Caramel is a tasty treat used for a variety of purposes. It is a delicious topping on ice cream or custard or the perfect filling for candies and chocolate. It is also a delightful flavor of puddings, desserts, and even coffee! The color of caramel can range from beige to dark brown. High quality caramel is usually made with butter, brown and white sugar, heavy cream, and other flavorings.
Soft caramel candy was invented in America, but the exact date and location is unknown. Americans first started producing hard candies around 1650 by boiling water and sugar in kettles over a fire. During the 1800's, butter and milk were added to the recipe and thus, soft caramel candy was created.
Following its invention, candy manufacturers all over America began mass producing the caramel candies. In fact, Milton Hershey's first business was actually the Lancaster Caramel Company!
To celebrate National Caramel Day, enjoy some of your favorite caramel candies or try making some of your own homemade caramel! Here's my favorite...
Have a Sweet Day!