What is the difference between caramel and carmel. We have all heard
of carmel candy, carmel icing, caramel apples and caramel popcorn.
The difference is that carmel is a misspelled word. Carmel is a name of
cities, persons last names but is misused when referring to as caramel.
Neither the encyclopedia nor dictionaries recognize carmel as a correct
spelling or as a term used in cooked syrup or candy.
Caramel: [kar-e-mel],[kar,mel in some U.S. regions] is a food which
has a color from orange to dark brown and a sweet toasted flavor,
derived from the caramelizing of sugar. Caramel is used to flavor
candy, as well as soft drinks such as Coca-Cola. Caramel can be made
from sugar by heating it slowly to around 340°F, depending on the
sugar being used and the final use. There are many ways to make
caramel, different recipes, added ingredients and cooking methods,
yield different finished products used for different purposes. Various
candies, confections, and desserts are made with caramel; caramel
apples, caramel with nuts, caramel with custard, brittle, soft chewy
candies, icing, caramel sauce, etc. The word caramel also describes a
soft, chewy, caramel-flavored candy made by boiling milk, sugar,
butter, syrup, vanilla, essence, water and glucose gum together. Milk
is the vital ingredient in caramel candies, giving them a creamy,
collapsible texture. Milton Hershey began his chocolate empire not
with chocolate but with caramel. In 1886 he founded the Lancaster
Caramel company, surely utilizing traditional recipes that were found
in many a regional cookbook. He learned about chocolate making
because he sought new coatings for his famous caramels.