Apple Cider Bourbon Caramel Apples with Bacon

Candy apples with bourbon? And bacon? Say what? Ha! Just say YES!

Apple Cider Bourbon Caramel Apple with Bacon


There are so many options for candy apples. Why not add some bourbon and make a grown-up version that you can shamelessly enjoy?

I used boiled cider as the base of the caramel sauce. Have you ever had boiled cider? It’s basically a thick syrup made from a single ingredient: Apple cider. I bet you’re totally digging that one ingredient thing, right?

After you boil down the cider, you add in the normal makings of caramel sauce (butter, cream, sugar) and if you want a really grown up flavor for entertaining this fall, throw in a tablespoon of bourbon.

You can then use the sauce in a variety of recipes, including these grown up Apple Cider Bourbon Caramel Apples. Make them crazier by adding spicy spiced pecans and crispy bacon on top.

The flavors in this recipe are explosive and all mingle well together. Just remember to add the bourbon in last so the flavor really stays with those caramel apples.



Apple Cider Bourbon Caramel Apples with Bacon

Candy apples with bourbon? And bacon? Say what? Ha! Just say YES!

  • Author: Samantha Seeley
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings


  • 2 cups apple cider
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 6 Tbsp. unsalted butter
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 Tbsp. bourbon
  • 6 apples, any variety
  • Cooked bacon, crumbled
  • Spiced pecans


  1. In a medium sized saucepan, boil the apple cider on medium-high heat until you are left with about ½ of a cup.
  2. Add the light brown sugar and stir until sugar has melted. Once the sugar has melted, add the butter and salt and let the butter melt.
  3. Remove from heat and add in the heavy cream, it’ll bubble. As it is bubbling, stir until the bubbles dissipate. Stir in the bourbon and transfer the caramel sauce into a small bowl, set aside in the fridge to cool.
  4. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and coat in cooking spray. Wash and remove the stem from the apples and push a stick in the top. Remove the caramel from the fridge and take the first apple by the stick and dip into the caramel sauce and rotate until the apple is fully coated with sauce.
  5. Place dipped apple onto prepared pan and top with crispy bacon and/or spiced pecans. Repeat with remaining apples.
This post originally appeared in October, 2015 and was revised and republished in September, 2016.

Samantha Seeley

Samantha blogs at Sweet Remedy where she focuses on alternative baking with a penchant for whole grain, vegan, gluten free and dairy-free recipes. She started baking years ago for farmers’ markets and hasn’t stopped since! Samantha’s favorite season is fall where she delights in picking apples, pears and pumpkins until the first snow sighting.