A food substance that is produced by cooking sugar until it melts and darkens into a nutty brown colored mixture that ranges in consistency from liquid to hard-surfaced. Often referred to as burnt or camelized sugar, caramel can be cooked into a soft pliable candy (with the addition of butter, cream and corn syrup), or made into a hard substance to be crushed into bits for toppings and flavorings, or produced as a syrupy liquid for sweet sauces that are served with various desserts.
Caramel apples are a great snack that everyone enjoys. You will find them sold in many different types of stores but they are also easy to make at home. They can be made from store-bought caramels or you can make your own caramel from scratch if you desire.