A long time ago there was a girl who believed she didn’t like caramel.
That girl was seriously deranged and deeply disturbed.
That girl was ME.
Because now, I can’t live without the stuff. It’s my favorite on apples, in gooey brownies, atop ice cream and by the spoonful. In fact, eating it by the spoonful is exactly how I consumed this caramel immediately upon making it. It’s that good.
But for the longest time I was so petrified about how to make caramel at home. I figured it involved wizardry, candy thermometers and prayers for a successful outcome… all things I didn’t have or couldn’t do. But then I realized it probably wasn’t so bad, so I set out to experiment and boy, was I happy with the results.
This caramel has a couple special things that makes it shine. First, it’s made with real salted butter, which adds to that salty caramel goodness. Next, it’s finished with heavy cream for a thick, rich, utterly divine final product. And it all starts with some white sugar, a litttttle touch of water, and corn syrup. Yes, I know, but the corn syrup helps prevent the sugar from crystallizing when it’s melting. It’s an important little tidbit that helps the final product become so special and rich and delicious. Feel free to omit it at your own risk, but just be reminded of the fact that you’re making homemade caramel for fun… a little corn syrup won’t kill you.
So who’s ready to take this caramel to the next level with me!?
Quick & Easy Homemade Salted Caramel Sauce
- 2 cups white sugar
- 1/4 cup water
- 1 Tbsp corn syrup
- 10 Tbsp salted butter cut into pieces
- 1 cup heavy cream/heavy whipping cream
- 1 tsp more or less, depending on your tastes kosher salt
- First, make sure you're free of distractions. Caramel needs some alone time with you.
- In a large pot (make sure it's larger than you think you'll need), bring together the sugar, water and corn syrup over medium-high heat. Stir until the sugar is moistened, then continue stirring constantly until sugar melts, about 5-7 minutes. Sugar may melt into a liquid, then clump up - this is normal and you should continue stirring, trying to break up the clumps with your rubber spatula or wooden spoon. Eventually the sugar will liquefy again and within seconds begin turning a caramel color. Cook, stirring constantly, until a dark amber color is achieved. BE CAREFUL because this color comes and goes pretty quickly, and you want to make sure you pull it before it burns.
- Once the deep amber color is reached (or desired color is reached), immediately add in the butter and stand back briefly as the mixture will bubble considerably. Continue stirring until butter has melted and mixture becomes creamier. Remove from heat and stir in the heavy cream, being wary of the mixture bubbling aggressively. Stir until the cream is incorporated, then sprinkle in the salt and stir to combine.
- Allow the mixture to sit for about 15 minutes before pouring into mason jars with lids or another heat-proof container with a lid. Mixture will be very hot. Allow to cool to room temperature for the mixture to adequately thicken and settle. Store in the fridge for up to a month.
Have a super sweet day!