Sweet Homemade Caramel Recipe

A few weeks ago, Jeff & I were talking about traditions and he remembered homemade caramels as a special Christmas time treat. Given my limited talent in the kitchen, I wasn’t sure if I could pull off Homemade Caramels or not.

Let's make some sweet homemade caramel!
Let’s make some sweet homemade caramel!

Let’s make some sweet homemade caramel

The first batch didn’t turn out well. I didn’t have a candy thermometer, so getting the caramel to the proper temperature was a guess…and I didn’t guess so well! While it tasted really good, it was way too soft and had to be dumped. I guess we could have used it for a caramel topping of some sort, but it was just easier to start all over in this case.

After getting a candy thermometer, and giving it a second try, we were really pleased with the results. I was most pleased, though, that Jeff loved them! Check out our yummy recipe & enjoy!

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Ingredients for Sweet Homemade Caramel REcipe

  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 lb. light brown sugar
  • dash salt
  • 1 cup light corn syrup
  • 1 14oz can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
homemade caramel
Let’s get to the recipe steps!

HOmemade Caramel Recipe instructions

Step 1

Melt butter in a heavy saucepan. Add brown sugar & salt. Stir until thoroughly combined.

Step 2

Stir in corn syrup & mix well.

Step 3

Gradually add milk, stirring constantly.

Step 4

Cook & stir over medium heat until candy reaches firm ball stage (245 on a candy thermometer). This will take about 45 minutes. Make sure you stir constantly so the cooking candy doesn’t burn.

Step 5

Remove from heat & stir in vanilla.

Step 6

Pour into a buttered or heavy-duty foil-lined 9-inch square pan. Cool in the fridge & cut into squares.

Step 7

Wrap the caramel in candy wrappers, store in a cool dry jar or gobble them up right away!

Fun variations to do with this easy caramel recipe

We also made some Turtles with caramel. Lay 4 pecans on parchment paper (turtle’s legs) so that they touch in the center of the Turtle. Pour a tablespoon of caramel in the center, top with melted chocolate & let cool!

Yield: 1 9-inch square pan

Easy Homemade Caramel Recipe

Start a holiday tradition by making this homemade caramel recipe. Now, you don't have to buy expensive ones! You can also do so many fun food crafts with this caramel recipe. Have fun!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Additional Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 lb. light brown sugar
  • dash salt
  • 1 cup light corn syrup
  • 1 14oz can sweetened, condensed milk
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. Melt butter in a heavy saucepan. Add brown sugar & salt. Stir until thoroughly combined.
  2. Stir in corn syrup & mix well.
  3. Gradually add milk, stirring constantly.
  4. Cook & stir over medium heat until candy reaches firm ball stage (245 on a candy thermometer). This will take about 45 minutes. Make sure you stir constantly so the cooking candy doesn’t burn.
  5. Remove from heat & stir in vanilla.
  6. Pour into a buttered or heavy-duty foil-lined 9-inch square pan.
  7. Cool in the fridge for at least 30 minutes & cut into squares.
  8. Wrap in candy wrappers or gobble them up right away!

Have you tried making this easy homemade caramel recipe? How did it turn out? Share your story in the comments!

One Comment

  1. Oh, man. My pants just got tighter reading that. The turtles just put me over the top.

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