During one Christmas vacation in high school, I decided I was kitchen-savvy enough to make some homemade candy.
I grabbed a pot, found my grandmother’s candy recipe in the cupboard, and made my first candy creation attempt.
It wasn’t long before the aluminum pan heated up and burned the candy. A melted plastic trash bag, seven candles and two hours of open windows later, the smell finally went away.
By the time my mom got home, everything seemed perfectly normal!
I learned an important lesson that day: the tools you use really do matter! Making caramel—or any homemade candy, for that matter—is a delicate business that requires vigilance and the proper equipment.