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Friday, March 18, 2016

A Gr-r-r-r-r-reat Combo!

Some things are meant to go together - bacon & eggs, apple pie & ice cream, strawberries & cream, peanut butter & jelly, peas & carrots, burger & fries, pizza & beer, cookies & milk, coffee & doughnuts, the synergy goes on and on. Um-m-m-m? Looks like chocolate was left off the list...not quite!

March 19 is...
Chocolate Caramel Day

http://www.examiner.com/article/chocolate-and-carmel-march-19-is-national-chocolate-caramel-day 

The union of chocolate and caramel is arguably one of the greatest flavor combinations ever conceived by man. These two ingredients appear in countless candy bars, ice cream flavors, confections, and desserts. Of course, to top it off even more, just add nuts! O-o-o-o-oH! What a mouth watering delight - the salty with the sweet!
 
Milton Snavely Hershey (September 13, 1857 – October 13, 1945) was an American confectioner, philanthropist, and founder of The Hershey Chocolate Company and the "company town" of Hershey, Pennsylvania.

What does Hershey have to do with caramel?

Milton Hershey began his career at a caramel company. In the late 1800s he began experimenting with ways to improve caramel candy and found some German-built machines for manufacturing chocolate. His attention would eventually shift completely to chocolate, but Hershey’s first product was a chocolate-covered caramel!
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  Returning to Lancaster, PA in 1887, Hershey established the Lancaster Caramel Company, which quickly became an outstanding success. Utilizing a caramel recipe he had obtained during his previous travels, his company soared to the top. It was this business that established him as a candy maker, and set the stage for future accomplishments. [Source: en.wikiipedia.org]
What better way to celebrate Chocolate Caramel Day than with a favorite piece of millionaire's shortbread, scrumptious cupcake or mouth-watering brownie? Of course, if you don't feel like making your own just ENJOY the candy!!!

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/claire-robinson/millionaires-shortbread-recipe.html 
 Millionaire's Shortbread Recipe

http://www.browneyedbaker.com/salted-caramel-cupcakes-recipe/
 Chocolate Salted Caramel Cupcakes Recipe

http://www.mrshappyhomemaker.com/salted-caramel-chocolate-cupcakes/
Salted Caramel Chocolate Cupcakes Recipe

http://www.redcottagechronicles.com/baking/triple-chocolate-caramel-brownies/
 Triple Chocolate Caramel Brownies Recipe