Turtles brand candy was developed by Johnson’s Candy Company in 1918. Legend has it that a salesman came into the commissary’s dipping room and showed a candy to one of the dippers, who pointed out that the candy looked like a turtle. Today, Turtles candies come in all sizes, shapes and recipes, some even shaped like a turtle. A bit of legal history : pecans dipped in chocolate were commonly made in the early 1900s, however Johnson's Candy Company first protected the trademark "Turtles." In 1923, the stores dropped the Johnson name and assumed the name DeMet's, passing along the trademark.