That’s the best way to describe the recipe I am sharing today. I found this recipe here, and am simply sharing it with you today.
Here is what you will need:
A candy thermometer (less than $10 at Target)
A pot, wooden spoon, oven mitt
2 c. high-quality apple cider (like Simply Apple)
1 c. heavy cream or whipping cream, divided
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp. allspice
1 1/2 c. sugar
1/3 c. light corn syrup
1 stick (1/2 c.) real butter, cubed
I recommend doing a few things in advance, so you can focus more on your candy while it is cooking. Here is what you do start with.
- Place 2 cups of apple cider into a saucepan and boil it on high until it’s reduced to 1/3 of a cup. This will take about 20 minutes, give or take.
- Cut butter into cubes and set aside.
- line an 8×8″ square pan with parchment paper with the paper going up the sides and over the edges of the pan so the candy can be removed easily. DO NOT make the same mistake I did the first time and try to substitute wax paper for parchment paper… they are not the same thing!
- Combine 2/3 cup heavy whipping cream with the spices and reduced apple cider.
Now it is time to start really making candy!
- In a large, heavy saucepan, combine the sugar, 1/3 c. whipping cream + enough water to reach the 1/2 c. line on the measuring cup, and corn syrup. Cook over low heat until the sugar dissolves. Insert the candy thermometer and simmer until the syrup reaches 234 degrees.
- After the candy thermometer reaches 234 degrees, remove the pan from heat and slowly stir in the whipping cream mixture and then add the chopped butter.
- Return the pan to low heat and re-insert the candy thermometer. Cook, stirring frequently, until the thermometer reaches 248 degrees.
- When the candy has cooked, carefully pour it into the prepared pan. Allow the caramels to cool completely on the counter or in the refrigerator.
Then it is time to cut, and wrap your delicious candy.
- When ready to cut, lift the edges of the parchment to remove the entire sheet of caramel. Cut the candy into 1/2″-thick strips
- Then cut them again in the other direction, making a 1/2″-1/2″ candy.
- Cut pieces of wax paper into squares or rectangles at least 3 1/2″-4″ on each side. Place a caramel in the center of each piece of wax paper and roll it up like a Tootsie Roll. Then twist each end.
Now, TRY to share these with neighbors, co-workers, heck… even your family. I dare you.