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Sunday
Oct302011

Caramel Apple Cider

Caramel Apple Cider

Halloween costumes have always been a source of stress for me. Even when I was younger, I struggled to figure out what (or who) I wanted to be. My mother would take me to the store and I'd spend what felt like hours looking at costumes until my eyes would glaze over, ultimately choosing none of them before my mother would take me away. Most of my years growing up, my mother would choose to make my costumes to avoid my shopping indecision entirely, staying up late the night before to stitch everything together with a little love.

Because of this, when the end of October hit each year, I dreaded the inevitable decision of the Halloween costume. Can't I just be myself?

Caramel Apple Cider

In kindergarten, I dressed up as a very eager Baby Bop, a costume my classmates thought I was arguably too old for, but I rocked it just the same. From there, I was a witch and a basketball player. I wore a poodle skirt and a wedding dress. I was a princess and a very overweight clown (of which I hope all pictures of that horrific hoop-lined costume are burned. No one should ever have to relive that decision. Especially me).

It wasn't until college hit that finding Halloween costumes became a real challenge. While all the girls I knew seemed to be dressing up as a slutty [insert occupation here], that wasn't my style. I like to keep Halloween about the costumes, not the cleavage. So this year, while searching a warehouse filled with thousands of rental costumes, I ran into a mother and young daughter doing just the same. If I didn't know any better, this could have been my mother and me years ago.

Caramel Apple Cider

The costume room was claustrophobic and smelled of lord knows what, only making the hunt worse. After looking through thousands of outfits, the little girl sat on the ground, exhausted. Her mother pulled one last costume off the rack, asking if this is what she wanted to be. The little girl put her head between her knees and grumbled nooo. The mother shoved the hanger back on the rack, completely exasperated. "Well, then what do you want to be?"

"Mom, I think I just want to be a potato."

I think that little girl might be on to something...

Caramel Apple Cider

This Caramel Apple Cider is a twist on the standard apple cider. A few tablespoons of caramel ice cream topping is swirled into apple cider and then heated on the stove until just boiling. It couldn't be simpler. The cider is then topped with whipped cream which gently melts into the hot liquid, making the cider ever so creamy. The caramel also gives the cider a smoother taste and finish (which I love). This drink is perfect for autumn weather when you are looking for something just a little bit different.

One Year Ago: Homemade Apple Cider

Caramel Apple Cider

Yields 2 servings

2 cups apple cider
3 tablespoons caramel ice cream topping
Whipped cream
Cinnamon sticks, for garnish (optional)

In a small saucepan, stir together apple cider and caramel ice cream topping. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring often. Remove from heat and pour into heat-proof mugs. Top with whipped cream, a sprinkling of cinnamon, and a cinnamon stick for garnish.

Serve hot!

Caramel Apple Cider

Reader Comments (9)

The lovely Idea of adding my favorite flavor of caramel to hot cider just made my day!
10.30.2011 | Unregistered CommenterLora
I love caramel apple cider and wanna make some later. But does anyone else have issue with whipped cream kinda curdling in the apple cider when it melts in? This is something that has always bothered me. Haha.
10.30.2011 | Unregistered Commenterfrogcooke
Lora-- I'm happy it did! It made my day when I made this too. :)

Frogcooke-- I've only had a problem with the whipped cream curdling if I allow it to sit in the cider for a long time (like an hour) without drinking it or trying to reheat the cider with the whipped cream already in it. Besides those two scenarios, I haven't had a problem with the whipped cream curdling.
10.30.2011 | Registered CommenterKristin Rosenau
Caramel apple cider sounds absolutely amazing...such a warm wintery drink and so comforting. I love that the little girl wanted to dress as a potato - and why not - dressing up should be fun not a chore :-)
10.31.2011 | Unregistered Commenterthelittleloaf
Yummm! I always struggled with figuring out halloween costumes too--it took me forever. I love that girl's idea of being a potato, that's hilarious :)
I like it!
11.2.2011 | Unregistered CommenterKS
Yum, looks delightful. I'm getting over a cold right now so hot cider is especially craveworthy! And the mother and daughter sound adorable, aww a potato!
11.3.2011 | Unregistered CommenterAubrey
The Little Loaf-- Exactly! It should be fun. I hope she got to go as a potato.

Laura-- I always decided last minute, putting off the decision as long as humanly possible. I'm surprised I always managed to pull it together. :)

Aubrey-- This would definitely help you warm up your insides. I hope you feel better!
11.3.2011 | Registered CommenterKristin Rosenau
This looks so good! I love hot apple cider, then caramel. yum! :)
11.4.2011 | Unregistered CommenterJo

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