Caramel Day

If you’re craving something sweet, you’re in luck because April 5 is National Caramel Day! The golden burnt sugar can be crackly or syrupy, chewy or runny — it doesn’t matter. Who doesn’t love caramel? Learn more about Caramel Day here; that’s what we call a sweet celebration!

Caramel Day is the perfect excuse to cheat on your diet. Don’t be surprised to see bakeries, cake stores and coffee shops bringing forward fine, caramel-flavored baking treats, caramel lattes, muffins, cookies, biscuits and whatnot. Caramel Day is gaining popularity every year.

Let’s say it out loud, caramel is awesome, and although it looks pretty straightforward, it really did change the world as we knew it. There was a time when bee’s honey and odd sweeteners like beets were the only things the great civilizations had to sweeten things up.

Sugar cane, the heart and soul behind caramel, is native to India, Southeast Asia and New Guinea. European traders took it to every country around the tropical belt, including the Caribbean. Sugar fueled the economy we live in today and shaped entirely the way we eat. There wouldn’t be desserts without sugar, especially the ones flavored with that golden delight we call caramel.

The word caramel comes from the Latin word for honey cane, which describes the tropical sugar cane. Toffee, a soft caramel candy, is the combination of sugar’s caramel with dairy, and caramel sauce, supposedly discovered by accident when a cook spilled heavy cream into a bowl of caramel, is much runnier. These are just some of caramel’s many faces.

Caramel Day reminds us that life is sweet and that the simplest things in life are often the best. That’s caramel right there, a super complex chemical reaction that transforms sugar, and in the process, it changes our lives, one sweet bite at a time.

History of Caramel Day

Although no one knows precisely when Caramel Day was created, we’re all thankful to the anonymous hero. Caramel seems to have been around forever, but it’s a relatively new invention going back for just a few centuries.

To make caramel, you need sugar. Caramel is the product of the physical reaction appropriately known as caramelization, where sugars burn in a controlled way, breaking down the food’s molecules, especially carbohydrate chains. These chains break down into smaller molecules or simple carbs that taste interestingly sweet.

Onions and carrots, for example, have carbs, but they don’t taste sweet until exposed to heat. Caramelized onions are a real treat!

Of course, Caramel day is more about sugar caramel and caramel sauce, obtained by combining burnt sugar with butter and heavy cream. Still, this is the day to celebrate caramel in all its forms and celebrate our scientific knowledge about what we eat.

How to Celebrate Caramel Day

Drizzle a large bowl of ice cream with caramel sauce or bite on a crisp caramel-coated apple. If you’ve never made your own caramel at home, today is the day. It’s one of those great aces to have up your sleeve!

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