CrockPot Turtle Pudding (gluten free) Recipe

and happy end of Crocktober!

Since today is the most sugar-infested day of the year, what do I have for you? 


but this is high-class sugar. It's turtle pudding. In your crockpot.

it's okay with me to eat it with a spoon, hot, right out of the crock. I won't tell anyone.


The Ingredients.
serves 8
1 (16-ounce) box brownie mix (I used the Betty Crocker Gluten Free mix)
1 large egg
1/4 cup canola oil
1/4 cup water (room temp, or slightly warm)
1 cup chocolate chips
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
20 wrapped soft caramels (unwrapped)
whipped cream or vanilla ice cream for serving (optional)

The Directions.

Use a 4 or 6 quart slow cooker with an inserted oven safe dish. I used a round 4-quart cooker with a 2-quart inserted Corningware casserole dish.
In a mixing bowl, combine the brownie mix, egg, oil, and water. When batter has formed, stir in the chocolate chips and walnuts. Pour batter into your casserole dish. I didn't spray the inside of the dish with cooking spray, but you can if you'd like (it would probably be easier to clean up!). Unwrap all of the caramel candies and press them into your brownie batter. 
Add 1/2 to 1 cup of water into the bottom of your slow cooker, then lower in the brownie dish. Be careful not to slosh water into your turtle pudding!

Cover and cook on high for 3 to 4 hours, or until the edges have pulled away from the sides and the center has set.
Unplug your cooker, and let the dish set in it for 1 hour with the lid off before removing. Serve warm with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.

The Verdict.

ooey gooey caramel chocolatey goodness. Delicious. Wonderful. So good you don't really want to share with your family.
which is selfish.
so you share. 
but you're secretly hoping the ice cream truck drives by and the kids get sidetracked so you can eat it all yourself because you're still upset by the Project Runway finale.

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Posted by: Stephanie O'Dea | A Year of Slow Cooking at October 31, 2010

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  1. Looks easy and awsome. And I bet it smells great cooking, too. I'm sorry to see the end of Crocktober! Thanks for all the recipes!!!

  2. Anonymous10/31/2010

    Ok! This is an awesome post and not just because it's full of chocolate and caramel! Why oh why did they let that person win Project Runway!! (don't want to spoil it for those who haven't seen it yet)

  3. Oh my goodness. I cant wait to try this!

  4. Totally agree with you on the project runway finale!!!

  5. Jennifer H10/31/2010

    If my husband weren't allergic to chocolate I would definitely make this! :( It does look delicious though.

  6. Anonymous10/31/2010

    My diet officially starts tomorrow because I must make this today!

  7. High class sugar? Ha ha, Steph. It would be hard to resist this goodness though, that's for sure!!! I have an invented-on-the-spur-of the moment chili cooking in my one slow cooker, but this could still work in the other large one. ;-)

    Happy Halloween, Steph! Crocktober has been awesome--thank you!


  8. oh yum! i'm gonna have to experiment with thius - only we're peanut/tree nut free - so i'm leaning towards putting in some sunbutter to give it a 'peanutty' flavor and of course lots of the caramels. . .

    did you know that the hershey cocoa powder recipe converts EASILY gluten free? just use your favorite gluten free blend of flours and 1/4 t xanthan gum and i promise, folks will never know it's high in protein, *grin*. if you're the aldi shopper kind of gal, the hershey recipe is here:

  9. Nice way to end october! This sounds great!

    I didn't watch Project Runway this year but I know it's such a disappointment when someone undeserving wins! I don't know the details but I've been hearing about the controversy! Thanks!

  10. Anonymous10/31/2010

    I totally agree with you on the Runway finale.

    Since I missed Crocktober almost completely, I'm doing a mini-Crocktober this week with a plan of all-crock meals. I can't wait!

  11. Mondo was robbed! Plus I hated Gretchen all season. I may need two pots of this...

  12. Looks delicious! And I agree, I wholeheartedly wanted their other top choice to win project runway...I was very sad. I'd wanted that person to win from early on. DOH!

  13. Oh thanks for sharing this, looks fabulous! One I'll be trying very soon. My dad lives with us and loves his sweets. I'm sure this will bring a big smile to his face.

  14. You are evil (in the best way, that is). This looks great! I would throw a scoop of something cold and vanilla on top of it. Yum!!!

  15. Jessica10/31/2010

    I totally agree with you on project runway, i don't think the winner should have even been in the final three...but back to the crock pots, this looks really good.....i will try it soon...

  16. OH my HEAVENS! I saw this photo and thought FOR sure the verdict was going to be "fail!" Turns out it's a disgustingly delicious delight! Thanks for sharing (though I confess I"m most likely to share it alongside the kitty-little cake - seen one of those? Tasty and oh, so funny.) :)

  17. oooohhh, yummy! definitely going to give this one a go. It just might prove to be the second dish my entire family will enjoy! (It's tricky getting all 13 of us to enjoy a dish, lol!)

  18. Oooohh.....looks like a crockpot.....

  19. Therese Z11/01/2010

    If this will get my mind off Project Runway, I will have to force myself to eat...the...whole....thing.

  20. I wish someone would invent unwrapped caramels! I love the taste, hate the effort! But I might make an exception here...And I have to know, is there ever a day when you don't use the crockpot? Since discovering your blog, I have bought a second crockpot. I'm seriously considering adding a few more. Particularly now that we're into autumn. There is something about coming home to the smell of food cooking that is even more comforting in fall and winter than any other time.

  21. I am still mad about the PR finale! I will not buy Gretchen's crunchy granola looks!

  22. This looks amazing. And I'm upset by the PR finale too. Seems like most people are.

  23. Hi Stephanie,

    Just stumbled upon your blog. I've got four kids and a crockpot which I use occasionally, but which needs to come out of the cupboard more often. I can't wait to peruse your blog for inspiration!

  24. Instead of the individually wrapped caramels, chocolate chips, and nuts, I hope to try using those mini-candy bars - the mini Snickers and Milky Way bars - Yum!

  25. Steph, can you come up with some catchy Crockpot related name for November and start posting daily again?? We miss you when you're gone...

    Also, PS, I don't even like caramel and I would like very, very much to eat this.... yummmmm!

  26. Anonymous10/14/2015

    Stephanie, I love your blog and need your help. We are a family of four and I have been gifted an 8 quart slow cooker. How do I find recipes for a pot this big? I want something tried and true so that I don't have to experiment on my own. Thanks for your help. Mary

  27. hi Mary, 8 quarts is big, but not that big of a deal if you are willing to do a little bit of math. Assuming you have a large enough family to eat the food, or are happy to save/freeze the leftovers,
    all you'd need to do is double 4 quart recipes and increase 6-quart recipes by 1 1/4 or so ---

    the recipes will cook the same as written with the increased quantities for your size pot. Slow Cooker recipes are written for the pot to be 2/3 to 3/4 of the way full.

    If you don't want to cook that much food, you can use a 6-quart recipe in an 8-quart cooker, but it will cook faster.

    I hope this helps a bit! happy slow cooking!