If it's made with milk, can caramel be turned into a sorbet? Why, yes it can!
I used Salted Caramel Pepsi Soda, but that was a limited edition flavor last fall and can't be found as of now. But I put an alternative salted caramel drink in the link below that I think will work. It's espresso, albeit salted caramel flavored, but it should do the trick!
I love when the big soda companies come up with limited edition flavors but I don't love the fact they're mostly sold in 12-packs. I can barely make enough recipes with a 6 pack of beer, for Christ's sake! But I took the opportunity to buy a single serving of the salted caramel soda in the coolers they have near the checkout counters.
This was last fall, when no one eats sorbet or ice cream, so I left the bottle uncovered until this summer.
So how does it taste? I didn't actually sip the soda before I turned it into a sorbet but from reviews I read online of people that have, they said it had a fruity taste and a caramel aftertaste.
I found this simple 3-ingredient soda pop sorbet recipe but I didn't want to use vanilla extract, which has nothing to do with caramel. Sure I could've ordered caramel extract, but that's kinda obvious. So I used butter extract(which is a thing) instead and let me tell you, it brought out the caramel flavor and took some of the sweetness out of it.
This sorbet has a one note taste of a combination of caramel and carbonated drink, but long after I shot this video, I decided to put some magic shell on top of the sorbet(flavored coconut butter works too!) and now I'm more inclined to actually take it out of my freezer and eat it.
Like most sorbets and other frozen desserts that are easy to scoop, it melts quickly, so you better eat it fast, but not too fast so as to give yourself brain freeze! That's quite the culinary tightrope to walk on!
My dad didn't like the sorbet because he said it tasted like candy. Well, technically, caramel is candy and is used in candy bars, so he's right about that astute observation.
CARAMEL DRINK: www.amazon.com/Starbucks-Doubleshot-Espresso-Salted-Caramel/dp/B06X9RZWPN/ref=sr_1_7_a_it?ie=UTF8&qid=1531669968&sr=8-7&
You will need:
For the cooking equipment:
A large bowl
An ice cream maker
An ice cream tub
For the sorbet:
20 oz. caramel drink(see HELPFUL LINK)
14 oz. chilled, sweetened condensed milk
2 tsp. butter extract
1. Mix all the ingredients into a large bowl.
2. Turn the ice cream maker on and pour the sorbet mixture into the bowl of the maker. Let the sorbet churn for 12-14 minutes.
3. Turn the ice cream maker off and scoop the sorbet into an ice cream tub. Put the lid on the tub and place the tub in the freezer overnight, or at least 4 hours.