National Caramel Day is on April 5, and we are super duper happy to celebrate this wonderful pleasure, inciting a treat in the best way possible — making and eating it. Caramel has been with us for hundreds of years, layering, flavoring, and making our snacks and food sweeter with its addition. On this holiday, we celebrate its addition to our tasty desserts by savoring its delectable taste, sharing it with family and friends, and going all out to make a caramel dish out of a famous recipe. Whichever way you choose, make sure it’s a sweet one!
History of National Caramel Day
The human experience is riddled with a lot of ups and downs, but it takes the little things to give and help us make experiences that are pleasurable and long-lasting, and food and eating is one of those things which pleases us. Standing as one of the sweetest and delectable innovations of humanity, caramel is a delicacy that is unique and unforgettable due to its ability to transport you to the realm of utopic enjoyment. Formed out of the strange powers of alchemy, caramel can exist in different colors and of different uses. The earliest trace of caramel in history is among the Arabs several centuries back.
Back then, they used boiling water to crystallize sugar and create a hard, crunchy candy. Over time, caramel spread to Europe, evolving into different forms and additions due to practice and experimentation of people, and it has gone on to be one of the most popular treats for all. The basic ingredients that make up caramel are sugar, butter, and milk. Several people might add other components like water, salt, vanilla, fruit purees, and liquor, depending on individual taste and the need to experiment.
Caramel goes through a process called ‘caramelization’ in which sugar is slowly heated to bring about the resulting syrupy, dark-orange treat. Caramel is versatile in its use, which is why it is well-loved. It can be used as toppings for ice cream and custards, as a flavoring in puddings and desserts, as fillings for confectionaries, as an addition to coffee, and more. With caramel, the options are endless.
National Caramel Day timeline
The Arabs boil sugar in water to create chewy candies — which is now believed to be the invention of caramel.
People in North America make caramel candies around this period by melting sugar in kettles.
Candy makers introduce milk and fat to the caramel-making process, which is how we make caramel today.
Milton S. Hershey sets up the first caramel-making company, which he later sells to dabble in chocolate making.
National Caramel Day FAQs
How do you make caramel?
Caramel is made by slowly heating sugar, butter, and cream on the heat of over 338 degrees Fahrenheit. You can watch tutorial videos about it to help you along the way.
What is the color of a good caramel?
Caramel comes in different shades of brown depending on the ingredients added to make it.
Can eating too much caramel hurt you?
Eating excess caramel over a long period can pose health risks, causing sugar-related diseases such as ‘sugar crash,’ since sugar is its root ingredient. It is advised to be moderate when enjoying the delectable treat.
How To Celebrate National Caramel Day
What better opportunity is there to make this delectable treat than now? Get out your pans and pots and get ready to make caramel just how you like it, with vanilla, salt, liquor, or any ingredient that comes to your mind. Have fun making, experimenting, and enjoying this gooey treat.
Gift it to friends
Don’t enjoy this special treat all by yourself. Get little containers and gift your friends, family, and neighbors to make their day. Sharing this rich, delicious, toothsome treat is the best way to celebrate National Caramel Day.
Learn how to make caramel
You don’t know how to make caramel? No problem. Go online to get videos and recipes that would help you learn how to. You can also reach out to friends and people who can help you on this delectable journey.
5 Flavorful Facts About Caramel You Never Knew
History of Caramel
Caramel has been with us for hundreds of years and counting now.
‘Caramel’ is derived from the French and Spanish word ‘caramelo.’
The different faces of caramel
Caramel can be soft, hard, syrupy, and can be used for several things from toppings, sweeteners, flavoring, down to candies.
The accidental caramel apples
Caramel apples were created by Dan Walker, a Kraft food employee who was experimenting with melting different caramels and adding fruits to them.
The world’s biggest caramel cornball
The biggest caramel cornball was created in 2015 by Cosmos Creations in Kansas, weighing 6,780 pounds.
Why We Love National Caramel Day
Caramel is gratifying
It is one of the few treats that we can never get tired of. Caramel is soothing to the palate, and it adds taste to other food items, sweetening them.
It is simplicity at its best
Caramel is a toothsome treat that provides so much pleasurable experience to our taste buds and has only three major ingredients: sugar, butter, and cream. Anyone can make caramel.
Caramel is versatile
The versatility of caramel makes it a much-loved treat. You can eat it with your popcorn, cookies, and any confectionary.
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