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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.

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Microwave Caramels

3.40 from 5 votes
By: Tiffany
Microwave Caramels are so incredibly easy to make and they turn out perfect!  Soft chewy and perfect caramel texture made right in your microwave! 
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 10 minutes
Servings: 24 caramels

Ingredients 

Instructions 

  • In a 9x13 inch dish, generously butter a 9x13 inch pan and set aside.
  • 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.
  • Remove from microwave and stir. Continue microwaving for 4-5 minutes. Stir again and add the vanilla.
  • 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.

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Nutrition

Calories: 249kcalCarbohydrates: 42gProtein: 1gFat: 9gSaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 26mgSodium: 104mgPotassium: 94mgSugar: 42gVitamin A: 281IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 70mgIron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American
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About Tiffany

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. First time I tried this was perfect
    New microwave, 5-5-5, was so over cooked
    My microwave is 1500 watt
    Your recipe is based on what 1100

    1. You can cool it in the fridge or at room temperature. You can wrap these up individually in parchment paper and twist the ends like candy. Or you can store them in an airtight container at room temperature.

  2. What is the microwave wattage you used? This will affect everyone’s outcome of this recipe.