Perfect Microwave Caramel is the softest, creamiest, and easiest caramels you will ever make! No constant stirring, no candy thermometer, no-fuss recipe. And they absolutely melt in your mouth!
This post was written in 2016 and updated in 2020. It’s the same recipe with a few more tips!
Justin absolutely LOVES caramel! And I was scared to make it because I’m not patient and don’t like recipes that are temperamental. I’m more of an easy recipe girl.
I found this homemade caramel recipe in a flyer from an RV company. It was just junk mail, and I’m not even almost interested in buying a camper. But, I’m all about an easy caramel recipe, especially if it’s made in the MICROWAVE!
You guys! It’s so easy! And they are PERFECT, SOFT, AND CHEWY!
WHY THIS CARAMEL RECIPE WORKS:
- Quick and Easy – they’re made in the microwave! It doesn’t get any easier than that!
- No fancy equipment or ingredients – you probably have everything on hand already.
- Easy to follow instructions – It’s pretty straight forward!
- Butter – salted or unsalted. Make sure it’s real butter. It gives the best flavor.
- Brown Sugar
- Light Corn Syrup – it’s the best!
- Sweetened Condensed Milk -this is not the same as evaporated milk. It’s thicker and sweeter.
HOW TO MAKE EASY CARAMELS:
STEP 1: Melt butter.
STEP 2: Add brown sugar, corn syrup, and sweetened condensed milk. Stir. Microwave the 1st time.
STEP 3: Stir. Microwave the 2nd time.
STEP 4: Stir. Microwave 3rd time.
STEP 5: Check to see if it’s done, by doing a softball test. See recipe notes below.
STEP 6: Pour in dish. Make sure it’s buttered first, or lined with parchment paper!
This really is an easy recipe and practically foolproof! But there are a few things you need to know.
- The pan – Butter the pan before starting. Once the caramel has finished cooking it will start to set up quickly. You can also line the dish with parchment paper or aluminum foil.
- Microwave wattages vary and that means cook times vary too. You might need to adjust the cooking time depending on your microwave. Older microwaves tend to cook slower and lower than newer models.
- How do I know if my caramel is done? You want to cook it to the soft-ball stage. How do I know when the caramel is at the softball stage? Do a softball 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 the caramel is the consistency you would like. If caramel is a little too soft still microwave for another 1-2 minutes. I microwaved mine for 1 more minute and it still produced a very soft caramel.
OTHER MICROWAVE CANDY RECIPES:
It doesn’t get any easier than making candy in the microwave! These recipes are quick and easy!
- Microwave Peanut Brittle – light and airy
- S’mores Energy Bites – healthy
- Microwave Fudge – add cinnamon bears for fun!
- Caramel Bugles – insanely addicting
- Graham Cracker Toffee Bark – easiest chocolate bark
- Peanut Butter Popcorn – with white chocolate
- Other Easy Candy Recipes
Perfect Microwave Caramels
- 1 cup butter
- 2 1/2 cup brown sugar packed
- 1 cup light corn syrup
- 14 ounces sweetened condensed milk
- 1 teaspoon 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 on full power 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. Sprinkle with sea salt if desired.
- 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.