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.

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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.

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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!

Microwave Caramels

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Microwave Caramels
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 6 minutes
Total Time: 21 minutes
Servings: 48
Calories: 49 kcal
Author: Jamielyn

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

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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

Instructions

  1. Line an 8×8″ pan with parchment paper. Run a stick of butter over the top to prevent the caramels from sticking.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Pour caramel into prepared pans and allow to set. You may place in the refrigerator for 20 minutes to cool them quicker.
  5. Cut with a plastic knife and then wrap in wax paper to prevent the caramels from sticking. Enjoy! :)
Nutrition Facts
Microwave Caramels
Amount Per Serving
Calories 49 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 1g 2%
Cholesterol 3mg 1%
Sodium 14mg 1%
Potassium 15mg 0%
Total Carbohydrates 8g 3%
Sugars 8g
Vitamin A 0.8%
Vitamin C 0.1%
Calcium 1.1%
Iron 0.2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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

ENJOY! :)

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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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27 comments on “Microwave Caramels”

  1. 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. YUM! I’m obsessed with caramel! I can’t believe how easy these are.

  3. LOVE that these are made in the microwave! :) So easy!

  4. Can’t believe how easy these are! 

  5. These look incredible! I cannot wait to try this out!

  6. I’m bookmarking this recipe to make next week. I can’t believe how easy these are – so perfect for gift-giving!

  7. Wow, how easy is this? Totally adding this recipe for the holidays ahead!

  8. I cannot get over that these are made in the microwave!

  9. Looks good, and so easy!

  10. to keep them from sticking to each outher any suggestions before placing in giftbags .

  11. I have been making caramel on stove top for a number of years, especially, to give as Christmas gift . My caramel is somewhat darker, well, like the color of caramel. Yours looks much lighter, but takes very little time to make. Can you cook it longer in the microwave to make it a bit darker? I will try your version also.

  12. Can you use unsalted butter?   How many watts is your microwave?

  13. I’m SO going to give this recipe a try for Christmas gifts this year. However, i need to double and maybe even triple or quadruple the recipe. Any cautionary advice on making your recipe in a much larger batch?

    • Hi Stacey! I haven’t tried doubling the recipe, but I would probably only recommend doubling the recipe and then doing another double batch. You made need to add another minute of cook time, just do the ice water test first and then add more time. :)

  14.  Y mixture kept boiling over I microwave. So had to keep stopping it. Caramel was too soft to wrap in wax paper. Going to try again thoigh

    • Definitely try again, it sometimes takes a couple tries to get it just right but it is so worth it! Maybe try using a larger bowl next time and make sure to do the ice water test! :)

  15. I usually make caramels on the stove and use heavy cream in place of evaporated milk.  Would that work in your recipe?

    • Hi! I also have a recipe on the stove where I used heavy cream. I’ve never tried substituting it in this recipe, but I don’t think it would work as well as it does on the stove.

  16. Donna Kay Leemhuis Reply

    Hi Stacey, I fixed these today but I must have messed up mine boiled over in the microwave, there was almost a minute left. I cleaned the microwave, stirred everything again, added salt vanilla and some pecans. I left them sitting on the cabinet they are pretty soft but I took some of them and wrapped in wax paper that didn’t look like any wax paper i ever saw, read the box microwavable, anyway I wrappedsome of them but could I have put them back in and cooked them, they taste goodand disolve in

  17. I tried this and the flavor turned out PERFECT, but it ended up being really hard. I made it exactly according to the instructions, what do you recommend tweaking? I’m going to wait to rate until I give it another shot. :)

    • Hmmm…I would probably recommend decreasing the time by 30-60 seconds. Every microwave cooks things so differently, so they may have been a little overcooked. Hope that helps with the texture! Caramel can be tricky sometimes, I remember when I tried making stovetop caramels it took me about 3 tries to get them perfect.:)

  18. This recipe is totally a keeper! I love it! But BTW, if you put salt on it, first of all, the salt falls off, second, it sucks some of the moister out of the caramel, making it harder to chew. Not to mention cut. It was still very good i my opinion, but just wanted to let you know;)

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