karajan asked in Food & DrinkCooking & Recipes · 5 years ago

What's the difference between caramel and toffee?

So I saw a Toffee and Honeycomb Mcflurry the other day, and started to wonder: what's the difference between toffee and caramel. The toffee was in a liquid form, which I think of as caramel, hence my questioning.

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  • Anonymous
    5 years ago
    Best Answer

    How Is Toffee Different from Caramel?

    By Roxanne Webber

    Toffee and caramel are similar in color and flavor, but are different in two main ways—butter content and final cooking temperature—explain Bruce Weinstein and Mark Scarbrough, creators of the “Ultimate” cookbook series, which includes The Ultimate Candy Book.

    “Toffee is basically sugar and butter,” they write in an email. “Caramel is sugar and cream or milk, with butter occasionally in the mix.” To make toffee crunchy, it is cooked to 300 degrees Fahrenheit, while caramel stays smooth when cooked to about 248 degrees Fahrenheit (but hardens at around 270 degrees).

    “To get that chewy, gooey texture of caramel, you have to add a liquid, like milk, cream, or condensed milk,” says Christina McCoy Cohn, co-owner of the Nashville Toffee Company in Tennessee. Because caramel is cooked to a lower temperature, it retains some of the moisture from these liquids, creating a softer texture, says Doug Simons, president of the Enstrom’s candy company.

    On a microscopic level, Simons says, you’re creating two types of sugar crystals by cooking the candies differently. In toffee, you get short-grain crystals, which make the candy break easily, whereas caramel’s long-grain crystals enable it to bend.

  • Raatz
    Lv 7
    5 years ago

    Toffee is in hard form, often with butter. I'd have called the liquid part caramel too.

  • 5 years ago

    Caramel is pure sugar, just made by heating sugar granules until it becomes a brown liquid, Toffee is made from this with other ingredients.

  • GibBas
    Lv 7
    5 years ago

    Honeycomb is caramel with baking soda added to make it sort of froth up.

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