The Bottom Line: Fun facts about caramel.
The Full Story:
- There are so many confections available to satisfy your sweet tooth, but one that’s most loved is a rich, creamy caramel. It is made with butter, brown and white sugar, milk or cream, and vanilla, and is usually enjoyed as an ice cream topping, a candy filling, or on its own. Here are five facts many did not know of the delicious treat we love.
- The first types of caramels to be enjoyed were hard candies, that date back to the 17th century. In America, the settles cooked sugar and water to make sweet treats. Caramel was a candy staple for many years because the ingredients were affordable, easy to make and had a long shelf life.
- The word caramel is derived from the French and Spanish word “caramelo.”
- Milton Hersey first produced sweet chocolate as a coating for the caramels before creating the iconic Hershey’s Milk Chocolate bar.
- Caramel’s two main ingredients are milk and sugar. When heated together to a high temperature, the milk helps make the caramel soft and creamy.