Definition of caramel in English:

caramel

Pronunciation: /ˈkerəˌmel//ˈkärməl//ˈkerəməl/

noun

  • 1Sugar or syrup heated until it turns brown, used as a flavoring or coloring for food or drink.

    ‘an apple dipped in caramel’
    [as modifier] ‘caramel ice cream’
    • ‘Both caramel and sugar syrup are legal and freely discussed additives.’
    • ‘You make a caramel with sugar and water, and then add red wine to it.’
    • ‘Bring to the boil to make the caramel, which should be a golden tan colour.’
    • ‘It was a delicious combination of warm apple, sweet caramel and fresh ice-cream.’
    • ‘Return to high heat and stir until caramel sauce comes to a rolling boil, 1 to 2 minutes.’
    • ‘Dessert, miniature pear tarte tatins with little pools of caramel and crème anglaise, arrived just as the first toasts began.’
    • ‘Two ramekins held a rich custard made with cream cheese, maple syrup, and caramel.’
    • ‘Cosi adds caramel to its hot apple cider, which tastes like ‘hot liquid homemade apple pie.’’
    • ‘The skinned nuts are cooked with a syrup boiled to the caramel stage.’
    • ‘As with malt whisky, the dark rums are aged in oak barrels and caramel is added to produce extra colour.’
    • ‘Dip apples into hot caramel and turn until completely coated.’
    • ‘For the final course, I made a caramelized apple and fennel tart with caramel sauce and lemon custard ice cream.’
    • ‘Heat until melted, stirring occasionally (chopsticks do a good job) until caramel is smooth, about 10 minutes.’
    • ‘For desserts, Canopy offers caramel custard, pastries or pudding, along with tea and coffee.’
    • ‘My dessert was an apple tarte tatin with caramel ice cream, and it is one of the best desserts I have ever tasted.’
    • ‘Cover the bottom of each ramekin with some reserved caramel and set aside in the refrigerator until set, about two minutes.’
    • ‘In a medium saucepan, boil the sugar, water, and corn syrup to a caramel until golden brown.’
    • ‘One of the trio of caramel desserts would suffice.’
    • ‘It washes the palate with the semi-sweet flavors of caramel, vanilla and spice that gradually subside in a creamy, long lasting finish.’
    • ‘We gorged ourselves on boardwalk treats: caramel apples, cotton candy, salt water taffy, hot waffles and ice cream.’
    1. 1.1 The light brown color of caramel.
      ‘the liquid turns a pale caramel’
      [as modifier] ‘a caramel sweater’
      • ‘Gomathi had it stripped and sanded to a warm caramel, called it an antique, and sold it to me.’
      • ‘The flooring is either a creamy tan or a darker caramel, which is created with a steam treatment.’
      • ‘It comes in different eye-catching colors like, beige, black, caramel, charcoal, blue, gray, green, red, taupe, wine, jade and tan.’
      • ‘As to the palette, steel blue, medium grey, caramel and white are the first choices.’
      • ‘Over the years his bones have darkened to the rich caramels of their earthen tomb.’
      • ‘For blondes choose darker caramels, honey and warm beige.’
      • ‘Amber had light caramel brown hair and hazel eyes, she was tall with milky white skin and rosy complexion.’
      • ‘The foliage is green, the water a golden caramel, and the final shot sunset will take your breath away.’
      • ‘Her silk scarf and soft Icelandic wool sweater complement her deep caramel skin and shoulder-length brown hair.’
      • ‘Sally deduced that the colours Jane should be wearing were light colours with some warmth such as peach, beige, caramel, cinnamon, apricot and a lighter version of warmer colours such as jade, lilac and blue.’
      • ‘He inspected it carefully, before concluding that it was caramel - the colour of Felix's skin.’
      • ‘From herein, continue to stir every 30 seconds or so, for the next 10 minutes, until all of the fruit is sticky with a golden brown caramel colour.’
      • ‘Corduroys come in shades of rust, sand, bottle-green, caramel and plum.’
      • ‘His skin was just a shade lighter than caramel, and his eyes were even lighter, the color of weak tea with too much honey.’
      • ‘The featured style is Elyot and comes in purple, green, caramel, black and white!’
      • ‘I deviated from my usual brand of wax last night, noting with interest the translucent turquoise colour rather than the usual caramel.’
      • ‘Beige, caramel, sand and khaki influence and determine this trend.’
      • ‘Those who choose black or tortoise for the main pair often opt for colours like red or caramel for their second pair.’
      • ‘He used tinted glass cutlery which made all his curries look the same and were either bottle green or a caramel brown.’
      • ‘She had pale skin with caramel colored hair, rosy cheeks, hazel eyes, and pale pink lips.’
      hazel, chocolate-coloured, coffee-coloured, cocoa-coloured, nut-brown
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    2. 1.2 A soft candy made with sugar and butter that have been melted and further heated.
      • ‘Soft creamy caramels, vanilla and white chocolates are the lighter hues that are in big demand.’
      • ‘And unless you're planning on heading to the coastline of Brittany, I know of nowhere else where you can get the superb CBS caramels from Le Roux, the best caramel-maker on earth.’
      • ‘It has a caramel on top with a few pieces of almond.’
      • ‘Off he went to think up new recipes for 30 varieties of truffles and pralines, caramels and rose and violent creams, all created on the Water Street premises.’
      • ‘Fill a pail with your choice of 300 different kinds of candy sold by the pound, including caramels, licorice, and atomic fireballs.’
      • ‘Godiva sells its chocolates in selections - nuts and caramels in one box, dark chocolates in another, truffles in another - not piece by piece.’
      • ‘As confectionery, they differ depending on the temperature at which they are cooked: fudge is the softest, toffee firmer and caramel almost brittle.’
      • ‘A bag of suckers, chocolate cupcakes, caramels, jawbreakers and licorice all went into the bag first.’
      • ‘Also in Storck's stable is Milkfuls, a hard caramel candy with sweet milky center that bowed in 1998.’
      • ‘Also in this group are a type of toffee known as caramels.’
      • ‘All day long and all the year round they made crackers; they made ornaments for wedding-cakes; they made caramels; they made acidulated drops; they made things unnamed except by children.’
      • ‘While caramels melt, push Popsicle sticks into stem area of the apples.’
      • ‘Thick, chewy caramel chocolate covered with a thin layer of milk chocolate (I guess).’
      • ‘My friends partook of the hot dogs that came off the rotating warming rack but I stuck to a soda and M & Ms or the candy-coated milk caramels called Sugar Babies.’
      • ‘Sample truffles, caramels, hazelnut pralines, raspberry creams, almond butter crunch, handwhipped fudge, chocolate cigars and ice cream to die for.’
      • ‘Although we still have financial difficulties, he often brings me a little treat, i.e. caramels or candy or a Tim Horton's fruit muffin.’
      • ‘The foil appears to be from Rolo chocolate-covered caramels.’
      • ‘Here, you can have these chocolate-covered caramels as reparation.’
      • ‘I'm eating a chocolate caramel bar and staring out at the quite determined sheets of white rain.’
      • ‘I was about to bake them with just a little sugar, when I saw a little box of salted butter caramels on the counter, a souvenir from Brittany, and thought I would use a few to sweeten the fruit instead.’

Origin

Early 18th century: from French, from Spanish caramelo.

Pronunciation:

caramel

/ˈkerəˌmel//ˈkärməl//ˈkerəməl/