Perfect Microwave Caramels
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These Caramels are perfect because they are soft, and creamy, and dreamy and the are made in the microwave. No scorching, no constant stirring, no candy thermometer. Just a microwave and a spoon, that's about all you need!
Recipe type: Candy
Cuisine: American
Serves: 48-60
  • 1 c. butter
  • 2½ c. brown sugar, packed
  • 1 c. light corn syrup
  • 1 14 oz. can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • dash sea salt
  1. Line a pan with parchment paper and spray paper with baking spray. If you want taller caramels use a 9 x 9 pan. If you want short caramels use a 9 x 13 pan. If you want medium sized caramels use an in between sized pan. That's what I did.
  2. Use a large microwave safe bowl for this recipe. Make sure your bowl is pretty big or the caramel will boil over.
  3. Melt butter in bowl.
  4. Add brown sugar, corn syrup and sweetened condensed milk to butter. Stir to combine.
  5. Microwave 4 minutes. Remove from microwave and stir.
  6. Microwave another 4 minutes. Remove from microwave and stir.
  7. Microwave another 4 minutes. Remover from the microwave and stir.
  8. Do a soft ball test by dropping a small ball of caramel into a glass of water. Check to see how soft the caramel. is. The caramel should hold together in a ball and be pretty soft. Determine if caramel is the consistency you would like. If caramel is a little to soft still microwave for another 1-2 minutes. I microwaved mine for 1 more minute and it still produced a very soft caramel.
  9. Once you've reached desired consistency remove caramel from microwave and stir. Add vanilla. Add a dash of seas salt if desired.
  10. Pour caramel mixture into prepared pan.
  11. Let caramel sit until completely cooled.
  12. Remove from pan and cut into squares. Wrap in small squares of wax paper or store in an air tight container.
  13. Store in refrigerator.
Recipe by Little Dairy On the Prairie at