Easy Microwave Caramels

I love making holiday treats, but I’ve always been a little intimidated when it comes to candy making. I especially enjoy caramels at Christmas, but after a few failed attempts at making them, I gave up. That was, until a few years ago, when I discovered a delicious and simple recipe for microwave caramels! We just made a batch of these today and they turned out perfect, just like they do every time!

Microwave Caramels

1 c. butter
2 1/2 cups packed brown sugar
1 cup light karo corn syrup
1 – 14oz can sweetened condensed milk
1 tsp vanilla

Directions

Generously butter a 9×13 inch pan and set aside. In a large microwave safe bowl melt butter. Add all the remaining ingredients except the vanilla and mix well. Microwave on full power for 4-5 minutes. Remove from microwave and whisk. Microwave on high for another 4-5 minutes. Whisk again. Microwave an additional 4-5 minutes. Whisk while adding the vanilla. Pour the caramel mixture into the 9×13 inch pan. Let cool for 1 – 2 hours. Using a knife, cut into bite size portions and wrap in wax paper. Keep refrigerated.

Like I said, they’ve turn out perfectly for me every time!! It always surprises me when they do, given my track record with making these tasty treats. I think the trick is to take them out of the microwave and stir thoroughly every 4-5 minutes.  If I can make them, then you know this has to be a foolproof recipe! Take it from me, a candy making novice, these caramels are easy and delicious!

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Comments

  1. sam b says

    Just to clarify so I don’t mess these up – do you add the vanilla with the rest of the ingredients like you said at the beginning or after their third and final run through the microwave?

  2. says

    It seems to be wonderfull!!! I would like to try these but can you tell me what “1 – 14oz can sweetened condensed milk” mean? can you tell in gramms please?
    thank you so much for the recipe!

  3. says

    I think you have just spurred me on to start my baking…My daughter LOVES these and we can never get them just right…We have to try this…today! Thanks so much pinning this for sure! ~God bless~~

  4. says

    These are so easy, but I have a quick questions. I made them yesterday cooled them, then put them in the fridge, but even out of the fridge for more than 5 minutes they start to melt is that normal? They are still super yummy, just not very pretty. :-)

  5. says

    I made a batch of this, only I used one cup of brown sugar and one cup of white sugar. It would only be better with 2 cups of brown sugar. The flavor of these caramels is amazing!

  6. Jen says

    How many watts of power does your microwave need to make these caramels? Our old microwave had 1200 watts and made microwave fudge beautifully! But our new microwave only has 1000 watts and it wrecks the fudge now.

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