Microwave Caramels

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Homemade Microwave Caramels… made in 6 minutes with only 5 ingredients! These will be the easiest candy you will make this holidays!

These Microwave Caramels are soft, chewy and SUPER easy to make! They are pretty dang close to my grama’s caramel recipe. I still love making those caramels every year, but they take quite a bit of time (and stirring), so it is nice to have this recipe on hand for when you need a quick treat. The best part about this recipe is you only need to stir it once. Seriously it couldn’t be any easier. You have got to try them!

Homemade microwave caramels... made in 6 minutes with only 5 ingredients! These will be the easiest candy you will make this holidays!

I love wrapping these caramels up in wax paper and passing them out around the holidays. Everyone always loves them.

Microwave Caramels Ingredients

My daughter helped me go shopping for the ingredients at Kroger (her favorite store because she gets her very own cart and an apple during the trip). We had a hard time finding the karo syrup but the workers were very helpful. I always forget that it is not by the baking ingredients ;)

There’s only a few basic ingredients in this recipe: butter, sweetened condensed milk, karo syrup, sugar and vanilla. The Kroger vanilla is my favorite and is a staple in all our holiday recipes!

 

Homemade Microwave Caramels... made in 6 minutes with only 5 ingredients! These will be the easiest candy you will make this holidays!

Then all you need to do is melt the butter in a large microwave-safe bowl. Add the sugar, corn syrup and sweetened condensed milk and stir until smooth. Place in the microwave and cook for six minutes, stirring half way in between.

Homemade Microwave Caramels... made in 6 minutes with only 5 ingredients! These will be the easiest candy you will make this holidays!

It should be a nice caramel color :)

Homemade Microwave Caramels... made in 6 minutes with only 5 ingredients! These will be the easiest candy you will make this holidays!

I like to test the caramel by placing a spoon in cold ice water. If it comes out the caramel texture, it’s ready. Then pour it in your dish and allow to set.

Homemade Microwave Caramels... made in 6 minutes with only 5 ingredients! These will be the easiest candy you will make this holidays!

Next it’s time to wrap them in your wax paper and enjoy! I love using a plastic knife to cut the caramels. I’ve tried fancy knives and for some reason the plastic knives work better.

Microwave Caramels

Yield: 36 - 48 caramels

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 6 minutes

Total Time: 21 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup salted butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/2 cup sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • Pinch of sea salt, optional
  • 1/4 cup chopped pecans, optional

Directions:

Line an 8x8" pan with parchment paper. Run a stick of butter over the top to prevent the caramels from sticking.

Melt the butter in a large microwave-safe bowl. Add the sugar, corn syrup and sweetened condensed milk and stir until smooth. Place in the microwave and cook for six minutes, stirring half way in between.

To test if the caramel is ready, place a spoon into the caramel and then into a cup of cold ice water. If it resembles a soft ball (the texture you'd want your caramels to be), then it's ready. If it's still too soft, cook for an additional 30 seconds to 1 minute. You don't want to overcook or they will be too hard. Stir in vanilla and a pinch of sea salt. Add pecans if desired.

Pour caramel into prepared pans and allow to set. You may place in the refrigerator for 20 minutes to cool them quicker.

Cut with a plastic knife and then wrap in wax paper to prevent the caramels from sticking. Enjoy! :)

Homemade Microwave Caramels... made in 6 minutes with only 5 ingredients! These will be the easiest candy you will make this holidays!

ENJOY! :)

This post is brought to you by Kroger. Follow them on Instagram or Pinterest for more recipe inspiration.

SIX MINUTE microwave caramels! I can't believe how easy these are! They taste like caramels you would buy from the bakery! So soft and chewy!

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Creative director and founder of I Heart Naptime. Jamielyn aspires to reach women, get their creative juices flowing, and to genuinely inspire. When she’s not creating, Jamielyn loves to chase her three little monkeys and snuggle up on the couch with her man.

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Comments

  1. 2pots2cook posted on December 1, 2016 at 3:37 am (#
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    Love it very much. It could also be a perfect ingredient for a lot of dessert we make these days ! Thank you and have a pleasant day !

  2. Kelly - A Side of Sweet posted on December 2, 2016 at 8:24 am (#
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    YUM! I’m obsessed with caramel! I can’t believe how easy these are.

  3. carrie @ frugal foodie mama posted on December 3, 2016 at 6:23 pm (#
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    LOVE that these are made in the microwave! :) So easy!

  4. Jessica | Novice Chef posted on December 4, 2016 at 8:53 pm (#
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    Can’t believe how easy these are! 

  5. Brandy | Nutmeg Nanny posted on December 4, 2016 at 8:54 pm (#
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    These look incredible! I cannot wait to try this out!

  6. Joanie @ ZagLeft posted on December 5, 2016 at 9:51 am (#
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    I’m bookmarking this recipe to make next week. I can’t believe how easy these are – so perfect for gift-giving!

  7. eat good 4 life posted on December 5, 2016 at 10:28 am (#
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    Wow, how easy is this? Totally adding this recipe for the holidays ahead!

  8. Krista posted on December 5, 2016 at 9:52 pm (#
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    I cannot get over that these are made in the microwave!

  9. Lauren posted on December 7, 2016 at 4:08 pm (#
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    Looks good, and so easy!