April 5th National Caramel Day

Caramel has become a favorite in the world of candy, desserts and confections.  Few can resist its charms in any form.  Caramel is used in brittle, nougats, pralines, creme brulee, apples, ice cream, flan and bonbons.

The term Caramel may have come from several sources.  Some say it comes from the Arabic language while others say it is from Greece. The Spanish claim to have created the term along with the French and Portuguese.  The closest anyone can actually find though comes from Latin and the word Calamellus.  Defined, it means “sugar cane”.  It roughly means the same in any of those other languages, maybe because Latin left its mark on all of them.

In 1725 caramel was added to the English dialect though it had been in use in America since 1650 as a soft, liquid treat.  By the mid 1800’s over 400 companies in the Americas were making caramel and using it in many variations.  Candy manufactures in England came up with their own variation in the 1880’s making, Toffee.

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Now candy apples had been around since the turn of the century but Dan Walker at Kraft got the idea to cover the fruit in caramel in the 1950’s. Boy are we glad he did!

Want to make your own caramel?  Well follow this easy recipe. Caramel.