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

 

  • 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
  • 1/8-1/4 Teaspoon Salt
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • Pinch of Salt

 

Try this Easy Fast Fudge Recipe HERE!

 

How to Make Homemade Microwave Soft Caramels

 

  • Begin by melting 1/4 cup of butter.

 

Begin by melting 1/4 cup of butter.

 

  • 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.

 

  • Stir together until everything is incorporated.

 

Stir everything together until everything is incorporated.

 

  • 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)

 

  • Remove the bowl from the microwave and stir.

 

Remove the bowl from the microwave and stir.

 

  • 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.

 

  • 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.

 

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

 

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

 

  • Place in the refrigerator for 20 minutes.

 

Place in the refrigerator for 20 minutes.

 

  • 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.

 

  • 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

 

Make sure you pin this recipe so you will have it whenever the need for homemade microwave soft caramels strikes! 

 

More Christmas Recipes:

 

Christmas Crack Chex Mix

Gingerbread Mickey Beignets

Frosted Eggnog Cookies

Cookie Butter No-Bake Cheesecake

Mickey Mouse Gingerbread Rice Krispie Treats

Melt-Away Christmas Cookies

The BEST Sugar Cookie Recipe

Easy Fast Fudge

Santa Sugar Cookies

Gingerbread Sugar Cookies

 

Check out the How-To Video Below:

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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