday, was also World Wide Turtle day. Um, yeah. Don’t ask me how I know all of these random dates celebrating strawberries and turtles. I just do. May 23 just so happens to kick off American beer week. Turtles AND beer? I can barely contain myself. Oh, and if you are Canadian, it is also Victoria Day this year. Eh?

      Anyhoo, I celebrated my birthday by making edible turtles, drinking a beer, and listening to turtle calls. Turtle calls? There is this guy, who you can pay to prank call your friends and pretend he is a turtle. Then he posts it up on his blog.

I wasn’t joking when I said I am extremely immature.

Here is an example of a turtle call:

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This chick is more crazy than I am. I dig her:

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This guy actually paid the turtle guy to call his boss and tell him that he quit. Solid.

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Oh, and in case you are a sour puss who does not like turtles (weirdo), then you can just purchase one of his Don Cheadle calls instead:

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Yes, I am a 12-year-old.

Here is what you need for my Birthday Turtle Snicker Bites:

  

For the Snickers,

2 tbsp, and another ¾ tablepsoon of butter

½ cup of sugar

¹/8 cup, and another  ¹/8 cup of evaporated milk

¾ cup marshmallow fluff

½ teaspoon of vanilla

– ¾ cup of chopped peanuts (salted)

1 cup of soft caramels

¹/8 cup of peanut butter (creamy)

  

For the Turtles,

dark chocolate bars (chopped)

white chocolate bars (chopped)

green candy dye (found online, in baking supply stores, and arts & craft stores. Do not confuse it with food dye. Chocolate needs a special candy or chocolate dye because regular food coloring is water based. The fat in the chocolate will not mix with the food coloring and then you will have a hot mess)

MM’s (yellow and green)

Tootsie Rolls

black or red licorice wheels (the stringy kind)

*FYI, the snickers recipe is an adapted version of an amazing recipe on how to make homemade snicker bars. Please check out the original recipe posted by Canida here.  Canida posts more step-by-step photos than I do. Woah. You won’t be using the chocolate coating in my version. Just the caramel, peanuts, and nougat.

 First we must make the nougat and the caramel/peanut goo for the snickers. Let’s begin with the nougat. Grab 2 tablespoons of butter, ½ cup of sugar, ½ teaspoon of vanilla, ¾ cup of marshmallow fluff, ¼ cup evaporated milk, and ¹/8 heaping cup of peanut butter.

Fluff, sugar, peanut butter, butter evaporated milk, vanilla

Melt butter, evaporated milk, and sugar in a small pan over low heat.

Stir to prevent sugar from burning.

butter, evaporated milk, sugar

 

Once the sugar is dissolved and everything is mixed together, remove from heat and allow to cool a little bit.

cook and mix until dissolved

 

          In the meantime, make sure you have to baking pans or casserole dishes lined with wax paper. Coat both very lightly with oil or butter. Otherwise you will be picking the paper off from your caramel and nougat.

Cover bottom of casserole dishes with wax paper and spray

Add peanut butter, vanilla, and marshmallow fluff to the pan and mix well. Pour into one of the wax-lined pans.

 

 

pour onto wax paper and place in freezer

Place into the freezer so that it can harden.

 

 

Now for the caramel. Melt soft caramels, butter, and evaporated milk together in a pan over low heat.

Melt caramels, butter, and evaporated milk

 

Try to cook it through without burning the caramel. Stir constantly.

Remove from heat and cool slightly. Mix in chopped peanuts.

add peanuts

 

Spoon into the other wax paper-lined sheet.

scoop peanut and caramel mixture into pan and refrigerate

Pop into freezer until it is firm, but not rock hard.

 

 

Once the caramel is firm, take it out of the fridge. It should be hard enough so it doesn’t stick, but not so firm that it is too difficult to mold.

Shape into little ovals.

Shape caramel into oval shapes (or egg shapes)

Pop back into fridge for 5 minutes.

 

 

 

Get nougat out from freezer. Rip off pieces and pat into flat pancakes.

rip off a piece of the froxen nougat. quickly flatten out and wrap

Pat the pancakes around the caramel ovals. Pack it in tightly and remove any excess nougat.

 

Tip: While you are working with caramel and nougat, if either becomes soft and sticky just pop back into fridge or freezer to harden again. This makes it easier to work with.

 

Place your nougat-covered ovals back into the fridge. Try not to eat the nougat.

 I love nougat.

 I love saying nougat.

 

While they harden, chop up your dark chocolate, and white chocolate.

         Create two double boilers and place the chocolates in separate boilers to melt. If you do not know how to create a double boiler, see my other post here, where I describe how to build one in more thorough detail.

 

        You want your white chocolate to be green. It is a turtle, after all. You can either use green candy/chocolate coloring, or mix blue and yellow candy/chocolate coloring together.

Candy or chocolate food coloring

I use a toothpick and add a bunch of dots of coloring into the melted white chocolate. Add and mix until you get the color you desire.

 

 

Prepare your candy.

You will need either black or red licorice wheels.

Black licorice, but you can us red as well

 

You also need your Tootsie Rolls, and M&M’s.

 

 

 

m&m's and tootsie rolls

 

          You will use Tootsie Rolls to make the heads and the fins. Shape (and cut, depending on how small or large your turtle is, you may not need an entire Tootsie Roll) Tootsies into rounded squares. Pinch one end of the square thinner to make it look like a neck.

cut tootsie rolls

Take some more Tootsie Rolls and cut them in half. Shape them into tear-drops. Then bend the thinner end in. Flatten it so it looks more like a fin.

Shape tootsie rolls into fins

 

        Take turtles out of the fridge and carefully place into double boiler with dark chocolate. You only want to coat the bottom. If you get some chocolate on the top, that is okay. It will get fixed later.

Dip bottom of turtle into dark chocolate

        Place on wax paper, then fins into chocolate. lay them down next to turtle so that they are touching the body.

Dip fins into dark chocolate

 

 

 

Once the chocolate hardens, they will attach to the turtle.

Attach dipped fins and allow to dry

Do the same with the heads.

 

 

Now you want to cut your licorice string so that it reaches around the sides of the oval.

Dip in chocolate, shake off excess, and wrap around turtle. Allow time to dry.

 Wrap licorice around and wait to dry

 

Once the chocolate has dried, hold turtle by the bottom and dip the top of the turtle into the white (or green) chocolate so that it coats the licorice, and top.

Dip turtle into white chocolate

 Be very careful not to coat the fins or head. If you do, you can use a paper towel to wipe off the green. Just do it quickly, before it dries.

 

 

Working quickly, place turtle back onto waxed paper. Decorate the shell with M&M’s.

Press m&m's into turtle shell

 

         Aaannnnd that’s it. You are done. Enjoy your turtles while listening to turtle calls on YouTube (or on his blog ). Do this at work on the company dime. If you can sneak a beer into work in honor of American beer week, then do that too.

Turtle bites

Turtle Pyramid

Turtle pyramid.

 

Turtle bites

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15 Responses to Turtle Snicker Bites. No really, they look like turles.

  1. Natasha says:

    This looks delish “I like turtles”

  2. Isabel says:

    LOL….looking at your photos, it’s hard to believe that you actually eat the yummy stuff you make!

    And Happy Late Birthday!! 🙂

  3. Sandy says:

    Those turtle calls are unbelievable! Thank you for bringing them into my life. And Happy Belated Birthday! 🙂

    ps: The candy looks great too!

  4. spiceblogger says:

    FREAKIN’ hysterical!!!
    I like turtles—but mostly the kind you eat. 🙂

    BTW, Happy Birthday, Gorgeous!

    –shelley

  5. Nightingale says:

    Happy Belated Birthday! I will always be a kid at heart. These turtles look yummy! Great for kids and adults alike.

  6. Paulien says:

    Love your website! You’re crazy and make nice things! 😀 Haha turtle mating OMG
    Happy birthday 🙂
    xx
    Paulien

  7. Amy says:

    I do not find your obsession with turtles weird at all. I have three tortoises of my own, and I am obsessed with watching them, and I constantly wonder what they are thinking. These snacks/cookies are too cute. I dont know if I would have the patience to make them, but I will definitely bookmark your page just in case there is some special occasion where these would be perfect.

  8. Kelli says:

    OMG Snickers are a weakness of mine!!! I will so be making something like this soon!!

  9. Ebonwumon says:

    Turtlecalls are not prank calls, they are friendship calls.

  10. Lindsey says:

    Could I recreate any other type of candy bar with this? If so, would you mind walking me through it? Haha

    • Jasmin says:

      @lindsay, what type of candy you have in mind?

      • Lindsey says:

        Iwas thinking reeses or maybe Milky Way. My girlfriend loves turtles and she’s leaving for a few years cross-country in two week and I wanted to make thesse for her but I don’t think she really likes Snickers……or licorice… :PPP
        Thank you for your help:)

        • Jasmin says:

          @lindsey, If you would like to do Reese’s, just make the peanut butter filling from my peanut butter cup cake recipe:
          http://www.1finecookie.com/2012/02/peanut-butter-cup-cake-make-it-for-a-loved-one-or-for-yourself-because-you-are-all-the-lovin-you-need/
          It is the same as the peanut butter filling for the candy cups. You would simply refrigerate it and shape it, then maybe freeze it for a few minutes before dipping. I suggest dipping it into milk chocolate first, then the candy melts/colored white chocolate so that you have that milk chocolate flavoring in it as well.

          As for the Milky Way, it is actually quite similar to the Snicker bar. I have not made the Milky Way nougat, but I would try this:
          Use the same recipe, but double to amount of nougat measurements (Omit peanut butter. Add in Also, rather than using marshmallow fluff, use marshmallow cream (I believe it is called Jett Puffed in the baking aisle) and use 1/4 cup of whipped topping.
          Beat the marshmallow cream and whipped topping together. Set it aside
          Melt a handful of chocolate chips. Beat the melted chocolate chips with a mixer. Set it aside.

          Cook ingredients just as you would in the recipe above. Mix in the vanilla, whipped melted chocolate, & whipped marshmallow cream/whipped topping mixture.

          As for the caramel, use a little more evaporated milk when making it and omit the peanuts.

          If she doesn’t like licorice, then leave it out. I only used it to make the shell protrude more and seem more defined, as well as make it easier to keep the chocolate from dripping down the belly. You will just have to be more careful when coating the top shell.

          Hope this helps!

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