National caramel day
April 5th, 2012
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.

Dulce delicious! Set your palate for sweet because April 5 is National Caramel Day!

When you give sugar a tan, it rewards you with even more sweetness, and this may be the only time when nearly burning something makes it taste even better.

Slowly heating sugar to 340 degrees Fahrenheit will result in the yummy process that is known as caramelization. Exposing the sugar to this kind of heat breaks down the molecules and transforms them into a golden brown liquid state.

This can lend its flavor to caramel apples, pies, pralines, nougat, brittle or, specifically, crème caramel and crème brûlée. Or, you know, drowning a dessert in rivers of caramel sauce. Just an idea. Unwrapping individual caramel candies is also a fun way to use this syrupy sweet treat in your baking.

Slow down and step back in time by baking old-fashioned caramel cupcakes. They are a true "labor of love," and you even get to make your own caramel - but they're totally worth the effort.

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  1. AleeD®

    Whoa. The picture of that pie reminds me of the Dutch Caramel Apple Cheesecake offered at The Cheesecake Factory. I'm not a huge cheesecake fan and I'm a chocoholic, but that dessert gets me every time.

    April 5, 2012 at 1:01 pm |
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