Day 8: Caramel

Like toffee, caramel is one of those things that I could eat every day. I love a good caramel, especially if it has a sprinkling of sea salt. I have made several recipes for caramels in the past and have loved them all. Basically, I am learning with this whole candy making enterprise is that the candies I love the best all involve burnt sugar, otherwise known as caramel.

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For today’s post, I veered from the traditional caramel path and tried Apple Cider Caramels. We had a stray jug of apple cider in the fridge left from making fruitcake and instead of letting it go to vinegar, like I usually do, I decided to try to use it.

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I used this recipe, except I did not already have the concentrated boiled cider. I just took two cups of cider and boiled it down until it was a half cup.

Unlike yesterday’s candy, once this one reached the right temp, it was easy peasy work to just pour it into a pan and wait for it to cool.

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I did not wait for the full amount of time before I started cutting because caramels have a tendency to cool hard and then become very difficult to cut. We let it cool until I was sure the candies wouldn’t lose their shape too much when we cut them, but were still manageable with a good pair of greased scissors. You could use a knife, but I found that the candy kept sticking to it, no matter how much I oiled it. Scissors worked best.

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We really like these caramels. They have a lighter flavor than the traditional caramels and really do taste like spiced cider. Be careful, though, these candies have already claimed the tooth of a little friend of ours and I once lost a crown to a caramel. Eating caramels can be hazardous.

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Still, the taffy and the caramels together will make fun little gifts for the boys’ friends and I am sure some of them will make their way into the candy box I am giving away at the end of the week. So, leave your comment for a chance to win! The boys and I are enjoying a lot of Christmas music as we are candy making. A Charlie Brown’s Christmas is a current fave as well as Handel’s Messiah. What is your favorite Christmas song/piece?

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Posted on December 16, 2014, in Family Fun, Holiday and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 9 Comments.

  1. I ate some last night…tasty!

  2. I love “What Child Is This?” as well as a little bit of toffee!!

  3. I rather like Silver Bells or Deck the Halls.

  4. Ooh, I have some boiled cider..I will have to look up this recipe. We like Frank Sinatra Christmas in our house!

  5. I could eat caramels every day! Yours look delicious! My favorite Christmas song has to be The Little Drummer Boy. I remember watching the show each year when I was a kid.

  6. My mouth is watering – these sound so good!
    I think the boys are spot on with songs from A Charlie Brown’s Christmas – I just love hearing the children’s voices. We had a concert at school today and the chorus sang one from that collection – it was so sweet!

  7. Caramels, my favorite candy! Yum. I like the idea of cutting with scissors. Lucky you have your boys helping with the candy wrapping!

  8. All these candies are making my mouth water. As I listened today I thought how much I love Carol of the Bells.

  9. Yum! I’m with you on the salted caramel! Also, I have a few Christmas mixes I’ve made over the years, and those are now my standbys when I need a fix (which is all the time lately!)

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