This creamy glossy caramel turns an ordinary pud into something extra ordinary. Advertised as made with fresh milk, no added sugar or preservatives it's easy to use and gives great results.
The carnation web site offers recipes to try out carnation caramel. The chocolate fudge cake is irresistible and so easy to make with only sugar, flour, corn oil (veg oil works too), cocoa, milk, vanilla extract, chocolate, icing sugar and of course caramel. A moist gooey cake with fudge icing.
For something less time consuming you could try banoffee pie, there's a recipe for that too, a biscuit and butter base, a layer of caramel topped with bananas and finished with cream.
Home made ice cream with caramel swirls is another great idea alternatively mix through ready made ice cream for a summery treat.
Lastly, if you're unable to get your hands on carnation caramel you can turn carnation condensed milk into caramel.... Stand the can on an upturned saucer in a large pan, add boiling water to cover the can and simmer on a low heat for two hours.
A great product with so many uses
*Posted last weekend on ciao alongside a picture of the finished product*
Carnation Caramel is part of the Nestle range. It is designed to be an ingredient for baking recipes and is described as being 'caramellised concentrated milk with sugar'.
Carnation Caramel is presented in a round tin with a ring pull lid. The tin is mainly red and features all the relevent product information as well as a recipe and picture for Banoffee Pie. The tin can be recycled after use. There are no artificial colours or preservatives in this product and it is marketed as being ideal for dessert recipes. Once opened, Carnation Caramel can be stored in the fridge for up to 3 days.
Carnation Caramel is suitable for vegetarians and has a minimal ingredients list of milk, sugar and disodium phosphate which acts as stabaliser. Each 50g portion contains 149 calories, 27.6g of sugar and 2.0g of fat.
A 397g tin of Carnation Caramel can be purchased in supermarkets such as Asda and Tesco. Expect to pay around £1.56.
My fiance absolutely loves banoffee pie and I occasionally pick him up a shop bought one as a treat. After spotting a recipe in one my magazines, I realised just how simple it would be to make my own and decided to do just that! I will add the recipe and total cost at the bottom of this review.
I am a fan of Carnation products in general but my fiance has literally banned me from buying condensed milk as I have a habit of eating it straight from the tin (naughtly I know!). Anyway, I was aware they offered a caramel version (as I have used it in the past) so when it came to buying ingredients for my banoffee pie, this is what I went for. I'm not sure if other brands offer this type of product as I have never noticed them but Nestle is a trusted brand and I feel £1.56 is a fair price for this type of product.
The Carnation website gives lots of recipe ideas which are very tempting including pancakes, adding to muffins, caramel chocolate fudge cake and toffee apple tarts - drooling as I write this! Basically any dessert or food item that requires some form of caramel ingredient - this is the one for the job! I used this for my banoffee pie but in the past I have used it to make an apple crumble and I believe my sister made caramel shortcake with it too so it really is versatile.
~Appearance and Uses~
Once the tin is opened, there is a sickening smell of caramel - it is extremely sweet and I sometimes feel my dentist is frowning at me for just opening the tin! Carnation Caramel is thick and I always like to give it a mix up in the tin as it is rather gloopy and slops out the tin rather than pours out. It looks like thick melted caramel - golden brown with a glossy appearance.
Carnation Caramel is very sticky which does make it a little difficult to spread but it also means it won't run everywhere like some other products. I spread it over the base of my banoffee pie and left it to chill for a while. When it came to adding the topping (bananas and cream), it looked lovely and shiny. Despite being chilled, it was still sticky to the touch but slightly firm and bouncy. The toppings sat neatly on top without slipping about or sinking and this really helped with the presentation of my banoffee pie.
~Taste and Finished Result~
Carnation Caramel was an essential ingredient in my banoffee pie. I was able to make a pie which gave 6 decent sized portions of pie but you may get more depending on what size of pie dish you use. We personally like each layer to be thick so probably had a thicker layer of everything but a small sized pie. I made ours today and we will finish ours by this evening- not through greed I may add, but because the cream we bought was short dated! I suppose the pie would keep overnight in the fridge but sometimes it is safer to consume on the day as the cream may go off when exposed.
Carnation Caramel added the perfect sweetness to our banoffee pie. I can never resist dipping a spoon in the tin before using this and the taste was divine - sweet, full of delicious caramel flavour and incredibly rich and smooth. In the tin, it does taste a little 'wet' which is difficult to get used to! Within our banoffee pie, it complimented the other layers and the taste came through perfectly. The banana taste was perfect with the caramel flavour and it proved to be a really enjoyable dessert but not something I would eat too much of as it does become sickly and the sugar content is enough to make anyone only want one piece at a time!
Overall I recommend Carnation Caramel. I personally wouldn't just use it as an ice cream or pancake topper as it would be a waste of a tin but for desserts/pies where a full tin is required, this is perfect. Carnation Caramel is tasty and is of a high quality so I can highly recommend it. I will be trying out other recipes with this caramel in due course. Each time I have used this product it has peformed well. It is something I would buy it for a specific baking activity rather than have in the cupboard as it would be too tempting to open it for a sneaky taste!
Our banoffee pie cost approx £3.50 to make and took around 30 minutes to prepare and serve with minimal fuss.
Thanks for reading :)
For a banoffee pie that will serve 12 (apparently though we got 6 decent portions) :
*Melt 100g of butter (I used Willow block butter and melted on the hob)
*Crush 250g of digestive biscuits (I used Tesco Value and crushed them in my blender though you could put
them in a bag and beat the living day lights out of them!)
*Mix the butter and digestive crumbs together and press the finished mix into a 20cm tin ensuring you cover the sides and base (I didn't bother with the sides). Chill 10 mins.
*Spread the tin of caramel over the base and chill until you are ready to serve.
*Chop 4 small bananas over the caramel (I used 2 large bananas and thinly sliced them)
*300ml of whipping cream - whip it up and spoon over the bananas (I personally bought the pre-whipped Tesco cream as I can never whip cream properly!)
*Top with grated chocolate (I forgot so finished off with sprinkles!) but I feel a sprinkle of cocoa powder would be lovely too. Serve and indulge!
You can also make small, individual pies and you can also use chocolate digestives and mix 200g of melted chocolate into the caramel for a chocolate banoffee pie.
The recipe on the side of the tin was for Banoffee Pie; it stated also that it would serve six people. Not six of me it won't, perhaps 4 at a push because I luvs me Banoffee Pie. They must make the cans in batches since there appears to be different recipes, so if you intend to purchase ensure you are no replicating a previous purchase, that way you can collect them all. Alternatively you can visit the excellent website and get even more super recipes.
Carnation milk has been popular in our family for donkey's years, initially it was used as a topping for fruit and for this purpose it is delicious. A while back they decided to add another variety to their range and this one is Carnation Caramel. You can imagine my delight being a sweet-toothed old codger I just had to have some. The 397g tin retails at around a quid, which I think is reasonable. Each tin contains 148 calories, 27.6g of sugar, 3g of fat of which 1.9 are saturates, and .1g of salt. So now to the good stuff.
As indicated each tin has a simple recipe to produce some really tasty sweets, the website contains some real crackers such as Toffee Apple Tart, so a visit there is almost imperative for us sweeties. As you'd expect each recipe requires a tin or a large portion of a tin of this thick milky caramel madness.
The can is of the ring pull type and when opened reveals light brown creamy thick milk like substance, which I feel, I could just dive into. There is a hint of caramel in the smell but it is predominantly a sweet smell. A dip of my finger to sample gives me an idea of things to come. Now I have used the normal Caranation for millionaire's shortcake many times, but I was soooo looking forward to doing it with the Caramel version. The caramel flavour was oozing deliciousness with every lick of my finger, there was a chance if this persisted that there would not be sufficient to make the millionaire's shortcake.
I'm not going to explain the process of making this delight since most will know or simply buy the pre-made stuff. If you are in the later I suggest a shift in stratagies since this version is far superior to any you may have tried. It also makes rather spiffing tablet, with a tinge of caramel.....................now how good does that sound.
This stuff I could and have eaten straight from the tin, it may be slightly sickly in it's can state, but when added to any of the recipes it produces some really spectacular sweets. The kids will love it, and most of the recipes will allow for them to get involved in the making of your chosen recipe. I have printed off some of my favs, but I keep returning and finding another delight to add to the list of deliciousness. For a
Oh my gosh this stuff is just gorgeous & I wouldn't have known anything about it until my daughter came home this weekend & shopped for the ingredients needed for her famous (thanks to Dooyoo) recipe for Banoffe Pie.
I haven't honestly bought condensed milk for many years so I was initially a little shocked to see that it cost £1.24 at Tesco (29th May) but my daughter tells me that it usually costs around £1.70. The can is as shown in the picture, contains 397 g , has a ring-pull opener & can be recycled after use.
As soon as it's opened there's a lovely creamy, caramel smell which just makes you want to grab the nearest spoon to dive in & taste it. It's lovely & thick & there's no mistaking it is caramel. It's very sweet of course & buying it this way is a lot dearer than making your own but for the convenience & taste I think it's well worth the extra money.
I watched my daughter making the pie & was amazed at how well it spread, how there were no lumps of bits & how it retained it's thick texture - it just seems to be one of those products that does exactly what you want it to do without being messy or having a mind of its own.
My daughter has also made caramel slices with this which must be far cheaper than buying packets from the shops/ bakers.
I have to say something about the colour too here - it's a 'proper' caramel colour (about the same/ slightly darker) than a Caramac bar & begs to be eaten.
If you ate too much at a time it would probably be a bit sickly but used in a recipe or eaten responsibly(!) I'm confident that anyone with a sweet tooth would enjoy this product.
I felt it only fair to fellow Dooyooers to warn you of the nutritional values - ready? - per 50g =148 calories & 27.6g sugar, but surprisinglly low 3g fat. Considering this product is often used alongside other unhealthy ingredients (unlike chocolate bars) there's a lot of 'naughtiness' about this milk - but I have to say, hand on heart - it's lovely!
Recently I've got into making banoffee pies, definitely appreciated by my somewhat dysfunctional household (which at the moment consists of three cats, two housemates, a fussy boyfriend and a gender-confused guy called Tsunami...don't ask). When I'm making things which include caramel, I normally make it from scratch with brown sugar, but always get frustrated because it's so easy to burn and that ruins the taste completely.
So when I saw Nestle's Carnation Caramel listed in an online recipe, I had to try it out. At £1.79 a can (about the size of condensed milk at just under 500g) it's much more expensive than making your own, but a lot quicker and more convenient. This is particularly true in recipes which require cooling caramel, like millionaire's shortbread and banoffee pie, because you don't have to wait. As millionaire's shortbread often takes me 6 hours+ from scratch, this is a definite bonus.
The caramel can be found in most supermarkets under the home baking section. The tin is easy to open but doesn't have a ring pull, and inside the caramel needs a bit of a stir. It does initially look far too thick, but once you've smooshed it around a bit it's perfect, and has that rich caramel taste that's better than homemade (or maybe that's just my cooking!). As one tin is suitable for one standard banoffee pie it doesn't go very far, but it's enough to do the job which is good enough. Too much caramel is sickly anyway.
I'd only buy this to use in baking because it's far too expensive to use as say, a topping, but it tastes lovely and is very convenient. In case anyone's interested in my cheat's banoffee pie recipe, I've included it below. I've put it up on my website with a series of pictures for guidance, if you want to view it copy and paste this link: http://blossom.nu/banoffee-pie-recipe/
1. Crush a packet of chocolate Hob Nobs (around 150g) into tiny pieces with a rolling pin (in a cake tin), then mix in 75g melted butter and stir.
2. Flatten mixture against bottom of tin and chill in fridge until set
3. Pour over tin of caramel and spread evenly
4. Leave to set in fridge again
5. Slice two bananas lengthways and place across bottom.
6. Whip cream (small pot, around 284g), then chop remaining banana into small chunks and mix in
7. Spread cream evenly over the top, then crumble a bit of Cadbury Flake over it and drizzle on some toffee fudge sauce.
This an amazing tool in baking cheating!!! No more do you have to mix
Carnation condensed milk, butter and sugar and mess around making caramel.... You just open a can of this and your good to go!!
This shaves tons of time from baking and is fantastic if you need a quick
dessert for guests. It's delicious, gooey and creamy, with an amazing toffee flavour. It tastes great in millionaires shortbread or banoffee pie.... With this you can whip up a banoffee pie in 15 minutes easily (quick crushed digestive biscuit base, then pour the caramel on, layer of
bananas, layer of whipped cream - whack it in the fridge and your done!!)
You'll find it in the supermarket near the condensed milk (and usually the
rice pudding, jelly, custard or that kind of thing) and its branded as Dulce de leche caramel. Its quite calorific - 148 calories, 27.6g of sugar and 3g of fat per 50g... which considering it comes in a 375g tin is really quite bad. But its for making desserts with and it goes quite far so you wont be eating the whole thing in one go and you dont expect desserts to be the most healthy of the food groups anyway!! But it is because of the calories that ive knocked off a star.
It costs £1.79 a can, and is well worth having in as a great time saver. For the price - id never bother making caramel from scratch again!!!!
Sweet tooth? Love puddings? I have to admit I love most puddings especially creamy ones and quite like Banoffi Pie - at least you're getting some fresh fruit to help towards the 5 a day target!
My daughter told me how good Nestle Carnation Caramel was, and I admit I had heard about it (also called "Dulce de Leche") but had always thought making my own caramel was better. The old way was to boil a tin of Condensed milk for at least 2 hours, and 3 or 4 was even better giving a much firmer caramel which after chilling in the fridge for 24 hours could be sliced. Most people would boil 2 or 3 tins at the same time as it was a time consuming job and you had to keep the tins covered or there was a risk of explosion!
I bought a tin to try when we went on a family holiday and along with some digestive biscuits, half the weight in butter or margarine plus some double cream and bananas we soon had a delicious pudding. Equally good with fresh strawberries!
Caramel is really sweet as you may guess and a beautiful caramel colour, the consistency is creamy, not thick enough to slice but will keep a bit of shape unless you decide to spread it evenly. The tin has a brightly coloured label, typical of other Carnation products in red with a photo of a mini banoffi pie. The tin contains 397grams and there is plenty of information to read regarding the calories per serving, enough to put you off eating too much! In each 50 gram serving there is 148 calories - add to that your biscuits, butter, cream and bananas and you have a very high but delicious calorie pud! There are 3 grams of fat and 0.1grams of salt so they are not quite so bad. The ingredients are Milk - both skimmed and whole, sugar, and stabiliser.
The tin has a fairly long shelf life and once opened - using the ring pull can it will keep covered in the fridge for about 3 days. The tin is recyclable and it is also suitable for vegetarians. There is a recipe on the label and the website is given for more recipes.
As there are only 2 of us now at home I made small banoffi pies in ramekin dishes so only used a little of the caramel. I used some more another night in cappuccino cups layering crushed biscuits, crème fraiche and caramel with a bar of fudge chopped and sprinkled over the top, and tonight I finished it up with a Sticky toffee pudding as it is so cold and snowy and I felt like comfort food! I used 2 oz each of margarine, soft dark brown sugar, SR flour and 1 egg. Plus some chopped dates and walnuts, beaten together just like a sponge and placed over the caramel in a greased dish and baked at Reg 4 for 30 minutes. The tin cost £1.79 compared to £1.28 for ordinary Condensed milk, I think 50p for a few hours time and fuel is well worth it and avoids the risk of the tin exploding and caramel going all over the kitchen! It will make a pie that will serve 6 -8 people and two people had 3 generous puddings out of one tin so that was quite reasonable.
No good if you're diabetic or trying to diet but otherwise an occasional treat will do harm. A favourite at our local church coffee mornings is pastry tart cases (Marks and Spencer make good ones!) filled with caramel and a little cream and grated chocolate on top- called caramel cup cakes. Simple and look as if you have spent ages slaving over a hot stove.
Verdict? Useful store cupboard ingredient for clever desserts.
What is it?
Carnation Caramel or Dulce De Leche to give it its proper name is a ready-made caramel from Nestle Carnation.
It's ingredients comprise of Milk (Whole & Skimmed), Sugar, and Stabiliser (Disodium Phosphate).
Per 50g serving you will be consuming 148kCal, 3g of fat, 1.9g Saturated Fat, 27.6g sugar and 0.1g salt.
I love banoffee pie but had never been brave enough to try it, as I didn't fancy boiling the condensed milk. One day I decided I'd give it a go so bought in all the ingredients and put the condensed milk in to boil. I was paranoid it would explode but it didn't. I then managed to cut myself when opening the tin and burnt myself on the hot caramel, which was now inside. I made the pie and all was ok but desided that it was all abit traumatic.
Next time I was in the supermarket there on the shelf next to the condensed milk was ready-made caramel.
It comes in a tin with a ring pull top, no more cut fingers!! Just open the tin and use the caramel, banoffee pie never became easier to make.
It tastes great, ok its not good for you in a health sense but we can all have a treat now and then.
The can even has a banoffee pie recipe on the side.
Can size 397g
Available in most supermarkets.