These simple garnishes are great for topping a whipped dessert like pastry chef Jason Schreiber's Butterscotch and Chocolate Pudding Cups.
Place sugar in a heavy pan and add just enough water to cover. Cook the sugar, without stirring, until it caramelizes.
Pour caramel onto a nonstick baking mat and tilt to spread into a thin, even layer. When caramel has cooled, break into shards.