Salted Chocolate Turtle Graham Bars

It’s February!

Which means it’s almost Valentine’s Day.

Which means we’re all overloading on chocolate.

Do you want to make something that’s not molten chocolate cake or a red velvet brownie? Something that tastes like you slaved over it for hours, but in reality only took minutes to make? Something a little bit different?

I got you.

These Salted Chocolate Turtle Graham Bars have some pretty luxurious ingredients like salted caramel, smooth creamy chocolate, flaky sea salt, and pecans, but it’s grounded by store-bought graham crackers. Of course you can make your own graham crackers but that would require a couple extra hours, wouldn’t it? You can also substitute saltines, for an even more salty-sweet take. I used milk chocolate instead of the dark chocolate that the original recipe called for just because I really like milk chocolate, and for Valentine’s Day – especially – you should stick with what (or who) you really like.

These bars are technically bark – I made a giant slab then broke them apart in uneven pieces. We’re going for rustic and approachable (bark is very forgiving), instead of perfect and intimidating. Although these bars are actually quite perfect. They’re super easy to make, a teeny bit messy to eat, and taste absolutely delicious.

I made these while I was in the Philippines last month and used my great-great-grandmother’s cookie platter engraved with her initials. I loved how it looks and now I’m thinking of buying some heirloom plates to engrave with my own initials, too. I’ll probably end up covering the initials with cookies, though, but that’s okay.

These bars were pretty popular with my family and friends during the holidays (they’re also called holiday crack), and I’ve heard tales of people scrambling for the last pieces of these chocolatey, caramely, nutty bars. I suggest making a double batch if you’re sharing or gifting for this holiday.

Make your Valentine’s Day (or any day, really) extra special with these Turtle Graham Bars. You’ll only need a few minutes, your house will smell delicious while you’re making the caramel, and you’ll be able to practice your strength of will… Why strength of will? Because while you’re waiting for the bars to cool, it will be very tempting to eat a hot, gooey piece. Don’t do it. (Trust me.)

Salted Chocolate Turtle Graham Bars


16 graham crackers (or enough to cover your baking sheet in a single layer)
2 sticks (1 cup) butter
1 cup packed dark brown sugar
1 tablespoon sea salt (or kosher salt or any other flaky salt)
1 1/2 cups roughly chopped pecans
16 oz milk chocolate (I used a bar of Trader Joe's Pound Plus)


  1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  2. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper, a silicon mat, or foil.  Arrange the graham crackers in a single layer on baking sheet.
  3. In a small saucepan, put the butter, brown sugar, 1/2 teaspoon sea salt, and 3/4 cup chopped pecan. Bring to a boil, and boil for 2 minutes, stirring constantly, until it becomes a thick caramel. Pour the caramel over graham crackers, spread evenly, and bake for 15 minutes.
  4. Melt the chocolate in the microwave. Place the milk chocolate in a medium microwave-safe bowl and microwave for 1 minute.  Remove from microwave and stir. Heat again for 30 seconds and stir until smooth. You can also use a double broiler. Pour the chocolate over the baked graham crackers and caramel, sprinkle with remaining pecans and sea salt.
  5. Chill completely in the refrigerator for at least 45 minutes or in the freezer for 20 minutes. Break into bars using your hands or using a sharp chef’s knife.

recipe adapted from Claire Robinson

If you need more recipe inspiration, I also have a round-up of some Valentine’s Day Recipe Ideas – there’s lots of pink, some sexy desserts, a little bit of booze, and (of course) chocolate.  Some of my favorite recipes may take 3 minutes, some may take 3 hours, but these are desserts that will surely be enjoyed by you and your loves. Let me know if you make any!


26 Responses to “Salted Chocolate Turtle Graham Bars”

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    Monica posted February 2, 2014 at 7:17 am

    This has the markings of ‘seriously hard to resist’! It looks amazing and being easy to make could be a problem for me. ; ) Bring on all the chocolate V-day treats!

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      Bianca Garcia posted February 2, 2014 at 12:32 pm

      Hehe yes it is dangerously easy!

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    Jenny @ BAKE posted February 2, 2014 at 2:09 pm

    These look incredible! these would make the best Valentines present!

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    Sacha posted February 2, 2014 at 2:11 pm

    Love the bars and the plate! :)

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    yummychunklet posted February 2, 2014 at 4:05 pm

    Tasty looking sweet and salty treat!

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    Happy Valley Chow posted February 2, 2014 at 10:16 pm

    Yummy those look fantastic! Great recipe :)

    Happy Blogging!
    Happy Valley Chow

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    Maureen | Orgasmic Chef posted February 3, 2014 at 3:24 am

    Even if I were on a diet, I couldn’t pass a plate of these. They look fantastic.

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    Katrina @ WVS posted February 3, 2014 at 8:51 am

    These look so lovely – so much chocolate goodness!

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    Laura @ Laura's Culinary Adventures posted February 3, 2014 at 1:47 pm

    Yum! What a fantastic Valentine’s Day treat!

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    Beth posted February 3, 2014 at 4:23 pm

    These look brilliant. I used to have a recipe something like this that I loved, and now I’m remembering that I haven’t made it in ages. Thanks for the reminder!

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    vanillasugarblog posted February 3, 2014 at 4:52 pm

    Ha! To me “it’s February” means only a couple more months till spring!
    Wonderful spring!!!

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    Ashley | Spoonful of Flavor posted February 3, 2014 at 7:09 pm

    I’m pretty sure that if I start eating this, I won’t be able to stop! Love the combination of sea salt, chocolate and pecans!

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    Meghan posted February 3, 2014 at 8:07 pm

    These look amazing and like something I could make!

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    Shikha @ Shikha la mode posted February 4, 2014 at 1:56 am

    I would not be sad if someone made me this for Valentine’s Day!

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    Lail | With A Spin posted February 4, 2014 at 9:31 am

    The bars look amazingly delicious.

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    Joanne posted February 5, 2014 at 7:36 am

    These would be kind of dangerous to have around! I see myself eating quite a few…like, every time I walked by the tray of them!

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    grace posted February 5, 2014 at 9:34 am

    my favorite gifts are of the non-chocolate variety but that doesn’t mean i wouldn’t love these! :)

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    Lauren at Keep It Sweet posted February 5, 2014 at 6:04 pm

    You know I love salted caramel:-) These look dangerously addicting… the best kind of treat!

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    bellini posted February 5, 2014 at 9:40 pm

    These are amazing. I have always made a version of this with almonds for Christmas and they are so addictive. These re even better with pecans and their chocolate shells.

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    Amy @ Fearless Homemaker posted February 6, 2014 at 6:37 pm

    Oh heavens, these bars look SO fantastic. You have no idea how much I’d love a nibble of one right now. YUM!

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    maria at inredningsvis posted February 9, 2014 at 2:52 pm

    AHHHH this recipy is TO Delish to handle :) love your blog and im following now.

    Check out my blog today…my all time fav. lasagna recipy :)

    Have a fab week dear

    LOVE Maria at inredningsvis – inredning it’s, Swedish for decor :)

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    Tina @ Tina's Chic Corner posted February 13, 2014 at 4:30 pm

    I need these in my life! They look so easy to make and so so yummy. :)

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    Joel A. posted February 21, 2014 at 5:59 am

    bars are awesome! These treats are amazing.

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    Anna (Hidden Ponies) posted February 22, 2014 at 10:21 pm

    I love that you used graham crackers instead of saltines – I think these would be so much better! Yum.

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    Pam posted April 8, 2014 at 12:05 pm

    Oh my! These look decadent and so delicious.


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