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Sonoma, CA 95476
6 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
(707) 996-3411
apple caramels on a plate and wrapped in a bowl

Apple Caramels

Prep time:
20 minutes, plus 3 hours chilling time
Cook time:
20 minutes
24, 1-inch cubes
2 out of 5

Would you like some apple with your caramel? In a delicious twist of dessert, these sweet and juicy homemade caramels are perfect for holiday gifting or anytime indulgence.


  • 1 Granny Smith apple, peeled and diced into ⅛-inch cubes
  • 1¼ cup fresh apple cider
  • 1¼ cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • ½ teaspoon coarse sea salt


Prepare a 6x8-inch baking dish by lining it with parchment paper (leaving extra overhang from the sides) and greasing the paper.

In a 2-quart sauce pot fitted with a candy thermometer, combine the apple, cider, cream, sugars and butter and bring to a boil over medium heat. Continue to boil until the mixture reaches 265°F.

Remove from the heat and carefully pour the caramel into the prepared dish. Cool to room temperature, about 3 hours.

Turn the cooled caramel out onto a cutting board and use a sharp knife to cut into 1-inch squares. Sprinkle each piece with desired amount of sea salt.

  • apple caramels on a plate and wrapped in a bowl