Cider Beetles

Recipe by MommyMakes
READY IN: 32mins
YIELD: 12 beetles
UNITS: US

INGREDIENTS

Nutrition
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DIRECTIONS

  • Adult Portion:
  • Slices oranges in half and scoop out pulp without breaking the orange rind. Reserve pulp for another use or discard.
  • Place orange halves cut side up (like a bowl) on a wire rack on a baking sheet. Bake at 250F for 2 hours until dry and hard. Let Cool.
  • Kid Portion:
  • Pack brown sugar firmly into each orange half, mounding slightly.
  • Arrange spices in the brown sugar to resemble beetles: use a cinnamon stick as the body, a nutmeg as the head, 2 allspice for the eyes (on each side of the head), and 6-8 cloves for the legs/feet.
  • Cover tightly with plastic wrap and store in the refrigerator (I keep mine sealed in plastic and in the cupboard).
  • Directions for use:
  • Unwrap the beetle and drop into 1 1/2 quarts apple juice or cider. Simmer 30 minutes. Strain whole spices and orange rind from cider to serve. May add 1/2 cup of Brandy, and heat well. Store leftover cider in the refrigerator.
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