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Recipe: Caramel Apple Cider

Recipe: Caramel Apple Cider

Caramel Apple Cider

by Dylan Sabuco
Photo by carballo/Adobe Stock
prep time
5 minutes
cook time
10 minutes
makes
4-6 servings

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Caramel Apple Cider

Savor the delicious combination of tart apples and rich, sweet caramel. Perfect for crisp fall days and cozy winter evenings!

Happy & Healthy Cooking,

Chef Erin, Food-Geek-in-Chief

Fun-Da-Mentals Kitchen Skills

  • boil :

    to cook a food in liquid heated to the point of gas bubbles and steam forming (boiling point is 212 F at sea level).

  • measure :

    to calculate the specific amount of an ingredient required using a measuring tool (like measuring cups or spoons).

  • pour :

    to cause liquid, granules, or powder to stream from one container into another.

  • simmer :

    to cook a food gently, usually in a liquid, until softened.

Equipment Checklist

  • Large saucepan
  • Dry measuring cups
  • Measuring spoons
  • Liquid measuring cup
  • Wooden spoon
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Ingredients

Caramel Apple Cider

  • 1/2 C brown sugar
  • 3 C apple juice
  • 1 tsp cinnamon or 1 cinnamon stick

Instructions

Caramel Apple Cider

1.
combine + simmer

In a large saucepan, combine 1/2 cup brown sugar and 1 teaspoon cinnamon. Turn the heat to medium low and bring the sugar to a simmer. In 5 minutes or less the sugar will melt and become caramel.

2.
reduce + boil

Reduce the heat to low and slowly pour in 3 cups of apple juice. Stir gently to combine. Then, bring the mixture to a boil for 5 minutes. Turn the heat completely off and allow the mixture to cool before serving.

History of Caramel!

  • It is difficult to know when humans first craved natural sugar that gave them that extra bit of energy and satisfied their sweet tooth cravings. Many believe that the earliest sweet treat was honey—simple to acquire and needs no processing. The ancient Arabs and the Chinese cultures prepared candies of fruits and nuts dipped in honey.  
  • The word "caramel" was first recorded in the English language in 1725—it comes from the French "caramel" borrowed from the Spanish "caramelo." The original Spanish word did not refer to the chewy caramel candy we know today, but more likely, to caramelized sugar. Caramel candy and sauce were invented in the United States!  
  • Caramel is simply sugar melted into a syrup and cooked until the sugar crystals turn into a dark amber liquid. In this form, you can coat nuts (pralines) and popcorn, thicken it into a sauce, and a myriad of other delights. Whisk in some butter, remove from the heat, whisk in cream, and you have a delicious caramel sauce.  
  • Did you know that Milton Hershey began his chocolate empire with caramel, not chocolate? Hershey was born in 1857 in Pennsylvania and founded a candy-making business in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. By 1886, he had established the Lancaster Caramel Company, surely utilizing traditional recipes found in many regional cookbooks. However, he learned all about chocolate-making when he sought new coatings for his famous caramels.

Let's Learn About the United States!

Photo by JeniFoto/Shutterstock.com (July 4th Picnic)
  • Most of the United States of America (USA) is in North America. It shares its northern border with Canada and its southern border with Mexico. It consists of 50 states, 1 federal district, 5 territories, 9 Minor Outlying Islands, and 326 Indian reservations. 
  • The country's total area is 3,796,742 square miles, globally the third largest after Russia and Canada. The US population is over 333 million, making it the third most populous country in the world, after China and India.
  • The United States of America declared itself an independent nation from Great Britain on July 4, 1776, by issuing the Declaration of Independence.
  • The Revolutionary War between the US and Great Britain was fought from 1775-1783. We only had 13 colonies at that time! On September 9, 1976, the Second Continental Congress met in Philadelphia and declared that the new nation would be called the United States. 
  • The 13 colonies became states after each ratified the constitution of the new United States, with Delaware being the first on December 7, 1787.  
  • The 13 stripes on the US flag represent those first 13 colonies, and the 50 stars represent our 50 states. The red color of the flag symbolizes hardiness and valor, white symbolizes innocence and purity, and blue symbolizes vigilance and justice.
  • Before settling in Washington DC, a federal district, the nation's capital resided in New York City and then Philadelphia for a short time. New York City is the largest city in the US and is considered its financial center. 
  • The US does not have a recognized official language! However, English is effectively the national language. 
  • The American dollar is the national currency. The nickname for a dollar, "buck," comes from colonial times when people traded goods for buckskins!
  • Because the United States is so large, there is a wide variety of climates and types of geography. The Mississippi/Missouri River, running primarily north to south, is the fourth-longest river system in the world. On the east side of the Mississippi are the Appalachian Mountains, the Adirondack Mountains, and the East Coast, next to the Atlantic Ocean. 
  • On the west side of the Mississippi are the flat Great Plains, the Rocky Mountains (or Rockies), and the West Coast, next to the Pacific Ocean, with several more mountain ranges in coastal states, such as the Sierras and the Cascades. Between the coasts and the north and south borders are several forests, lakes (including the Great Lakes), rivers, swamps, deserts, and volcanos. 
  • Several animals are unique to the US, such as the American bison (or American buffalo), the bald eagle, the California condor, the American black bear, the groundhog, the American alligator, and the pronghorn (or American antelope). 
  • The US has 63 national parks. The Great Smoky Mountains, Yellowstone, Yosemite, Zion, and the Grand Canyon, with the Colorado River flowing through it, are among the most well-known and visited.
  • Cuisine in the US was influenced early on by the indigenous people of North America who lived there before Europeans arrived. They introduced beans, corn, potatoes, squash, berries, fish, turkey, venison, dried meats, and more to the new settlers. Other influences include the widely varied foods and dishes of enslaved people from Africa and immigrants from Asia, Europe, Central and South America, and the Pacific Islands. 

What's It Like to Be a Kid in the United States?

  • Education is compulsory in the US, and kids may go to a public or private school or be home-schooled. Most schools do not require students to wear uniforms, but some private schools do. The school year runs from mid-August or the beginning of September to the end of May or the middle of June.
  • Kids generally start school at about five years old in kindergarten or earlier in preschool and continue through 12th grade in high school. After that, many go on to university, community college, or technical school. 
  • Spanish, French, and German are the most popular foreign languages kids learn in US schools. 
  • Kids may participate in many different school and after-school sports, including baseball, soccer, American football, basketball, volleyball, tennis, swimming, and track and field. In grade school, kids may join in playground games like hopscotch, four-square, kickball, tetherball, jump rope, or tag.
  • There are several fun activities that American kids enjoy doing with their friends and families, such as picnicking, hiking, going to the beach or swimming, or going to children's and natural history museums, zoos and wild animal parks, amusement parks, water parks, state parks, or national parks. Popular amusement parks include Disneyland, Disney World, Legoland, Six Flags, and Universal Studios.
  • On Independence Day or the 4th of July, kids enjoy a day off from school, picnicking, and watching fireworks with their families. 
  • Thanksgiving is celebrated on the last Thursday in November when students get 2 to 5 days off school. Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa are popular December holidays, and there are 2 or 3 weeks of winter vacation. Easter is celebrated in March, April, or May, and kids enjoy a week of spring recess around that time.  
  • Barbecued hot dogs or hamburgers, watermelon, apple pie, and ice cream are popular kid foods for 4th of July celebrations. Turkey, dressing, green bean casserole, cranberry sauce, and pumpkin pie are traditional Thanksgiving foods. Birthday parties with cake and ice cream are very important celebrations for kids in the United States!

THYME for a Laugh

What do you get if you cross an apple with a shellfish? 

A crab apple!

That's Berry Funny

What did the apple tree say to the hungry caterpillar? 

"Leaf me alone!"

THYME for a Laugh

What reads and lives in an apple? 

A bookworm.

THYME for a Laugh

What kind of apple has a short temper? 

A crab apple!

The Yolk's On You

Why did the apple cry? 

Its peelings were hurt!

That's Berry Funny

What can a whole apple do that half an apple can't do? 

It can look round.

The Yolk's On You

What did the cup of flour say to the tablespoon of sugar?

You sweeten me!

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