Slow Cooker Caramel Apple Cider


Caramel Apple Cider - in the slow cooker! DELICIOUS

I love to see my kid’s faces light up when they come home to wonderful smells filling the house. And slow cooked apple anything is sure to make your house smell as good as it gets this side of heaven. As my kids have gotten older they have come to love “custom” warm drinks, like the ones served in coffee houses and such.

This slow cooked apple cider is the perfect treat at the end of a school day or on a lazy Saturday afternoon. During the colder months, I make a batch on the weekend and store whatever we don’t finish in the fridge to quickly heat up after school or for weeknight treats. Don’t let the simplicity fool ya, though. This Caramel Apple Cider is definitely party worthy as well!

I hope you get to make it soon and enjoy some slow sippin’ time with your loved ones during these cold spells!

Since this is such a simple recipe, I’m keeping it quick with the photos today. You basically just dump it all in and stir :)

Slow Cooker Caramel Apple Cider
  • 64 ounces apple juice
  • 12 ounce jar caramel
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon cloves
  • ½ teaspoon allspice
  1. Place apple juice in 5 or 6 quart slow cooker. Stir in spices and caramel and place heat on low. After one hour, stir well again.
  2. Continue cooking on low 3 more hours.
  3. Serve in mugs topped with whipped cream and caramel drizzle, if desired.
*If you're in a hurry and have time to stand over the stove, you can make this in a pot just by heating over medium heat, stirring constantly, and once it comes to a simmer, allow to simmer for thirty minutes, stirring often.

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  1. says

    Two of Corbett’s things: apple juice and caramel. I know we’ll all enjoy it, but it will be a special taste of love for him. Thank you so much for sharing the recipe, Christy! It’s cold in Orlando today. (Well, cold by Orlando standards.) This will warm everyone’s tummy and heart this evening! Blessings!

  2. Mary Lynn says

    Sounds like the perfect thing for the kids this snowy and cold afternoon in Ohio. This little treat will make getting homework and music practice done more enjoyable for kids and mom. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Jan Kalonick says

    Sounds and looks amazing!!! I can remember that during the winter months when we would get of the school bus – we could walk into the ;house and there was this wonderful gingerbread smell throughout the house.
    The memory at times is strong that I can literally smell the gingerbread!
    My mom, Gladys, was one in a million! The most outstanding person then and now. She has been gone for 10 years but she is still missed and thought of often.
    Thank you Christy for writing this article – it was what was needed today.

  4. MARSHA G says

    YUM!!!! I can’t wait to make this and take out a mug for my daughter and I then send the rest to school with her for the teachers. It is cold in Texas today and even colder tomorrow so this came at a perfect time. Keep the YUMMINESS coming Christy!!!!

      • MARSHA G says

        We live in central Texas near Waco so we only saw mostly sleet and and a few sprinkles. That’s enough for me though as I was born and raised in West Virginia and have had enough snow to last me a lifetime. I moved to Texas in 1983. Beautiful memories of the snow though. My favorite being my mom going out on the porch while “us kids” would be at school and make herself a big bucket of snowballs then when we would come home from school she would pelt us as we walked up the hill to the house. Boy could that little 4 foot 10 inch momma pack a snowball hard and had a deadly aim. Boy those were the days!!!

  5. says

    This sounds really, really good! I like your fresh apple garnish :) Wonder if this might make a good Super Bowl Sunday beverage. The guys will of course be drinking beer but maybe some apple cider would be nice as well? I am admittedly just looking for an excuse to make this!

    Right now I have your Crunchy Refrigerator Salad sitting on the counter for the allotted 1 hour, then it’s going in the fridge 😀

  6. Mandy Weller says

    My hubster snd I enjoy something sweet & warm to drink
    when we get home after work…this looks do yummy and so
    winter worthy to fill our chilled to to bones…. glad to home…
    waiting hands. Im gonna make this in my slow cooker and put
    it on low….so we got a nice warm cider waiting for us.
    instead of all thst caffeine we definitely dont need in the evening
    before bedtime…and not to mention a great change from
    our normal hot cocoa or hot tea. Thanks so much Christy…your
    simply a blessings to the kitchen always!!

  7. Kim says

    I made this today in the slow cooker. The caramel syrup had a terrible “curdled” look… so unappetizing! Taste was good but I won’t make this again! Such a shame, it sounded soooo good.

    • says

      Sounds like from what you said it tasted good too :). In the instructions, I encourage people to stir it so that the caramel syrup dissolves. Having always done it that way, I’ve never encountered any curdling in appearance or texture. Hope the next recipe you try turns out better!

  8. susan erwin says

    I made this today in the crockpot and the flavor is great but the spices did not dissolve into the mixture. I followed the directions except my crockpot cooks fast so I turned it to warm the last 20 min. Any suggestions?

  9. PJ says

    I made this for a baby shower this month thinking it would give my guests a choice of a cold or hot drink and be a nice alternative to punch. It tasted good, but I also had the problem of it looking curdled and unappetizing. I used Dulce de Leche for the caramel – should I have used caramel ice cream topping instead? I noticed you referred to stirring in the caramel syrup in a previous comment, but the instructions said to use a jar of caramel. I really want to know what I did wrong because the flavor was delicious.


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