As my family knows, first-hand, "Turtles" make my day!!!
And if you were to add a bit of salt to the mix, oh my! So, pretzel rods with the traditional turtle mixture, adding some nice cashews would be perfect!
I made the caramel but you could probably use Kraft caramels and melt them down...just a thought!
40-60 pretzel rods (depends on diameter)
Line 2 cookie sheets with waxed paper
16 oz. cashews, crushed coursely
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup Karo syrup
1/2 cup butter
1 can Sweetened Condensed Milk
Combine the above ingredients in a medium or large pan over medium heat, stir until combined and melted. Bring to a boil slowly and stir constantly for a good 5 minutes. Remove from heat and immediately pour into a slim, tall glass container, allow to cool for 3-4 minutes.
Now, begin dipping the rods in the caramel...takes a couple to get the routine down. Attempt to dip the pretzel 1/2-3/4 up the rod and allow excess caramel to drip off. Immediately roll the rod in crushed cashews and place on prepared waxed paper.
Continue dipping until all rods are covered.
After the caramel has set up, it is time to have some fun with some milk chocolate. Melt one bag milk chocolate and place in a decorator bag (or baggie) and begin the drizzling...you could surely use a combination of milk and white chocolate if desired.
Package up the Turtle Pretzels for a fun little table favor, Valentine treat, or a pick-me-up surprise for a friend!