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Caramel Candy

Caramels have a long and celebrated history throughout the world of confections. Although their origin can be traced back for centuries, caramel confections have quickly grown in popularity without any signs of slowing down. Join us as we take a closer look at the history of caramel candy and explore all the wild and wacky ways that confectioners like us have adapted this popular treat to satisfy all kinds of cravings. Keep reading to learn more!

Caramel-Candy-blogWhat is Caramel Candy?
Caramel is much simpler than it might appear. All it takes to make caramel is a little sugar that’s melted into syrup and cooked until the sugar crystals turn into a dark amber liquid. In liquid form, caramel can be used to coat a wide variety of fruits, nuts, popcorn, and other tasty treats. By whisking in a little butter and cream, you can also create a caramel sauce for cakes, cheesecake, cookies, ice cream, pies, and much more. Firm caramel entails sugar that is cooked for a little longer, so it can reach at least 245 degrees. Chewy caramel is often used to produce chocolate candy bars, crunchy toffee, and other confections.

History of Caramel Candy
The first recorded instance of "caramel" in the English language dates back to 1725. "Caramel" originates from the Spanish word for caramelized sugar, "caramelo." Soft caramel candies were an American invention, but the start of this artform is still shrouded in mystery. By at least 1650, American settlers were boiling water and sugar in kettles to create hard candies. The Lancaster Caramel Company was founded by Milton S. Hershey in 1886. This successful empire led to the distribution of chewy caramels, signaling the pivotal departure from hard candy production trends.

Caramel was reinvented as a snack to enjoy on the go in 1925 by a chocolate salesman named Robert Welch. His edible invention became a bestseller for his younger brother’s company, the James O. Welch Company. Over time, the family business was sold to Nabisco and then the Tootsie Roll Industries. Sugar Daddy® caramel pops are still one of the most popular treats for anyone with a sweet tooth.

What Kind of Caramel Candies Are There?
There are dozens of bestselling brands that use caramel as a main ingredient in their candy bars, including TWIX®, Baby Ruth®, Reese’s®, Rolo®, Milky Way®, Snickers®, and so much more. You can also eat Kraft caramel squares on their own or use them in your favorite baking recipes. If you’re feeling old-fashioned, it doesn’t get much better than classic caramel creams. There are a wide variety of cream caramel flavors to choose from, including apple, black licorice, chocolate, strawberry, and more. Chocolate covered caramel balls are quite popular for birthdays, office events, weddings, and all kinds of parties.

Caramel candy is dandy, but if you add a little liquor, the sugar rush might hit you quicker. Popular brands such as Jack Daniel’s® Jim Beam® provide fudge caramels filled with traces of Tennessee whiskey or Kentucky bourbon. Some manufacturers have even managed to produce sugar-free caramel treats using alternative sweeteners, which is great news for diabetics or people who need to control their daily dosages of sugar.

CandyWarehouse.com offers one of the largest caramel collections on the market, and our inventory is filled with mouthwatering morsels that are perfect for snack time, parties, events, and much more. If you have any questions about this blog article or need help finding a specific product, please contact us today for more information.
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