Homemade Caramels: Make Your Own Monday #29

Homemade Caramels : make them in the microwave without a candy thermometer!
Before I set about writing this post, I did a Google search of “homemade caramels.”  I found a few other bloggers who posted their adventures with stoves and candy thermometers and caramels that turned into hard toffee like substances.  I just wanted to see if anyone had a recipe like mine…One that doesn’t use thermometers or stoves or turn out like toffee.  As you read the ingredients, remember, this is candy.  It’s not supposed to be good for you.
making homemade caramels in the microwave
Microwave for 4 minutes.  Stir.
making homemade caramels in the microwave
Microwave for 4 minutes.  Stir.
making homemade caramels in the microwave
They go great on holiday plates of goodies.  They also go great in the summer when you don’t want to bake or slave over a stove.
 Homemade Caramels made in the Microwave with no Candy Thermometer!  You must keep them in the fridge or they get too soft.

Homemade Caramels: Make Your Own Monday #29
  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 pound brown sugar
  • 1 cup corn syrup
  • dash salt
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  1. Put all of the ingredients except the vanilla in a large microwavable bowl.
  2. Microwave for 4 minutes.
  3. Stir.
  4. Microwave for 4 more minutes.
  5. Stir.
  6. Microwave for 4 more minutes.
  7. Stir.
  8. Microwave for 4 minutes.
  9. Stir, add the vanilla and pour into a buttered 9 X 9 pan.
  10. Let cool on the counter for about 20 minutes (the pan is going to be really HOT when you first pour the caramel mixture into it, so be careful).
  11. Place in the fridge for a few hours.
  12. Cut into small squares.


28 thoughts on “Homemade Caramels: Make Your Own Monday #29

  1. >I agree! This looks so much easier than any recipe I've found. I don't have a candy thermometer, and so this would be perfect for me to try. Thanks for sharing!

  2. >this so beats boiling over a stove and all the things to do when making candies … love the seasonings – which side got eaten' up first?

  3. >Wonderful! I'm definitely bookmarking for my holiday trays!

    Your comment on my blog about my feet really cracked me up 🙂

  4. >These look fantastic. I take issue with your thought that candy is not supposed to be good for you. It's great for the spirit :-). I hope you are having a great day. Blessings…Mary

  5. >I have a recipe for vegan sweetened condensed milk. I wonder if I could actually make vegan caramels. I think I might give it a try. Thanks for the inspiration. What a great idea to make your own caramels!

  6. >Yum, I love caramels. And I like your idea of adding the spicy salt to some of them as well!

  7. >I was wondering how you manage to make all these goodies kids are crazy about, until you said you have 4 kids. That is probably the reason why you make all these little miracles, kids cannot resist. Experience speaks for itself.

  8. >These look awesome! I like your candy features the best. I went and looked at them. I don't see a lot of people making candy but yours is divine! Thanks for stopping by. Epcot mosaic answers are posted. third post down I have had a busy day already.


  9. >While I make all of my stocks, sauces, pickles, pasta, granola, and even butter, I have not braved caramels. But boy does this look tempting! And I had to smile at the no thermometer.

  10. >This is something i never even thought about trying to make before. My biggest fear is I would sit down with the whole tray and eat them till my teeth started to hurt. At least I wouldn't have to fight with those little clear wrappers.

  11. >Oh my gosh. I am making these today. I need the pound of brown sugar (ouch), but it'll be worth it. Caramel is almost like, like, well, like cheesecake!

  12. >OMGosh this sounds amazing I would eat the whole thing. I love you can do it in the microwave.

    I'd be a sea salt taker! GREAT idea for my Christmas Cookie plates I do.

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