When one has the desire to make caramel sauce, but isn't sure which recipe to use, what does one do? In our case, we made two recipes and performed a taste test. Competing head to head was the Pioneer Woman's Easy Caramel Sauce versus Kitten's Easy Caramel Sauce from Kittencal's Kitchen. The recipes themselves can be found on the respective websites, so we won't repeat them here, but simply report our impressions.
How often does one eat caramel sauce by itself without ice cream as a carrier food? Okay, maybe that's not a good question. Nonetheless, I thought comparing the sauces on ice cream might be a more valid test of the true worth of each one. When applied liberally to vanilla ice cream, Kitten's sauce continues to outshine its competitor. Pioneer Woman's sauce seemed to be easily lost in the ice cream, not contributing as much to the sundae. Kitten's sauce complimented the ice cream well, and added a complexity to the total package as one would expect a good ice cream topping to do.
We have enjoyed several blog posts and recipes from the Pioneer Woman in the past, and we think she has a very tasty caramel sauce, but her recipe came in second in this comparison. Kittencal has a better balanced sauce, in our opinion, one that stands well on its own, and enhances any bowl of vanilla ice cream.