Tomato Caramels

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Caramelization is the removal of water from a sugar, proceeding to isomerization and polymerization of the sugars into various high-weight compounds. Compounds such as difructose-anhydride may be created from the monosaccharides after water loss. Fragmentation reactions result in low-molecular-weight compounds which may be volatile and may contribute to flavor. Polymerization reactions lead to larger molecular weight compounds, which contribute to the dark brown color. by Wikipedia

  • 200 g Tomato juice, salted
  • 400 g Caster sugar
  • 60 g Kerrygold butter, diced
  1. Line a loaf pan with tin foil and generously grease the bottom and sides with corn oil. Set aside.
  2. Place sugar and tomato juice in a saucepan. Cook the mixture over the medium heat, stirring constantly, until sugar dissolves and mixture just begins to simmer. Stop stirring. Continue to cook the mixture over medium heat until it reaches 120C/240F.
  3. Turn the heat off, then stir in the butter until well incorporated. Turn the heat back on, continue to cook over medium heat until the thermometer reads 125C/250F, the firm ball stage. Remove from heat immediately and set the pot aside to cool for a few minutes.
  4. Pour into the prepared loaf pan and cool until set. Cut into rectangles and wrap with baking paper. Store the caramels in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.

74 comments:

Heavenly Housewife 20/2/10 10:05

That look so cool. I never would have thought of this, you are so clever :D
Have a fantastic weekend daaaaaaahling.
*kisses* HH

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Dajana 20/2/10 10:58

That's so interesting, tomato caramels - would have absolutely never thought of this combination myself. Excellent. It must have a very particular taste.

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MaryMoh 20/2/10 11:30

Wow.....I have to try this. Angie, you are just brilliant! These look gorgeous! I think I will eat lots....still Chinese New Year mood...hehe. I will have to try this with sweet potatoes :D

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Ju (The Little Teochew) 20/2/10 11:45

This is BRILLIANT, Angie!! Fancy using tomatoes as a candy! As always, only you can think of it.

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Jagruti 20/2/10 13:35

Wow..looks awesome and cool!!!!!!! pics making me drool..;-)) very intresting and brilliant Angie....

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KennyT 20/2/10 13:48

OMG, Angie, this is really cool, I had never tried tomato caramels before, perhaps they will become a big hit in the market soon!

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5 Star Foodie 20/2/10 14:39

What a unique creation! I love the idea of tomato caramels and can't wait to try these!

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Nostalgia 20/2/10 15:05

This is new and extremely exciting to know about. Seems simple but I am guessing there is a lot of stirring involved..very nice.

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denise @ quickies on the dinner table 20/2/10 15:33

Unusual and brilliant! Wish I'd thought of it first :D I love tomato juice and I can almost imagine how this would taste. Great post!

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♥peachkins♥ 20/2/10 15:41

I make candied tomatoes but not tomato caramels..

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Shirley @ Kokken69 20/2/10 15:45

Angie, this is ingenious! Tomato caramel, tangy and sweet- I am sold!

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Vrinda 20/2/10 15:56

WOw looks like our halwa...nice recipe Angie,lookks awesome

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zurin 20/2/10 16:02

Wow !! Angie!! ur a genius..brilliant idea and beautiful n I wonder what it would taste like,,,but I can imagine! ^^

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Biren 20/2/10 16:31

Wow! That's really creative! I must try it as I am curious about the taste. It looks awesome!

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Anncoo 20/2/10 16:39

WOW Angies! This is awesome and I must try it soon. I had a similar recipe by using gelatine but yours is so much easier. Thanks for sharing :)

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A 2 Z Vegetarian Cuisine 20/2/10 16:47

Very unusual, yet interesting recipe....good to know there is no gelatin in it..

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Tina 20/2/10 17:47

Wow looks like halwa....So tempting and yummy...

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Bob 20/2/10 20:19

Intriguing and ingenious! They look awesome.

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Erica 20/2/10 21:52

Wow!This is interesting!!! I would love to try them :)

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Priya 20/2/10 21:57

Very unusal caramels, looks gorgeous..

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Andrea@WellnessNotes 20/2/10 23:52

Amazing! What a beautiful and creative creation!

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Cinnamon-Girl♥ 21/2/10 02:35

These are so unique Angie! You come up with some of the best recipes! These rock!

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Chow and Chatter 21/2/10 03:05

oh wow this is so creative love this have a great weekend Angie

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Joy 21/2/10 04:25

Extraordinary! What lovely surprises I get as I read through blogs, and this is one of them. I would never have thought of it!

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Tuty @ ScentofSpice 21/2/10 06:53

Angie,

I almost can't believe what I read... Is the texture similar to Dodol?

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petite nyonya 21/2/10 07:41

this is really, really interesting, who would've thought of caramelizing tomatoes! are the little morsels eaten just like candies or do you use them for cooking?

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Angie's Recipes 21/2/10 09:22

Thank you, my friends, for taking time to drop by!
Tuty: Yep.
petite nyonya:I eat them as a candy with some freshly brewed Puer tea. I guess I need to use the rest of them to bake muffins. These are too darn sweet for me.

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Pei-Lin@Dodol and Mochi 21/2/10 09:51

Teehee ...! This sounds very interesting!! I've never thought of having tomatoes in my caramel! Thank you for the recipe!!

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hungryc 21/2/10 12:56

I love tomatoes, and these tomato nibbles are really up my alley. Will let you know how it turns out when I get around to trying this recipe. They'll a nice change from toffees as party treats

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pigpigscorner 21/2/10 15:28

wow a great tomato snack! The texture looks really good.

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Fearless Kitchen 21/2/10 17:22

This is interesting. I've never seen tomatoes used in this way!

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Pavithra 21/2/10 19:12

OH wow that looks gorgeous...i must try it out imme .. looks so good and makes me drool angie thanks for sharing this.

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Gulmohar 21/2/10 23:00

What a cool idea, Angie...Looks so wonderful with that brilliant red color !

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Claudia 21/2/10 23:04

Oh - do I need to try these... so you have them with tea? They are gorgeous! I love tomato-anything!

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Hornsfan 21/2/10 23:29

How terribly interesting, I feel inspired to make some caramels!

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noobcook 22/2/10 03:47

They're so cute! How nice to make your own candy :)

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ARUNA 22/2/10 04:35

This looks irresistible!

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Sook 22/2/10 05:14

Oh wow, I've never tried these before. Tomato caramels sound intriguing! Yum!

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tigerfish 22/2/10 05:39

First time I am hearing this and seeing this! Awesome!

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kothiyavunu 22/2/10 06:44

Hi Angie...hope u r doing fine :) I missed many of your posts, with try to catch up soon. Those tomato carmels looks gorgeous and brillant idea...feeling like to take a bite :)

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Beachlover's Kitchen 22/2/10 07:05

at first glance I thought it's "nian gao"!! didn't know tomato juice and make caramel.Today I learn something new!!

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Trissa 22/2/10 12:26

Angie, tomatoes as candy is truly genius! I would love to know how this tastes! Rather, I would love to taste it!

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3 hungry tummies 22/2/10 13:07

This will be great with cheese!

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Parita 22/2/10 14:55

Thats new to me! Very creative Angie!

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kitchen flavours 22/2/10 15:00

Hi Angie, I'm a new follower to your blog. The tomato caramel is just brilliant. I might try it soon.

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wendyywy 22/2/10 16:06

They look so yummy to me. Wonder if they stick to the teeth, cos I love the feeling of stickiness :)

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tasteofbeirut 22/2/10 16:29

Very original! Who would have thought! caramel and tomato, why not? after all, tomato is supposed to be a fruit! These look luscious!

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Velva 22/2/10 17:36

That is such a cool treat!!! Very creative and unique.

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munchcrunchandsuch 22/2/10 20:18

wat?I cannot belive my own eyes.so innovative.

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TasteHongKong 23/2/10 07:12

Wonderful, brilliant, interesting, Angie!
You ideas are so unusual : ).

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Katy ~ 23/2/10 10:45

This is brilliant!!! We consume a lot of tomato foods in this house as we enjoy it so much; and now I see this. Will definitely have to try this. A keeper...many, many thanks!!!

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faithy, the baker 23/2/10 10:51

These look amazing! What unique flavor too! Kudos!

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Cheah 23/2/10 11:25

Angie, that's a great creation!

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Divina Pe 23/2/10 14:20

I think I've tasted something like this before. I just can't remember what it is. All I know is that the texture is heavenly.

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Shri 23/2/10 14:57

Oh boy!!I am so giving this a try..It is absolutely lovely!

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Tasty Eats At Home 23/2/10 21:03

Angie, what a genius idea. These look gorgeous!

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Bridgett 24/2/10 05:00

Wow, now this is really interesting! What a great photo as well. This is very impressive.

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Joie de vivre 25/2/10 18:42

Angie,
I love the new look of your site, and I love the idea of these tomato caramels as well. How creative!

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Patty 25/2/10 19:05

You are a genius! Tomato Caramels? I can't believe my eyes! Not only are they gorgeous, but they look so sweet and chewy. I am definitely going to try these. Amazing! Thanks for sharing, as always.

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Chef E 26/2/10 16:41

I made tomato honey once, and it was good on fish! I have not make sweets like this, and you always seem to make some of the most creative dishes I have seen!

Lovin this!

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Y 28/2/10 05:00

What a fantastic idea! I'm imagining tomato and olive caramels, as a riff on these.

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Mother Rimmy 28/2/10 23:28

How interesting! I love caramels. I bet these are delicious!

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Xiaolu @ 6 Bittersweets 1/3/10 04:32

What a creative recipe. I'm fascinated by the idea of these flavors together and would love to taste this.

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Blessed Homemaker 7/3/10 04:16

I remember eating something like this when I was travelling but can't remember where. How should I make this without a thermometer?

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Stella 10/3/10 02:07

I love this, Angie. Homemade caramel is one thing, but with tomato-sounds so interesting and delicious. I'm going onto Foodista to vote for this recipe-too wonderful.

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Japanese Recipes 10/3/10 14:30

This looks GREAT.. I will absolutely try this out! Thanks

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Mae 13/3/10 16:11

I am a huge fan of tomato and caramel together - this is a version I would never have thought of, though. Love it.

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Swigs and Grinds 9/5/10 01:40

Holy Cow! That's crazy talk! I love it. I will have to give this a try!
Cheers, H

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Amelia 1/11/13 16:58

Hi Angie, wow... very interesting recipe. It certainly very delightful and beautiful.

Have a nice weekend.

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Catherine 1/11/13 17:06

Dear Angie, This is something different and I bet very delicious. I would love to try.
Blessings dear. Catherine xo

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Barbara 1/11/13 21:47

Those are amazing, Angie! Love the idea...bet it's delicious!

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Serena Bakes Simply From Scratch 2/11/13 04:50

I never have seen tomato caramels before but these look divine! I found you through google plus! Have a fabulous weekend!

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Chris Scheuer 2/11/13 17:07

Angie, how fun, delicious and unique these are. I've never heard of tomato caramels, love them!

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Balvinder Ubi 6/11/13 03:42

I don't believe my eyes , this is so much better than jelly kind of candies. What is kerry gold butter, by the way?

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