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Shortcut Homemade Turtles for Enid inspired by The Walking Dead

Shortcut Homemade Turtles for Enid
We're three days into Dead Eats: Recipes inspired by The Walking Dead now, and I really hope that you're enjoying seeing the food that Dionne, Kim, and I have been inspired to make by this show and cast of characters that we love. Today I'm sharing something that I knew I'd make from the moment we saw the demise of our serene turtle friend.

If you need a refresher, I'm going back to episode 2 of season 6 again. The episode is titled "JSS" after the mantra that Enid created for herself - just survive somehow. We finally get a glimpse into Enid's past. We see how she loses her family and makes her way to the walls of Alexandria.

Alone, scared, and on a quest to survive, there's a quiet moment that turns into Enid goes savage on a turtle. Totally understandable. But as I watched her "refuel" and spell out her mantra in turtle bones, I knew right then and there that I'd be making some turtles in her honor. And in the honor of that little shelled guy that kept her going that day.
Enid and her turtle
I did contemplate making turtle soup, but turtle isn't the easiest meat to com buy in these parts. Believe it or not, I've actually tried turtle. Once...years culinary school...and I don't really remember the taste. I could have gone the mock turtle soup route (and still may for a future TWD inspired post), but I decided to stick with the more desired, if less sustaining, variety of turtle this time.

Plus, I went the easy route. I almost went all out and made homemade caramel and melted milk chocolate, but I wanted to do something super quick and easy. Heck, something that even the gang could make it they got lucky and ran across a stash of Rolos (milk chocolate covered chewy caramel candies) in a tucked away supermarket or convenience store. And you know, if they were still in the land of pecan trees.

So these are done in 5 minutes...just time enough for the candy to soften in the oven. I love the way the indentations from the top of the candy look like markings from a turtle shell once you flatten it. It's a good thing that they are so simple to make because they will disappear in a second. The hardest part of making these is waiting until they have cooled completely before eating them (otherwise they won't set up and the feet - aka pecans - will fall off).

Shortcut Homemade Turtles
Want homemade turtles without all the fuss? Simply melt milk chocolate covered chewy caramels over pecans and satisfy that craving in 5 minutes!
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Shortcut Homemade Turtles for Enid
by Heather Schmitt-Gonzalez
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Keywords: dessert pecans candy

Ingredients (16 pieces)
  • 64 small whole pecan halves
  • 2 rolls of Rolos (16 pieces)
  • nonstick spray
Preheat oven 350° F.

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Make 16 sets of 4 pecans on the baking sheet, the tips touching each other. Set one Rolo on the center of each cluster of pecans.
smooshing the chocolate and caramel
Slide into preheated oven for 5 minutes. Remove tray from oven. Working quickly, spray the back of a spoon with nonstick spray, then use it to press each Rolo flat; re-applying nonstick spray before using each time.

Allow to cool completely so that they can set.
Shortcut Homemade Turtles for Enid
More delicious "Dead Eats" from my co-conspirators:
Pecan Trail Mix from from Dionne at Try Anything Once Culinary
Toilet Water from Kim at Cravings of a Lunatic

We are not affiliated with or sponsored by AMC or The Walking Dead. We're just big ass fans.
Shortcut Homemade Turtles