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Best Nonstick Saucepan for Making Caramel

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.

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