Apple Cider Caramels {dairy-free}

Many, many, many Christmases ago (okay, maybe it was only 8-ish years, but it feels like way more), I decided it would be fun to whip up about 8-10 different holiday treats for about a dozen different families. I went all out, for real. I got these adorable little candy-striped boxes, and holiday bags and set to work making cookies, caramels, candies, meringues, chocolate bark, etc, etc, etc. You get the point, I made a LOT of treats. And I packaged them up all in their little boxes and bags, each treat in it’s own designated container. And I carefully packed each set in a box and shipped the goodie boxes out to out-of-town family and friends. And when I was done, I swore off all baked goods (that lasted until about January).

Apple Cider Caramels {dairy-free, no corn syrup} by Our Paleo Life

The truth is: I love baking. I love candy making. But, it’s not sustainable and healthy to only do that and never cook. So I’m trying, really I am, to get some non-sweets on the blog right now, but my gosh, the holidays make that SO hard. So today, I gave in. Today is for sweets. I do have a couple actual real-food recipes in the queue, I’ll try to expedite them for you because they are too good to keep to myself.

Apple Cider Caramels {dairy-free, no corn syrup} by Our Paleo Life

Now back to sweets. A couple months ago, I ordered some Cocomels in my Thrive box (have you signed up yet?) because I try to always put a “mom treat” in my order. That set in motion a rekindled love of caramels for me. I had been wanting to make some again but never got around to it. That is until last week. While browsing Pinterest, as I often do, I came across some Apple Cider Caramels and I was all “Wha? That’s amazing!”. So I promptly ran to Whole foods and grabbed two more jugs of cold-pressed apple cider (well, I needed some for drinking too!).

Apple Cider Caramels {dairy-free, no corn syrup} by Our Paleo Life

The first moment I had an hour to spare, I quickly scrubbed a pot (what, you think my kitchen is always clean?!) and got to boiling. These caramels could not have come out any better. I am so in love with them. I also can’t stop eating them, so I brought them to a friend’s house and “accidentally” forget them in her fridge so I will stop gorging on them. She’ll thank me later…

Apple Cider Caramels {dairy-free, no corn syrup} by Our Paleo Life

I prefer tiny little chunks of caramel, so I cut mine on the smaller side, about 1/2″ x 1″, that way I don’t feel bad when I eat a bunch because they’re so tiny, literally bite-size, so it’s okay. Right? Just tell me it is.

And when you make these, pay close attention to the last step. It’s important. Trust me.

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Recipe: Apple Cider Caramels
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8 Comments on “Apple Cider Caramels {dairy-free}

  1. Cathy Mueller

    There is no unit on the honey in the recipe. I think 3/4 c. would be logical, but could you please confirm that?

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  2. Maria

    Hello, I was wondering if I can make this without the coconut sugar and replacing the ghee for coconut oil? Thank you 🙂

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    1. Kendra Benson

      I haven’t tested without the coconut sugar, so I can’t say how it would turn out. Maybe add more honey (half as much as the coconut sugar, I’d guess). And replacing the ghee for coconut oil should be just fine. Let me know how it turns out.

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  3. Melissa

    Looks great!! Just to clarify, ghee is made from butter and is sometimes called clarified butter. Although it is technically a dairy product, just like milk, yogurt, ice cream, cream, butter and cheese, it is made only from the fattiest part of dairy and contains very little milk protein.

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