Breakfast buffet: National caramel month
October 20th, 2011
09:00 AM ET
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While you're frying up some eggs and bacon, we're cooking up something else: a way to celebrate today's food holiday.

Liquid gold is on the menu - October is National Caramel Month.

One of the best ways to satisfy your gotta-have-sugar craving is to heat it with other like-minded ingredients until it reaches the bliss stage, or what we call caramel. It may be mid-October, but you've still got plenty of time to savor the sweetness (if it doesn't give you a toothache).

The word itself derives from the Medieval Latin word for sugar cane, known as "cannamellis." Some lucky ducks realized that boiling milk or cream with sugar, butter and vanilla resulted in a soft, chewy candy. Keep it from reaching such a dense state and you've got the perfect sauce - cook it a little longer, and crispy candy results. As long as you don't burn it, you can't go wrong.

Caramel has become dessert's best friend. From puddings to pralines and nougats to cheesecakes, the sticky stuff is downright delicious. Richly sweet and subtly creamy, caramel is also a standout star in crème caramel, crème brûlée, drizzled over ice cream, or the finishing touch on one of our seasonal favorites, caramel apples.

Just don't blame us if your mouth gets stuck together after eating all of that sticky, sweet caramel.

soundoff (6 Responses)
  1. JainaJade

    One of the best birthday cards I ever got had a (very) fat cat on the front enjoying a delicious slice of cake. On the inside it said "In honor of your birthday all restrictions on caramel have been revoked and calories erased". I could live with chocolate but life without caramel...that would be rough

    October 20, 2011 at 2:16 pm |
  2. twsumrall

    Um, yeah. Candy apples ARE NOT the same as caramel apples. Get it right, CNN!

    October 20, 2011 at 12:36 pm |
  3. Candy

    Those aren't carmel apples!

    October 20, 2011 at 10:03 am |
  4. Porky Pig

    I like Bacon Caramel pieces...and then a visit to the dentist.

    October 20, 2011 at 9:15 am |
  5. AleeD

    Mmmm, love the tart/sweet flavor combination of a Granny Smith caramel apple.

    October 20, 2011 at 9:09 am |
    • hummmreally

      Me too! Heck ANYTHING and CARAMEL is great!

      October 20, 2011 at 1:56 pm |
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