Remember the old-fashioned candy called Turtles? Now that the Christmas displays are arriving in stores, there will likely be some "Turtles" hiding among the boxes of chocolate-covered cherries in the grab-a-gift aisle at grocery and discount stores.
But with a little more effort, you can make homemade cookies for your Thanksgiving snack table or for the gift-giving season. These Caramel Pecan Snapper Cookies were a hit at a summer bridal shower and on a cookie tray for the South Central Community Foundation grants awards night this week.
Turtles candies were developed in 1918 by Johnson’s Candy Company, which became DeMet’s Candy Company in 1923. A salesman came into the commissary’s dipping room and showed a candy to one of the dippers, who pointed out that the candy looked like a turtle. Soon after, Johnson’s Candy Company was making the same kind of candy and selling it under the name "Turtles."
Today, Turtles candies come in all sizes, shapes and recipes, some even shaped like a turtle, with modern mold-making techniques. The originals were produced by candy dippers on a rectangular marble 'board', similar in size to a contemporary kitchen cutting board. The original recipe, as executed on marble, was pecans, caramel and various chocolates.
Caramel Pecan Snappers have the elements of the classic Turtle on a pecan-studded cookie. They may be a little messy to eat ... but they are worth the sticky fingers. If you give them a try, let me know how you liked them!