Microwave Caramels


Oh the things you can make in the microwave! Honestly though, I don’t know if it gets much better than this one, caramel made in the microwave. I got this recipe from my mother-in-law and it is one of my favorite recipes ever! Why? Because this is caramel made easy and they taste completely perfect. She’s used this recipe for about 30 years and she said everyone she gives the recipe to absolutely loves it and I can see why. She also said it’s so easy that her kids always used to make it when they were younger (adult supervision required here though people, this bowl gets HOT!).

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I added a few minor changes to the recipe, like adding some vanilla, adding Maldon sea salt (which is optional but highly recommend, especially if your into the sweet and slightly salty thing), then I used unsalted butter and added a small amount of table salt (I wouldn’t recommend salted butter, it just splatters like crazy. You can see in the step by step photos, that’s what I used the first time around). Also, I recommend stopping and testing around 6 minutes instead of going to the full 7 minutes. My first batch was too hard because I went the full 7 minutes, the time will vary based on your microwave wattage and the how large the bowl is you’re using. You can test either with a candy thermometer or have a bowl of ice + cold water ready so you can dip a small spoonful of the caramel into and test for pliability and whether or not it will hold it’s shape (if it just falls apart and won’t hold a soft ball shape it needs more time). Can you believe that though, caramels made in 7 minutes in the microwave!? Trust me, I’m hanging onto this recipe forever, and I’m thinking you will too!

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I made these fabulous caramels in this amazing Panasonic Genius Prestige Microwave. I love this microwave! Not only does it have a cool modern design and stylish look but it cooks food so evenly. I also love the features it has like keep warm feature, the sensor cook and the turbo defrost, these set it apart from the typical microwave. And of course I love that it’s stainless steel and that it’s built to last. This microwave isn’t made just to reheat your food and pop popcorn, you could make a days worth of meals in this thing – like these mug eggs for breakfast, or this tempting blueberry muffin mug. Then for lunch you can make a microwave mac and cheese and for dinner it’s onto this cauliflower rice in the microwave (which I’d a little cilantro and fresh lime juice to) to pair with this microwave salmon. Then to finish things off right make this nutella mug cake, this cinnamon roll mug cake, this banana mug cake, this Nutella mug cake, or of course these irresistible caramels. Also, here plenty more recipes to add to that list. Enjoy and be sure to enter the giveaway below to win you’re own Panasonic Genius Prestige Microwave!

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Microwave Caramels

4.67 from 3 votes

Yield: About 40 caramels


  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter (don't use salted it will splatter like crazy)
  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed light-brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 3/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • Maldon sea salt or fleur de sel (optional)


  1. Butter an 8 by 8-inch baking dish. Place butter in a large microwave safe bowl (not anything plastic, something micro safe glass or ceramic), heat in microwave until melted.
  2. To bowl with butter, add corn syrup, granulated sugar, brown sugar, sweetened condensed milk and salt and whisk mixture very well. Return to microwave and cook mixture on HIGH power for 6 to 7 minutes (I recommend taking it out around 6 and testing either with a candy thermometer which should register between 238 - 242 degrees or placing a small spoon of the caramel in a bowl of ice water then remove it from the water and it should have formed a small pliable ball - nothing too soft or too hard. If it needs a little more time return to microwave and heat in 20 second increments. Mine was done at 6 minutes 20 seconds but will will vary slightly based on the wattage of your microwave and the size of the bowl you use).
  3. Using hot pads, carefully remove bowl from microwave. Add in vanilla extract and mix well. Pour mixture into prepared baking dish. Sprinkle top lightly with Maldon sea salt or fleur de sel. Place in refrigerator until set, about 20 - 30 minutes. Cut into rectangular pieces (I cut into rows slightly less than 1/2-inch then cut each row into three) and wrap in cut rectangles of wax paper.
  4. Recipe Source: recipe given to me from my mother-in-law. Thanks Jill for the incredible recipe!

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This post was sponsored by Panasonic but all thoughts and opinions are my own.


  • Averie @ Averie Cooks: I have two microwave caramel recipes on my site – one plain and one dipped in chocolate. They’re a holiday fave! Yours are perfect!!!! Wow, makes me want to go make them right away! April 26, 2014 at 11:51am Reply

  • Laura (Tutti Dolci): I can never say no to caramels, gorgeous! April 26, 2014 at 12:00pm Reply

  • Tricia: I love caramel….thanks….I wonder why salted butter spatters? April 26, 2014 at 1:09pm Reply

  • Amy S.: What a great microwave! April 26, 2014 at 1:46pm Reply

  • Christa M.: Yummy! I love caramel candy! Would love to win this microwave to make this caramel recipe! :) April 26, 2014 at 1:47pm Reply

  • Lindsay Lee: These looks so good! I can’t wait to make these tomorrow for my husband who loves caramels!!! April 26, 2014 at 1:50pm Reply

  • Christine: These look so delicious, easy to make and of course classy!!! What did you use to wrap them in? Thank you!! April 26, 2014 at 1:51pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Wax paper – sorry I should mention that above. April 26, 2014 at 2:41pm Reply

  • MaryB: Caramels are my favorite candy. Thanks for the easy recipe. It sounds delicious! And thanks for the chance to win. April 26, 2014 at 1:53pm Reply

  • Traci: These look amazing! I’ve made so many of your recipes! You rock girl! I’m gonna give these a try on one of my days off. April 26, 2014 at 1:56pm Reply

  • Lisa Green: These caramels look delicious, and I would love to win this microwave! April 26, 2014 at 1:58pm Reply

  • Allison C: These look so yummy! I wish I had some right now April 26, 2014 at 1:59pm Reply

  • Jasmine B: YUMMY! Thanks for sharing April 26, 2014 at 2:12pm Reply

  • Mahdi Martin: Those caramels look delicious. You did an excellent job on presentation! April 26, 2014 at 2:16pm Reply

  • Silvia Moreno: Wonderful idea!!! April 26, 2014 at 2:19pm Reply

  • Anne: I have tried and tried to make caramels to no avail. Your recipe looks foolproof and I can’t wait to try it! April 26, 2014 at 2:22pm Reply

  • Linda romer: What a beautiful microwave oven. Thank you for the giveaway and great recipes. April 26, 2014 at 2:26pm Reply

  • Stormy: these look yummy! April 26, 2014 at 2:32pm Reply

  • Holly H.: Love these caramels – how easy! Thank you for sharing! April 26, 2014 at 2:44pm Reply

  • DebV: These look great. It would be wonderful to have the new microwave to make them in. April 26, 2014 at 2:44pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: No definitely not – my mother-in-law has been making them for 30 years and probably for the past 15 in the same microwave :). April 26, 2014 at 5:40pm Reply

  • Jane: Soft chewy caramels are great. As long as they taste good, an easy way to make them is appreciated.

    Thanks. April 26, 2014 at 2:46pm Reply

  • Rebecca Y: mmmm… can’t wait to try! April 26, 2014 at 2:48pm Reply

  • Pam: Yummy caramels and a cool microwave! April 26, 2014 at 2:55pm Reply

  • Kayla Williams: Wow! I made caramel today (for turtles) using those same ingredients and I had to stand at the stove for 20 minutes while stirring!!! I wish I would’ve seen this earlier! And I didn’t have a candy thermometer, so the trick to find out if it was done would’ve been SUPER helpful! April 26, 2014 at 2:59pm Reply

  • Ilene: The caramels look great! I would give the microwave to my parents if I won…theirs doesn’t work too well. April 26, 2014 at 3:01pm Reply

  • Linda C. Seal: I absolutely love your site. I look forward to all my emails and your recipes are yummy. But, who can say no to caramel? NOT ME, and if I win a new microwave to replace my dinosaur yippppeeeeee! April 26, 2014 at 3:01pm Reply

  • pat simon: I’d love to try this if I had a decent microwave. Hope I win! April 26, 2014 at 3:10pm Reply

  • Cyndi Morton: I can’t wait to make these! I am all for an easy recipe like this as long as it turns out so great. :) April 26, 2014 at 3:10pm Reply

  • Tori: Ooh I love this! April 26, 2014 at 3:16pm Reply

  • connie: I love your blog and this microwave looks incredible!!!! Love it!!! April 26, 2014 at 3:39pm Reply

  • Nancy Andrews: Anything caramel, I’m in ;-)

    Going to try these! April 26, 2014 at 3:42pm Reply

  • Kayle (The Cooking Actress): These salted caramels look SO delicious-I love the ease of making them in the microwave too!!! April 26, 2014 at 3:54pm Reply

  • Mike: Ah, the microwave! God’s gift to old bachelors like me. I use mine several times a day and wear them out every couple of years. April 26, 2014 at 3:59pm Reply

  • Janet R: Those caramels look awesome! And I could use the microwave for our daughter and 2 grandkids who are moving into a new home in about a month! April 26, 2014 at 4:11pm Reply

  • barbara n: I love caramels and would love to try and make some myself! April 26, 2014 at 4:12pm Reply

  • Kim: I hope this works at high altitude ! April 26, 2014 at 4:18pm Reply

  • Lisa: Thanks for the giveaway! This looks like a fairly user friendly recipe – will have to give it a shot April 26, 2014 at 4:23pm Reply

  • Rhonda: I love caramels. A new microwave would be nice–the old countertop one we use is so small and I swear I feel the “waves” hitting me while it’s running. April 26, 2014 at 4:31pm Reply

  • Maria | Real Life Dinner: These look delicious! Why has Heidi never made me any of these? :) As always your photography is AMAZING!!!! April 26, 2014 at 4:32pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks so much Maria! And yes, I don’t know why she hasn’t yet :), probably because they don’t make it far – everyone devours them too quick. April 26, 2014 at 5:39pm Reply

  • Bernie B: It is great to learn an easy method of candy making! They look delicious!!! April 26, 2014 at 4:33pm Reply

  • gudie: Can’t wait to try this recipe, love caramels.
    Thinking about making as gifts. April 26, 2014 at 4:48pm Reply

  • theresa krier: i made these caramels because we were having a lot of company & thought homemade fudge & caramels would be nice, boy were they a huge hit ! thanks April 26, 2014 at 5:04pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m so happy to hear that Theresa! Thanks for your feedback! April 26, 2014 at 5:37pm Reply

  • theresa krier: i forgot to add, that is one amazing looking microwave, thanks for the chance to win it! April 26, 2014 at 5:05pm Reply

  • Darla: This recipe looks fabulous! Thanks for sharing it! April 26, 2014 at 5:07pm Reply

  • Katie Jo Barnes: I can’t wait to try this, I absolutely LOVE caramel! I haven’t had any luck cooking it on the stove top so I am super excited to try it this way! thanks April 26, 2014 at 5:10pm Reply

  • Jessie C.: I’m going to try this recipe, it looks so delicious. April 26, 2014 at 5:10pm Reply

  • Katie: Would love to win. Thanks for the chance. April 26, 2014 at 5:21pm Reply

  • Debbie Bray: Looks delicious!! April 26, 2014 at 5:27pm Reply

  • Bryn: These look amazing! Thanks for the giveaway. April 26, 2014 at 5:29pm Reply

  • leigh: Do I dare take it one step further and dip half of them in chocolate? April 26, 2014 at 5:35pm Reply

  • Rosalind Parnell-Wright: Theses look amazing April 26, 2014 at 5:38pm Reply

  • Andrea | Cooking with a Wallflower: I love caramels and this recipe seems so simple. I can’t wait to give it a try. Thank you so much for sharing it! =) April 26, 2014 at 5:43pm Reply

  • Whitney: these look awesome, always a fan of caramels April 26, 2014 at 5:45pm Reply

  • Kel: I look forward to trying this recipe! April 26, 2014 at 6:03pm Reply

  • Tammy: This recipe looks soooo good. April 26, 2014 at 6:11pm Reply

  • kat_mc: Looks yummy and easy! April 26, 2014 at 6:17pm Reply

  • Barbara: My 82 year old Aunt wants to make these to take back home with her to give to all her friends.Thank you for a great recipe! April 26, 2014 at 6:42pm Reply

  • Beth M: These look delicious! Can’t wait to try the recipe! April 26, 2014 at 6:42pm Reply

  • Lecy: These caramels look so yummy. Can’t wait to try them! April 26, 2014 at 7:03pm Reply

  • Jessica @ Portuguese Girl Cooks: These are so gorgeous, Jaclyn! April 26, 2014 at 7:09pm Reply

  • Jenn: I love microwave caramels! April 26, 2014 at 7:11pm Reply

  • Joan: I love caramels and look forward to trying your recipe. April 26, 2014 at 7:40pm Reply

  • Tamika: Can’t wait to try these once my braces are removed. April 26, 2014 at 8:02pm Reply

  • Kent M.: These sound fantastic. Can’t wait to try. April 26, 2014 at 8:44pm Reply

  • CHRISTINA DUTRA: i love caramel!! i will be using this recipe soon. April 26, 2014 at 9:13pm Reply

  • Rachel P: Excited to give these a try. I have a caramel recipe from my Aunt that is amazing, but they do take about an hour to do. Having a yummy and QUICK caramel recipe will come in handy! April 26, 2014 at 9:22pm Reply

  • Auntiepatch: I made caramel once before and it was a LOT harder than this looks! I’ll have to try this! April 26, 2014 at 9:41pm Reply

  • Liz S.: Love caramel! April 26, 2014 at 10:00pm Reply

  • Cammi Allen: I have always loved these!!! They are definitely an Allen family favorite, although yours look SO much prettier than mine ever do! You have the touch I tell ya! :) April 26, 2014 at 10:22pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks Cammi, you are too nice :)! I’m glad it’s a recipe she’s been willing to share instead of keeping a golden secret. May 6, 2014 at 6:37pm Reply

  • Bethany S.: I can’t wait to dairy-free-ify this recipe for my sons. I hope it works! April 26, 2014 at 10:33pm Reply

  • Valerie: Ummm….yummy caramels :) – fun giveaway…thanks so much! Cheers, Valerie :) April 26, 2014 at 10:35pm Reply

  • keshakeke: The Caramels look so yummy and easy! I can’t wait to make them! Hopefully in a NEW MICROWAVE :) April 27, 2014 at 2:24am Reply

  • Natalie: Boy these look so easy to make, April 27, 2014 at 4:20am Reply

  • Lori A.: Can’t wait to try this !… Going to have to substitute brown rice syrup for the corn syrup, due to corn allergy though… Will let you know how it turns out… April 27, 2014 at 6:06am Reply

  • Miranda: I can’t wait to try these! April 27, 2014 at 8:04am Reply

  • jan: I can’t wait to make this recipe… who would have thought you can use the microwave? April 27, 2014 at 8:43am Reply

  • Debbie: I would love to win this microwave,because I am in need of a new one. It’s hard living without a microwave. April 27, 2014 at 8:45am Reply

  • Alison C: Great quick recipe. I can’t wait to try it out. Thanks for sharing it! April 27, 2014 at 8:52am Reply

  • Loan: Definitely gonna try these babies out! April 27, 2014 at 9:07am Reply

  • Maxine R.: Oh my, those caramels look really yummy. April 27, 2014 at 9:15am Reply

  • Mary Lynn M: We love caramels in this house. If I didn’t use my last drop of corn syrup, I would be making these right now. April 27, 2014 at 9:25am Reply

  • Marije: These look lovely! Absolutely going to make this very soon. Nice giveaway! April 27, 2014 at 9:49am Reply

  • Joanne H.: This sounds delicious and easy to do. I’m headed to the pantry to see if I have the ingredients on hand. If not, they will surely go on my shopping list. Thanks! April 27, 2014 at 10:30am Reply

  • Debbie Harrison: Looking forward to trying this recipe. Looks yummy! April 27, 2014 at 10:51am Reply

  • Sonny: omg, looks so yummy :3 April 27, 2014 at 10:53am Reply

  • Vicki H: <3 this!! I have a microwave peanut brittle, so very excited to now have carmels! p.s…..would love that new microwave too! :) April 27, 2014 at 11:06am Reply

  • jessica: looks yummy!! April 27, 2014 at 11:32am Reply

  • Debbie W.: Awesome caramels, and awesome giveaway! April 27, 2014 at 11:50am Reply

  • Marsha: My Goodness…………I never knew it was the salt in the butter that made it splatter! How many messes have I cleaned up because of not knowing this bit of information – THANKS! April 27, 2014 at 2:18pm Reply

  • Karen: I have made this recipe numerous times with fabulous results. Parchment paper also makes a great wrapper for the finished caramels.

    I’m curious, though, is there a temperature to shoot for? That would take some of the guess work out of power variations from microwave to microwave.

    Beautifully photographed end results! Very inspiring. April 27, 2014 at 2:23pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks for the compliment Karen! I recommend a temp of 238 – 242 (soft ball stage). May 6, 2014 at 6:39pm Reply

  • Larry Trout: I like Carmel April 27, 2014 at 2:29pm Reply

  • felicia: These look great! I’ve only been following you for a few weeks now but have made the flourless chocolate cookies and everyone loved them!! Thanks! April 27, 2014 at 2:29pm Reply

  • Marcia S.: I want to make these very soon. They look great! April 27, 2014 at 2:38pm Reply

  • Elizabeth Robbins Trout: could use a new microwave April 27, 2014 at 3:10pm Reply

  • Stephanie Henson: Yum! April 27, 2014 at 3:59pm Reply

  • Kellie: The caramels look great and easy to make April 27, 2014 at 4:18pm Reply

  • Taylor Muckleroy: These look so yummy! And the microwave will be good when I get married! April 27, 2014 at 5:01pm Reply

  • Sandy: Was super excited to see this post. I bought the ingredients and made them today. What a delicious caramel. Is it wrong to want to dip apples in the warm caramel and eat it that way? Do you store them in the fridge? It might just be that my house is too warm but if I leave them out they get way too soft. Was absolutely delicious. Would love to see chocolate caramels made the same way. Any ideas???? April 27, 2014 at 5:43pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m so happy to hear you like this caramel Sandy! And yes – you should definitely dip apples in it, my sister-in-law does that all the time with this recipe. I didn’t need to store mine in the fridge, next time I might just recommend adding about 15 more seconds to the time you did and they should set a little better. And for the chocolate caramels, I’d imagine it would be about 12 oz of chopped chocolate melted in the microwave or in a double boiler (just dip them with a fork after they’re set and cut, then transfer to parchment/wax paper to set at room temp or chill). April 28, 2014 at 9:32pm Reply

      • Carla T: Mine came out a bit to soft to cut. Can I let them set longer to remedy this? November 29, 2015 at 3:40pm Reply

        • Jaclyn: Next time I’d cook it a little longer your microwave is probably a little less lower wattage. You can store them in the fridge though if they are to soft and just eat them cold. November 29, 2015 at 5:10pm Reply

  • Nicole: Our microwave broke about a year ago and we haven;t have the money to replace it, so I made my Hubby bring the tiny $30 one he had in his office home. It take 3 and a half minutes to heat up soup. This would be an awesome prize! April 27, 2014 at 5:48pm Reply

  • Kim L: These look amazing like the old timey ones I used to get as a kid. April 27, 2014 at 6:24pm Reply

  • Pam: Thanks so much for the recipe. I just started following you. Can’t wait to try it. I hate standing at the stove stirring and stirring. April 27, 2014 at 6:37pm Reply

  • Jessica: I love caramels, but I never knew how easy it could be to make them!! April 27, 2014 at 7:07pm Reply

  • Susan Beauchaine: This looks amazing!
    Thanks for the chance to win the microwave!
    Susan April 27, 2014 at 7:36pm Reply

  • Sharon O.: The caramels look absolutely perfect. I hope I win this microwave so I can try your recipe. Thanks for the chance! April 27, 2014 at 8:07pm Reply

  • sara: These caramels look amazing. I definitely have to try them. April 27, 2014 at 8:13pm Reply

  • raizy: I love caramels! And I can really use a good microwave! April 27, 2014 at 8:14pm Reply

  • Chrik: These caramels look soooooooo good!! April 27, 2014 at 8:18pm Reply

  • Cassie: These look so good! April 27, 2014 at 9:10pm Reply

  • Grace: Caramel… DROOL

    7 minute caramel…. DOUBLE DROOL April 27, 2014 at 11:08pm Reply

  • Kathy Hayes: I love caramels can’t wait to try these beauties April 28, 2014 at 6:32am Reply

  • Crissy: Thank you for the opportunity of this giveaway!! I really enjoy your blog- tons of great recipes!! April 28, 2014 at 6:39am Reply

  • Karen Ostrom: I’d love to make things homemade and I’ve been scared to make carmels but this good get me moving April 28, 2014 at 7:06am Reply

  • Bboyer: Your caramels look delicious. I never made then because I was afraid they would get hard. Will definitely try them, especially if I win a microwave.Mine is really, really old.
    Thanks for the recipe. April 28, 2014 at 7:14am Reply

  • KAPP902: You’ve inspired me to try to make these caramels to add to my holiday treats and thanks for making the microwave a giveaway! April 28, 2014 at 8:08am Reply

  • Niki: I have been researching ways to make these little caramels to hand out as a thank you at my bridal shower, so I am very excited to try these! Do you know, by chance, how far in advance I could make them? Will they stay soft for a few days? April 28, 2014 at 8:22am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Yes they stay good for a few weeks. I wish mine weren’t gone :( good thing they are easy to make! They can store even longer if kept in the fridge, just bring to room temp before serving. May 9, 2014 at 10:57pm Reply

  • Stacy: Thanks so much for the giveaway opportunity. The caramels look like a lovely quick treat April 28, 2014 at 8:29am Reply

  • Joanna: Could I ever use a new microwave oven! April 28, 2014 at 10:31am Reply

  • Tarah: I’d love to win this, our microwave is on its last leg. It’s only a matter of time before it just dies! April 28, 2014 at 10:35am Reply

  • RavieNomNoms: OMG those are so perfect! I might steal this idea for my bridal shower! April 28, 2014 at 10:39am Reply

  • Jamie: I love homemade caramels but never want to put in the time or effort. These look so easy and tasty, I will try them out! April 28, 2014 at 11:13am Reply

  • Kara: These look delicious and much more simple than caramels on the stove! April 28, 2014 at 11:24am Reply

  • Aspen: Can’t wait to try making these! Hope I win the contest! April 28, 2014 at 4:45pm Reply

  • Nikki: can’t wait to try these!! April 28, 2014 at 5:36pm Reply

  • Patty: Oh! Those look yummy! April 28, 2014 at 9:16pm Reply

  • Sam: Can I just say that your photography is outstanding and all you photos are really beautifully composed. Food photography is actually a lot more difficult than people think! Definitely gives me something to aspire to ;) April 29, 2014 at 2:46am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks so much Sam! April 29, 2014 at 10:11pm Reply

  • mysweetiepiepie: My-Oh-My do these ever look yummy!! April 29, 2014 at 10:30am Reply

  • Yvonne: This looks so delicious and easy! Must try this ASAP!! April 29, 2014 at 11:03am Reply

  • Tanya: Love recipes that are easy and absolutely delicious, thank you! April 29, 2014 at 6:17pm Reply

  • Barb: would love to try these caramels April 29, 2014 at 7:27pm Reply

  • Margot C: I love this, and it seems so simple and modern – yet old fashioned too. April 29, 2014 at 10:09pm Reply

  • Birdiebee: The caramels look so delicious. Thank for for the wonderful recipe as well as the generous giveaway!!! April 30, 2014 at 12:21am Reply

  • Rena: Yum! Brilliant idea!! April 30, 2014 at 9:25am Reply

  • Emily Baker: This recipe sounds yummy. Can’t wait to try it. Would love the microwave too April 30, 2014 at 4:16pm Reply

  • Karen: I have made these caramels several times to rave reviews. I used parchment paper for wrappers, which works quite well but the wax paper is a far prettier presentation.

    Your photography is equally and artfully inviting.

    I would like to know, however, if there is a temperature that indicates the caramels will be just right when cooled.

    Perhaps it’s our varying and usually high humidity but I’ve experienced different results each time I’ve made them.

    Thanks for sharing; it really is a wonderful recipe and, of course, the microwave is an awesome addition or upgrade for any kitchen! May 1, 2014 at 1:06pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks for the compliment Karen! The temp I recommend is 238 – 242. May 12, 2014 at 11:52am Reply

  • Stacy D.: I’m so making these! They look amazingly delish! :) May 1, 2014 at 3:28pm Reply

  • Kathy: I have this Panasonic MW and I absolutely love it. It is my second one because I loved the first one so much. I have seen two sizes and mine is the larger one. I love the sensor cook #1 is oatmeal, #8 is potato! and Sensor reheat perfect every time and no guess work. If you win it you’ll love it too. I’m not entering since I already have mine :) May 1, 2014 at 6:34pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks so much for your review Kathy! May 1, 2014 at 10:12pm Reply

  • Angela Y: That looks so good! Can’t wait to try this recipe! May 2, 2014 at 7:57am Reply

  • Vickie: You have some awesome recipes…have been pinning and liked you on facebook…thanks May 2, 2014 at 9:06pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks so much for sharing Vickie! May 19, 2014 at 10:19pm Reply

  • Gina B.: Love caramel, my absolute favorite candy. Can’t wait to make these. The microwave looks amazing. May 3, 2014 at 4:18am Reply

  • Sandy: Me again. My husband loved these so much he wanted to see if he could turn them into molasses kisses like you can get at Halloween. He swapped the light brown sugar for dark brown and the corn syrup for molasses and it worked. He absolutely loves them. He sends a great big thank you for the recipe. May 3, 2014 at 5:26pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m so glad you were able to make those subs and have them turn out just as you wanted, I love when that happens :)! Thanks for your comment Sandy! May 4, 2014 at 10:29am Reply

  • Kay L.: I am head over heels about caramels. I plan on trying this as soon as I can, which may be in the morning. LOL! Thanks for the easy recipe! May 3, 2014 at 11:13pm Reply

  • Amy L: I LOVE caramels! This recipe looks so easy and yummy. Thank you for sharing :) May 4, 2014 at 5:48am Reply

  • Stephanie Haggard: I am making this batch o’deliciousness today!!! :) May 4, 2014 at 6:45am Reply

  • Stephanie: Our current microwave doesn’t work except for the timer function. I’d definitely like to try these for our family of 7 once we get a working microwave! :) May 8, 2014 at 9:30am Reply

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  • Sheri Hamilton: These look wonderful! Have you ever tried adding a flavor? Like cayenne? July 8, 2014 at 10:17am Reply

    • Jaclyn: I haven’t but I’d like to try adding lavender or vanilla beans. Never thought of a spicy one, that sounds interesting. July 8, 2014 at 12:13pm Reply

  • Ro: Since you said you mother-in-law has been making thes for 30 years. Could you send the stovetop version. I try to microwave food to a minimum- a Dr. Oz thing. They look yummy and I definitely want to try them to give as treats to my students.
    Thank you in advance! July 9, 2014 at 3:40pm Reply

  • Stacy: Have you ever tried doubling the recipe to do a 9 x 13 pan instead? July 17, 2014 at 7:07am Reply

    • Jaclyn: I haven’t but I’d imagine it would work as long as you had a bowl large enough, you just may need to cook it a bit longer. July 17, 2014 at 7:56pm Reply

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  • Easiest, Delicious-est, Homemade Caramels | Comfort Zone Pie: […] K found the recipe HERE, and after four experimental batches, we not only had a better grasp of the microwave’s […] September 4, 2014 at 2:17pm Reply

  • Tina: I just found this pin about 20 minutes ago. I’ve made my first batch. We are impatiently waiting for them to set. This recipe took less than five minutes to put together, including measuring time AND letting four kids help (16, 15, 9, and 7). Hopefully, some will be left for Dad to try when he gets home. Thank you for sharing September 13, 2014 at 4:41pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks Tina! September 29, 2014 at 2:19pm Reply

  • Dalline Roberts: If you double the batch do you cook longer? September 26, 2014 at 3:48pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I haven’t ever tried, and you’d have to use a really big bowl but yes it would probably have to cook a bit longer. September 26, 2014 at 9:43pm Reply

  • april: These look wonderful. Do you think it is ok to double the recipe or should it be made in two separate batches? October 1, 2014 at 7:52am Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’ve never tried doubling it so I’d probably recommend just doing two separate batches. October 1, 2014 at 10:03am Reply

  • Felica Dusing: I’ve made these a few different times, this last time I made them I added pumpkin pie spice after cooking (during the vanilla stage). They were SO yummy! Thanks for the very simple recipe. I LOVE LOVE LOVE homemade caramels and this is MUCH easier than making them on the stove! November 9, 2014 at 1:13pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m so happy to hear you’ve enjoyed the recipe Felica! I love the ieda of adding pumpkin spice for fall, I’ll have to try that soon! November 10, 2014 at 8:22pm Reply

  • Ela: Hi Jaclyn, I really love your caramel recipe, excellent!!! Have you tried cooking double of the recipe and putting it on the 8 x 8 pan? If so, how many minutes did you microwave it? What temperature? Thank you and Happy Holidays!!! December 6, 2014 at 3:27pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I haven’t tried doubling it so I can’t say for sure if it will work, but what I might suggest is to just place two bowls side by side, then when adding the ingredients just measure them out twice adding one to each bowl. December 8, 2014 at 10:09pm Reply

  • Manon: They are absolutely fabulous. I’ve made them this morning and they are so yummy!!

    Thank you for sharing!!! December 9, 2014 at 9:12am Reply

  • Carolyn: Mmmmm I love caramel!! Definitely trying this! I’m also going to experiment, adding almond flavouring and toasted, chopped almonds on top to make them especially gift-able! Thanks for sharing this! Did you know you can also make awesome peanut brittle in the microwave? December 10, 2014 at 12:14pm Reply

  • Kelly: i made them as an addition to my Christmas cookies and they turned out great! How long will they keep? Can I freeze them? December 13, 2014 at 12:38pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I haven’t ever tried freezing them but I do keep them in the fridge and they last a few weeks. I’m glad they turned out great for you! December 13, 2014 at 11:12pm Reply

  • Jil: I’m curious what size you cut the wax paper for wrapping? Thanks! December 13, 2014 at 1:54pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I never measure I usually just cut a rectangle that maybe goes about an inch around the caramel on all sides. December 13, 2014 at 11:11pm Reply

  • Elaine: Tried this recipe after a stovetop caramel disaster. Definitely need a standard or higher microwave for this, it took me nearly half an hour to get the temp high enough with my low wattage microwave. Also had a few panicky moments every time the caramel bubbled up higher than the rim of the bowl. It still looks somewhat gritty but passed all the temp and ice water tests, and most importantly, the taste test. I’m making ‘millionaire bars’ and am relieved I can continue! December 17, 2014 at 3:40pm Reply

  • Lauren: Do you think using margarine instead of unsalted butter would affect the recipe? December 19, 2014 at 9:24pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Yes I definitely wouldn’t recommend margarine for this recipe. December 20, 2014 at 11:46am Reply

  • Kim: I’ve tried for years to make caramels and they NEVER work out. I’m a professional cake decorator & long time baker & pride myself on my baking skills but I’ve always been bummed I’ve never made a batch of caramels that turn out. Until now!! I made two separate batches of these caramels & they both turned out perfect! It’s a flippin’ Christmas miracle!!! You, Jaclyn, & your mother in law are angels to share such a foolproof caramel recipe! Thank you so much!!! December 20, 2014 at 12:04pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m so glad they turned out for you Kim! Thanks for your comment! Merry Christmas! December 21, 2014 at 7:18pm Reply

  • Joanne Newland: I made these from your recipe….I couldn’t believe it, Perfect ! I have now done three batches…And yes perfect every time…My husband and I use to do this the old fashioned way…stand & stir forever it seemed…You rock ! Best and easy…thank you so much… December 21, 2014 at 4:15pm Reply

  • Nicole T: I made these today and they turned out great! I was skeptical because I have made caramels on the stove forever and they burn a lot. Not the case here! I used my instant read thermometer which I could not live without and got mine to 240℉ which was perfect. I also had Maldon sea salt flakes which are amazing. Thanks for a great recipe. December 23, 2014 at 1:14am Reply

    • Dolores: Hi Nicole,
      Where does one get an “instant read thermometer” as described in your post?
      Dolores January 18, 2015 at 6:37am Reply

      • Jaclyn: You can get them at the grocery store or also places like Walmart/target. They are usually in the baking isle. February 5, 2015 at 6:59pm Reply

  • Jane: I made these today and the flavor is amazing but they are so hard. I don’t know what I did wrong. I’m going to try again but do you have any suggestions? Thanks and Merry Christmas :) December 23, 2014 at 4:30pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: You may just have a high wattage microwave oven so they cooked faster than most. I would just cut it back maybe 30 seconds and if they were super hard then 1 minute. Hope that helps! December 24, 2014 at 4:58pm Reply

  • Lori: I can’t get them out of the pan!! I covered the bottom and sides in butter first December 24, 2014 at 10:50am Reply

  • Char: HELP!!! These taste absolutely wonderful, but I can’t get them to set up!!! I made them two days ago, putting them in the fridge, etc and they are just sticky messy! I’m loving the taste and have eaten with a spoon, but I wanted to give some away and it’s just not working!! What could I be doing wrong that they’re not setting up? Cooked too long or not long enough??? December 26, 2014 at 4:14pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: It sounds like they just need to cook a bit longer, caramel that is too soft usually just didn’t get hot enough or in other words didn’t cook long enough. December 26, 2014 at 8:39pm Reply

  • Michelle: I made these today and didn’t realize until too late that I had forgotten to buy corn syrup- so I subbed honey for all the corn syrup and it worked perfectly and the caramels have a lovely honey flavor! I’ve subbed half honey for corn syrup in caramels before but never 100%. Mine took a little longer than 7 minutes, probably due to the honey. An instant-read thermometer is a must with this recipe, I think. Sprinkled French grey sea salt on top. So much faster than the stove top! I used a large glass batter bowl with a handle which worked perfectly. March 3, 2015 at 12:19pm Reply

  • Rosemary: After I tried a recipe with the pot on the stove and the candy therometer and a fail (too hard and burned on the bottom) I thought I’d try this easy way. WOW! So much easier and taste great! I used parchment paper in my 8×8 pan and should have buttered the paper cause it stuck something awful! I may just butter the glass 8×8 next time. Followed the recipe for time and cold water to check hardness but maybe could have cooked just a little more? But they are holding their shape in the wax paper wraping. I lightly buttered the cutting board before I put it on to cut but 24 hours later they are not sticking to the wax paper wrap. I cut the carmels in half and doubled them before I cut them into pieces because they were quite thin. Made 24 large pieces. April 23, 2015 at 2:29pm Reply

  • SisJane: Would u please let me know it corn syrup may be replaced with maple syrup? Thank u July 21, 2015 at 4:22pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I wouldn’t recommend it, maple syrup and corn syrup cook differently and also have a different consistency. July 21, 2015 at 10:44pm Reply

  • Elizabeth: I’ve never made caramels before I found your recipe. I’ve made them rwice now. It’s so simple & so delicious! It makes such a big batch I give them away by the handfulls at work. People come by desk looking for them now. I’m going to use this recipe to make caramel filled chocolates. August 29, 2015 at 1:07pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m so glad you and your lucky co-workers have enjoyed the recipe Elizabeth! So nice of you to share, I want to hoard them all away for myself :). August 30, 2015 at 3:39pm Reply

  • Nel Berner: Hello ! Thanks for sharing your mother in law recipe (Those amazing mother in low recipes.. I love my m-i-l cooking !!!)
    Found on Pinterest, but had to translate it in French. So for your french reading fans, here is the translation :

    Rendement: Environ 40 caramels


    1/2 tasse de beurre non salé (Pas de beurre salé il éclabousse terriblement)
    Sirop de maïs léger 1/2 tasse
    1/2 tasse de sucre granulé
    1/2 tasse de cassonade candi
    1/2 tasse de lait condensé sucré
    1 p. de sel
    3/4 cc extrait de vanille
    Fleur de sel (facultatif)

    Marche à suivre

    Beurrer un plat pyrex de 8 pouces.

    Placez le beurre dans un grand récipient allant au micro-ondes, enclencher jusqu’à ce que ce soit fondu.

    Ajouter le sirop de maïs, le sucre blanc, la cassonade, le lait condensé sucré et le sel et mélanger au fouet soigneusement.

    Replacer le récipient dans le micro-ondes et cuire le mélange à puissance maximum 6 à 7 minutes
    Je vous recommande de commencer par 6 minutes et de tester soit avec un thermomètre à confiserie 238 à 242 degrés F (ou 110 à 120 °C) , soit en plongeant une petite cuillère du caramel dans un bol d’eau glacée, cela doit former une petite boule souple -… Rien de trop mou ou trop dur.
    Si la masse a besoin d’un peu plus de cuisson, remettez-la au micro-ondes, 20 secondes à la fois et testez à nouveau votre masse.
    Mes caramels ont été cuits en 6 minutes 20 secondes, mais la cuisson varie légèrement en fonction de la puissance de votre micro-ondes et la taille du bol que vous utilisez).

    Utiliser des maniques, retirez prudemment le bol du micro-ondes.

    Ajouter l’extrait de vanille et bien mélanger.

    Verser le mélange dans le moule préparé.

    Saupoudrer légèrement de sel de mer ou de fleur de sel.

    Placez au réfrigérateur environ 20 – 30 minutes.

    Coupez en bâtonnets ou en carrés et emballer dans des rectangles de papier sulfurisé ou ciré.

    Source : recette de ma belle-mère. Merci Jill pour cette recette !

    Have a blessed day !
    Nel Berner September 10, 2015 at 2:23am Reply

  • Diane: Tried these today and they are amazing and so easy! My last attempt with another recipe; not so great. Asked hubby to taste and he said “well, you know me, I’m not a caramel person”. Then he proceeded to eat about five of them!! They are delicious. Great gift/hostess gift idea. Who doesn’t love homemade candy?? October 18, 2015 at 3:55pm Reply

  • brûle: Bonjour ,

    où trouve t on du sirop de maïs car c’est la première fois que j’en entends parler .
    Sinon comment le remplacer ?
    Merci November 22, 2015 at 4:15am Reply

  • Jean: I read through the comments and I didn’t see what wattage of microwave that was used. Mine is 1200 wattage. December 13, 2015 at 8:54am Reply

  • Kanani: This recipe is outstanding! I’ve made in so many times and it’s quick and easy. Thank you! Also, if you ever try doubling it, will you please post any adjustments you make? Thanks!! December 18, 2015 at 1:35pm Reply

  • ivy demby: I made these for christmas presents and they are absoand they afe absolutely delicious! Famiy recipies are the best thank you for sharing!! December 23, 2015 at 3:55pm Reply

  • Andra: Don’t do it!!!! They were absolutely wonderful, soft, chewy, mouthwatering for a couple of days. Family loved them. Brought rest of batch to parent in law Christmas Eve party. Somehow over few hours they had crystalized. I was humiliated. Went home, tried another batch. Again, wonderful for a couple of days, boom, went grainy and hard again without notice. Flavor is fine, but you can’t prevent the chemical change from occurring. Not the real thing. December 28, 2015 at 10:37am Reply

  • Heidi: This is a fabulous recipe! I made it for the first time last night and again just now. Last night I tested the temp after 6 minutes in the microwave. My microwave must be very powerful, as it was over 256 degrees! I tossed in the vanilla, hoping it would help cool it. The end result were closer to hard ball stage. I brought them to work today and everybody raved about how divine they were. No one could believe they had been made in 6 minutes in the microwave! At least 5 people had me send them the link. Today I cooked it for just 5 and a half minutes and it registered 243 degrees. These look to be nice and soft. Thanks for a stellar recipe! I already have plans for giving these caramels out as Valentines treats! February 2, 2016 at 9:40pm Reply

  • FlutistPride: What wattage is your microwave? February 11, 2016 at 9:10am Reply

  • Jess: How long do they last for? March 11, 2016 at 10:01pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Probably about a month refrigerated. They’ve never lasted that long for us though so I can’t say for sure. March 16, 2016 at 8:40pm Reply

  • Alison: What is corn syrup in Australian?!! April 27, 2016 at 5:18pm Reply

  • Ankita Bal: We don’t get corn syrup here in India. Do suggest another alternative. June 11, 2016 at 5:11am Reply

  • Sharon Simons: My granddaughter can’t wait to cook this tommorow June 30, 2016 at 9:11pm Reply

  • JP: I would love to make these to give away for Christmas. I was just wondering how early can I make them before Christmas? How many does one batch make when cut long? November 19, 2016 at 7:12pm Reply

  • JP: What wattage is your microwave? I just made this and I have a 700 watt. Complete fail over here, like usual for me. I’ve heated and heated and heated. Probably going to end up throwing this away since nothing seems to be working. Suggestions please? Thank you. November 20, 2016 at 4:36pm Reply

  • Louise: Thanks for the recipe. I wonder though, why do you suppose salted butter make it spatter, but salt doesn’t? February 4, 2017 at 2:47pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m not exactly sure the science behind it but it’s the same issue when I brown salted butter, it starts spattering as well. February 4, 2017 at 8:00pm Reply

  • L S: Will these caramels turn sugary or grainy after a few days? I make fudge in the microwave and find it works great as well and is smooth, not grainy. August 7, 2017 at 5:35pm Reply

  • brenda: I made these the other day and they came out so good. Everyone loved them. Super easy, mine was done after 6 min. 20 sec. It took longer to cut and wrap them than to make them. Thanks for a great holiday recipe. December 1, 2017 at 1:30pm Reply

  • Karen: About what size did you cut the wax paper? December 11, 2017 at 2:31pm Reply

  • Jordan: I made these and they turned out great and delicious. My only problem is that they are sticking to the wax paper when I try and unwrap them to eat. I’m not gonna lie I’ve probably eaten was paper at this point. What can I do? December 18, 2017 at 5:32am Reply

  • Janet Combs: I just made some of the caramels today. I spray tin foil and it is easier taking them out of the pan. Just grab the ends and lift them out. they are ready to be wrapped. That is the worse part. I wrap in waxed paper. December 18, 2017 at 7:52pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: So glad you liked them Janet! Thanks for your review and tip! December 18, 2017 at 9:19pm Reply

  • Courtney Solinsky: Mine turned out great – then crystallized a few days later. How can prevent this from happening again? December 22, 2017 at 6:25pm Reply

  • Mary Vogel: I made at least 10 batches when I first found this recipe. Not a single fail!!! Great recipe!! I have given this recipe to at over 25 people. All said the same thing…”Phenomenal ” February 11, 2018 at 11:00am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks for the feedback, glad you loved them! February 12, 2018 at 10:14am Reply

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