We’re breaking down exactly how to make homemade caramel sauce. This recipe is the best and easiest you’ll find and it’s foolproof too! It only uses 4 ingredients and always turns out creamy and amazing.
It has a creamy, rich buttery flavor and can be used as a topping for desserts like pound cake, apple crumble bars, or the perfect dipping sauce for fruit.
Caramels are so versatile, right? You can eat them like candies, caramel sauce, toppings. Pour caramel over bananas or brownies for an extra gooey kick, or let one melt in your mouth.
What We Love About Homemade Caramel Sauce
What we love about this recipe is that it’s incredibly easy to make and pretty much foolproof. Using these 4 ingredients you will get a creamy caramel sauce that’s perfect for dipping and desserts. This recipe is super simple and works every time! It also tastes amazing!
No Candy Thermometer Needed!
Another great thing about this recipe is that you don’t need a candy thermometer to make it! A lot of recipes call for a thermometer but this recipe is so simple and makes a creamy caramel without it.
We also love the rich history behind caramel. It’s part of our history with food. Early findings date caramel back to at least the 1650s when American settlers were making hard caramel candies in a kettle. Our updated version has added extras like fat and milk, making the modern caramel we know and love today.
If you have an event, party, or dinner coming up, or want to play around in the kitchen… try making your own easy caramel sauce.
Everything you need to know about caramel sauce is below.
How to Make Caramel Sauce
- Butter – Gives it a buttery, creamy flavor.
- Brown sugar – Creates a sweet, deep sugar flavor.
- Sweetened condensed milk – The base of the sauce.
- Corn syrup – Helps give the caramel a smooth texture and thicken the sauce.
Over medium-low heat, melt the butter and brown sugar and a medium saucepan. Add the sweetened condensed and corn syrup.
Stay away from medium-high heat, as this could burn the sugar.
While the sauce thickens over the next 5-7 minutes, continue to gently whisk the mixture until it thickens and the sugar melts.
Take it off the heat, allow it to cool a bit, then stick it into an air-tight container.
There you have it—a delicious, homemade caramel sauce. Altogether, it should take no more than 15 minutes to have your final product.
Tips for Making Easy Caramel Sauce
- Make it ahead of time. Store it in an airtight container and leave it in the refrigerator for 1 month. You can also freeze it for up to 3 months. If you’re gifting it, it can stay out for 1 day.
- Never leave the sauce unattended. It can quickly burn, so you want to watch it closely as it’s cooking.
- For salted caramel sauce use salted butter.
Frequently Asked Questions
Have Fun Creating This Delicious Treat!
As you can see, making caramel sauce is as easy as 1-2-3.
It requires minimal ingredients, time, or labor, and the end result is a fantastic treat you can drizzle over your other favorite desserts and snacks!
One fun way to use your homemade caramel sauce is for dipping. Add it to a board with sliced apples, pears, and other delicious fruit and dip away! We even added a bowl of salt to sprinkle on the caramel, for salted caramel.
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