Caramel can be tricky to make, which is why a good store-bought one can be useful to have in the pantry.
It can be put to good use as filling for choux puffs or those delightful South American sandwich cookies called alfajores. It is delicious spread on bread or dolloped on pancakes.
The problem is many versions are eye-poppingly sweet.
I usually steer clear of them but this retro-looking tin I find at The Springbok Bazaar, which sells South African products, is irresistible. It has the consistency of thick kaya but the sweetness is kept in tight rein.
I am toying with the idea of using it as a frosting for cupcakes, sprinkled with a little salt. Nothing is better than a salty sweet.
Nestle Caramel Treat, $5.80 for a 360g can, from The Springbok Bazaar, 02-42 Bukit Timah Plaza, tel: 6463-3641, open: 10am to 6pm (Monday to Saturday), 10am to 2pm (Sunday)
This article was first published on September 2, 2014.
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