These literally taste like little sweet nuggets of apple pie and are the perfect sweet bite after dinner.
In the PNW I usually buy the apple cider from one of the local pumpkin patches, but the local markets also carry it. You want to make sure it's the raw kind because that will give the best flavor! There is usually sediment at the bottom because it's fresh pressed, and you'll find it in the refrigerated section.
If you like hard candy, keep them in the fridge, but if you like your caramel soft and squidgy they'll keep at room temperature for up to 2 weeks.
I love doubling or even tripling the recipe to make as holiday gifts. And don't let the amount of time scare you off -- 2 hours of it is spent waiting for caramel to set, so you can spend that time reading or binge watching or helping your kids with their homework!
The recipe is originally from Smitten Kitchen and I switched it up a bit by adding some extra spices and swapping light brown sugar for dark brown sugar.