Dear Willy Wonka,
As the expert on all things sweet, I turn to you for an answer to this perplexing question – what happened to my caramel?
Why has a perfectly delicious flavour sensation for those of us with a sweet tooth (and very few vices) have to be ruined with a savoury condiment?
My own brief research has turned up the fact that the French are to blame, inventing a salted caramel macaron in the late 1990s, but of course, the Americans had to pounce upon this food cult and take it to the next level.
Then apparently Häagen-Dazs introduced a reserve brand of salted caramel ice cream in 2008; six months later Starbucks began selling salted caramel hot chocolate.
The rest is history and continues to be a source of aggravation to true caramel connoisseurs all around the world, like me.
Please work your magic dear Willy and bring back my good old fashioned caramel, sans salt.