These are called turtle candy in the United States. Why I do not I know, some also call them the more mouthwatering name “chocolate caramel cashew clusters” in American, but I`ll stick to the simple, yet cozy name of Turtle Candy. No matter what you choose to call them; they are crazy! Fill the freezer with these for Christmas – they are actually not very unhealthy!
Ingredients for approx. a baking sheet full of confectioners (20-30 pieces?)
- 2,5 cups of juicy dates
- 180 ml of boiling water
- 1/2 tsp sea salt
- 1 tsp of vanilla extract or vanilla sugar
- 1,5 cups of salted roasted cashew nuts (or just make them yourself with some roasting and salt)
- 300 grams of vegan chocolate
- 1 tsp flavor-neutral coconut oil (can be left out)
- The caramel is made by running the dates and half of the water (if the dates are a bit dry you can soak them in the water for a couple of hours first) in a food processor until it’s creamy and sticky. Add water until the consistency is like a sticky caramel. It must not be too firm, but not runny either. Add vanilla and salt. Set aside.
- Place the nuts as small mountain peaks (about 4-5 nuts in each) on a baking-sheet that will fit your freezer or the fridge. Have a tablespoon or more caramel over each “top” and push the nuts a little into the caramel so they stick together. A bit of stickiness but worth it!
- When all the nuts are covered with caramel, melt the chocolate in a water bath and mix it with the coconut oil. Stir it smoothly and then pour a tablespoon or two over each mountain-top until they are almost covered. I really like it when you can still see some of the nuts and caramel, but that is a matter of taste.
- Let it chill in the freezer or refrigerator.