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I've seen a recipe using a sweetener instead of sugar for caramel. I'm wondering what kind of sweetener would actually work for this - the recipe didn't specify.

Various sweeteners I've seen in the shop are pretty different:

  • 50% sugar "sweetener"
  • Saccharine based
  • Stevia extract
  • ...

What process am I actually looking at when making a (...) + butter + sour cream caramel? What ingredient makes it possible?

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    ...you mean using a non-sugar sweetener for making the caramel, instead of sugar? I don't think its going to be easy, replicating the physical caramelization of sugar is quite different from triggering sweetness receptors. I mean, there's honey caramels and the like, but any artificial sweetener based caramel is going to be tricky and take some delicate chemical balancing, and it will definitely be specific-sweetener-dependant -my best advice is to look up a dedicated recipe for whatever sweetener you want to work with... I can't imagine subbing sweetener into just any sugar caramel recipe – Megha Jun 10 '18 at 6:23
  • That's kind of the reason for the question. The recipe says only "granulated sweetener of choice", but... that's not really useful in any way :( – viraptor Jun 10 '18 at 6:46
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    then either that sauce is not actually a caramel, but some confection of a sauce that really only does need sweetness to taste, in which case any will do interchangeably (the point then being making that sauce, so only that recipe will do... so if you want an analysis you'd have to post that recipe), or else it's not a real recipe, it just wouldn't work. Random granulated sweeteners do not caramelize like sugar, and each one would have its own properties to account for if trying to make a sugar-free caramel, so they can't be subbed for each other, either. – Megha Jun 10 '18 at 8:03
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    I agree: we need the recipe... – Fabby Jun 10 '18 at 12:00
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    In the recipe, did they rule out sugar? Because that's may be communication mistake, they write "sweetener" thinking "different types of sugar" while you think "sweet things that are not sugar". – SZCZERZO KŁY Jun 11 '18 at 8:47
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I'm pretty sure that what the recipe means by "granulated sweetener of choice" is the choice between Sugar, raw cane sugar, or light or dark brown sugars. All these can be used to create delicious caramels.

  • This recipe was going for a low-carb / no sugar result. I'm pretty sure they meant a non-sugar sweetener. – viraptor Nov 30 '18 at 3:01

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