National Caramel Day

National Caramel Day - Doodlewash watercolor painting and sketch of ice cream sundae with caramel topping and cherry

After yesterday’s healthy snack it’s time to get decadent again with some caramel. Today is the day you get to add a little fire to that sugar and if you’re feeling saucy, a little milk or cream and make some magic. I personally love caramel sauce poured over vanilla ice cream so that’s what I decided to doodlewash. I’m also a fan of an apple covered in caramel goodness, but that feels more like fall than spring, so you get a sundae instead. You’ll have to add nuts yourself, as I prefer these without anything bumpy or crunchy to screw up the texture.

In 1886, Milton Hershey started up his first successful confectionery business, producing not chocolate, but caramel candies. The Lancaster Caramel Company shipped caramels across the U.S. and to Europe, helping to make the caramel candy popular. In fact, the first chocolate Hershey produced was as a coating for caramel candies before finally creating the iconic Hershey’s Milk Chocolate bar. Which honestly, tastes like crap and though the way they make it is a secret, speculators think this is because the milk is intentionally soured to promote a ridiculously long shelf life.

Though caramel sauce is delicious, people have been using just caramelized sugar and water to make candies for centuries now. The color of caramel is based on the length of time it’s heated, taking on a deeper color at higher temperatures. When it gets too high, though, the flavor darkens as well and quickly becomes unpalatable. And that’s about all I know about caramel, but that’s probably enough. It’s really better just to eat the delicious stuff and not ask too many questions.

Join me any and all days you like during April by celebrating a National or International Day with a doodlewash! Tag your image #doodlewashaday and I’ll feature everyone who played along on doodlewash.com at the end of the month! 


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66 Comments
  1. Sand Salt Moon 2 years ago

    Need. Ice. Cream. Now. Will settle for a doodlewashed one, less calories. xo

    • Author

      LOL… you and me both, Cynthia! Thanks! 😉💕 I can assure you that this Doodlewash is completely calorie-free! Hehe

  2. Jessica Seacrest 2 years ago

    Dang it Charlie…LOL! 😉 I have a terrible sweet tooth, and this sweet looks very toothy. After these, I may need a Doodlewash diet series ;). Great job on painting the ice cream and the glass! It looks amazing!

    • Author

      Thanks Jessica! 😃💕Haha… You and me both… I’m loving getting back to food sketches again, but I need to stop eating the food and just sketch it! lol

  3. Jodi 2 years ago

    Darn did you make me want a caramel sundae!!! Beautiful doodlewash! The whipped cream and cherry on top are so perfect. YUM!

    • Author

      Awww thanks Jodi!! 😃💕I could eat these all day… which would mean I would be as big as a trailer, so I won’t, but I really, really could! 😊

      • Jodi 2 years ago

        I hear ya buddy! 🙂

  4. debiriley 2 years ago

    ‘don’t ask too many questions’ !! So Funny Charlie!!
    What a wonderful way with the caramel delight, and the glass was especially great job!!
    yummy chewy Caramels were always a fav growing up 🙂

    • Author

      Thanks Debi! 😃💕 hehe… so happy you liked this one. I don’t know why I love painting glass and shiny things so much because it’s ridiculously hard! lol But I do! And yum… I used ot love caramels best growing up too! Well… I sort of loved all candy really. I was a chubby kid. 😊

      • debiriley 2 years ago

        Charlie you do glass so brilliantly! really. Growing up, we were all fed those kinds of Treats- maple bars, candied apples, cotton candy for pete’s sake!! then there was always Grandma’s cooking pies and cookies. no wonder we were all ‘fluffy!

      • Author

        Yeah… but it was soooooo worth it! lol

      • debiriley 2 years ago

        🙂 that is the main thing!!

  5. Susan Feniak 2 years ago

    Where is my spoon??? So much for getting into the swimsuit! 🙂 Well done Charlie.

    • Author

      Thanks Susan! 😃💕Haha… Yeah… My diet only lasted a day. That’s actually pretty good really. But I could never pass up a caramel ice cream sundae!!!

  6. Curious to the Max 2 years ago

    Fill ‘er up
    One hump or two
    for a desert treat
    that’s cordon bleu

    whoops . . . I thought you said National Camel Day . . .

    • Author

      Nice, Judy! There should be a National Camel Day!! Wait… I think there is on November 19th, but it’s not popular. It only has 4 Twitter mentions, but cheers to it gaining in popularity.

  7. gaelle1947 2 years ago

    Now THAT is definitely eye candy!! So well done – Love the way you rendered the ice cream texture.

    • Author

      Awww thanks! 😃💕It’s even better when eaten… not the doodlewash, that would be weird, but the actual treat. Hehe… I love these things!

  8. Carmel Campbell 2 years ago

    Oh yum. The ice cream and caramel looks so good…not only to eat but how you rendered it!

    • Author

      Aww thanks, Carmel! 😃💕I really do love ice cream most. Vanilla is my favorite, but adding some caramel or honey make it really my favorite! Hehe

  9. wendymuldon 2 years ago

    Lookd incredible delicious!
    I personally like the caramel you can make by heating honey. And the best application I can find for it are popcorns. My recommendation!

    Lovely work!

  10. Sharon Mann 2 years ago

    I have a jar of carmel sauce in my frig, now i want to get a teaspoon full and eat it. Your sundae looks scrumptous. Interesting facts about Hershey. Beautiful work, Charlie.

    • Author

      Thanks Sharon! 😃💕And yes!! I approve of that choice! I don’t think a jar of caramel sauce would last long in our house. Hehe

  11. Jacob 2 years ago

    Yay for caramel! I didn’t like ice cream (have I mentioned this before? I probably have… if not, I expect this is yet another thing that will garner only looks of disappointment/horror) until I saw this, Charlie. Wow-eee!! Looks as if there’s a bit of a scramble going on above me, so you might have to make a couple more of these. 😉 After all those animals, your foods are back with a bang!

    • Author

      Hold please… I’m getting over the horror and shock of you not liking what is probably the greatest thing of all time! I hope this has changed your mind and while you’re watching all those movies you’ve never seen, you’ll be eating a caramel ice cream sundae! 😉Hehe… Thanks Jacob!! I love sketching food, so it was good to get back to it after all this time. Glad you think I still “got it” when it comes to food sketches!

      • Jacob 2 years ago

        Hahaha, I figured this would be the way. Sorry, Charlie! At least I’ve said that to you today 😉 It’s the usual response; I’ve only ever met a couple of people who share my view (well, that I know of – I don’t ask everyone). I’m told I just haven’t tried the right ice cream – perhaps they’re right, but I shan’t rush to prove them so. 😉

        Of course you still have it!!

  12. kungfunaomi 2 years ago

    :O
    That is my caramel face. Stuff it in there! 😛
    😀
    That could be my caramel face too.
    Great doodlewash!

  13. kungfunaomi 2 years ago

    *
    😀 could also be my caramel face

  14. Teri C 2 years ago

    That’s about the most delicious thing I’ve seen painted. WOWZERS! Great job. Now I know I’m stopping in KC!

    • Author

      Awww thanks Teri! 😃💕I LOVE food, so I’m glad you like my sketches of it! Definitely stop in KC… we’ll have sundaes! 😉

  15. Jui 2 years ago

    I wish I could taste it! Wonderful work!

  16. Yum yum, but that feels so wrong to want ice cream first thing in the morning…..looks nicer than my bowl of cereal. Naughty but nice!

  17. This defines “good enough to eat”. I’ll be thinking about this all day! Wonderful painting, Charlie.

  18. Jill Kuhn 2 years ago

    I can’t eat ice cream (lactose intolerance) but if I could – your doodlewash would be my first choice! 😍🌟❤️ YAY Charlie!!! 🍦🍦🍦

    • Author

      Thanks Jill! 😃💕Oh no! No ice cream!? It’s actually the only thing I’m allowed to make in the kitchen. 😊But no worries, I can also make a killer all-fruit sorbet when you come over! 🍧😉

      • Jill Kuhn 2 years ago

        Sounds delish! I love Sorbet! 💕💜😃

  19. artandmoondreams 2 years ago

    Beautiful and yummy painting! Makes me want to grab a spoon again, and maybe an apple to go with it…./sigh, now I am hungry. Thanks for sharing a visual treat and interesting tidbits.

    • Author

      Thanks Haunani! 😃💕Glad I could tempt you with my little doodlewash. I’m such an ice cream addict… I really love it. Caramel is just a bonus. Lol

      • artandmoondreams 2 years ago

        You can always tempt me with ice cream…errr, I mean doodlewash….lol. (*hides spoon)

      • Author

        Hehe…you and me both! I really want some ice cream now and I just woke up. 😊😊lol

  20. memadtwo 2 years ago

    …and the glass is perfect! Soda fountains at Woolworths! Those were the days. (K)

    • Author

      Awww thanks Kerfe! Glad you liked the glass… it’s always super hard to pull off. And YAY!!! I remember Woolworths! Maybe that’s why I love these type of glasses. Anything else seems wrong for serving these. Though I used to always favor a root beer float.

      • memadtwo 2 years ago

        Now my mouth is watering…

  21. Cathe 2 years ago

    What a beautiful caramel sundae! The rendering is spot on and the glass, sparkly! I love caramel with sea salt…!

    • Author

      Thanks Cathe! 😃💕I wasn’t sure half way into this thing, but it all came out in the wash so the speak! Glad you liked it… and yes, please… caramel and sea salt is amazing!!

  22. Kari 2 years ago

    Yummy!! I love caramel! By the way, do you pronounce it ca-Ra-Mel or car-mol? I have tried to make caramel and you’re right, the longer you cook it, the darker it gets.. I’m totally in love with anything salted Carmel these day.. And your sundae looks perfect! No nuts for me either!

    • Author

      Thanks Kari!😃💕 I pronounce it ca-R1-Mel, but I imagine I called it car-mol growing up as that sounds more like how my family would have said it. hehe And yeah… I love that salted caramel has become a big “thing” these days. I trend I can happily approve of! 😉

  23. Teresa Robeson 2 years ago

    I’ve only made caramel for creme caramel before (so it’s not really true caramel…just a sugary base for a flan). I’m glad I didn’t see this before I went to bed or I would have had trouble falling asleep lusting after that luscious dessert! 😀 <3

    • Author

      Thanks Teresa! 😃💕 You’re a step ahead of me then… I can only make ice cream. And glad you saw this late and I didn’t send you to bed all lusty and unsatisfied… wait… that sounds absolutely horrible. For a number of reasons. Let’s just say, glad you liked my doodlewash! 😊Thanks friend!

      • Teresa Robeson 2 years ago

        LOL! Thank goodness I don’t blush! 😉 I’ve not made ice cream in over 10 years, and I think it’s tons harder to make than creme caramel, so you win again, Charlie! x

  24. Anne Bonney 2 years ago

    That is a mouth watering sundae portrait. And thanks for the history – I had no idea.

  25. OMG so amazing, Charlie! Now you’ve made me hungry, darnit. hehe.

    • Author

      Haha… sorry sis… I didn’t mean to taunt you with ice cream so early in the morning! Glad you liked this one! 😃💕And seriously… as hard as you have to work during this time of year, you have EARNED the dessert of your choice (and likely anything else you want)! Go for it! 💜

      • I shall, my friend, I shall! There are some really amazing gluten/dairy free ice creams by So Delicious. You’ve given me a wonderful idea, thank you, buddy! 😀

  26. Sharon Bonin-Pratt 2 years ago

    It’s 4:30 in the morning, I can’t sleep, and now I want a caramel covered ice cream sundae.
    Wait, I’m going to try to lick the computer screen.
    Nah, didn’t work. What time does the ice cream store open? I could get there early and wait.
    Thanks, Charlie.

    • Author

      I’m sure there’s an ice cream store open 24 hours, right? If not… there should be!! Hehe… but seriously… hope you got back to sleep for a bit before ice cream.

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