A couple of things that I learned about myself this week:
A. I stink at making candy. Like, really bad.
B. I do not like substituting honey for sugar. I just don’t. I have never been a fan of honey and while I really am trying to eat better and eat less sugar… this was going too far!
Having said that, these caramels weren’t terrible to eat… they were just kind of a disaster is all. I didn’t get the temperature high enough so they stayed a runny mess. As far as the flavor goes, I really like adding the fresh pressed apple cider. The honey however, was a real bummer for me. If you like honey, you will probably love these! I am planning on trying again this week but using sugar instead. No. Honey. Ever. Again.
Apple Cider Honey Caramels from The Nerdy Farm Wife
Apple Cider Honey Caramels
- 1 cup apple cider
- 1 stick of salted butter (1/2 cup)
- 1 cup honey
- 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon (to taste)
- pinch of ground ginger
Pour the apple cider into a heavy, deep saucepan. Bring to a boil then add the stick of butter. Continue boiling until butter is melted then stir in the honey, cinnamon, and ginger.
Cook until the mixture reaches 245 degrees F on a candy thermometer, stirring frequently.
Pour into a parchment paper lined 8×8 baking pan and let cool.
(Quick cleanup tip: Immediately after pouring your candy, place the still-hot saucepan in the sink and fill with water to soak.)
Lift out the parchment paper and using a pizza cutter or knife, slice into rows and then small squares. If needed for easier cutting, chill the candy for a few minutes in the freezer.
Yield: 3 or 4 dozen, depending on how small you cut them.
You can either store these in single layers between parchment paper or wrap each one individually in wax paper.