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Microwave Caramels

  • Total Time: 13 minutes


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.


  • 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


  1. Butter an 8×8-inch baking dish.
  2. Place butter in a large microwave safe bowl (I use my 8-cup glass pyrex measuring cup) Cook for 1 minute.
  3. Remove from microwave and add corn syrup, granulated sugar, brown sugar, sweetened condensed milk and salt; mix until well combined.
  4. 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.
  5. 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. (*I buy precut wrappers on Amazon.)


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. 

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 8 minutes
  • Category: Candy