Ohhhhhhh I love the fall season! It’s so wonderful and comfortable! Plus, we get fun things like changing leaves, pumpkin spice, hayrides & pumpkin patches, and hot apple cider. I absolutely love apple cider, and knew I wanted to make something fun, unique, and delicious with it. This is my take on a caramel apple – just an apple cider version in candy form!
These take some patience (you’re making candy from scratch, so getting it to the right temperature is crucial), but they are totally worth it! I’ll be making these throughout the new year, because they definitely add a bit of surprise flavors to my holiday baking assortments!
What you need:
- 1 cup butter
- 2 cups packed brown sugar
- 1 cup light corn syrup
- 1 can sweetened condensed milk
- 2 tablespoons whipping cream
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 envelopes (.74 oz each) spiced apple cider packets (I use Alpine Spiced Apple Cider)
- waxed paper
Put the butter, brown sugar, corn syrup and condensed milk in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium heat, while you consistently stir.
Once it begins to boil, very carefully add the whipping cream and stir it in.
Continue to stir the mixture over medium heat, until it reaches 238 degrees (soft ball candy stage). I absolutely love my spatula thermometer because it allows me to stir AND see the temperature without burning my hand.
Once it reaches 238 degrees, remove it from the heat and stir in the vanilla, salt, and both packets of spiced apple cider powder.
Just pour and spread the hot caramel on a baking sheet that has been sprayed lightly with oil.
Once cool to touch, cover with plastic wrap or foil, and place in the fridge for an hour (or freezer for half the time)
Cut the pieces into about 2-bite size candies, and wrap them in wax paper.
Be prepared to make multiple batches, because they WILL be requested if you share them!
This recipe made me about 85 caramels.
Try these fun treats, too!
Jeni’s Disclaimer: I’m just a regular girl. I love to drink wine while I bake. I’m by no means a professional baker or pro photographer. My creations aren’t staged, they just are what they are, and that’s probably obvious from the pictures. I create my recipes from inspiration of scents and flavors around me. I also repurpose my grandma’s old recipes. If you love to bake and your food ends up looking like REAL food, and not like something you’ll see on Instagram, you’re in the right place.