There are many delicious desserts and drinks that feature the taste of a familiar sweet treat. Most people know what it looks and tastes like, but many writers aren’t sure how this sugary brown ingredient should be spelled. Is the word caramel, pronounced with three syllables, or carmel, pronounced with only two syllables? Both of these are real words, but only one of them refers to something that tastes good. If you use the wrong one at the wrong time, you risk confusing your readers.
In this post, I will compare caramel vs. carmel. I will use each of these words in at least one example sentence. Plus, I will demonstrate a technique for remembering which word is which, so you will never have to worry whether caramel or carmel is correct again.
Caramel as noun:
A gateau frosted with caramel.
Carmel as noun:
Carmel is a proper noun. This word refers either to a place in California or a mountain in Israel. The word carmel never refers to a food item, and to spell it this way in such a context amounts to a spelling error. Carmel should be pronounced with two syllables, like marvel.
The company recently reformulated all 17 of its flavors, including root beer, orange, black cherry and grape, to remove caramel coloring and achieve Non-GMO Project Verification status. (Food Business News)
When her favourite pony, Caramel, gets sold to an owner who neglects her, Coco and a boy called Lawrie Marshall take it into their own hands to rescue her as well as another horse which is close to foaling. (The Guardian)
Caramel or Carmel:
Carmel and caramel are nouns. The former is a proper noun that refers to one of at least two place names. The latter is a sugary brown food item, and it is a common noun. Carmel is a city in California. Caramel is a type of dessert. Caramel is pronounced with three syllables. Carmel, the city, is pronounced with two syllables. You can use the number of syllables in each word to link it with other nouns of the same type: caramel and aerogel are both three-syllable common nouns, while Carmel and Arnold are both two-syllable proper nouns. These two words are confusing because they are so similar. Rather than make a mistake that could be easily avoided, you should check this article for a refresher if you still need help.