Caramelize

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Caramelize Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    caramelize v
  1. be converted into caramel; "The sugar caramelized" [syn: caramelise]
  2. convert to caramel [syn: caramelise]
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Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Caramelize'


Caramelization (British English: also caramelisation) is the browning of sugar, a process used extensively in cooking for the resulting nutty flavor and brown color. As the process occurs, volatile chemicals are released, producing the characteristic caramel flavor.

Like the Maillard reaction, caramelization is a type of non-enzymatic browning. However, unlike the Maillard reaction, caramelization is pyrolysis, as opposed to reaction with amino acids.

When caramelization involves the disaccharide sucrose, it is broken down into the monosaccharides fructose and glucose.

Caramelization is a complex, poorly understood process that produces hundreds of chemical products, and includes the following types of reaction:

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