• WordNet 3.6
    • adj caramel having the color of caramel; of a moderate yellow-brown
    • n caramel a medium to dark tan color
    • n caramel burnt sugar; used to color and flavor food
    • n caramel firm chewy candy made from caramelized sugar and butter and milk
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: TWIX Caramel Cookie Bars were first introduced in 1979
    • Caramel A kind of confectionery, usually a small cube or square of tenacious paste, or candy, of varying composition and flavor.
    • Caramel (Chem) Burnt sugar; a brown or black porous substance obtained by heating sugar. It is soluble in water, and is used for coloring spirits, gravies, etc.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Chocolate Timeline:1824: John Cadbury, an English Quaker, begins roasting and grinding chocolate beans to sell in his tea and coffee shop. In 1842 Cadbury's Chocolate Company in England creates the first chocolate bar. 1875: A Swiss chocolate maker, Daniel Peter, mixes Henri Nestle's condensed milk with chocolate and the two men found a company to manufacture the first milk chocolate. 1894: Milton Hershey adds a line of chocolate to his caramel manufacturing business. Soon he invents the Hershey Bar by experimenting with milk chocolate. Hershey's Cocoa appears next. 1896: Leonard Hershfield invents the Tootsie Roll, named after his daughter. 1897: Brownies are first mentioned in print, listed for sale in the Sears, Roebuck and Co. catalogue. 1940: The Mars company invents M&M's for soldiers going to World War II.
    • n caramel Anhydrous or burnt sugar, a product of the action of heat upon sugar. When cane-sugar is heated in an oil or metal bath to between 210° and 220° C., it begins to assume a brown color of continually increasing depth, and when the tumefaction has ceased the vessel contains a black substance to which the name of caramel has been given. It has a high luster, like anthracite, and dissolves readily in water, giving it a fine sepia tint. Its composition is the same as that of cane-sugar in its compound with oxid of lead. It is used for giving a brown color to spirits, soups, gravies, etc.
    • n caramel A sweet, variously composed and flavored, but generally consisting of chocolate, sugar, and butter, and dark-colored.
    • n caramel Sometimes spelled caromel.
    • caramel In candy- and cheese-making, to become burned and browned: said of the sugar dissolved in milk or syrups under the influence of heat; caramelize. See caramel, n.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Caramel kar′a-mel a dark-brown substance produced by the action of heat on sugar, used in colouring whisky, wines, &c.: a kind of confection, usually of chocolate, sugar, and butter
    • Caramel Also Car′omel
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. caramel,cf. Sp. caramelo,), LL. canna mellis, cannamella, canamella, calamellus mellitus, sugar cane, from or confused with L. canna, reed + mel, mellis, honey. See Cane


In literature:

Now there lived in the Palace an old woman called Countess Caramel, who had been governess to Charming when he was young.
"Happy Days" by Alan Alexander Milne
Then she nibbled a caramel from Keith's box of candy.
"The Little Colonel's Christmas Vacation" by Annie Fellows Johnston
Caramel from ham is served in a gravy tureen.
"The Suffrage Cook Book"
We have succeeded in substituting a chocolate caramel for the apples of Hesperides.
"Penguin Persons & Peppermints" by Walter Prichard Eaton
Have ready some caramel, and stir in enough to give a decided flavor.
"Health on the Farm" by H. F. Harris
A better caramel can be made with white sugar, and milk instead of water.
"One Thousand Secrets of Wise and Rich Men Revealed" by C. A. Bogardus
Your little caramels were fine.
"From the Car Behind" by Eleanor M. Ingram
In place of caramel, 1 teaspoonful vanilla extract may be added.
"Desserts and Salads" by Gesine Lemcke
You and I are no more to her than ... than the caramel she ate last Tuesday.
"Changing Winds" by St. John G. Ervine
These caramels should be cream color.
"The Candy Maker's Guide" by Fletcher Manufacturing Company
Now Jinjur lives peacefully on a farm, near here, and raises fields of cream-puffs, chocolate-caramels and macaroons.
"The Tin Woodman of Oz" by L. Frank Baum
Do not stir caramels.
"Stevenson Memorial Cook Book" by Various
Cocoanut caramels are made in the same way, except that 1 oz.
"What Shall We Do Now?: Five Hundred Games and Pastimes" by Dorothy Canfield Fisher
If you wish to darken soup use a teaspoonful of caramel; but avoid burnt flour, carrot, and onion, as all these give a bad flavor.
"The Cooking Manual of Practical Directions for Economical Every-Day Cookery" by Juliet Corson
You ask them which they like best, chocolate caramels or peppermint drops.
"Miss Muffet's Christmas Party" by Samuel McChord Crothers
Christmas, indeed, and an inaccessible chocolate caramel for dinner!
"Sigurd Our Golden Collie and Other Comrades of the Road" by Katharine Lee Bates
Only some girls who know nothing save the price of caramels and the intricacies of tango.
"A Top-Floor Idyl" by George van Schaick
This caramel filling with nuts is especially nice on Devil's Food or dark chocolate.
"Civic League Cook Book" by Anonymous
This is due to the caramelization of the milk sugar.
"Dietetics for Nurses" by Fairfax T. Proudfit
I've a preference for caramels, if you ask me.
"A Pair of Schoolgirls" by Angela Brazil

In poetry:

Coridon and Caramell:
Who longe with deere accorde
Ledd their lyues, and neyther wisht
Of other to be lorde:
"The Faire Amarillis" by Edward Dyer
Caramell, O happye flowre!
O most unhappy man!
In thy lyfe thou hadst thy deathe,
In thy deathe thy lyfe began.
"The Faire Amarillis" by Edward Dyer
With the first was Coridon
Throughe piercèd to the herte;
Caramell wh' in his brest
Felte of the other's smarte.
"The Faire Amarillis" by Edward Dyer
There withall Sr Caramel
A yellow flowre became:
Sweete of sente and muche esteemde
And Harte's ease caulde by name.
"The Faire Amarillis" by Edward Dyer
Caramell, thoughte women kynde,
Was apte to change and bowe;
And beleeued, to please him selfe
What fancye did allowe.
"The Faire Amarillis" by Edward Dyer

In news:

Butternut squash and caramelized onion galette from The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook.
I tried a brothy Gruyère soup poured from a black teapot into a bowl with three fingerling potatoes, and the very popular (okay, addictive) caramel apples with – What Defines a Great Food City.
Ice Cream with Caramelized Peaches.
Poached and Caramelized Maine Lobster.
String Beans and Caramelized Shallots (From Carrie Cook Minns' Blog "La Pomme de Portland").
Kosher dogs were grilled by Stan Newman, and Elana and Sam Stone made their famous melt-in-your-mouth caramel apples.
Chef Way Bruce Sherman uses a variety of toppings for his individual tartlets, including a spread of goat cheese and sun-dried tomato, smoked salmon cream, caramelized onions, sautéed squash and tomatoes.
The summer squash is sliced into slender coins, then roasted in a hot oven until it's lightly caramelized, bringing out its sweetness.
Recchiuti's caramel trio: Better than a two-piece.
Caramelized Onion and Bacon Tart.
Vanilla Toffee Caramel Ice Cream Pie.
1 1/2 cups International Delight Vanilla Toffee Caramel creamer.
Homemade Brownies, Toffee Bars, Fudge, and Caramel Turtles.
Instead fill a crunchy flaky caramelized edible cup made from a tortilla with ice cream.
Annette and Charlie topped their unleavened pizza crust with cheese, caramelized onions and kale chips.