When she was first developing the recipes that became Herbin' Spoonful caramel sauces, Mackenzie Smith thought a lot about not only what flavors would go nicely with caramel, but which ones "would change the course of your dessert." After all, she explains, homemade caramel sauce improves just about anything, but "lavender caramel really takes it to another level."
The sauce is is made with just three ingredients: organic cane sugar, organic cream, and butter. Smith infuses the cream with herbs and spices before adding it to the sugar, creating habanero and chai flavors in addition to lavender. The herb flavors are subtle, enhancing rather than masking the flavor of the caramel itself. She also makes a classic sea salt caramel sauce that is only available from her in person at the Hester Street Fair on Saturdays.
At the moment, Smith sells her jarred sauces through her website, at Perelandra in downtown Brooklyn, and at Hester Street, but she's actively looking for another product to partner with to give caramel fans other ways to enjoy it. "Aside from selling in jars, I want to get out and sell it with something," she says, adding, "maybe pretzels or ice cream."
In the event that people want to move beyond eating it straight out of the jar, Smith has a recipe section on her website that includes suggestions from fans—drizzling over popcorn is very popular—as well as dishes she's developed herself. In addition to recipes like Lavender Candied Toast with Fresh Ricotta and a Citrus Berry Salad, Smith shares that the habanero caramel sauce is terrific with fried chicken and that all of the flavors pair well with cheese.
For additional recipes and tips, follow Smith on Twitter at @HerbinSpoonful.
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