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My brother is in town from Chicago this week and since we were having family over for dinner and dessert I decided to try my hand at two things I have wanted to make for months- homemade caramel sauce and honey comb candy. I know those two things don't go together at first glance but the combo comes from a Food Network show I saw about an ice cream shop in Brooklyn who makes ice cream with both mixed in.
Now I may have more time to experiment in kitchen now that school is out but I also have a seven month old so I decided to keep my expectations reasonable and skip making homemade ice cream for now. I picked out some delicious looking store bought ice cream at Publix while shopping for my recipe ingredients and I grabbed a few rolls of Viva paper towels too because caramel is the type of recipe you can guarantee will be messy.
The caramel sauce and honeycomb candy turned out better than I hoped and I loved that they were both easy to make earlier in the day. The honeycomb candy gave the sweet ice cream and caramel a molasses crunch. I have a slight fear of candy thermometers after one exploded in my favorite sauce pot so I am happy to report that neither of these recipes calls for one.
The paper towels were quite handy for cleaning up the kitchen too and everyone loved how soft the regular Viva Towels were for cleaning up hands and faces as well. It was nice to just bring the rolls outside and not have to keep going back inside for napkins constantly.
Turns out sticky hands and table tops weren't the only thing I needed paper towels for. We've been experiencing a ridiculous amount of rain this week thanks to Tropical Storm Colin and Viva Vantage Towels were perfect for wiping down and scrubbing our patio tables after the storm. We were able to enjoy a few hours of sunshine after dinner which was the perfect time to sit out back and make our own ice cream sundaes.
I can tell that this caramel sauce is something I will be making quite a few times this summer for backyard ice cream nights so I better stock up on Viva paper towels now because I'm sure we're going to need them.
Homemade Caramel Sauce adapted from the Pioneer Woman
- 1 cup of brown sugar
- 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
- 4 tablespoons butter
- pinch of salt
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1.) Combine the brown sugar, heavy cream, butter and salt in a sauce pan.
2.) Whisk on medium low heat for 5-7 minutes. Mixture will thicken up a little but will still be relatively watery.
3.) Add vanilla and whisk for one more minute. Remove from heat and let cool slightly. Pour in a jar and let cool in the refrigerator. Store in the refrigerator until use.
- 1 1/2 cups sugar
- 1/2 cup water
- 3 tablespoons honey
- 1/3 cup light corn syrup
- 4 teaspoons baking soda
1.) In a large saucepan combine sugar, water, honey and corn syrup.
2.) Boil until mixture turns an amber color and starts to resemble caramel.
3.) Add the baking soda and stir with a wooden spoon. Mixture will foam up significantly. Take off the heat immediately and pour onto a baking sheet lined with a Silpat or parchment paper.
4.) Let cool and break into pieces. I used the smaller pieces as topping for my ice cream and caramel sauce. Store the candy in an air tight container to keep it fresh.
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