Microwave Caramels

Microwave Caramels are so incredibly easy to make and they turn out perfect! Soft chewy and perfect caramel texture made right in your microwave!

We love all recipes that have caramel in them! Be sure to try these other caramel desserts:  Salted Caramel Brownie Bites, Chocolate Caramel Fudge, or these Peanut Butter Caramel Chocolate Chip Bars.

Unwrapped Microwave Caramels pieces with wrapped microwave caramels behind them.

Microwave Caramels

Heyyyyy it’s Tiffany from Creme de la Crumb! Can you believe Christmas is one week away?? Crazy. Just crazy. I’m knee deep in wrapping paper and holiday treats and my house smells like pine and gingerbread. I’m one happy gal!

I’ll tell you what though, during Christmas time life is so busy and hectic that I LOVE finding really easy recipes that don’t take a lot of time. These caramels are no-fuss and sooo yummy – plus they make the perfect neighbor gift (if you can bear to part with a few!) I love to sprinkle  a little sea salt right on top of mine to get that salty-sweet thing going on – MMMM!

How do you make caramel in the microwave?

  • Start by generously buttering a 9×13 inch pan and set aside. In a microwave safe bowl, melt the butter. Once the butter has been melted, add the brown sugar, karo syrup, and sweetened condensed milk. Microwave on full power 4- 5 minutes.
  • Remove from the microwave and stir. Continue microwaving for 4-5 minutes. Stir again and add the vanilla.
  • Pour the caramel into the 9×13 inch inch buttered pan. Let them completely cool for 1-2 hours. Cut the caramel with a knife and wrap in wax paper.

Unwrapped microwavable Caramels with three of them on a parchment paper with wrapped microwavable Caramels behind them in the photo.


Microwave Caramels

Microwave Caramels

3 from 4 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 10 minutes
Author Tiffany
Servings 24 caramels

Microwave Caramels are so incredibly easy to make and they turn out perfect!  Soft chewy and perfect caramel texture made right in your microwave! 

Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American


  • 1 cup butter
  • 2 1/2 cups packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup light karo corn syrup
  • 14 oz can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla


  1. In a 9x13 inch dish, generously butter a 9x13 inch pan and set aside.
  2. In a microwave safe bowl (make sure it is microwave safe!) melt the butter. Once the butter is melted add brown sugar, karo syrup, and sweetened condensed milk and mix well. Microwave on full power for 4-5 minutes.
  3. Remove from microwave and stir. Continue microwaving for 4-5 minutes. Stir again and add the vanilla.
  4. Pour the caramel into the 9x13 inch buttered pan. Let them completely cool for 1-2 hours. Cut the caramel with a knife and wrap in wax paper. Keep refrigerated.

Recipe Video

Nutrition Facts
Microwave Caramels
Amount Per Serving
Calories 249 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Fat 9g14%
Saturated Fat 6g30%
Cholesterol 26mg9%
Sodium 104mg4%
Potassium 94mg3%
Carbohydrates 42g14%
Sugar 42g47%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 281IU6%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 70mg7%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe and nutritional value will vary depending on the brands you use, measuring methods and portion sizes per household.

*Recipe from Simple As That


Tiffany is an avid cook and photographer who enjoys eating food as much as she does preparing it. She likes to focus on quick, no-fuss meals with lots of big, bold flavors the whole family will love. Putting her own tasty spin on a classic meal or flavor combination is her passion!

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  1. Hi! Your recipes look great. I am making your Peppermint Meltaways from last year for a cookie exchange and wanted to know the yield. I have to bring 4 dozen cookies. Also what is the yield on this caramel recipe? The yield is important information that I think you should try to be sure to include on all of the recipes. Thanks so much!

  2. So excited to try these! I have a question. Will altitude affect the cook time on these like with caramels made on the stovetop? I learned the hard way when I moved to Colorado and had to try THREE times. Do not want to do that again. 🙂 Thanks!

  3. Greetings from Malaysia….is there a substitute for the light corn syrup?…it’s not always or easy to find in Malaysia….Can I use the Lyle Golden syrup instead?….It sure looks yummy….Thought I could make some to give as a present to my close friends celebrating Christmas….Thanks for the answer in advance…

    1. 4 stars
      You can replace 1 cup of light corn syrup with 1 1/4 cups granulated sugar dissolved in 1/4 cup hot water or other liquid used in the recipe. For 1 cup of dark corn syrup, you can use the following substitutions: 3/4 cup light corn syrup plus 1/4 molasses. 1 cup honey.

  4. I tried these over the holidays and they would not harden. The flavor was wonderful but it was just a gooey glob. What did I do wrong??

  5. Hi.
    I wanna try this recipe. What do you mean by the following?

    1 – 14oz can sweetened condensed milk

    Could you please convert this to ml or grams? I just want to make sure it’s correct.


  6. 2 stars
    I made these yesterday and they wouldn’t harden, just like someone else commented. I left them in the fridge over night and they still didn’t harden. I was really disappointed’

  7. I have lost a recipe. Some of the ingredients are: peanut butter, white almond bark, dry roasted peanuts and i think perhaps rice krispies and/or marshmellows. Can you help me. Thanks

    1. Oh no! Sometimes putting them in the fridge longer does help the process. Caramels are a little sensitive to make but pretty simple in the long run too for a candy. Let me know if they made it! XOXO

  8. Is that a total of 8 to 10 minutes in the microwave? Or do you stir once during the 4 to 5 minute period and then continue microwaving with a total of 4 to 5 minutes? The video doesn’t show a second microwaving of the caramel sauce.

  9. 1 star
    Hi! I wanted to try this recipe so bad, so I followed the instructions to the tee and then it just boiled over in the microwave. I had it in a large bowl too, so idk the problem. ( I rate this recipe five stars but it won’t let me put five stars on there) ( tasted good though)

  10. Maybe the caramels aren’t hardening because of the microwave wattage. Microwaves have variable wattage, which affect cooking times.

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