Easy Microwave Caramel Recipe

This easy caramel recipe is perfect for caramel apples or to make as indviual caramel candies. It turns out perfectly soft and chewy. Since it’s made in the microwave you don’t have to watch it the entire time which helps make the perfect caramel.

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Originally posted Oct 2007 my very first blog post!

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Fall food means caramel recipes. Our simple caramel recipe is made in the microwave. It's very easy to make. No candy thermometer is needed. The caramel can be used to dip apples, pears or other autumn fruits. It can also be rolled into soft caramels. Add nuts for the nut lover.

How to Make Caramel

Follow these easy steps for a successful batch of caramel!


Easy Microwave Caramels

  • 1 cup butter

  • 2 1/2 cup dark brown sugar

  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk

  • 1 cup light corn syrup

  • dash of salt

  • 1 tsp vanilla

Mix all ingredients in a microwavable bowl. Microwave 2 minutes and stir. Continue to microwave for 12-15 minutes stirring every 2 minutes. Caution, the caramel will be very hot! Have a bowl for ice water on hand in case of a burn. Add vanilla & nuts (if desired) to fully cooked caramel. Vanilla will make the caramel mixture boil up. For caramel apples dip apples straight in caramel rotating to cover the entire apple or pear. Then dip bottoms of caramel apples in chopped nuts, crushed cinnamon graham crackers or whatever suits your fancy! For caramel candies pour hot caramel in butter 9X13 pan and cool completely. Cut into pieces and wrap in wax paper squares.


Sweet & Simple Tips:

- Chill your apples to help prevent the caramel from running off your apples

- Use hot pads when you handle the bowl it will be hot!

- Cut squares of vellum paper or wax paper squares to place under your finished Caramel Apples

- Cut wax paper squares to wrap your caramels

- Sprinkle some Fluer De Sel Salt on Caramel Pears/Apples for added flavor


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Caramel Apple Nachos

These Caramel Apple Nachos are just like regular Caramel Apples without the struggle of figuring out how to cut and eat your apple after it’s been dipped in caramel plus they are easier to make than traditional caramel apples! These Caramel Apple Slices perfect for a party treat too. Give them a try. I know you will love them!

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We wanted to serve Caramel Apples this weekend for a get-together but wanted something that was easier to eat and something everyone could eat in bite-size pieces. We decided to take our caramel recipe we make every year and came up with our Turtle Caramel Apples, nacho style. It's such a delicious and easy treat to have at a party or just to eat while watching your favorite fall movie.

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Turtle Caramel Apple Nachos

  • 8-10 of your favorite apples

  • 12 ounces of milk chocolate

  • 12 ounces of white chocolate

  • 1 pint of soft caramel

  • 1/2 cup of chopped fresh pecans

  • Juice of 1/2 lemon

Core apples. Slice apples. Toss in lemon juice. Arrange apples on a serving dish. Set aside. Chop pecans. Make one batch of caramel. Melt milk chocolate in a glass bowl in the microwave for 30 seconds then stir. Continue every 30 seconds until completely melted. Melt white chocolate the same as milk chocolate.  Drizzle hot caramel over apples. Drizzle melted milk chocolate over apples. Drizzle white chocolate over apples. Top off by sprinkling pecans over the top. Serve. 

Does chocolate go with Apple?

Does chocalate go with apple? I say absoultly especially if you are adding caramel into the mix.

Happy Fall!



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