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Best Homemade Caramel RECIPE

Best Homemade Caramel RECIPE is perfect for making caramel apples & all your favorite fall treats & desserts. It's incredibly easy & ready in about 30 min. It truly is THE BEST homemade caramel recipe around.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword caramel
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Cool time 3 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 36 squares
Calories 155kcal


  • 2 cups brown sugar packed
  • 14 ounces sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 cup butter (2 sticks)
  • 1 cup light corn syrup
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract


  • Line a 13x9 pan with foil and then spray it with cooking spray or an oil mister. Set aside.
  • In a 2qt heavy saucepan, combine brown sugar, sweetened condensed milk, butter, and corn syrup. Bring to a boil over medium heat.
  • Cook & stir until the candy thermometer reads 248 degrees (firm ball stage). This should take about 25-30 minutes depending on the BTU's of your stove. Don't turn the heat higher to rush the process.
  • Remove from heat and carefully stir in the vanilla extract.
  • Carefully pour the caramel into the prepared pan. Move quickly as it will firm up fast.
  • Let cool completely before pulling out of the pan by any overhanging foil. Cut into squares and wrap individually with parchment paper.


*Note - do not use the clip on the side of the candy thermometer to attach it to the pot. I have found that when it is resting against the side of the pot, it makes that area of the pot heat higher than the rest resulting in not only an inaccurate temperature reading but also burnt food in that area. I get the best results when holding in the center of the pot for about 30 seconds - just enough to get a reading.
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Serving: 1g | Calories: 155kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 17mg | Sodium: 64mg | Potassium: 59mg | Sugar: 20g | Vitamin C: 0.3mg | Calcium: 41mg | Iron: 0.1mg | Net Carbohydrates: 18g