Salted Caramel Apple Bliss
Another month, another fun challenge from the amazing International Incident Party. This month the not-so-secret ingredient was: salt. Normally I try to cut as much salt as possible from my diet, thanks to some fun health problems. However there is one salt combination that I LOVE, one that is worth upping my water consumption beyond my normal amount. Salt & Caramel. A match made in heaven, or in the very least a match made in my mouth. The first time I came across this amazing couple was while living on the Cape back in college. There was this little bitty candy shop right off the main road in Hyannis Port and not only did they have amazing handspun milkshakes they only had a few dozen types of fudge. Among their remarkable collection was their caramel fudge, which they topped with salt. One bite was all it took to convince me that this combination was just right I wanted to do something that included that pairing, but was lighter on the calories considering all the holidays right around the corner. Enter the apple juice. I am a huge fan of warm apple juice, and I know from numerous experiences that caramel and apple get along just right. The result: a warm drink just right for the winter just around the corner with the right amount of sweet and salty…and some whipped cream with more caramel to make it even better.
2 cups apple juice (aim for organic/no sugar added)
2 1/2 tbsp caramel syrup (Monin if you can find it!)
1 tsp sea salt plus more for topping
1. Heat the apple juice, caramel, and salt in a tea pot until hot. Pour into mugs and allow to cool slightly.
2. Top with whipped cream and at least 1/4 tsp sea salt!
Now to have real fun you can make your own caramel whipped cream. All you need is one of these and some of these. Pump 5tbsp caramel syrup into the carafe then fill with heavy whipping cream until the line on the inside of the bottle. Use one of the canisters as directed and chill for around 5minutes, or as long as it takes the apple juice to heat up. Then top it off and add the sea salt. Yum!