These Homemade Microwave Caramels are soft, chewy and are one of the easiest candies you’ll make during the holidays. Super simple to make and completely foolproof.
I can’t believe this year’s 12 Days of Sugar has come to an end. I don’t know if I’m relieved or sad. Maybe a little of both. It’s a lot of work posting 12 straight days, but it’s also been fun sharing so many delicious recipes with you. I am a little sugared out, but I’m sure that won’t last long.
Day 12 brings us Microwave Caramels, they are even easier than the Polar Bear Paws I shared the other day. They’re truly one of the easiest candies you’ll make during the holidays. I got this recipe years ago from a friend and have made them several times when I’ve been in a pinch for time.
Who knew that you could make something so delicious in your microwave! Now while I don’t think these are as decadent and scrumpotious as my mom’s homemade caramels, they are still delicious, definitely worth making, and are perfect for those of you who are terrified of candy thermometers and don’t have an hour to spend making homemade caramels.
These microwave caramels are a no-fuss, pretty much foolproof recipe that even your kids could make.
Wrap them up and put them in a cellophane bag and they’ll make the perfect neighbor gift.
About the wrapping. . . for years I would cut my own squares of wax paper just because that’s what my mom and grandma did. Thankfully I finally got smart a couple years ago and found precut candy wrapping squares on Amazon. . . they’ve changed my life😂! They have plastic and wax precut squares, just type in “candy wrappers” on Amazon and it will pull up a whole list of them. I’ve also bought them at Hobby Lobby, but you can buy them in bigger quantities on Amazon. Love, love, love them!Honestly, these caramel are so simple to make and you can’t mess them up. You can sprinkle them with a little sea salt afterwards if you want more of a salted caramel. These are a game changer if you think candy making is just not in your blood. You can’t mess these up, I promise.
Let me know if you give these a try or any of the other 12 Days of Sugar recipes. I’d love to hear what you think.
Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go eat some broccoli! Happy holiday baking!Print
- 1/2 cup butter
- 1/2 cup light corn syrup
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 cup sweetened condensed milk
- Pinch of salt
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Butter an 8×8-inch baking dish.
- Place butter in a large microwave safe bowl (I use my 8-cup glass pyrex measuring cup) Cook for 1 minute.
- Remove from microwave and add corn syrup, granulated sugar, brown sugar, sweetened condensed milk and salt; mix until well combined.
- Return to microwave and cook mixture 3 minutes. Remove from microwave and stir well. Return to microwave and cook for 4 more minutes. Remove from microwave and stir in vanilla.
- Pour mixture into prepared baking dish. Place in refrigerator until set, about 20 – 30 minutes. Cut into desired size pieces. Wrap in wax or plastic wrappers.
If you want a thicker caramel, you can actually pour these into a 9×5-inch loaf pan. You could also double this recipe and use a 9×9-in pan for thicker caramels or a 9×13 for a thinner caramel.
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