ordo -- Thanks. That was very nice of you.
No. Caramel is the French word for caramel which is of course heated sugar.
The French word "caramel" means cooked sugar. You can then add all sorts of things. So toffee is one very particular kind of caramel. But in its simplest form you can make caramel by simply heating sugar in a pan until it melts.
"Caramel," when pronounced with three syllables, indicates a liquid at room temperature. When pronounced with two syllables, "caramel" indicates a solid. They are spelled the same.
e.g. "ice cream with a caramel ribbon" vs. "carmel (sp) apple"
Uhhhh.. who invented that description?
If they are spelled the same, then they all have three syllables. Then again "ice cream with a caramel ribbon" is not spelled the same as "carmel apple". Even my (US english) spell checker highlighted "carmel" on this post.....
zoinks... what planet you from bro?
That's because "carmel" is the wrong spelling:
Even Google shows this:
"Caramel" translates to Carmelo in Basque. "Caramel" translates to Carmel in Irish. "Caramel" translates to Karmel in Polish. There is no right answer. I guess your pronunciation of the word that describes this delicious substance depends on your heritage or the heritage of the people who owned your local bakery.