You know how much I love caramel, right? This is the nth recipe on this blog that has caramel and this probably isn’t the last. Luckily, this one is just a little bit healthier than the rest.
I’ve learned a lot, working with caramels over the past few years. So many recipes call for caramel and they require various consistencies which also require various ingredients and techniques.
You’ve seen my caramel apples recipe – I made it without corn syrup. Then there’s my chewy caramels recipe without condensed milk and another one using evaporated milk. You probably even tried my salted caramel frooze balls or the chocolate covered caramel balls.
Or perhaps you’ve looked through my blog and found the many ways you can make caramel garnish.
I have this caramel sauce that doesn’t make use of butter or cream. I also posted a recipe using brown sugar in case you want a richer and deeper flavor in yours. There are so many caramel recipes on this blog, you’d probably think I runa caramel shop (I don’t :)!
Some of my most recent posts are about making caramel sauce thicker and how to make caramel for coffee. I just can’t have enough caramel in my life and I’m sure you can relate!
When I first heard about the Starbucks Caramel Brûlée Latte (quite often incorrectly called a Crème Brûlée Latte, especially by my husband), I headed to the nearest Starbucks. As expected, my kids wanted a Skittles Frappuccino and, feeling a little adventurous, I tried the Caramel Brûlée Latte.
Side note: If you haven’t heard of Skittles Frappuccino at Starbucks before, it’s part of their secret menu so you won’t normally see it on a menu, you have to ask for it. And if you want to save some cash, my Skittles Frappuccino recipe does a pretty good job of mimicking the Starbucks version.
Anyway, while I was enjoying my drink, I realized I now have a new favorite next to the classic Vanilla Latte. To my dismay, these two favorites are seasonal so I can only have them from November until January.
The only good solution is making my own. Luckily, it’s fast, easy, and inexpensive.
It’s a clear win for me since this is another recipe I can add to my ever-growing list caramel recipes.
Anything you can make at home is always the best, in my opinion. It gives you the chance to make it for family and friends on any occasion, anytime you want. Be it food or beverages, my stance is always the same – it’s best when it’s homemade.
Even my coffee isn’t exempt. No, I don’t make the coffee beans or the cream at home, but I do make some sweet syrups in my kitchen.
Do you remember I mentioned a while back how I go to Starbucks with the kids on lazy Saturdays? The moment it became more frequent, the homemaker in me calculates in my head how much I can save if I just make them their Skittles frappuccino at home.
The secret drink is not a secret to them anymore and they’d order it at Starbucks every chance they can get. Being able to hack that recipe makes me save so much, I just have to make sure I have enough berry and vanilla syrup in the pantry.
But you see, while I’ve gotten the kid’s drinks out of the way, I still find myself sneaking a cup of caramel macchiato once in a while. And when I say once in a while, that also means any chance I can get. It doesn’t matter if it’s Starbucks or any other coffee shop as long as I have a dose of caramel in my coffee.
Caramel sauces come in different textures depending on how thick or thin you want them to be. You can make them really thick for confections, thin for beverages, or vice versa, or maybe even somewhere in between. For a caramel lover like me, there’s no ultimate rule – it’s just a matter of preference.
Having made caramel sauce for years, I’ve found my preferences. I know my ratio well and can play around with the consistency however I want to. Some days I want it thin, other days thick.
I put it on my pies, cakes, cheesecakes, cupcakes, scones, brownies, turnovers, cookies, cinnamon rolls, pudding, tarts, pretzels, ice cream, waffles, coffee, and even lick it on a spoon! There’s so much you can do with caramel sauce and knowing how to change its’ consistency can do wonders.
Since I started this blog, I’ve added several caramel recipes, each having different consistencies and richness. This includes some recipes using different techniques and ingredients such as making caramel sauce using brown sugar, then there’s another one without cream or butter, and you can also make one using evaporated milk.
If any of these recipes sound interesting to you, feel free to browse and look around. These recipes are sure to work so there’s no trial and error here. There are also plenty of other caramel recipes here for caramel lovers along with recipes for so many more confections that are great for sweet tooths like us.
On the other hand, if you have your own caramel sauce recipe, but find it too thin for some of your confections, you don’t need to whip up a thicker batch. Keep that jar.