This Apple Cider Caramels Recipe makes mouthwatering sweet and sour chewy caramels. They are the perfect homemade gift to give loved ones.
Homemade with Love
Our family has quite a few Christmas food traditions. There’s our Christmas Eve Tourtiere, my mom’s deep fried wontons, and my sister’s who contribute to the savoury and sweet treats. My specialty is mostly the sweet things, though I have been known to do a dip or two. Creating sweet treats for the cookie tray is what I love to do the most.
A Sweet Gift
No one in my family has ever been known to turn down a sweet homemade gift. The Honey Jack Salted Caramels that I made for gifts and holiday treats last year were very popular with family and friends. So popular, that I have vowed to make caramels every year. I’m going to love trying new recipes and new flavours. This year I’m going to try a new caramels recipe that uses apple cider. Why stick with one recipe every year when there are so many flavours to explore? This is a common thing in my kitchen, even this year’s shortbread is a new model!
This Apple Cider Caramels Recipe is Not for the Faint of Heart
Making caramels is a bit like giving birth. Shocking, I know, but very true. If you have done both you will know. Both are long processes, often culminating in severe pain that you forget the moment (or soon after) you hold ‘your precious’ in your arms.
Eat Before, Not During
I had completely forgotten last year’s pain associated with the Honey Jack Salted Caramels. Then I started making this Apple Cider Caramels Recipe one day around noon. Then I realized that I would be stuck stirring at the stove for another 45 minutes at least. During short little breaks I managed to make multiple short sprints to the fridge to grab snacks that I could eat while stirring. I lucked out and found some lunch ham, cheese, crackers, hummus, and a mandarin to eat. I like to think that I am pretty awesome at juggling and multi-tasking but eating lunch while stirring molten hot caramel was perhaps just on the cusp of crazy.
The Apple Cider Caramels Recipe can be made in either a 9 x 13 pan or 11 x 7 pan. After the caramels sit overnight, they will be ready to slice and wrap in waxed paper.