When I told Tom I wanted to try making caramels his first response was typical of many non cooks.
“Why would you want to make them when you can buy a bag from the store. Why don’t I just pick some up today?”
I couldn’t answer his question. Why did I want to make caramels when I could buy them from the store? Working with sugar is supposed to be hard. You need a thermometer, kids far from the kitchen, no distractions. Yet, I love caramels, not those from the grocery store Halloween caramels. The only caramels worth eating are the ones I get from specialty chocolate shops, and we are not talking See’s Candy here. These handmade caramels, made with a chocolatier’s love take me over the moon. The are soft and creamy instead of hard. They melt in your mouth without a single bit of graininess. Yes, these were the caramels I was after. If I could make them myself and not pay an arm and a leg then all the dangers of cooking sugar would be worth it.
What did I find out? Making caramels is easy. I mean really really easy. So easy I may never buy caramels from a chocolate shop again. Well, not really.
My caramels came out just like a chocolate shop’s caramels. Creamy and smooth, melt in your mouth. Unlike any store-bought caramel I have tasted. As the caramel set we happily licked the pot and spoon burning our tongues on the hot sugar, but no one cared.