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Caramel Apple Cider

Stock up on apple cider because you’re going to love this caramel apple cider! It’s like drinking a caramel apple. Perfect for a cold winter day!

There is a blue and white checked table cloth on the table and dark wood paneling on the wall. Two green apples and 2 cinnamon sticks sit on the table in front of a glass pitcher of caramel apple cider. There is a glass mug of caramel apple cider to the left of the pitcher. The caramel apple cider is a medium milky brown.

I’ve been having trouble with my oven for the last 3 months. It heats up but then doesn’t hold the temperature.

I had a repairman out a couple of months ago to fix it and he replaced the thermostat. But the convection fan wasn’t working and he didn’t fix that and the temperature still didn’t hold.

Stainless steel wall oven in white cupboards.

So I had another repairman out last week. This guy was more thorough. He took the time to investigate and found the control board was the problem (in addition to the fan and possibly the thermostat).

Turns out they don’t make the control board any more so I need a new oven. The timing couldn’t be worse with Thanksgiving coming up but I’ve been lusting after a double oven for 15 years.

A footed glass mug of caramel apple cider sits on a blue and white checked table cloth. The caramel apple cider is a milky caramel brown. The handle is pointed to the right waiting to be picked up.

I bought a home warranty when I rented out my house. It was part of the agreement with the property management company so I didn’t have a choice in the matter.

I had to replace my washing machine in August and the company only gave me $290 for a $1300 washing machine. So I wasn’t too hopeful about the oven.

Well, they are giving me a reasonable amount to replace my single oven ($1900). Now the problem with getting a double oven is the size of the opening in my cabinets.

My house was built in 1958 and appliances were smaller then. I think there was a double oven there originally but the owner replaced it with a single oven.

GE single wall oven on the floor in front of an open cabinet that has no doors. The cabinet is unfinished and missing dry wall at the back.

Basically, the opening is 2-3 inches to short for a modern double oven. A friend of mine with carpentry skills is coming over this afternoon to help me make the space bigger. Here’s hoping it works! Until I get a new oven, you’re going to be seeing no-bake recipes.

Update: The new oven is now installed!

A stainless steel GE cafe double wall oven installed in white cupboards with nickel door pulls on the cabinets.

Now about this caramel apple cider. I visited my daughter during the Purdue Family Weekend last week. She took me to her favorite coffee shop where I had this amazing drink.

Seriously, caramel apple cider is like drinking a caramel apple. I love caramel apples and a cold front just blew in today so this is perfect.

A table topped with a blue and white checked tablecloth. The wall behind is paneled with dark wood. There is a knobbed glass pitcher filled with caramel apple cider sitting behind 2 green apples to the left and a copper bowl with cinnamon sticks to the right.

Yield: 17 cups of cider

Caramel Apple Cider

A footed glass mug of caramel apple cider sits on a blue and white checked table cloth. The caramel apple cider is a milky caramel brown. The handle is pointed to the right waiting to be picked up.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes


  • 1 cup sugar
  • ¼ cup water
  • ¼ cup corn syrup (or maple syrup)
  • ⅓ cup heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons salted butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ½ gallon apple cider (or apple juice) at room temperature


  1. Place sugar, water and corn syrup in a 3 quart saucepan.
  2. Bring to a boil. You can place the lid on the saucepan for a minute or two to let the steam wash the sugar off the sides but don't leave the lid on too long.
  3. Boil for several minutes without stirring until you see the sugar start to turn color. It will first turn amber and then darken. Begin stirring with a long-handled spatula or spoon and watch the color carefully. You want the color to be slightly darker than store-bought caramels before you take it off the heat.
  4. When the sugar turns the right color, take it off the heat and immediately add the cream all at once. Stir while you add the cream but be careful of the steam. Add the butter and stir until it is combined. Then add the vanilla.
  5. Let cool for a few minutes and then gradually add the apple cider. Stir until well combined.
  6. You may need to reheat it a bit if it's cooled more than you want.
  7. Serve immediately or refrigerate and reheat later.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 cup

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 117Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 9mgSodium: 16mgCarbohydrates: 23gFiber: 1gSugar: 21gProtein: 0g

Nutrition information is provided as a guide only. Please consult a dietician if you have specific dietary needs.

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