The key to great homemade caramel is controlling temperature at three critical points in the process. First, cooking your sugar to just the right temperature; second, allowing the finished product to cool properly, and finally, storing the caramel so sugars will not crystalize before you’ve had a chance to eat them.
Candy and Chocolate
Professional Chocolatiers know the secret to perfect chocolate is in the tempering. Tempering is the process of heating and cooling chocolate in such a way that encourages the cocoa butter to harden into a specific crystalline pattern, which maintains the chocolate’s sheen and texture.