car·a·mel | \ˈkär-məl; ˈker-ə-məl, ˈka-rə-, -ˌmel \

Definition of caramel 

1 : an amorphous, brittle, brown, and somewhat bitter substance that is obtained by heating sugar and used as a coloring and flavoring agent Caramel is an ingredient in many carbonated beverages.

2 : a firm chewy usually caramel-flavored candy a bag of caramels

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Spoon a bunch of sweet and tart apple pie filling on top, drizzled it with caramel sauce and go generous with the cinnamon sugar topping. Liz Biro, Indianapolis Star, "Insane new Indiana State Fair foods that will complete your summer," 9 July 2018 Then make a caramel sauce on the side with a little bit of rum. Leah Rodriguez, The Cut, "Queer Eye’s Antoni Recommends Breaking Up Over a Bowl of Cheese," 6 July 2018 The caramel sauce that covered the sturdy flan ($2.50) was taken too far, leaving it dark and bitter, for instance. Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "El Patrón in Walker's Point is a new but familiar Mexican restaurant," 19 June 2018 Add the orange slices and brown until golden and caramelized Remove from the heat and garnish the top of the cake Pour the honey caramel sauce over the cake and oranges and enjoy NOTES + INSPIRATION: Maple syrup can be used in place of the honey. Time, "Weekend Recipe: A Flourless Orange Cake," 8 June 2018 Flan, the traditional dessert of Mexico, enhanced with a caramel sauce, was served at the end of the meal. Jane Napier Neely,, "The Valley Line: YMCA of the Foothills, Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy enjoy great turnouts for their respective May events," 22 May 2018 It is then finished with another generous dollop of Sweet Cold Brew Whipped Cream and a swirl of dark caramel sauce. Olivia Harrison,, "Starbucks Just Added Two New Frappuccinos To Its Permanent Menu," 1 May 2018 Its butter-pecan ice cream topknot is mined with massive chunks of praline, and it's all doused in caramel sauce for a finish that transcends the middling reputation of this dessert archetype. Mike Sula, Chicago Reader, "Stop the presses: There’s an interesting new spot in Lincoln Square," 29 Mar. 2018 House burger with caramelized onions, cheddar and bacon at Bar Da Vila Handout Save Room For Dessert The flan in thick caramel sauce is a solid finish, as is the pastel de Nutella with strawberries and vanilla ice cream. Linda Bladholm, miamiherald, "Brazilians feel at home at this downtown restaurant with all the tasty favorites | Miami Herald," 8 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of caramel

1653, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for caramel

French, from Spanish caramelo, from Portuguese, icicle, caramel, from Late Latin calamellus small reed — more at shawm

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The first known use of caramel was in 1653

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English Language Learners Definition of caramel

: a light brown candy made from butter, sugar, and milk or cream

: sugar that is cooked until it is burnt and that is used to give color and flavor to food

: a light brown color


car·a·mel | \ˈkär-məl, ˈker-ə-məl\

Kids Definition of caramel

1 : a firm chewy candy

2 : burnt sugar used for coloring and flavoring


car·a·mel | \ˈkar-ə-məl, -ˌmel; ˈkär-məl \

Medical Definition of caramel 

: an amorphous brittle brown and somewhat bitter substance obtained by heating sugar and used as a coloring and flavoring agent

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