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Infusing Caramels

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Hello! I'm looking to infuse some caramels I'm working on with alcohol and others with different fruit juices. Do I need to distill the alcohol down first or can I just pour it in and let the caramels get to the right temperature before removing them from the stove?

 

I tried it last night by adding 1/4 cup to a small caramel test batch (approx. 40 caramels) and it didn't have enough of the flavor so I was going to try 1/3 cup but I wasn't sure if it would still cook out too quickly. I also don't want the caramels to be super soft!

post #2 of 6

Normally, you'd cook the caramel to around 115 C, and alcohol evaporates at, I think,around 74.C (absoluelty no idea of these temps in fahrenheit, besides, no one uses Fahrenheit anymore anyway).

 

Booze is out, try subbing part of the milk or cream-say maybe 1/3- with fruit juice/and/or fruit puree.  If using natural  vanilla, don't put it in at the begining, all flavour is pretty much destroyed when it hits 105-110 C-- or you can use artificial vanilla and the heat won't hurt it one bit.    

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post #3 of 6
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@Foodpump

 

But, I've seen bourbon caramels out there...so if alcohol is a no-go, how would someone make those?

post #4 of 6

Well, you could treat it like vanilla essence writ large. Cook the mix a little higher then you normally would, and stir in the booze. Watch out for fire.

post #5 of 6
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Thank you! I'm starting with this recipe...http://www.davidlebovitz.com/2010/01/salted-butter-caramels/ How much alcohol would you recommend adding to make sure it's infused with the flavor but not overpowering?

post #6 of 6

I have used this recipe before for rum caramels and you can taste the rum, but it is not going to be super strong.  http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Butter-Rum-Caramels-232817

 

Still - delicious candies.

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