Homemade Caramels Recipe

I love homemade caramels, but have always been so intimidated by them. I then got up the courage to make these, and they were out of this world. They were so easy to make and tasted absolutely amazing. You will love these.

Every Christmas season, our neighbors would bring over a plate of goodies. You always wanted to be home when that plate arrived, or you would be left with crumbs of delicious chocolates and treats.
I would fight for those lovely, little caramels.  I finally decided to take matters into my own hands.  I made caramels.
I thought it was going to be so hard, but they were are a breeze. Now I don’t have to fight my sisters off for one piece of caramel.
I finally went out and bought a candy thermometer.  It was a lifesaver. They are only $2.97 at WalMart right now.
They have always intimidated me in the past, but after making these caramels, I realized how helpful they are. I am excited to use my candy thermometer more often.
I threw some in a bag and had an easy gift for neighbors. You can print off the tag for free HERE.

make them sweet and savory

I love the combination of sweet and savory.

I have always been a fan of salted caramels, but I made my own, and became their number one fan. These were so delicious and so easy to make.

I just added a little bit of sea salt, to the caramel. Once it is in the pan, I would sprinkle it over. If you wait to long, you may be to press it in with your hands a little.

We recommend just sprinkling it on top, not mixing it in, to the caramel.

how to clean a sticky caramel pot:

Cleaning up, after making homemade caramels, can be a big pain.

However, there is a simple solution to cleaning up a sticky, caramel covered pan. We recommend filling up the pan or pot with water, and letting it boil.

The caramel will melt and dissolve off the sides.

you can even put in the tip of your candy thermometer towards the end, and let that caramel, melt off as well.

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Serves: 50

Homemade Caramels Recipe

15 minPrep Time

15 minCook Time

30 minTotal Time

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  • 1 cup butter
  • 2 1/4 cups brown sugar (firmly packed)
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup light corn syrup
  • 1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla


  1. Melt butter over stove top. Add brown sugar and salt, mixing well. 
  2. Stir in corn syrup. 
  3. Gradually add milk, stirring constantly. 
  4. Cook and stir over medium heat until candy reaches firm ball stage (245 degrees). 
  5. This will take 12-15 minutes approx. 
  6. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla. 
  7. Pour into greased 9x13 pan.  Let cool. 
  8. Cut into 48 pieces with a sharp knife.
  9. Optional:  Wrap each piece in wax paper.



4606 cal


185 g


776 g


5 g
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(Recipe from Food.com)
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43 Responses to “Homemade Caramels Recipe”

  1. i made these, my first time trying to make caramels. my taste testers were so very impressed! one described it as "a nice creamy flavor and texture when you first put it in your mouth then after you swallow it , you get another beautiful burst of the most scruptious flavor your mouth will ever experience" thank you for this easy recipe and making me a big hit :) everyones already asking for more :)
  2. I followed the recipe exactly. The color and flavor is great but mine are really hard, instead of soft and chewy. Any thoughts? I took it off of the heat as soon as it hit firm ball. My son added some sea salt to the top of part of the pan so he could have sea salt caramel. Just wanted them to be soft. I'm stumped. Help please!
  3. Marilyn Demas
    I just saw this post the first time today. I would like to do this but I am a little concerned because of Deann's comment about them coing out hard instead of soft set. I don't see an answer to her question. Can you tell me what may have caused this so I don't make the same mistake. Also, can you tell me how long these candies will last? I don't have a bunch of family to gooble them up so I want to know if they will last a week or so in an airtight tin? Thank you! marilyn
  4. I have made these twice. The flavor is outstanding but, both times I got an area on top where the caramel crystallized and was very gritty. I followed the directions exactly (stopped stirring when it started to boil, used a buttered dish and used a candy thermometer (I even cooked the second batch a little less in case my thermometer was off my caramels were not as firm but still gritty on top) What in the world am I doing wrong? I want to use these as gifts but so far only about 1/2 of the batch is salvageable. Help!
  5. I have made turtles for Christmas and need to know how to store them. I have read that you put them in an air tight container for a week. Well it's two weeks until Christmas and have no other time to make these. Are they going to be okay if left in the refrigerator until needed? I hate to have wasted all these ingredients and money involved. Thanks for any suggestions you can give me. Merry Christmas to you all and Happy New year. Hope to hear real soon from you. Also can they be put in layers in the container seperated with parchment paper without them sticking?

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