I’ve been all about the salty-sweet Holiday treats this year, so today I’m sharing a simple recipe for homemade caramel candies infused with Angry Orchard Crisp Apple Hard Cider (my fav!) and a heady mix of winter spices.
As long as you’ve got a candy thermometer, the process of making caramels at home is actually quite straightforward. Sugar, butter and cream go into a pot and boil until the mixture hits 245°F. You then pour the caramel into a parchment-lined baking dish and let firm up for 2 hours. Cut the caramel into squares and voila, homemade caramel candies! Sweet, soft and so delicious.
In this recipe, I’m amping up flavors with the addition of hard cider, winter spices, vanilla and sea salt. You start by simmering Angry Orchard Crisp Apple Hard Cider with cinnamon, allspice and clove. As the mixture reduces down, your entire kitchen will be filled with the warm aromas of mulled cider. This concentrated flavor base is added to the pot with everything else mentioned above. Vanilla extract and sea salt are stirred in at the end for depth of flavor. Finally, the caramels are finished with a sprinkling of crunchy sea salt. With each bite you’ll get a sweet hit of salted caramel at first followed by a comforting note of spiced apple. I’d recommend making several batches this Holiday season so you can keep one for yourself and give the rest as gifts!! Continue reading for the recipe.