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« on: November 22, 2012 08:44:58 PM »



I saw a recipe a while back for apple cider caramels.  I got all excited to make them, but when I read through the instructions, it was on the stove top (and so required a candy thermometer).  I keep meaning to get a thermometer, but of course I haven't yet.

I've also seen microwave recipes for plain caramel candies.  I've never made caramels before, but I decided that it couldn't be too hard to put the recipes together and make apple cider caramels in the microwave.  To my surprise it actually worked out really well!

The candy is firm when picked up, but as soon as you put it in your mouth it starts to melt.  (No sticky teeth!)  The flavor is definitely apple cider, but there is also a rich buttery caramel flavor.  I was worried that the spices would make the candy gritty, but it was actually pretty smooth.   

I am sure I'm not the only one that liked these because I took these to a few houses for Thanksgiving, and very few people only had one piece.

It is a very simple recipe, all you need to do is mix the ingredients together and microwave.  (That really is it!)

Keep these caramels in the microwave after wrapping them.  They can be kept at room temperature for a several hours before getting soft and sticky, but make sure you don't set them in the sun or something.  They melt very easily.  (Which is why they melt so well in your mouth.) 



Recipe:

10 Tablespoons Butter
3/4 Cup Light Corn Syrup
1 Cup Sugar
1/2 Cup Packed Brown Sugar
1/2 Cup Sweetened Condensed Milk
2 Cups Apple Cider (Reduced to 1/3 Cup on the stove)
1 Tsp Ground Cinnamon
1/4 Teaspoon Allspice

Put all ingredients in a large microwave safe bowl.  Microwave for 6-10 minutes*, stirring every 2 minutes.  Line an 8"x8" dish with wax paper then cooking spray.  Pour the mixture into the prepared pan.  Let set in the refrigerator and cut into pieces.  Wrap these pieces in wax paper.  Store in the refrigerator. 


*An important note on cooking times: When I first cooked the caramels, I microwaved them for 6 minutes, and when I poured it into the pan to set up, they were way too soft and sticky to wrap individually.  I decided to try and just pop them into the microwave for another couple of minutes, and it worked like a charm.  When they set up after that, they were super easy to slice and wrap... and most importantly... they were easy to unwrap too!  (When I was stirring the batch that set up properly, it was still liquidy, but there was definite resistance while being stirred.)  If you would like to make this into a sauce, you should be able to just cook the caramel for less time in the microwave.  The opposite should also work to make the candies even firmer, but I haven't tried it myself. 
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« Reply #1 on: November 22, 2012 10:10:10 PM »

Wow!  They sound wonderfully delicious!  Thank you for sharing!
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« Reply #2 on: November 23, 2012 06:03:37 AM »

These look really good, thanks for sharing the recipe!
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« Reply #3 on: November 23, 2012 07:55:00 AM »

This looks nice and easy. My mom usually has to make at least three batches of carmels before they come out right. I think I'll give her this recipe. Thanks for posting.
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« Reply #4 on: November 23, 2012 12:39:50 PM »

Thanks for sharing- I'm going to try these for sure.
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« Reply #5 on: December 06, 2012 07:17:30 PM »

This recipe looks great and I can't wait to try it.  For the apple cider, can I use the stuff you can make with a packet, or should I buy premade cider from the store?

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« Reply #6 on: December 08, 2012 03:04:28 PM »

Making a batch of these right now. Can't wait until they cool to taste them!
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« Reply #7 on: December 08, 2012 08:32:35 PM »

I used premade cider from the store, but as long as the amount of water in the recipe is the same, I don't see why the packet stuff wouldn't work. 
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« Reply #8 on: December 30, 2012 08:23:37 PM »

Thanks for sharing Sita108. I can't wait to try this recipe out after the holidays.
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« Reply #9 on: January 30, 2014 11:56:22 AM »

I just made a couple of batches last night for a needlework guild retreat this weekend!  

I brought some into work today too.  Delicious!  I think mine would have been better if I had been able to get REAL apple cider rather than the TreeTop stuff, but they are great.  Also I detest my microwave.   I think I need a new one, I had to cook them for 14-16 minutes.  

Out of curiosity, did you have the link to the stovetop recipe too? 

The only bad part, I left one batch in the big freezer to set up.  (Outside my front door in a Rubbermaid thingie). I hope it is still there for slicing up when I get home from work!!
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