Snack: Salted Caramel Dip
Brain Booster Rating: 6 out of 10. The sugar in the caramel will wake you up, at least for a few hours. If you dip fruit in the caramel, your snack is a little healthier.
Equipment: Small saucepan, whisk
Ingredients: Sugar, water, cream, salt
When it comes to late-night snacks, most people fall into either the salty or sweet category. You either crave some chips or ice cream. I, however, often have trouble choosing. I want them both, which is why salty-sweet snacks are the perfect compromise. Chocolate-covered pretzels? Anything with honey mustard? Yes, please.
One night, hungry and with little food lying around, I decided to try making some salted caramel sauce. Salted caramel has recently become quite trendy, with good reason. It’s sweet and salty at the same time, which just leaves you wanting more. When you add chocolate into the mixture, you’re bound to end up with something amazing. If you haven’t tried a salted caramel chocolate bar yet, do yourself a favor and track one down.
Yet though salted caramel has gourmet connotations, it’s super easy to make. You simply mix sugar and water together, let it boil until the sugar turns brown and caramelizes, and then add in some cream and salt. The only tricky part is that the sugar can go from underdone to burnt in a matter of seconds, so you have to watch it carefully. But overall it takes no more than ten minutes, which leaves you with plenty of time for studying, right?
Hillary Pollak is a junior at New York University, where she studies sustainable food systems and alternative health. She enjoys snacking on just about any fruit and is known for eating her friend’s apple cores.
Salted Caramel Dip
Makes 2/3 cup
½ cup sugar
2 tablespoons water
1/3 cup heavy cream
¼-1/2 teaspoon salt, to taste
Mix the sugar and water together in a small saucepan. Place pan over medium high heat and let it come to a boil without stirring. Let boil until the sugar turns an amber brown, 3-5 minutes. Remove from the heat and whisk in the heavy cream (be careful—it can splatter!). Whisk in the salt and continue to whisk until smooth. Serve with sliced fruit, cookies, or just about anything you want.