Creamy, toasty, rich, buttery, sweet and sometimes salty. Who doesn’t love caramel? But, where did it come from? Contrary to salt water taffy, the origins of caramel have no clear beginning. It is clear, however, that by about 1650, people in America were making hard candies by boiling water and sugar together. Around this time, we can assume that somebody added milk to this mixture and tasted the delectable rich sweetness, that is caramel.
Caramel gets its particular flavor when milk solids are heated and react with sugars. If you caramelize the sugars before adding the milk, you get caramel candy. Whereas, if you heat the milks and sugars together, but at a lower temperature, you are able to caramelize the milks and not the sugars, creating milk caramel or cream caramel.
Try Marini’s traditional caramel recipes in our caramel corn, caramel apples, sea salt caramels, and in our truffles.