Get The Sweet Nuttiness of Caramel Without Melting Sugar

Want to know something crazy? Sugar doesn’t melt; it undergoes thermal decomposition. That may sound like a pedantic distinction, considering we’ve all watched sugar effectively melt into a pool of caramel atop crème brûlée, but the implications are huge—worthy of far more explanation than a mere tl;dr.

Source: How to Make Rich, Flavorful Caramel Without Melting Sugar

This also makes your morning coffee, if you are the type that disturbs the holy sanctity of the black gift of the gods by adding anything to it, amazing flavor.

Make Stracciatella for the Best DIY Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

Curious about the best chocolate chips for ice cream and how to make those pretty swirls? Welcome to the ultimate guide to mix-ins.

Source: The Subtle Secrets to Making the Best Ice Cream Mix-Ins

Don’t forget to try microwaved nut butter on top of the ice cream! 🙂

Recipe: Rum Caramel Eggnog Bubble Tea

Because why not?  You can omit the tapioca/boba for a standard eggnog – here’s the recipe.

Rum Caramel Eggnog Bubble Tea

  • Tapioca/boba is a plant starch – it’s both vegetarian and gluten free
  • Eggs are not technically animal flesh, but substitutes are covered here.
  • Dear lactose intolerant and vegans: The recipe calls for dairy milk, substitute appropriately because not everyone tolerates soy/almond/etc
  • Refined sugar: I will update accordingly when I have a vegan caramel recipe

Salt Isn’t Always the Enemy: 5 Cool Tricks

…though salt excels at bringing out the flavor in other ingredients (and even increases your perception of their aroma before you take a bite), it’s also delicious all on its own. Just make sure you have the right NaCl on hand: Maldon, kosher, or Celtic varieties have the large-size crystals and briny taste that make them especially good when you want to shine a spotlight on this tasty mineral.

Source: Salt Isn’t Always the Enemy: 5 Cool Tricks

Some are reading thinking “salt is just NaCl…”, how can there be different types?  Table salt has had iodine added to it for almost 100 years now to prevent gout – it was originally developed by the Swiss.  While it’s all sodium chloride, there’s additional elements in the compound to give distinct characteristics (a la sea salt).

Recipe/Prank: Caramel Apple/Onion

It was years ago that I saw someone post a picture…

Health Information

Prerequisites

  • Paring knife
  • Microwave
  • Microwavable bowl
  • Wax paper
  • Popsicle sticks
  • Spoon!

Ingredients

  • Onions
  • Caramel candies
  • Optional: Apples
  • Optional: Nuts

Instructions

  1. Peel the onion(s), and carve the top & bottom to resemble that of an apple
  2. Remove the caramel candies from the wrappers
  3. Microwave the candies in the dish until soft
  4. Roll the onion/apple in the soft caramel until coated
  5. Optional: Sprinkle nut topping
  6. Place the coated onion/apple on the wax paper
  7. Put the popsicle stick in the onion/apple
  8. Use the spoon if necessary to cover exposed apple/onion
  9. Refrigerate for faster cooling/caramel hardening
  10. Serve

Tips

  • Run or video your imminent demise
  • Clean up is relatively easy – the caramel is water soluble, and will dissolve faster in hot water.