How to Make Homemade Caramel

Last Updated on

If you learn how to make homemade caramel, you will never again wonder what to give people as a gift.  Homemade caramel is incredibly easy to make and takes only 4 ingredients that you can easily find at your local grocery store.  You will be amazed at how awesome your homemade caramel tastes compared to the ‘blech’ flavor of the stuff you buy at the grocery store.  Once you get a taste of this sweet, chewy and buttery goodness you will never again buy it in the candy aisle!

Posts feature partner companies & may be sponsored. Post contains affiliate links & I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on links.

Making homemade caramel is not hard.  However, you HAVE to keep your eye on it from start to finish.  Do not wander off to watch TV or answer the phone and forget about it.  Just stir, watch the thermometer, and be patient!

How to Make Homemade Caramel 2



300 Best Homemade Candy Recipes: Brittles, Caramels, Chocolate, Fudge, Truffles and So Much MoreHomemade Candy & Chocolate Recipes: 175 Delicious Simple Old Fashioned Candy IdeasGot a Crush on Candy?: Homemade Candy Recipes – From bark to brittle, truffles to toffee and caramels to creams, we got candy!

How to Make Homemade Caramel

The one thing you definitely need before you can make homemade caramel is a candy thermometer!  This is a must-have if you want to learn how to make homemade caramel!  Get a candy thermometer on Amazon before you tackle this caramel recipe.  If you don’t get the temperature just right, you may end up with caramel sauce rather than caramel candies.  Tasty, but not quite what you were aiming for.

More Homemade Candy Recipes

Other than a candy thermometer,  you don’t really need any ‘special’ kitchen tools.  You WILL need something to wrap your homemade caramel in after they are done.  I buy pretty foil candy wrappers but you can use plain old aluminum foil and it will work fine.  So, here are the basic directions on how to make homemade caramel:

Wilton 1904-1017 Candy Melt Dipping Tool, Set of 3Lorann Oils Dram 10 Pack FF#1 Fruit Flavor (Pack of 10), 1 DramMerckens Cocoa Dark - 2 LBS

Homemade Caramel Recipe 2

Yields 100 caramels

How to Make Homemade Caramel

Easy homemade caramel recipe that is sweet, chewy and buttery!

5 minPrep Time

60 minCook Time

1 hr, 5 Total Time

Save RecipeSave Recipe
Recipe Image


  • 4 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter
  • 1 1/2 cups light corn syrup
  • 4 cups heavy whipping cream


  1. Butter a 13 x 9 inch glass pan and set aside
  2. Place sugar, butter, corn syrup and 2 cups whipping cream into a 6 quart pot
  3. Bring to a rolling boil over medium high heat stirring frequently.
  4. Using a pastry brush dipped in a little bit of cold water, wash down the sides of the pot to make sure there is no undissolved sugar left in the pan.
  5. Attach the candy thermometer to the side of the pot
  6. While the mixture is boiling, slowly add in the remaining 2 cups of heavy cream WITHOUT BREAKING THE BOIL! Stir constantly. This is very important for a smooth caramel! Just add the cream as a trickle while the mixture continues to boil.
  7. Continue boiling and stirring the mixture until it reaches 244 degrees Fahrenheit. 2 degrees hotter will yield a firmer caramel but I prefer softer. Watch the thermometer!!! The temperature is very important to your final result!
  8. Pour the caramel into the buttered pan and let cool overnight.
  9. Lightly butter a sharp knife and cut the caramel into small squares and wrap in individual foil wrappers.
  10. These homemade caramels will stay good at room temperature for several weeks



9387 cal


530 g


1203 g


29 g
Click Here For Full Nutrition, Exchanges, and My Plate Info

 Want to make homemade caramel?  Pin for later!

How to Make Homemade Caramel


Love making homemade candy?

 Try this Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Truffle Recipe

Chcolate Chip Cookie Dough Truffle Recipe is an Easy Homemade Gift or a Delicious Dessert Recipe for Any Night of the Week

Diane Signature


  1. Ohhh how cool, you made it look so easy and soo pretty, too. Love this post, I had no idea that I could make caramel myself, thanks for sharing. Will pin it so I can make it for my family.
  2. Have you ever used this recipe and substituted a different type of syrup? Maybe maple or simple syrup? My husband has developed a corn allergy and I'm trying to find ways to still make his favorites. Just seeking advice from others with way more cooking experience than me.
  3. kimberly lipari says
    Can you use this recipe to make the caramel apples with? And can you melt it down again in the microwave after it has hardened to coat the apples?
    • Ive never tried it but I don't see why not. The recipe makes quite a bit of caramel so you could pour half and cut/wrap and dip apples with the other half!
  4. I love homemade caramel but haven't made it in years. I use a recipe similar to yours except I add vanilla. So good!! I'll have to try wrapping it in foil wrappers.

Speak Your Mind


Rate this recipe:

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.