I am sure he will love the homemade that he won't want you to buy the store apple butter anymore.
I have never figured out how much it costs to make, but I know it is not anywhere near $5.00.
This year I made my own applesauce.
The apples were free - just my labor of picking, but I needed the exercise anyways.
The jars I already have.
The water for the canner is well water so I only pay a small amount of electricity to get out of the faucet.
With the gas and electricity used - I am guessing .50 cents a jar.
The lids cost me .13 cents a piece.
My labor free.
Ingredients are very cheap (I buy in bulk).
I am just guessing maybe $2.00 a jar if that.
Best of all giving my family something really good . . . . . . PRICELESS!