Apple Cider Caramels

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These apple cider caramels have all the flavors of a cup of spiced apple cider. These caramels are decadent and delicious. You'll love how they are chewy and soft all at once, and they are creamy and buttery, unlike the caramels you’d buy at the grocery store. And these apple cider caramels have a scent that is heavenly. When you pair the caramel sweetness with the salt of Maldon or Fleur de Sel, it's amazing what happens. A word of advice when making this easy caramel recipe is to be careful when you are boiling the cider; you want to be sure and keep a close eye on it during the last ten minutes. You want to be careful as the cider will thicken and turn to a rich caramel-like sauce at the end, and will rapidly begin to reduce. For this dessert recipe, you will need apple cider, heavy cream, cinnamon, ground ginger, ground allspice, cloves, nutmeg, granulated sugar, corn syrup, water, butter, and salt. For the full step by step instructions for this easy caramel recipe, you will want to take a look at the Cooking Classy site. These caramels make a lovely gift at this time of year.

Apple cider which is also called sweet cider or soft cider is the name that is used in both the United States and parts of Canada for the unfiltered, unsweetened, and non-alcoholic beverage that is made from apples. Though apple cider is typically referred to simply as cider in those areas, apple cider should not be confused with the alcoholic beverage that is called cider in most parts of the world, called hard cider or simply cider in North America.

These apple cider caramels aren't the only recipe you can make with this beverage. Mulled apple cider is the perfect drink to enjoy during the fall and winter months. The most important ingredient for a good hot mulled apple cider is, of course, the apple cider. Apple cider is best when it's fresh apple cider that contains no added sugar or spices, or unfiltered apple juice. A cloudy apple cider is the best visual clue that you are buying the right beverage. The apple cider should come from the refrigerator section of the grocery store. If all you can find is apple juice that will work too, try to get something that is unsweetened. If you are lucky enough to find local, unpasteurized apple cider, you should grab some; you can also freeze the apple cider if you want to stock up. Once you've got the right kind of apple cider, it's time to spice it. You can use a variety of sweet spices, but the most basic combination is with some fresh ginger, cinnamon sticks, and some cloves. You can also add some star anise, black peppercorns, or allspice berries to make you apple cider your own. While the mulled apple cider may look pretty with all the spices floating on top, little bits of spices make it less pleasant to sip. To avoid getting any of the apple cider bits in every sip, you want to tie up the spices in a little sachet that is made of coffee filter or cheesecloth or use a large tea ball instead. Apple cider is sweet enough on its own, so you don't need to add any sugar. A nice idea is to add in a whole sliced orange, they look nice, and smell good too.

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