While making caramel do I need candy thermometer?

I want to make caramel squares at home, but I don't have thermometer to take the actual temperature. Can I really make caramel perfectly without candy thermometer. Or shud I invest one?
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PistachioDoughnut February 6, 2012
Thanks! I bought a candy thermometer.. Yay!
 
MrJDanger February 5, 2012
Its just a matter of knowing the different stages and what to look for in them...
 
Mr_Vittles February 5, 2012
Like Amanda said its not a bad idea to own a candy/fry thermometer. But by no means is it completely necessary. What do you think the French masters were using in the beginning? A thermometer will help you, it will make your like easier, but it is possible to make caramel using only your sight and smell. Do yourself a favor and invest in one.
 

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Amanda H. February 4, 2012
I think it's worth the investment -- the temperature has a big effect on the final consistency of caramel. I have the Taylor candy thermometer. Pretty reasonable, I recall.
 
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