These tasty chocolate turtles depart from the more traditional candy in that juicy dates swap in for caramel, peanuts take the place of pecans, and a salted pretzel adds a pleasing crunch. The result is a sweet treat that is fun to make and delicious to eat. Be sure to store them in the fridge so they are good and chewy.
Put the chocolate chips and coconut oil into a small, microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on high in 30-second bursts, stirring after each one, until melted (about 90 seconds).
Split the side of a date open and remove the pit. Set the date on the counter, split side up. Press down and shape the date into a flat disc. Split the peanuts in half. Stick 4 halves into the edge of the date for legs and one for a head. Nestle the pretzel onto the top of the date for a shell. Spoon 2 to 3 teaspoons of the melted chocolate onto the pretzel, dribbling over the sides onto the date. Transfer to a parchment-lined baking pan and repeat with the remaining dates. Refrigerate until the chocolate hardens, about 30 minutes. Transfer to a covered container and store in the fridge.