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Homemade Salted Caramel Sauce

Homemade salted caramel sauce — seriously addicting and so easy to make! Yields less than a cup so it’s perfect for when you don’t need a whole jar. Fill a dozen cupcakes, drizzle on top of ice cream or just satisfy your salted caramel craving in a snap.

(Love making homemade sauce and syrups? Try this quick and easy raspberry sauce or this reader-favourite homemade whipped cream.)

Homemade Salted Caramel Sauce

I was never a big fan of caramel. I just found it too sweet for my taste. And having memories of caramel candy getting stuck to my teeth for hours (I had braces!) certainly didn’t help.

But a recent trip to San Francisco to visit my best friends changed all that. I was introduced (read: coerced, as best friends tend to do to each other) to salted caramel and that changed everything.

First – salted caramel ice cream

Homemade Salted Caramel Sauce

One of the things on our to-do list was to go to this famous ice cream shop so I can try their best-selling salted caramel ice cream. I wasn’t a big fan but hey, try everything once, right?

So off we went to go get ice cream I didn’t really want in the middle of a cold, breezy San Francisco night.

The result? The salted caramel ice cream was out-of-this-world fantastic. It wasn’t the caramel I knew (and disliked) at all. I was sold. Thank God for best friends, eh?

Next – homemade salted caramel sauce

So back home I started putting salted caramel on everything:

To name a few.

And I realized that everything was so good because it started with good salted caramel sauce. It was the key to everything.

The happy news is salted caramel is quick and easy to make at home!

How to make quick and easy salted caramel sauce

Homemade Salted Caramel Sauce

This recipe is a put-everything-in-a-pot kind of recipe. It does involve hot (hot — worth repeating) sugar so be extra careful. (For the detailed recipe, scroll to the bottom of the page where you will find a printable recipe card.)

You start simply by whisking all ingredients together (except the vanilla) in a heavy-bottom saucepan on medium-high heat and bring to a boil.

Bring the mixture down to a simmer and whisk until it thickens. Once thick enough, whisk in the vanilla then remove from the heat.

Very carefully pour the caramel into a heatproof container. Allow to cool slightly before using (remember: hot sugar!).

All this is done in less than 15 minutes. And it is so good!

Ingredients for homemade salted caramel syrup

And the ingredients are pantry stapes too:

  • Butter (salted or unsalted, I found it makes no significant difference in taste).
  • Brown sugar
  • Heavy cream
  • Kosher salt
  • Vanilla extract


Small-batch homemade salted caramel sauce

Homemade Salted Caramel Sauce

Another thing I like about this recipe is it doesn’t yield a whole bucket of sauce.

It’s just about a third of a cup so it works great if you only need a small amount to fill your cupcakes with, or to drizzle on top of your ice cream, or just simply to satisfy your salted caramel cravings.

Caramel sauce hardens over time and I can imagine the difficulty of dealing with a jar full of hard, sticky salted caramel sauce when all you need is a teaspoon.

So whether you’re a lifelong salted caramel fan, a recent convert like me or not into caramel at all — try this recipe. It is remarkably easy to make and seriously addicting (you’ve been warned!).

Homemade Salted Caramel Sauce

Salted Caramel Sauce

Author: Jolina
This delicious salted caramel sauce recipe is perfect for when you don’t need a whole jar. Fill a dozen cupcakes, drizzle on top of ice cream or just satisfy your salted caramel craving in a snap.
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine North American
Servings 16 tsp
Calories 52 kcal

Ingredients
 
 

  • 2 tbsp butter salted or unsalted
  • ½ cup brown sugar packed
  • ¼ cup heavy cream
  • ¼ tsp kosher salt
  • ¼ tsp vanilla extract

Instructions
 

  • Whisk together all your ingredients (except the vanilla) in a heavy-bottom saucepan on medium-high heat and bring to a boil.
  • Bring down to a simmer and whisk until it thickens (it takes me about 13 minutes - but make sure not to thicken it too much; it will continue to harden as it cools).
  • Once thick enough, whisk in the 1/4 teaspoon vanilla then remove from the heat.
  • Very carefully pour the caramel into a heatproof container. Allow to cool slightly before using (remember: hot sugar!).

Video

Notes

The sauce will harden as it cools. However, you can just pop it into the microwave for a few seconds to soften it up again.

Nutrition

Calories: 52kcalCarbohydrates: 7gProtein: 1gFat: 3gSaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 9mgSodium: 52mgPotassium: 12mgSugar: 7gVitamin A: 99IUCalcium: 8mgIron: 1mg

Nutritional information are estimates only.

Keyword Easy, No-Fail Recipe, Quick, Small-Batch
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Kristeen

Friday 22nd of February 2019

Mine turned out a little grainy. Any suggestions?

Jolina

Sunday 24th of February 2019

Hi Kristeen. My guess would be the sugar didn't have enough time to dissolve. You might try to lower the temperature.

Leslie

Monday 18th of April 2016

I made this immediately and it turned out amazingggggg. Your right about the addicting part! Will need an excuse to make it again

Jolina

Tuesday 19th of April 2016

Lol no excuses needed! :)

Suchi

Sunday 17th of April 2016

Salty and sweet together, I am in! Would be great on vanilla ice cream.

Jolina

Tuesday 19th of April 2016

Great idea Suchi!. Just so happens we have vanilla ice cream....except it past midnight now...but I'm an adult so...

Sharee

Thursday 14th of April 2016

I could just eat this by itself with only a spoon involved! Is that wrong?? Pinning and sharing on facebook!

Jolina

Tuesday 19th of April 2016

Not wrong. We have a whole group doing it like that lol! Thanks Sharee!

Gloria

Thursday 14th of April 2016

Salted Caramel is so good...and this sauce can be used on so many things. Yummy!!

Jolina

Tuesday 19th of April 2016

I agree! It goes really well with so many things :)