Celebrate National Ice Cream Month with a carmel brownie sundae. Photo courtesy Sugardaddy’s.
|WHAT IT IS: Artisan caramel sauce.
|WHY IT’S DIFFERENT: Super-high quality and delicious flavors.
WHY WE LOVE IT: Five creative choices in addition to a “basic” salted caramel.
|WHERE TO BUY IT: SpoonableLLC.com and stores nationwide (store locator).
Flowery Lavender caramel sauce. Photo by Libby Pratt | Spoonable.
Chewy Sesame caramel sauce. Photo by Libby Pratt | Spoonable.
Spoonable: Creative Caramel Sauce
Spoonable Caramel is a story like numerous others we come across in the pursuit of the finest artisan products.
Michelle Lewis baked a cheesecake one day, added a caramel sauce* and gave the leftover caramel to a friend who couldn’t say enough about the rich, indulgent, caramel sauce. The sauce then became her annual Christmas presents, and then became a business with six alluring, all natural flavors:
- Brooklyn Butterscotch (an old-fashioned style made with molasses)
- Chewy Sesame Caramel
- Flowery Lavender Caramel
- Peppered Orange Caramel
- Salty Caramel
- Spicy Chili Caramel
There are gift bags with one-pound jars and a sampler with tastes of each flavor.
The company calls itself “Brooklyn’s Saucy Caramel,” but it can hold its own on the world stage. Each spoonful smacks of buttery goodness. A good caramel sauce should be made of sugar, butter and cream. You can add vanilla or another natural flavoring; but leave out the butter and use water instead, as some sauces do, and it isn’t anywhere near as good.
In fact, it soon will appear in a new Ben & Jerry’s “city churned” New york City flavor, which incorporates artisan ingredients from Brooklyn and The Bronx. If you want to offer up a name for the new flavor, head over to the Ben & Jerry’s website.
*Here’s a recipe for cheesecake with burnt caramel sauce. You can substitute any Spoonable sauce.
Ways To Use Caramel Sauce
Ice cream is an easy answer, but you can do make creative desserts with the caramel sauces—and recipes on the company’s website help you. Here are a few ideas to get you started (you’ll want to heat it up in the microwave for some of these):
- Use it as an ice cream topping
- Dip fresh fruit in it—a caramel fondue
- Drizzle it over baked apples, sautéed bananas or poached pears
- Shake it up with popcorn for delicious caramel corn
- Use it as a topping for brownies, cheese-cake, chocolate cake, crêpes, pound cake or pudding
- Make caramel-swirl brownies
- Drizzle it over apple pie
- Add it to s’mores for a gourmet twist; use as a dip with shortbread or pretzels
- Eat it right from the jar
It all started with holiday gifts, but you don’t have to wait until December to remind friends how much you like them.
- 4 ounces, $8.50
- 7.5 ounces, $12.00
- 16 ounces, $20.00
Types Of Dessert Sauces
Check out all the types of sauces in our Dessert Sauce Glossary.
— Karen Hochman