It was the Irish!Fell asleep at the fire while drinking and woke up to some good Caramel! Same way they invented that burnt beer. The Beer tastes like s**t ( my opinion) but the Caramel rocks.
On a seriouse note I think that a google search into the history of sugar might help. Refined sugar has not realy been around for that long in quantities sufficient for cooks to burn so I think its a fairly recent addition to our culinary useage. Honey and molases (besides fruit and veggies) I think were the mainstay of sweet tooths for most of mankinds history!
I still think it was the darn hard drinking Irish!
OOPS, Im half Irish so excuse me and never mind..........Douglas