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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  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

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

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

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

  • 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

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