Turtle Hot Chocolate {#ChristmasWeek + Giveaway}

Add some flair to your usual hot chocolate recipe, Turtle Hot Chocolate includes rich and thick dark chocolate, pecan “butter” and a healthy drizzle of caramel sauce.  Perfect on a cold day! 

Turtle Hot Chocolate #ChristmasWeek from The Girl In the Little Red Kitchen

Welcome to Day Two of Christmas Week. This event is hosted by Kim of Cravings of a Lunatic and Susan of The Girl in the Little Red Kitchen. We hope to inspire you to break out those holiday sprinkles and get your bake on!

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Ahhh, hot chocolate, nothing says winter more than walking outside on a snowy day with a big pipping cup of fresh hot chocolate from your favorite shop.

Hot Chocolate is my jam, I’ll happily drink it year round but come winter time the consumption goes up significantly.

Seriously though, it’s melted chocolate in a mug.  You have been given permission to drink melted chocolate.  Can it get any better than that?

Now this is hot chocolate, not hot cocoa.  There is a significant difference here too.  Hot cocoa is made with only cocoa powder and is thin and weak and comes from a package or a can.   Hot chocolate on the other hand is either only chocolate or a combination of cocoa powder and chocolate and rich, velvety smooth, thick, delicious and the only kind you should drink.

Turtle Hot Chocolate- The Girl In The Little Red Kitchen

On our last visit to Seattle, Braden and I stopped by our favorite chocolate shop to pop in for my annual Seattle cup of hot chocolate when we visit.  This place is awesome, besides having some of the best locally made chocolate, they have a hot chocolate bar.

What? Yes, they do.  After perusing the menu, I stumbled upon their version of turtle hot chocolate and just had to give it a go.  Folks, I expected no less from this shop but it was amazing.  They had some sort of pecan butter concoction that was spread all over the inside of my mug, plus the caramel and of course whipped cream on top.

I knew it had to be recreated at home.  Now without knowing exactly what or how they did the pecan part I made it up on my own.  I figured on their end it was a pecan butter/syrup mix.  Let’s make our life easier and just pull out your old spice grinder and make a pecan “butter” of sorts.  The pecans don’t get ground enough to let the oils out into full fledged pecan butter (also by all means if you know of such a thing do share) but they are fine enough to add to your mug and sprinkle on top for a taste.

Turtle Hot Chocolate
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  • 2 cups whole milk (organic is best)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons high quality cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 4 ounces good quality dark chocolate, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons toasted pecans
  • caramel sauce
  • whipped cream


  1. In a medium saucepan over medium heat whisk together the milk, salt, cocoa powder and cornstarch and bring to a boil for 1 minute.
  2. Stir in the dark chocolate until melted and let boil for another minute.
  3. Remove from the heat.
  4. Using a spice or nut grinder, grind up your pecans until they are very fine and some oils start to release to form a pecan butter.
  5. Scoop the pecans out of the grinder and divide it between 4 small mugs, placing about 1 teaspoon on the bottom of the mug.
  6. Pour the hot chocolate between the 4 mugs and top with whipped cream, a healthy drizzle of caramel sauce and remaining ground up pecans.
  7. Serve immediately.
Recipe Type: Beverage, Drink, Chocoalte

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34 thoughts on “Turtle Hot Chocolate {#ChristmasWeek + Giveaway}

  1. jenny s

    I love trying new recipes out on the family each year. One tradition is that I make a french toast bake every Christmas Eve. Last year it was eggnog french toast bake.

  2. Marcia

    Funny you should ask! I love to bake cookies (who doesn’t?) but just last night I made cut-out sugar cookies (new recipe, go figure) and they were an epic FAIL! I actually threw the entire batch out. I’ve never met a cookie I didn’t like, so this was a major fail! I must have done something very, very wrong! The dough was so sticky that I had to keep adding flour to the board – which of course, made things worse. Long post — sorry!! Happy holidays! Love the giveaway! (and your cookies!)

  3. sydney85

    Gingerbread cookies. I will wait until my daughter is home from college and bake together. We have been doing this since she was 3.

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  8. Nancy @ gottagetbaked

    Ok, I NEED to visit that chocolate shop next time I’m in Seattle. Turtle hot chocolate sounds amazing and your version, I’m sure, is just as good as theirs was. I drink hot chocolate throughout the year too but you’re right, I’ve been indulging a bit more than usual lately 🙂 T’is the season, right?

  9. Jennifer Essad

    I enjoy making my mom’s recipe for sugar cookies, we use one pound of butter and 5 cups of flour, drop by tablespoons full into mounds and they puff up really nice-we frost and decorate for the holiday. These are amazing soft cookies


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