You might hear people say this word two different ways – ‘caramel’ and ‘carmel.’ But which is correct? We’ll go over that in this article, plus you’ll learn how to use the correct spelling of the word in a sentence, as well as pronounce it correctly.
In short, the correct one is:
Out of the two, the only correct word is ‘caramel.’ ‘Carmel’ is technically a proper noun. It’s the name of a city in California about 100 miles south of San Francisco.
So, technically, both words are correct to use. It just depends on the context in which you use them.
‘Carmal’ is not a word.
‘Carmel’ is a city in California.
We just discussed that the difference between ‘Carmel’ and ‘caramel’ is that the former is a city in California, and the latter is a type of candy or a light brown color.
Snickers bars are famous for having caramel in them.
'Carmel,' the city in California, is located about 300 miles north of Los Angeles and 100 miles south of San Francisco.
It lies on the Caramel River, and it has all kinds of restaurants, beaches, and tours.
The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines ‘caramel’ as:
It’s made by heating sugar at high temperatures and is used especially as a coloring and flavoring agent.
It could also mean a firm, chewy, usually caramel-flavored candy made with sugar, cream, corn syrup, and butter.
The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines ‘Carmel’ as:
Are you unsure of how to pronounce these two words? Here’s a short guide.
To pronounce ‘caramel’ correctly, here’s the phonetic spelling:
Now that we’ve got definitions and pronunciations out of the way, let’s look at some sentence examples so you can form some of your own.
To recap, we learned the following:
Remember, never use these words interchangeably because they mean two different things.
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