Easy Caramel Recipe

5 / 5 ( 2 Reviews )
7 Comments Jump to Recipe

Making homemade caramel can be really easy!

easy caramel

I love to make caramel. I love to eat caramel even more. It is my Christmas tradition to make homemade caramel. I used to dread it because it meant I would have to spend what seemed like forever at the stove stirring the caramel to keep it from burning. It was tricky to get it to the right consistency too. Not too soft, not too hard, but that perfect ball stage. I finally found success when I got a candy thermometer and a good stainless steel pan with an aluminum disk core induction base for fast, even heating.  But I gave up the time commitment and the need for fancy tools instantly when I discovered this fabulous microwave caramel recipe.

microwave caramel ingredients

There are so many different things you can do with Caramel!

Caramel Candy:

how to make caramel

As soon as your caramel is done cooking, pour it on a silicon baking mat until it cools. The caramel peels right off of the silicone mat. No need for oils, butter or even wax paper! Get a little fancy and drizzle on some melted chocolate or almond bark!

make caramel with chocolate


Caramel Apples (that I love serving as Caramel Apple Nachos
caramel apples on a stick

or dip Pretzel Rods in your Caramel for a sweet and salty treat!

Easy Caramel Recipe

My aunt Mary shared this easy caramel recipe with me several years ago and it's by far the tastiest caramel I've ever had... You don't even need your stove! I love to use it for caramel corn, apple slices, dipped pretzel rods, or just as caramels!
5 / 5 ( 2 Reviews )
Print Rate
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Total Time: 13 minutes
Serves: 8
Adjust Servings: 8



  • Combine all ingredients in microwave safe bowl.
  • Microwave for 1-2 minutes, then stir and return to microwave for additional 1 minute.
  • Continue to do this (usually 2-3 more times) until carmel forms a soft ball, and is a chewy consistency.
  • Careful not to cook too long—it’s better too soft than too hard!

Recipe Notes

Towards the end of the cycle the glass bowl gets very hot! Be sure to have a hot pad or towel available for handling the hot bowl.
When using this for dipping pretzel rods, dip into warm caramel, then place on parchment paper to cool.  Enough caramel to make about 15-20 sticks.


Calories: 273kcal | Carbohydrates: 53g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 7g | Sodium: 92mg | Sugar: 53g
Ingredients: Caramel
Meal Type: Desserts, Christmas, Egg Free, Gluten Free, Meatless
Categories: Cookies and Treats

Comments & Reviews

Leave a Review/Reply

Want to see your picture by your comment? Get your custom avatar by registering for free at Gravatar.

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Recipe Rating