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Homemade Starbucks Caramel Apple Spice

It’s been six weeks since I last posted a Thirsty Thursday post. Six weeks! That is not ok. This long, hard look at the calendar was the wakeup call I needed to start refocusing my efforts on this supposed “food” blog of mine. Thankfully, we just checked off two major items on the wedding to-do list (photographer and band!), and suddenly I feel a lot better about things. It also helps that I have some newfound free time for baking now that we’re staying put for the next several weekends. A full month into fall and I’ve been neglecting my oven big time. It’s time I fix that. 

Just not quite yet. Today’s post didn’t require an oven, but the autumnal Caramel Apple Spice is a step in the right direction. It’s a copycat recipe of the pricey Starbucks version, and get this, Starbucks is the one supplying it! Check it out here. Now, to be fair, hot apple cider with whipped cream and caramel sauce isn’t exactly rocket science or patentable, and their act of sharing is likely just a ploy to sell their Fontana Cinnamon Syrup, but we appreciate the sentiment nonetheless. Too bad for Starbucks, we’ll be saving our money with a homemade cinnamon syrup, because we’re scrappy like that. 

Caramel Apple Spice Ingredients

The small cast of characters: apple juice, cinnamon syrup (bought or homemade), whipped cream, and caramel sauce for topping. Super easy.

To make your own cinnamon syrup, combine ½ cup light brown sugar, ½ cup regular sugar and 1 cup water in a saucepan over medium heat. Stir well and bring to a slow boil. Once boiling, turn down heat and add 1 tablespoon cinnamon and stir some more until the cinnamon is mostly dissolved. Remove from heat, use what you need and store the rest in the fridge for future use. 

Making Caramel Apple Spice

The rest is even easier. To make one mug of Caramel Apple Spice, in a small saucepan, add 1½ cups of apple juice and a few tablespoons of cinnamon syrup to taste (I used 2 for mine). Stir and bring to a slow boil.

Hot Apple Cider

Remove from heat and transfer to a mug. I always use a measuring cup as my middleman because without it I inadvertently spill things all over the place. 

Adding Caramel to Caramel Apple Spice

Next, top with a generous swirl of whipped cream and a heavy-handed drizzle of caramel sauce. I love Smuckers Hot Caramel, not to be confused with the similar-looking jar of “Caramel Flavored Topping.” I’ve never actually compared the two labels, but one says “flavored” and that’s enough to know it’s not for me. 

Homemade Caramel Apple Spice

This though. So me. Apple cider with a sweet cinnamon kick, whipped cream and caramel, what’s not to love?

I’m not a coffee drinker so my Starbucks orders switch between green tea lattes and caramel apple spices. I’d already tackled homemade green tea lattes, and now I can say I know how to make both and save a little extra money. It’s a good feeling. Cheers to that!

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for the cinnamon syrup
  1. ½ cup light brown sugar
  2. ½ cup regular sugar
  3. 1 cup water
  4. 1 tablespoon cinnamon
for the caramel apple spice
  1. 1½ cup apple juice
  2. cinnamon syrup to taste
  3. whipped cream for topping
  4. caramel drizzle for topping
to make the cinnamon syrup
  1. Combine ½ cup light brown sugar, ½ cup regular sugar and 1 cup water in a saucepan over medium heat.
  2. Stir well and bring to a slow boil.
  3. Once boiling, turn down heat and add 1 tablespoon of cinnamon and stir some more until the cinnamon is mostly dissolved.
to make the caramel apple spice
  1. In a small saucepan, add 1½ cups of apple juice and a few tablespoons of cinnamon syrup to taste. Stir and bring to a slow boil.
  2. Remove from heat and transfer to a mug.
  3. Top with a generous swirl of whipped cream and a heavy-handed drizzle of caramel sauce.
Notes
  1. Makes 1 serving
Adapted from Starbucks
Adapted from Starbucks
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2 Responses to caramel apple spice

  1. Teesa says:

    ahhhhhh, congrats on booking a photographer and band!! are we allowed to ask what band? or do you want it to be a surprise?

    • Yang says:

      We just sent the contract in officially. Sly Band from Cincinnati. We we very picky in our process and these guys were the best ones we could find. Hope you like them!

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