Apple Cider Caramels


Hi all! Talitha from Love, Pomegranate House here again. Has the Fall bug hit you yet? It is still in the 90’s here everyday but the Fall food and decorating bug has definitely hit me! I’m ready for the leaves to change and for sweater weather. In honor of all things Fall, I’ve got the most amazing recipe for all of you… Apple Cider Caramels!

Apple Cider Caramels ...the perfect fall treat!

I absolutely love this recipe. Not just because it is relatively easy, but the payoff packs quite a punch. I may or may not have eaten a handful of these while taking pictures. Whether you make these for yourself or as a wonderful treat for a neighbor/friend/whoever to commemorate the season, you will have people begging you for the recipe. I guarantee it.

Apple Cider Caramels


Before getting to the recipe let me give you a little warning. Making caramels is not for the faint of heart. It isn’t hard, but it can be a little time consuming. And it is most definitely not the time to be catching up on the latest celebrity gossip. Making caramels requires your undivided attention, otherwise you will end up with a very sad and burnt batch of caramels.

Now that I gave you that little tip, on to the recipe.

Apple Cider Caramels

Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Apple Cider Caramels
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
Servings: 48
Calories: 69 kcal
Author: I Heart Naptime Contributor

I absolutely love this recipe. Not just because it is relatively easy, but the payoff packs quite a punch. I may or may not have eaten a handful of these while taking pictures. Whether you make these for yourself or as a wonderful treat for a neighbor/friend/whoever to commemorate the season, you will have people begging you for the recipe. I guarantee it.



  • 2 cups apple cider
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream divided
  • pinch ground cloves
  • 1 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 1/2 cups white sugar
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 1/3 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/2 cup butter cubed


  1. In a saucepan, boil apple cider for 20-30 minutes or until it is reduced down to 1/3 cup. Set it aside to cool.
  2. Line a 8×8 pan with parchment paper. Coat with a bit of cooking spray and set aside.
  3. In a small bowl, combine 2/3 cup whipping cream, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and reduced apple cider. Set aside.
  4. In a heavy-bottomed saucepan, combine the sugar, 1/3 cup whipping cream, water, and corn syrup. Cook over low heat until the sugar dissolves (about 5-10 minutes). Insert a candy thermometer and simmer until the syrup reaches 230 degrees.
  5. Remove pan from heat and whisk in the cider and cream mixture. Add the butter and combine until fully incorporated. Return the pan to heat and re-insert candy thermometer. Cook over low heat, stirring frequently, until the temperature reaches 244 degrees. Once temperature reaches 244 degrees, cook for 2 minutes longer.
  6. Remove from heat and pour the caramel into the prepared pan. Let the mixture cool completely at room temperature or in the refrigerator.
  7. Once cooled, cut the caramels into squares or rectangles and wrap each caramel in wax paper. Store in an airtight container or in the refrigerator.
Nutrition Facts
Apple Cider Caramels
Amount Per Serving
Calories 69 Calories from Fat 27
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 3g 5%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 11mg 4%
Sodium 20mg 1%
Potassium 13mg 0%
Total Carbohydrates 9g 3%
Sugars 9g
Vitamin A 2.6%
Vitamin C 0.1%
Calcium 0.5%
Iron 0.1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Apple Cider Caramels

Make sure you get apple cider, not apple juice. It will make a difference. Apple cider is the stuff that is not clear, it still has all the apple pulp in it. It will make for a much better flavor, I promise.

Here’s another little tip for those of you who don’t have a candy thermometer or, like me, it breaks halfway through your caramel making. Boo. You can know the caramel is at the right temperature using just a bowl of ice water. Drop a spoonful of the syrup into the bowl of very cold and use your fingers to gather the cooled syrup into a ball. If it is the right temperature, the syrup forms a ball while in the cold water, but flattens out once removed from the water.

Apple Cider Caramels

I’m not going to lie, these might be my new favorite… everything. Holey moley were they delicious. Anyone who you give these to (including yourself!) will be a very lucky person!

Apple Cider Caramels ...the perfect fall treat!

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Talitha from Love Pomegranate House

I’m Talitha from Love, Pomegranate House! I’m a Pinterest addict, bargain hunter, and a thrift store stalker. But most of all, I’m a DIY junkie. I love finding something I must have and creating it my way with my own flair. And even more, I love doing it for cheap. And by cheap I mean free… or as close to it as I can get. You’ll normally find me blogging about my adventures in DIY-ing, crafting, and making up delicious recipes for my hubby! Stop by and visit me on Facebook, Pinterest, or Instagram!

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33 comments on “Apple Cider Caramels”

  1. Oops! I hit the “Add Comment” button to fast!

    I am making caramel today and after seeing this recipe, I am going to make them to! Thanks for sharing and I can’t wait to try these.

  2. Yum! I love homemade caramels so much. and adding apple cider to them seems like a genius idea. These look so good!

  3. I could not make my computer work right so the first comment did not go through but I need to know how much water you add in. These sound great for fall.

  4. Those look delicious! I bet they taste amazing and just in time for Fall!

  5. Yum! I am definitely making these with my new found time now that preschool has started. Thanks!

  6. Hello! We are in the process of making these, and we’re really excited! The directions say allspice, but there’s no amount listed in the ingredients list. Which is correct? Thank you!!

  7. The Allspice isn’t on there either how much of that do you use? Or did you mark that as the ground cloves? Can’t wait to try!!

  8. The instructions for this recipee calls for water but the recipee does not state how much water. I would like to make these, can you please tell me how much water to add? Thnk you.

  9. Oh good grief. Hit the comment button too fast, like a total tard. Sorry about that. ANYWAY. Wowza. These caramels look amazing! I think I have to try this.

  10. These caramels look soooo good!!! They sound absolutely delicious and they look perfect! :)

  11. I just bought all of the ingredients that you have listed in the picture, but in the directions you say to use cider not juice. The Simply Apple is a juice, not a cider. Is that what you used, or should I go exchange it? Also, how much allspice do you recommend?

  12. These look amazing! I’m actually making these NOW & just noticed the directions call for All Spice but no All Spice is listed in the ingredients! How much All SPICE do I need??? Thanks so much.

  13. I made these last year and will again for Thanksgiving. Perfect Autumn flavors and very pretty wrapped and displayed in a holiday bowl. Bowl will require frequent visits!

  14. I made these yesterday and they are so delicious—the absolute perfect treat for fall! However, after cooling completely, they never became fully firm. If I keep them in the freezer, they stay solid, but if they sit at room temperature, they get very soft. I’m wondering if this is a common problem when making caramels and at what point the error was made. Thank you!

  15. I just made a double batch of these and they filled a small cookie sheet. It took forever for them to kick the plateau at about 238F, but I actually ended up cooking them to about 255-ish (I stopped paying close attention) because I wanted them to be a little firmer. I cooled them and found them to be pretty darn sticky when cutting/wrapping them (and threw in the towel halfway through. There’s a big roll of caramel wrapped in wax paper and sealed in a ziploc in my fridge.). I threw one in the freezer (since I’d been working with them for a while) and couldn’t get it off the paper. The ones in the fridge were a liiiittlelot sticky and soft in the mouth. I think I might go up to 260 if I make them again. They taste great, though, so thanks for sharing your recipe!

  16. Made these for my new neighbors and they we’re delicious! Thank you for a recipe that combines two amazing fall flavors!

  17. Oops forgot to write my comment…anywho I tried this recipe last night and woke up this morning to still creamy not hardend caramal. What did I do wrong?

  18. Using organic cream with GMO corn syrup… that’s very… unique.

  19. Making these right now; they look amazing! I’m a caramel snob and have a favorite recipe I have been using for years that uses brown sugar, never tried using fresh cream and white sugar so I’m curious to see if there is a difference in taste.  I recently used my regular caramel recipe and added cinnamon to it and they taste like a cinnamon roll. Love caramel!

  20. Do you think this recipe would work for making caramel apples?  
    I would love to see caramel apples made with this.

  21. These caramels are awesome! Perfect cider flavor.  I will say that I’m glad I had some background knowledge with caramel making before trying this recipe so I sort of knew what I was looking for and what to expect. :) Thanks for the great post!

  22. Hello
    Is that actually apple cider or is it the apple juice? We buy that brand a lot and I have never noticed apple cider, only apple juice, is all. I want to make sure I get the right stuff…

  23. Thanks for sharing this recipe! Where did you get the big jug of corn

  24. Imperial Tie Fighter pilot Reply

    Are there any adjustments for high altitude? I’m at 5000 feet above sea level.  Also, have you tried this with homemade cider? Thanks!

    • Hi! We do not have the information for the high altitude, but this looks like it could be of help! We haven’t made them with homemade cider, but I bet it would be delicious! :)

  25. At first I was really confused about the apple cider instructions! Apple cider in the Netherlands (and in Great Britain by the way) is an alcoholic apple beverage. Took me a while to realize you just meant not-clear apple juice. But I figured it out! It took a really long time to get the caramel to cook to 244 degrees, but the caramel looks and smells perfect! I am Dutch so did not use Heavy Whipping Cream but Dutch ‘slagroom’ (regular whipping cream) and I couldn’t find corn sirup so I used agave sirup. I’m really curious how they will turn out once set! Some comments below speak of the caramel not being really firm. So, if you cook them for longer (and hotter) they will become more firm? Will try that if this batch doesn’t turn out that well.

    • Correct! If you want a more-firm caramel, you can cook to a higher temperature. You can also have these firm up in the refrigerator, too. :)

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