Caramels Simplified

No more slaving over the stove for delicious homemade caramels. Give this easy no fail recipe a try today.

Caramels Simplified


  • ½ cup sweetened condensed milk

  • ½ cup brown sugar

  • ½ cup granulated sugar

  • ½ cup butter

  • ½ cup corn syrup

  • ½ tsp salt

  1. Combine all your ingredients in a large microwave-safe bowl. If your ingredients aren't at room temperature, put them in the microwave on high for 30 seconds.

  2. Stir everything together with a wooden spoon or whisk. Cook in your microwave on high for 2 minutes. Stir. Cook for another 2 minutes. Stir and cook for another 2 minutes.

  3. How do you know it's done? 1. Check the temp. it should be between 245-250 degrees. 2. Watch for a slight color change, plus, it will be very bubbly, almost foamy, and will sizzle when you stir it. I've added a picture. so you know what to look for.

  4. Pour your caramel into your pan. Let it cool for about an hour.

  5. Cut in cubes or rectangles. Wrap in strips of waxed paper if you wish.

  • Variations: Add ½ cup cream after it's cooked to make caramel syrup or dip. Pour it directly on popcorn, mix in nuts for nut clusters. Scoop onto a greased pan by the spoonful, dip in chocolate if desired.

||Prep 2 min. || Cook 6 min. || Total 8 min. ||

||36 pieces|| Cost $0.10 each ||

I found a version of this recipe ages ago. Tweaked it and have never gone back to the fussy stove method. Cost is about $3.44 for 1.25 pounds of caramel.

See how bubbly and foamy this is? That's when you know it's done.