Perfect Microwave Caramels are the softest, creamiest, and easiest caramels you will ever make! No constant stirring, not candy thermometer, no fuss. And they absolutely melt in your mouth!
I found the recipe for Perfect Microwave Caramels in a RV add that came in the mail. Weird right? I guess I was added to the junk mail list after I went to the RV lot and halfheartedly looked at a camper one day. The saleswoman sends RV fliers to me all the time and they have the best recipes on them! It’s the only kind of junk mail I like!
My Grandma made so many different kinds of candies; divinity, fudge, rocky road, hard tack. I always wanted to try making them but my Mom wasn’t into making anything that required the use of a candy thermometer. Although have added a few candies to my recipe box that require a candy thermometer my favorites are the recipes that aren’t quite that precise.
With a name like Perfect Microwave Caramels you know these are going to be easy. It doesn’t get any easier than using the microwave. I think my boys could even handle this one!
Perfect Microwave Caramel – Instructions
First, melt butter in the microwave.
Add sweetened condensed milk, brown sugar, and corn syrup.
Microwave for 4 minutes.
Remove from the microwave and stir.
Microwave for another 4 minutes.
It’s going to start getting thicker after every 4 minutes of microwaving.
Remove from microwave and stir again. Microwave for 4 more minutes.
Remove from the microwave, stir.
Perfect Microwave Caramels – Test for Consistency
Check to see if caramel has reached the soft ball stage by dropping a small ball of caramel into a glass of water.
Remove caramel from water and check to see if it is the right consistency. Even though I like my caramels extra soft I determined my caramels needed to be microwaved for one more minute. They probably could have been microwaved for 2 minutes more and still been just fine. Since I like them soft I stopped after one more minute.
So check caramels for softness and microwave another 1-2 minutes (after this 2 minutes of cooking you will have cooked it 4 times for a total of 13-14 minutes).
Once caramels have reached desired consistency add vanilla and a dash of salt and stir.
I lined my pan with parchment paper and sprayed it with baking spray. Then pour caramel mixture into pan.
Or have your helper do that job. Sprinkle them with sea salt once you have them poured in the pan.
Perfect Microwave Caramels – Storing Them
Let caramels sit until completely cooled. You can put them in the refrigerator to speed the process up if you are impatient like me!
They will firm up as they sit. Remember they will be softer if you choose to microwave them for less time and will be firmer if you microwave them longer. I’m giving you options!
Once caramels are cooled you can either cover with plastic wrap and leave them in the pan. Or you can cut them into pieces and wrap in little pieces of wax paper.
Perfect Microwave Caramels are seriously so easy to make. While the caramel was cooking in the microwave I folded laundry, emptied the dishwasher and swept the floor. What I’m trying to say is that you don’t have to stand by the stove top and constantly watch and stir these caramels. All you have to do is pop them in the microwave, go do a little task, stir, microwave, do a task, stir…I loved my Grandma’s candy making skills, but I’m also super happy to find a recipe that doesn’t really require any skills! If you don’t make any other candies this Christmas, make sure to at least make Perfect Microwave Caramels! So perfect!
Perfect Microwave Caramels
- 1 c. butter
- 2 1/2 c. brown sugar packed
- 1 c. light corn syrup
- 1 14 oz. can sweetened condensed milk
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- dash sea salt
- 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.
- Use a large microwave safe bowl for this recipe. Make sure your bowl is pretty big or the caramel will boil over.
- Melt butter in bowl.
- Add brown sugar, corn syrup and sweetened condensed milk to butter. Stir to combine.
- Microwave 4 minutes. Remove from microwave and stir.
- Microwave another 4 minutes. Remove from microwave and stir.
- Microwave another 4 minutes. Remover from the microwave and stir.
- 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.
- Once you've reached desired consistency remove caramel from microwave and stir. Add vanilla. Add a dash of seas salt if desired.
- Pour caramel mixture into prepared pan.
- Let caramel sit until completely cooled.
- Remove from pan and cut into squares. Wrap in small squares of wax paper or store in an air tight container.
- Store in refrigerator.