Will the real caramel please stand up! - A Caramel Comparison
Recently, I noticed that there are two distinct flavors of caramel used in
most caramel flavored candy and snacks. I was looking for syrup that was
just like the caramel used at Starbucks (Starbucks stopped selling their
bottled caramel). I used to always keep an extra bottle of the Starbucks
caramel in my office and at home since I could never get enough, even
when ordering extra.
When the Starbucks caramel became unavailable, I tried, and quickly and
easily transitioned to the Smucker's Sundae Syrup. This is the type of
caramel flavor used in most caramel drinks, candies, syrups and sundaes,
and it tasted just like the caramel used in my Starbucks drink. Although the
ingredients aren't the best (high fructose, etc), the taste is right for a cheap
price. I would describe, and call, this type milk caramel. I also purchased
the Hershey's caramel syrup. While the ingredients in the Hershey's Classic
Caramel Sundae Syrup appeared to be the same as the Smucker's Sundae
Syrup, the tastes were quite different. The Hershey's tasted more like a
butterscotch flavor. It wasn't good in my Starbucks but would probably be
great on a sundae. I would describe, and call, this type as butter caramel.
I'm not sure which caramel is the real one, but I know which one I'll be
stocking up on.