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Keto Salted Caramel Turtle Candy

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What’s your favorite holiday candy? Mine has to be turtles! Not only are they adorable but with caramel AND chocolate you just can’t go wrong. I’m switching things up just a bit today to make these Salted Caramel Turtle Candies low-carb and keto friendly.

We’re using the caramel recipe from this post. It’s buttery, it’s smooth, it’s sweet, it’s basically perfect. This is a treat that you can make in just a matter of minutes too. It will take you about the same time to devour the whole tray. Remember to share!

Consider Using Allulose

Chilled desserts that use erythritol-based sweeteners tend to crystallize slightly and although adding glycerine helps minimise this effect, your caramel won't be super smooth. For very smooth results, swap the erythritol-based sweeteners for allulose. Allulose is a healthy low-carb sweetener, although it's less common and can be pricey. The carb count is the same as for erythritol, and it’s as sweet as sugar. Unlike erythritol, it does not crystallize and is a great option in chilled desserts.

Hands-on Overall

Serving size 1 candy

Allergy information for Keto Salted Caramel Turtle Candy

✔  Gluten free
✔  Egg free
✔  Nightshade free
✔  Pork free
✔  Avocado free
✔  Fish free
✔  Shellfish free

Nutritional values (per serving, 1 candy)

Net carbs1.8 grams
Protein1.3 grams
Fat9.5 grams
Calories97 kcal
Calories from carbs 7%, protein 5%, fat 88%
Total carbs2.8 gramsFiber1 gramsSugars1.4 gramsSaturated fat4 gramsSodium50 mg(2% RDA)Magnesium21 mg(5% RDA)Potassium70 mg(4% EMR)

Ingredients (makes 25 candies)

Salted Keto Caramel:

Note: If you cannot have dairy or follow a paleo approach, use my homemade keto & paleo caramel sauce.


  1. Start by making the caramel. In a medium sized pot combine the water and Swerve. Set over medium heat and bring to a simmer. Continue to simmer for 5-7 minutes until it turns golden and has reduced. Whisk in the butter, cream, vanilla, and salt. If it’s too thin keep simmering until it is slightly thick. Note: it will thicken as it cools as well. Keto Salted Caramel Turtle Candy
  2. Melt the chocolate and coconut oil over low heat until smooth, set aside.
    Note: If using a chocolate bar, make sure to break it down to pieces to speed up melting. To prevent the chocolate from burning, melt the dark chocolate and coconut oil in a double boiler or a glass bowl on top of a small saucepan filled with a cup of water over a medium heat. Once completely melted, remove from the heat and set aside to cool down. The chocolate should not be hot when you use it for coating. Keto Salted Caramel Turtle Candy
  3. Line a baking sheet with wax or parchment paper. Arrange the pecan halves into groups of three. Top with a dollop of caramel, a dollop of chocolate, and a sprinkle of salt. Keto Salted Caramel Turtle Candy
  4. Chill until ready to serve. Keto Salted Caramel Turtle Candy Store in the fridge for up to a week. Keto Salted Caramel Turtle Candy

Ingredient nutritional breakdown (per serving, 1 candy)

Net carbsProteinFatCalories
Water, still
0 g0 g0 g0 kcal
Swerve, natural sweetener (Erythritol and chicory inulin based)
0.2 g0 g0 g1 kcal
Butter, unsalted, grass-fed
0 g0 g0.9 g8 kcal
Cream, heavy whipping, pouring, full-fat (30-40% fat)
0.1 g0.1 g1.8 g18 kcal
Vanilla extract, sugar-free, alcohol-based
0 g0 g0 g0 kcal
Pecans, nuts
0.2 g0.5 g3.6 g35 kcal
Dark chocolate, 85% cocoa (cacao)
1.3 g0.7 g2.9 g34 kcal
Coconut oil, extra virgin
0 g0 g0.2 g2 kcal
Salt, sea salt
0 g0 g0 g0 kcal
Total per serving, 1 candy
1.8 g1.3 g9.5 g97 kcal

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Lauren Lester

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She is the founder of the creative content agency, Healthful Creative. HC specializes in helping food centered brands share their story through recipe development + food photography.

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Comments (17)

Do you think you can use the caramel to make the salted caramel kind bar?

Have you seen these? 😊 Keto Twix Bars

Hello, I have a question that nobody ever answers, I hop you do. I am eating moderate low-carb. I like a lot of the low-carb and keto recipes but they contain a lot of fat. Since I don't do keto or really low-carb, is that a problem? I do eat potatoes, pasta, no bread, use almondmeal for baking so carb intake is less, but the fat. Is the amount in your recipes going to make me fat?

Hi Miranda, that's hard to generalise this. It depends on what you consider "moderate low-carb". High-fat recipes are not an issue on their own, it depends on your overall carb/fat/protein intake per day. You don't want to be eating too many carbs (may lead to an increased appetite and to blood sugar issues especially for insulin resistant people), and you don't want to be eating too much fat & calories at the same time. If you are not sure, check it here: KetoDiet Buddy - Easy Macro Calculator for the Ketogenic Diet

Great treats! I have to admit, I was very resistant to trying Swerve cuz I do NOT like erythritol’s ‘cooling’ effect it has on foods as that alters the taste for me. But I gave it a try and holy cow, it’s awesome! So much better than stevia and without the weird aftertaste, at least for me. One thing tho, my caramelized topping never turned a golden color even after letting it go several minutes past the max time. It did thicken but stayed white and didn’t taste ‘caramelized’ at all (sweet but nothing like caramel). Also, I had a silicone candy mold and I used that for these guys ... put a dollop of chocolate in, then a dollop of the ‘caramel’ and topped it off with the pecans. Made a perfect bite-sized treat!

I think that's the issue with most low-carb sweeteners. Very few of them actually "caramelize" - I know Tagatose does but it's not easy to find and it's not "zero-carb". I make this caramel topping which is really close to the "real" one: Keto & Paleo Caramel Sauce

I couldn't get the Erythritol to thicken up and cook/turn golden. Any tips?
(These are still delicious btw!)

I'm sorry to hear that - maybe it will work better with Swerve or Sukrin Gold (brown sugar substitute)? I haven't made this caramel toping but I use this one which works really well (a little more work but tastes amazing): Keto & Paleo Caramel Sauce

These are Fantastic!

Is this caramel supposed to set? Mine thickened but stayed runny.  I did use Xylitol, would that make a difference or should I have cooked it longer?  The leftover caramel is great in coffee with a bit of extra cream!

Hi Marilyn, I haven't tried this with Xylitol but it did thicken well with Erythritol and Swerve. Maybe it needed to be cooked for longer. This is another recipe that I made with erythritol-based brown sugar substitute (if you scroll down, you will see how it looks after refrigeration): Keto & Paleo Caramel Sauce

Is there a easy way to upload these recipes into the Keto diet basic app?

Hi Jacqueline, you can view all of the recipes that I post on my blog in the Blog tab. You can "favorite" any recipes by tapping on the heart icon.
In the fully featured KetoDiet app (or with the advanced features enabled in KetoDiet Basic), recipes can be added to the Planner and can also be found in Custom Meals > KetoDiet Blog. I hope this helps!

There are several well respected researchers out there that warn us about using artificial sweeteners like Erythritol - they cause the body to prepare itself for handling the insult of all those carbs but of course, the approaching enemy isn't really sugar, so guess what? Added stress to regular body function which none of us need. Comments?

Hello David, I beg to differ.  Erythritol and Swerve are natural low-carb sweeteners, they are not artificial sweeteners - that is why any discussion regarding artificial sweeteners is irrelevant. There is plenty of research supporting the health benefits of erythritol and FOS.

I just love your recipes! I have a sweet tooth and always looking for recipes. Thank you all for sharing and the hard work you put in! In the Netherlands alot, like nuts and special flour, is expensive and I can't make it often. But hmm going to try these!

Oh my gosh! I'm making these for Thanksgiving treats! Thank you!