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The best easy microwave soft caramels recipe! Perfectly chewy and super simple to make this delicious candy in just 7 minutes!

Homemade caramels made in the microwave and wrapped in wax paper

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During the holidays, I love everything homemade. Soft caramels are no exception.

I love when a neighbor or friend shows up at my door with homemade caramels. They are delicious!

Cut the caramels into your desired shape and size and wrap in wax paper.

I’ve tried making caramels myself on the stovetop, but alas, I think caramel hates me. I am never able to get caramel to set up, be soft enough, etc.

But, these Homemade Microwave Soft Caramels are different. I have made them many times and they are pretty much fool proof, they come out perfect every time, and they are so easy to make! It literally takes 7 minutes.

Ingredients to make Microwave soft caramels

Microwave Soft Caramels Ingredients

  • Butter, melted
  • Granulated Sugar
  • Brown Sugar
  • Light Corn Syrup
  • Sweetened Condensed Milk
  • Salt
  • Vanilla Extract

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How to Make Homemade Microwave Soft Caramels

[1] Begin by melting 1/4 cup of butter.

Begin by melting 1/4 cup of butter.

[2] Add the melted butter, sugar, brown sugar, corn syrup, sweetened condensed milk, and salt to a large microwave safe bowl.

Add the melted butter, sugar, brown sugar, corn syrup, sweetened condensed milk, and salt to a large microwave safe bowl.

[3] Stir together until everything is incorporated.

Stir everything together until everything is incorporated.

[4] Put the bowl in the microwave and set the timer for 2 minutes 30 seconds. (Time is based on 1000 watt microwave. You may need to adjust time and power for your microwave wattage)

Put the bowl in the microwave and set the timer for 2 minutes 30 seconds. (Time is based on 1000 watt microwave. You may need to adjust time and power for your microwave wattage)

[5] Remove the bowl from the microwave and stir.

Remove the bowl from the microwave and stir.

[6] Microwave the bowl again for 2 minutes 30 seconds and remove to stir.

Microwave the bowl again for 2 minutes 30 seconds and remove to stir.

[7] Microwave the caramels for a final 2 minutes. Stir in the vanilla until incorporated.

Microwave the caramels for a final 2 minutes. Stir in the vanilla until incorporated.

[8] Pour the heated mixture into a generously greased 9×9 glass dish.

Pour the heated mixture into a generously greased 9x9 glass dish.

[9] Place in the refrigerator for 20 minutes.

Place in the refrigerator for 20 minutes.

[10] Check to see if the caramels are solid enough to cut into pieces. For me, I let it sit at room temperature for another 10 minutes.

Place in the refrigerator for 20 minutes.

[11] Cut the caramels into your desired shape and size and wrap in wax paper.

Cut the caramels into your desired shape and size and wrap in wax paper.

Pretty simple, huh? And the recipients of your soft caramels will definitely thank you!

Homemade microwave caramels wrapped in wax paper

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Homemade microwave caramels wrapped in wax paper

Easy Microwave Soft Caramels

Yield: 40
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 7 minutes
Passive Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 27 minutes

The best easy microwave soft caramels recipe! Perfectly chewy and super simple to make this delicious candy in just 7 minutes!

Ingredients

  • 1/4 Cup Butter, melted
  • 1/2 Cup Sugar
  • 1/2 Cup Brown Sugar
  • 1/2 Cup Corn Syrup
  • 1/2 Cup Sweetened Condensed Milk
  • Pinch Salt
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract

Instructions

  1. Mix together the melted butter, sugar, brown sugar, corn syrup, sweetened condensed milk, and salt in a large, microwave-safe bowl.
  2. Microwave on high for 2 minutes 30 seconds. Remove and stir. (Time based on 1000 watt Microwave. You may need to adjust power and time for your microwave wattage.)
  3. Microwave for another 2 minutes 30 seconds. Remove and stir.
  4. Microwave for an additional 2 minutes. Remove and stir in the vanilla.
  5. Pour the caramel into a generously greased 9x9 dish and refrigerate for 20 minutes. Let it sit at room temperature until it is firm enough to cut into pieces.
  6. Wrap the pieces in wax paper.

Notes

Microwave times based on an 1100 watt microwave.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 40 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 53Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 4mgSodium: 21mgCarbohydrates: 10gFiber: 0gSugar: 10gProtein: 0g

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Kaela

Thursday 7th of April 2022

How do you store these and how long as they good for? Can you freeze them? Thanks :)

Carrie

Sunday 9th of January 2022

I know the microwave is the easiest solution for these but we do not use a microwave anymore. Replaced with just the air fryer lol how would the temp be on the stove top?

Jennifer

Thursday 30th of December 2021

I made these and they turned out great! Many friends loved them and ended up eating them before they got their treat plate home to their family. I have a friend that doesn’t have a microwave but asked for your recipe. What changes do you recommend for stovetop? Do you know if anyone has tried it on the stovetop?

Nancy

Wednesday 10th of November 2021

What kind of corn syrup? White, dark?

Heather

Wednesday 15th of December 2021

@Mindy, can you use dark corn Syrup?

Mindy

Wednesday 10th of November 2021

White corn syrup 😊

Aimee

Thursday 21st of October 2021

I’m using this recipe for dipping pretzel rods. How can I reheat the caramel without messing it up?

Mindy

Friday 22nd of October 2021

I have never tried reheating it, so I'm not sure. I think you should be able to heat it on the stove over low heat, but keep an eye on it to make sure it doesn't burn.

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