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Apple Cider Caramels -Gluten Free

I always wanted to make candy. I am a big Laura Ingalls Wilder fan and I always remembered reading Farmer Boy and the time that Almonzo fed candy to his big and the ruckus that followed. I was in awe how easy it was for them to mix this and that and come up with taffy. Since then, I have always wanted to make candies. I found the recipe for Apple Cider Caramels, on one of my various reads around the internet. Great! I have leftover apple cider, heavy cream and light corn syrup at home! It was meant to be!

I would recommend having a good cooking thermometer for this dish and you will need to measure the temperature twice.

Pyramid of Caramel


2 cups of apple cider

1 cup of heavy cream, divided 1/3 and 2/3

1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon

pinch of nutmeg

1/4 teaspoon of allspice

1 1/2 cup of sugar

1/3 cup of light corn syrup

1/2 cup of unsalted butter, cubed


  1. Pour apple cider into a medium saucepan and boil on high until it reduces to 1/3 cup. (Stay with your apple cider!) Allow it to cool (it will solidify).
  2. Mix in 2/3 cup of cream, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice and set aside. (You will have chunks of apple cider but don’t worry)
  3. Line a 2 quart pan with parchment paper leaving at least 1 inch all around and spray with cooking spray
  4. Measure 1/3 cup of cream and add enough water to reach 1/2 cup.
  5. In a large sauce pan (Large because the sugar will start to rise a bit around 220 F), add cream and water, sugar and corn syrup.
  6. Cook over low heat (stirring) until sugar dissolves and then simmer until the mixture becomes 234 F.
  7. Remove mixture from heat and whisk in cider cream mixture and cubed butter.
  8. Return to pan and heat on low until the caramel reaches 248 F
  9. Remove from heat and pour caramel into the prepared pan and allow mixture to cool completely
  10. Cut caramel into 1/2 inch squares and wrap individually with wax paper. (Store into air tight containers)

Ready for Gifting!



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