Nearly everything about my mother got passed down to me. Even as a child I would walk into a building, and everyone immediately knew whose child I was. Now that I'm an adult, we're basically little twinkie twinsies. My husband lovingly said "Well, I know what you're going to be like when you're older." Aka....exactly like my mother.
One trait that my mother definitely passed down to me was the love for all things caramel! I love it in my coffee, drizzled on my pancakes, or quite frankly....straight off a spoon. I would even choose caramel over chocolate pretty much every time. I mean, mix together butter and sugar, and what's not to like??
Turtles were always mom's treat of choice if we went to a fancy chocolate shop, or if someone was gifting her some candies. I didn't understand as a child (hi, gummy bears), but now I get it. The combo of chocolate, pecans, and caramel is basically perfection.
For these treats I've taken all the flavors of traditional turtles, but I gave them a Southwestern, Baja Arizona twist. I replaced the caramel with nature's own version- dates! Sweet, sticky, caramely dates blended with pecans, then topped with chocolate create this chewy, decadent treat. I use unsweetened chocolate because the dates are plenty sweet, but you're welcome to use whatever kind of chocolate you like! Keep these bites in the fridge for whenever you need a little treat.
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