# Caramel forms when table sugar, C_12H_22O_11, reacts with oxygen. What elements make up caramel?

Caramels forms when sugar (i.e. sucrose) is heated for a prolong period.......the constituent elements are $C , H , O$.........
The typical formula for caramels is ${C}_{24} {H}_{36} {O}_{18}$, so the elements of water have been removed from the sucrose. A lot of food science has been devoted to caramel, and if you haven't already made caramel sauce at home (by mixing cold caramel with cream), or made the classic French desert crème caramel (which you would find on menus worldwide!) you should try it.