In case I didn't mention, I cannot eat dairy. It's really for my nursing infant, but it's still a real pain. I cook with dairy for my family, but I am currently avoiding it myself. So, tonight, in a craving-induced bit of experimentation, I tried to make caramel without butter. I thought I'd try using shortening instead, but it was a complete and utter failure. Now my whole first floor smells like someone torched a bag of marshmallows. I do not recommend this. Not one bit.