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NATIONAL CARAMEL DAY - April 5

 

NATIONAL CARAMEL DAY – April 5

NATIONAL CARAMEL DAY

Caramel lovers celebrate their favorite treat on National Caramel Day each year. Observed on April 5th, this versatile confection adds delicious, creamy flavor to desserts, pastries, and candies. 

Caramels are made by adding milk and fat to a sugary syrup that has been heated and continuously stirred until it reaches a light brown color. As early as the seventeenth century, American women used caramelized sugar and water to make candies. Since it was an economical candy to produce, it found its way into many recipes.  Around the year 1850, someone discovered that adding milk and a fat product to the cooked sugar mixture resulted in a soft, chewy candy. It should be no surprise how quickly soft caramel became popular. 

Bakers and pastry chefs use caramel to make a variety of desserts either as a featured ingredient, flavoring, or topping. Depending on the consistency, it can be used as a syrup or as the glue holding together nuts and popcorn. In a more pliant form, the candy makes great caramel apples. Cooked to a higher temperature, the caramel can become brittle and is perfect for just that kind of candy making.

The longer caramel cooks, it takes on a deeper color and a darker flavor until the sugar becomes bitter and is no longer palatable.

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalCaramelDay

What is your favorite kind of caramel? National Caramel Day is the day to sample and taste. We even have some sweet recipes for you to try:

Easy Caramel Corn
Hot Caramel Apple Dip
Caramels
Caramel Filled Chocolate Cookies

Use #NationalCaramelDay to post on social media.

NATIONAL CARAMEL DAY HISTORY

Our research was unable to find the origin or the creator of National Caramel Day.


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April 5th Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) History

1955

The American Astronomical Society’s semi-annual meeting reports the detection of radio emissions from Jupiter. Astronomers Bernard F. Burke and Kenneth L. Franklin of the Carnegie Institution in Washington first discovered the waves.

1985

The Fox Broadcasting Company launching its prime-time operations. Married with Children and The Tracey Ullman Show debut.

April 5th Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) Birthdays

Joseph Lister – 1827

The British surgeon revolutionized the way the world and more specifically the medical arena looked at hygiene. His procedures and antiseptic process decreased deaths in the surgical theater. One of the most basic Lister introduced was handwashing before procedures. When he first introduced his process, his peers rejected it. Today, his practices are commonplace.

Booker T. Washington – 1856

Born a slave, Booker T. Washington persevered after the Civil War putting himself through school. He became the first principal of the Tuskegee Normal and Industrial Institute in 1881. Washington held this position until his death in 1915. Throughout his time at that school, (now Tuskegee University), Washington was recognized for his advancement of African American education, though he was often criticized for his public support of segregation and racial subservience.

Barbara Holland – 1933

The American author earned the title of “Defender of Small Vices” thanks to some of her subjects. One of her most popular titles, The Joy of Drinking, was published in 2007.

Colin Powell – 1937

The retired four-star general served as the 65th United States Secretary of State under President George W. Bush from 2001-2005.

Judith Resnik – 1949

The American electrical engineer became the second woman to fly in space on August 30, 1984, on STS 41-D aboard the orbiter Discovery. On January 28, 1986, Dr. Resnick was one of seven astronauts who died when Challenger broke apart 73 seconds after launch.

Franklin R. Chang-Diaz – 1950

The first Hispanic-American astronaut, Franklin Chang-Diaz was inducted into the NASA Astronaut Hall of Fame in 2012 after seven spaceflights and over 1600 hours in space.