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Microwave caramel recipe

Homemade Microwave Caramels... made in 6 minutes with only 5 ingredients! These will be the easiest candy you will make this holidays!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time6 mins
Total Time21 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Microwave Caramels
Servings: 48
Calories: 49kcal
Author: Jamielyn Nye


  • 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
  • 1/4 cup chopped pecans , optional


  • Line an 8×8″ pan with parchment paper. Run a stick of butter over the top to prevent the caramels from sticking. Set aside.
  • Melt the butter in a large 8-cup 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 dip 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. Then remove from microwave and stir in vanilla and a pinch of sea salt. Add pecans if desired.
  • Pour caramel into prepared pans and allow to set. Sprinkle with sea salt if desired. 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! :)



Calories: 49kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 3mg | Sodium: 14mg | Potassium: 15mg | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 40IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 11mg