Caramel is one of the building blocks of the candy world. It can take many forms, it’s a splendid companion for a variety of other flavors, and it’s delicious enough to make a tasty treat all on its own. Even though caramels typically require relatively few ingredients, they tend to have a rich, deep flavor and textures that run the gamut from soft and chewy to hard and brittle. Let’s take a deep dive into the production, flavors, and common varieties of a candy classic: caramel!
What Does It Take to Make Caramel?
At its most basic, caramel is made of heated sugar. Heating sugar to sufficient temperatures facilitates the process of caramelization, in which sugars darken and develop a rich, nutty flavor. Basic caramels can also include ingredients like water, milk, cream, butter, salt, and various flavorings. These ingredients are heated with the sugar to whatever temperature is required to achieve the desired texture, ranging from 230°F for syrups (the “thread” stage of cooking sugar) to 309°F for toffees (the “hard crack” stage). Once it is properly heated, the caramel mixture is poured and allowed to cool.
Common Caramel Companions
Caramel is an incredibly versatile flavor. It can be paired with things like nuts, chocolate, marshmallows, salt, coconut, and more. In addition to being a prominent ingredient in candy, caramel is often featured in ice cream, pastries, and coffee.
Try These Caramel Candies from Wockenfuss
If you’re itching to try caramel in all of its forms and flavors, fill your cart with these caramel favorites from Wockenfuss:
- Sea salt and caramel are a classic combination that will keep you coming back for more. Try a box of our milk and dark chocolate sea salt caramels, or treat yourself to a dark chocolate sea salt caramel truffle. Our sea salt King Tut contains chewy caramel and chopped pecans enrobed in dark chocolate and topped with sea salt.
- Caramel apples are refreshing and indulgent. Each one starts with a crisp and tart Granny Smith apple, which is then dipped in sweet, chewy caramel. We offer a range of caramel apple flavors, including peanut butter explosion, toasted coconut and white chocolate, peanut, and caramel apple pie.
- Are you nuts about caramel? Caramel is often paired with all kinds of nuts, and Wockenfuss offers a few different nutty caramel creations. Our cashew caramel patties and pecan caramel patties are available in milk and dark chocolate versions. Each one contains rich chocolate, chewy caramel, and pieces of either cashews or pecans.
- Carmallows are a light, fluffy, and easy-to-eat treat. Each individually wrapped morsel consists of an airy marshmallow dipped in tasty, melt-in-your-mouth caramel.
A Wide Selection of Delicious Treats from Wockenfuss Candies
Head to WockenfussCandies.com and browse our wide selection of chocolates and candies; we promise you won’t be disappointed! Wockenfuss Candies is one of the oldest candy makers in Baltimore. We opened our doors in 1915 and have proudly served the people of Baltimore ever since. If you have any questions about our wide selection of chocolates, please contact Wockenfuss Candies by calling 1-800-296-4414 or email info@Wockenfusscandies.com. When you’re not savoring our sweets, stay satisfied by following us on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest!