Halloween has come and gone, and now that we've all eaten our weight in mini Snickers bars it's time to step up our candy game. Homemade candy is in a whole other realm than store-bought candies. This recipe for Apple Cider Caramels is one you'll want to share, but might just find yourself hiding in the laundry room snacking away at them or squirreling them away in the hidden pockets of your diaper bag (I plead the 5th on that one...). They're like bite size apple pie and since it's full blown pumpkin spice latte season, I feel like poor old apple cider needs some love. Apple cider is having a serious moment in our house these days. My poor Hubby keeps asking me when he opens the fridge if the cider is "fair game" or not. There may or may not be an amazing pork chop recipe coming at you next week that involves apple cider.
Don't let homemade caramels intimidate you. It's really not difficult, but feel free to let people think you're a master candy-maker if you wish. Once you get the apple cider and sugar mixture boiling, you need to work quickly, so please gather everything you need ahead of time so you're ready when you need to be. And be careful...boiling sugar burns skin like none other. I do recommend using a candy thermometer for this recipe. If you don't get the mixture hot enough, it won't set up, and if you get it too hot, it'll be rock hard like peanut brittle. You can use the "soft ball stage" water test if you want to though. However this time of year with the holidays coming up, you might just want to pick up an inexpensive candy thermometer anyway.
These apple cider caramels are perfectly soft and sticky at room temperature and a bit more firm right out of the fridge. I prefer cutting them when they're chilled in the refrigerator for a little while first. Enjoy them at whichever temperature you wish. Either way they're not that awkwardly hard, overly sticky kind of candy that necessitates having your dentist on speed dial.
As always, thanks for stopping by my site. So glad you're here!
P.S. How cute is my little strawberry on her first Halloween?