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

4.75 from 4 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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  • Alice: Made this but butter separated December 3, 2018 at 2:21pm Reply

  • Glenda: Do they have to be kept in refrigerator? December 1, 2018 at 11:14am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Probably not but for longer shelf life it’s recommended. December 1, 2018 at 11:22am Reply

  • Rene: I love this recipe too. In answer to how long they will last, I make mine in advance and freeze them until holiday time. Helps with what can be done early . November 5, 2018 at 9:18pm Reply

  • Vanessa hood: I am curious how far in advance I can make these? October 23, 2018 at 4:38pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: They should keep for about a month in the fridge. October 23, 2018 at 7:39pm 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

  • 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

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