12 ounces of soft caramels store-bought (homemade if you'd like)
6 oz (about 1.5 cups) Georgia pecan halves
8 ounces semi-sweet chocolate or chocolate chips
Prepare a cookie sheet by covering it with aluminum foil and spraying it with nonstick cooking spray. Arrange the pecans in clusters of 4 with each pecan pointing in a different direction (so it looks like a turtle!).
Unwrap the caramels if needed and place them in a microwave-safe bowl. If they are very stiff, add a spoonful of water so the final product will be softer. Microwave them until melted, stirring after every 30 seconds. Be careful not to overcook the caramel, otherwise it can become to chewy when cooled.
Allow caramel to cool slightly, then use a spoon to drop a spoonful of caramel over the pecan clusters. Don't worry about keeping the turtles round or trying to make them look perfect...have fun with it!
Melt chocolate chips in the microwave or over a double boiler. Spoon the melted chocolate over the caramel layer.
Allow the turtle candies to set fully, either at room temperature or in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes. Store refrigerated in an airtight container for up to a week, but bring them to room temperature before serving so the caramel can soften.