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Homemade Caramel Sauce

Rich and luscious caramel sauce can be yours in just a few minutes with only 5 ingredients!


Making Caramel - Dry Method

  • 1 cup granulated sugar (200 grams)

Making Caramel - Wet Method

  • 1 cups granulated sugar (200 grams)
  • ¼ cup water (60 ml)

For the Caramel Sauce:

  • Caramelized sugar from above
  • ¾ cup heavy whipping cream (178 ml)
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter (28 grams)
  • ½-1 teaspoon salt , to taste
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


Making Caramel - Method 1 (Wet Method):

  • Combine sugar and water in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Allow sugar to melt and bring to a boil. Let the mixture caramelize and wait for it to turn dark amber in color. Do not stir, swirl pan as needed to promote even caramelization.

Making Caramel - Method 2 (Dry Method):

  • Sprinkle sugar evenly on the bottom of a medium saucepan set over medium heat. Allow sugar to melt and caramelize, swirling as necessary to promote even caramelization. Do not stir.

To make the Caramel Sauce:

  • As soon as the caramel is dark amber in color, reduce heat to low, and gradually add the heavy cream while whisking constantly. Caramel will bubble violently.
  • Stir caramel sauce over low or medium heat until any clumps have dissolved and mixture is smooth.
  • Remove from heat and stir in butter, then vanilla and salt.


  • Makes 1 ½ cup caramel sauce.
  • If desired, stir in the seeds of 1 vanilla bean pod, and/or 1 tablespoon of bourbon or whisky into sauce along with vanilla extract.


Calories: 188kcal, Carbohydrates: 23g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 10g, Saturated Fat: 6g, Cholesterol: 34mg, Sodium: 138mg, Potassium: 15mg, Sugar: 22g, Vitamin A: 369IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 13mg
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