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How to make rich, creamy homemade caramel sauce with only four ingredients and a foolproof method. This is the easiest, most delicious caramel sauce recipe!

Easy Homemade Caramel Sauce. How to make rich, creamy homemade caramel sauce with only four ingredients and a foolproof method. This is the easiest, most delicious caramel sauce recipe!

Homemade caramel sauce can be tricky to make. But I found a way to make a ridiculously simple and easy caramel sauce and it takes less than 15 minutes to make, start to finish. This is the only way I make caramel sauce these days!

There’s something so delicious about the rich, velvety sweetness of caramel. Whether drizzled over ice cream, incorporated into cakes, or simply enjoyed on its own, caramel has the power to elevate any dessert to a whole new level.

The good news is that you don’t need to be a professional chef to create this delectable treat at home. Anyone can make this easy homemade caramel sauce at home. With a few basic ingredients, you can whip up your own batch of homemade caramel.

Easy Homemade Caramel Sauce on ice cream. How to make rich, creamy homemade caramel sauce with only four ingredients and a foolproof method. This is the easiest, most delicious caramel sauce recipe!

Why you will love this Homemade Caramel:

  1. It is so EASY! Just throw the ingredients into a saucepan and cook them until the caramel bubbles and thickens. No candy thermometer required!
  2. It is rich, buttery, velvety smooth caramel that tastes way better than store-bought caramel.
  3. It elevates any dessert! Pour it on top of homemade vanilla ice cream, sticky toffee pudding, butterscotch budino,and more.
Easy Caramel Sauce Ingredients

Caramel Sauce Ingredients:

This caramel sauce recipe calls for only 4 simple ingredients.

  • Butter — I suggest using salted butter for the salty sweet combination but you can use unsalted butter and add a pinch of salt to the caramel.
  • Brown Sugar — use packed, light brown sugar for this caramel recipe. For a deeper, richer caramel, you can use dark brown sugar.
  • Heavy Cream — this helps to create the velvety, smooth texture of homemade caramel.
  • Vanilla Extract — use high-quality vanilla extract or vanilla bean paste such as Nielsen-Massey vanilla or authentic Mexican vanilla.
How to make rich, creamy homemade caramel sauce with only four ingredients and a foolproof method. This is the easiest, most delicious caramel sauce recipe!

Making Homemade Caramel Instructions:

Making homemade caramel sauce can be easily achieved with a few key tips. Here’s a step-by-step guide to help you make a delicious caramel sauce:

  1. Start with a heavy-bottom saucepan. Add the butter, brown sugar, and heavy cream. Set over medium heat. Stir in the mixture with a whisk as it melts.
  2. Let it come to a gentle boil and bubble up for 2-3 minutes.
  3. Turn off the heat and let the caramel cool in the pan for 5 minutes before transferring to a jar.
  4. The caramel will thicken as it is chilled in the refrigerator.
How to make rich, creamy homemade caramel sauce with only four ingredients and a foolproof method. This is the easiest, most delicious caramel sauce recipe!

Storage:

Allow the caramel to cool for a few minutes in the saucepan before transferring it to a heat-resistant storage container. Once cooled to room temperature, place in the refrigerator. The caramel will thicken as it cools.

Homemade Caramel Tips:

Watch the caramel carefully. It only needs to boil for about two minutes and then it is done cooking. For a thicker caramel, let chill in the refrigerator.

How do I know when my caramel is done cooking?

Once the caramel starts to gently boil, set the timer for 2 minutes. It only needs to boil for about 2-3 minutes. You will start to see it change color. You don’t want to overcook the caramel so watch carefully.

What to serve with homemade caramel?

Your homemade caramel is ready to be used in various desserts, drizzled over your favorite ice cream, or even enjoyed as a dip for apple slices.

Can I use milk instead of heavy cream to make caramel?

No, since caramel has a velvet, thick consistency, it needs that fat in the heavy cream to create a rich, creamy caramel.

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Easy Homemade Caramel Sauce

By: Modern Honey® – www.modernhoney.com
Easy Homemade Caramel Sauce. How to make rich, creamy homemade caramel sauce with only four ingredients and a foolproof method. This is the easiest, most delicious caramel sauce recipe!
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
5 minutes
Total Time: 3 minutes
Servings: 8

Ingredients  

  • 1/2 cup Salted Butter (1 cube)
  • 2 cups Brown Sugar (packed)
  • 1 cup Heavy Cream
  • 1 Tablespoon Vanilla Extract

Instructions 

  • Heat a heavy-bottom saucepan over medium heat. Add the butter, brown sugar, and heavy cream. Stir the mixture with a whisk as it melts.
  • Let it come to a gentle boil and bubble up for 2-3 minutes.
  • Turn off the heat and stir in vanilla extract or vanilla bean extract. Let the caramel cool in the pan for 5 minutes before transferring it to a jar.
  • Place in the refrigerator. The caramel will thicken as it is chilled in the refrigerator.

Notes

Storage:

Allow the caramel to cool for a few minutes in the saucepan before transferring it to a heat-resistant storage container. Once cooled to room temperature, place in the refrigerator. The caramel will thicken as it cools.

Nutrition

Calories: 417kcal, Carbohydrates: 55g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 22g, Saturated Fat: 14g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 6g, Trans Fat: 0.5g, Cholesterol: 64mg, Sodium: 115mg, Potassium: 107mg, Sugar: 54g, Vitamin A: 792IU, Vitamin C: 0.2mg, Calcium: 69mg, Iron: 0.4mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 8
Calories: 417
Keyword: caramel sauce, easy caramel sauce, homemade caramel sauce
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11 Comments

  1. Your recipe looks delicious. One question: is a cube of butter equal to 8 tablespoons (1/4 pound stick)? Thank you.

  2. Hi Melissa, love your recipes!
    I want to make the caramel sauce tomorrow and was wondering if salt could be added to this recipe to make a salted caramel sauce and if so how much do you think that I should add?

    1. 5 stars
      Hi Gay! Thank you so much for your kind words. You can absolutely add salt to this caramel sauce recipe. I generally use salted butter but if you wanted to use unsalted butter, I would start by adding 1/4 teaspoon of salt and then taste it. Then you can add salt by 1/4 teaspoon increments until it is just perfect!

  3. I am going to try this tomorrow it looks yummy
    One question – could you add salt to this recipe to make a salted caramel sauce.and if so how much would you add?

    1. 5 stars
      Hi Norma! Absolutely! I love this idea! It would actually be perfect drizzled over popcorn. I would pour it over the popcorn while the caramel is still warm and it will be perfect.

  4. 5 stars
    I have made this delicious sauce a few times already. My only trouble is eating it before I can use on anything. I even put a couple of spoonfuls in my coffee every morning. Good stuff an dvery easy to make.