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Homemade caramel sauce in a mason jar on a dark surface
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5 from 19 votes

Homemade Caramel Sauce

An easy recipe for homemade caramel sauce: perfect for dipping apples, topping ice cream, adding to coffee drinks, or incorporating in other desserts.
Cook Time20 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 145kcal
Author: Cardamom & Coconut


  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon corn syrup
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt use 1 to 1 1/2 teaspoons for salted caramel
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  • Mix together the cream, salt, and vanilla extract in a small bowl.  Set aside.
  • Combine the sugar, water, and corn syrup in a medium saucepan.  Heat over medium heat, stirring frequently until the sugar has dissolved.
  • Once the mixture starts to boil, stir occasionally and watch the color of the mixture closely - you're looking for a caramel colored liquid.  This can take anywhere from 8 to 12 minutes depending on your stove.
  • As soon as the color has turned caramel, immediately remove from heat and mix in the heavy cream mixture.  Step back for a few seconds while the mixture bubbles and steams, and then start stirring.
  • Once the caramel is smooth, pour into a glass container to cool.  Store in the refrigerator.  Microwave for 30 to 60 seconds to soften before serving.