Do you know what day April 5th is this year? If you said Easter, you are right. But it is also National Caramel Day!! Yipee, let’s celebrate caramel!!
It maybe hard to think of caramel especially during a time where chocolate bunnies and eggs prevails but we going to do our best to honor caramel all month long with fun facts, trivia and some flash promotions.
In the meantime here is a little caramel history:
Americans began making sugary syrups in the 1600s, but the delicious chewy caramel we know and love today was a more recent innovation. Caramel candy emerged during the 18th century and quickly became one of the most popular sweets on the market. In fact, Milton Hershey’s first business was the Lancaster Caramel Company!
Le Bon Garcon’s salted caramels are inspired by French traditions dating further back in history. In 1343, King Philip VI of Valois established a national salt tax known as ‘la gabelle’. Salt thereafter became a luxury that only the wealthy could afford.
This meant that salted butter became unsalted – except in the “free counties” which were exempt from the tax (Brittany, Vendée, Artois, Flanders, Lower Navarre, Béarn and Aunis). After unification with the Kingdom of France, Brittany insisted on retaining its privileges, meaning that the county remained free from the salt tax.
Henri Le Roux from Brittany is credited for being the creator of salted butter caramels. Educated in Switzerland, Henri Le Roux became France’s best chocolatier and caramel maker. In 1980, salted butter caramel was voted best candy in France. Henri’s passion for sweet flavors started at an early age. His father, Louis, was one of France’s most legendary pastry chefs; he prepared the dessert served at Franklin Roosevelt’s election banquet in 1933 at the Biltmore Hotel in New York.
More caramel trivia to come. In the meantime, enjoy our flavor of the month "blueberry pancake" caramel made with blueberry, maple and mascarpone. We picked blueberry to support “Light it Up Blue” a national campaign for Autism Awareness. For the month of April all proceeds from the sale of this month’s flavor of the month will go to Autism Society Ventura County.