March 19th is National Chocolate Caramel Day.
Caramel and chocolate is a popular combination. Chocolate was introduced to world by the ancient Aztecs and Mayans. Caramel originated from North America. Caramelizing, a process of browning sugar, had been around since 17th century France, and a toffee – a cousin to caramel – since the 18th century. North America added cream to the caramelizing process making a soft, chewy treat around 1880. There is a recipe for chocolate caramels in Mrs. Lincoln’s Boston Cook Book by Mary Johnson Bailey Lincoln published in 1884.
Of course, chocolate covered caramel candy is not the only way to enjoy this combo. There is cheesecake, brownies, cookies, tarts, and even drinks. What’s your favorite?sources: