car·​a·​mel·​i·​za·​tion | \ ˌkär-mə-lə-ˈzā-shən How to pronounce caramelization (audio) ; ˌker-ə-mə-, ˌka-rə-mə- \

Definition of caramelization

: the process of heating sugar (such as granulated white sugar or the sugar contained in a food) at high temperature so that water is removed and the sugar is broken down (as into glucose and fructose) and then reformed into complex polymers producing a sweet, nutty, or buttery flavor and golden-brown to dark brown color : the nonenzymatic process of changing sugar or the sugar content of a food into caramel (see caramel sense 1) An intense caramelization of the carrots concentrates their flavor and brings up their sweetness until they're almost like candy-but the roasted garlic and thyme keep the dish on the savory side.— April Bloomfield

First Known Use of caramelization

1845, in the meaning defined above

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“Caramelization.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2020.

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