National Caramel Day
National Caramel Day celebrates the deliciously dark culinary alchemy that creates this rich, creamy, delicious substance. Caramel is the name of this delicious, complex dessert.
It’s now time to celebrate National Caramel Day and learn more!
Some believe that caramel’s history dates back more than 1,000 years to 1000 A.D., when the sweet treat was first discovered. It was called the “kuratal milh”, which literally means “sweet ball salt”, at that time.
The original caramel would have been the crispy type that was made from crystallizing sugar in boiling hot water. This is what we call crunchy toffee.
Caramel and other sweets were popular in the Americas’ mid-1600s. People were making hard candies in kettles back then. The caramel candy evolved into a soft and chewy confection that included sugar as well as cream or milk.
Milton S. Hershey founded Lancaster Caramel Company in 1886. He would later go on to create the Hershey Company which is today one of America’s most beloved candy and chocolate companies.
It might be helpful to learn about the history and production of caramel. You only need to heat the sugar to 170 degrees Celsius (340 degrees Fahrenheit) in order for caramel to be made. Once the sugar has broken down, it will turn into a delicious substance with a rich golden color and iconic taste.
This is only the beginning of the process. It’s the beginning of a journey to the final destination, what most people refer to as ‘Caramel’. Caramel is the coating of apples and the binder for popcorn. There are so many delicious and creative ways to use Caramel!
There are two ways to make caramel that is truly delicious. The first is to caramelize the sugar, then add the cream and butter. This brings out the delicious flavors that everyone loves. The second involves mixing them all together, and then cooking it until the milk caramelizes, but not the sugar. This type of caramel is called “milk caramel”.
It’s now time to think about how to celebrate National Caramel Day.
National Caramel Day’s best feature is that it allows anyone to use this delicious treat on just about anything!
This day can be celebrated with family and friends, regardless of your favourite caramel type. You could make little caramel bags with cards that tell the story of this delicious treat. You could even include a recipe so they can make their own caramel treats.
If you’re feeling really adventurous, you can even bring your own confections! Caramel goes well with almost anything. You can make a traditional brownie recipe and add caramel to the top.
National Caramel Day is a great opportunity to share fun trivia facts with your family and friends. These facts are a good place to start:
If you are looking for something lighter but with the same rich caramel flavor, make a batch pumpkin spice or apple cupcakes. Top them with buttercream frosting and drizzle with caramel. These rich aromas and flavors are reminiscent to fall and winter holidays and will invariably bring warmth and comfort to your home, while everyone enjoys the wonderful caramel flavor.
Prepare a chocolate cake batter from scratch or from a boxed mix and then pour it into a cupcake tray. Next, add caramel and pecans to the batter and bake the cupcakes. These little treats can be topped with vanilla cream frosting, caramel drizzle, and one pecan.
Caramel can be used on any fruit, including pears, peaches, and traditional apples. This caramel can also be used as a topping on banana splits.
Apple pie is another delicious treat that pairs well with caramel. This is achieved by combining caramel and apple filling, then coating the top with a rich, creamy, and delicious caramel sauce. This will transform the pie from an ‘All American’ to an ‘All Star’. Whatever way you celebrate National Caramel Day – make sure you spread the joy with your friends and family by sharing these delicious treats.