Cider Caramel Apples

First time making these. Intrigued to use apple cider to create a caramel that was almost translucent, but oh so delicious. Ambitious undertaking for a segment on New Day Cleveland…thankfully they turned out great.

October 29 appearance on New Day Cleveland

Fortunate to have apples from a local farm and followed a recipe from Half Baked Harvest.

Heres the "caramel"

  • 6-8 apples, I like Honeycrisp or Macintosh 
  • 1 cup apple cider (I used a local cider)
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 2 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup local honey
  • 4 tablespoons salted butter, at room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup semi-sweet or dark chocolate, melted

  • Cider caramel apples

    Place wooden sticks into the apples making sure to insert them securely. I used colored popsicle sticks that I got from the crafts store.

    Making apple cider caramel

    Making the cider caramel. Follow the steps and watch closely to avoid burning the caramel.


    • 1. Insert wooden twigs into the apples. Line a baking sheet with parchment.
      2. In a large saucepan, combine the apple cider, heavy cream, sugar, and honey.  Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally until the mixture reaches 240 degrees F. on a candy thermometer, about 12-14 minutes total.
      3. Remove from the heat and carefully stir in the butter and vanilla. Return to high heat and bring the mixture to 235-245 degrees F. Remove from the heat.
      4. Very carefully transfer the caramel to a heat proof bowl and let stand 2-3 minutes. 
      5. Swirl apples in caramel, allow the excess caramel to drip off. Place each apple on the prepared baking sheet. Repeat with remaining apples.
    • 6. Roll apples in granola gently patting the granola onto the caramel. Let the caramel apples set for about 15-30 minutes (in the fridge or on the counter), then drizzle each apple with melted chocolate. Dig in and get messy! Apple will keep for about a week in the fridge. 

    Cider Caramel Apples

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