Normally, I don't bother too much with looking up recipes unless either baking or confectionery is involved. Well, this time I should have done a bit more research. In trying to making some special Halloween treats, I really botched it up. The above was supposed to end up as curried pumpkin caramels all nicely tied up in little wax paper wrappers for a Halloween party. I should have added the pumpkin much later so that it didn't start to burn before reaching the required firm-ball stage (around 248F). Sorry, everyone: looks like there will be yet another bag of chips tonight.
However, I do take a lot of pride in knowing that I don't have too many of these kinds of failures. It is not too often that I find myself ruining food very far beyond being remotely salvageable. I guess I can be happy with that. Plus, the cider is looking really good and will probably be bottled next week.
But you've got to laugh a little when these things happen (until you realize how much "fun" you'll be having cleaning up burnt sugar). So, do you have any "culinary failures" you'd like to share?