Caramel Sauce

Caramel Sauce
Makes:
3
cups
Prep Time:
10
minutes
Total Time:
25
minutes
based on 66 reviews
7
Cooking sugar is an art, but an art worth developing when the result is as good as this Caramel Sauce. Drizzle this luscious concoction over baked apples, waffles or vanilla ice cream.

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Ingredients:

  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 can (14 oz.) NESTLÉ® CARNATION® Sweetened Condensed Milk
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened, divided
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Directions:

COMBINE sugar and water in medium, heavy-duty saucepan; cook over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, until mixture comes to a boil. Continue to boil, without stirring, for 10 to 14 minutes, tilting pan occasionally to keep color even until mixture turns a deep caramel color. Remove from heat.

STIR in sweetened condensed milk (mixture will foam up); do not scrape sides of pan. Add 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter, one tablespoon at a time, stirring well after each addition. Stir in remaining butter and vanilla extract until smooth. Serve over ice cream or cake, if desired.


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Wonderful

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Beth Devoe from WEBSTER, NY

I love it on Ice Cream, Apple Pie and anything else it can go on.

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    Holiday recipes

    Anne Kimble from Kentwood, MI

    When the kids go back to school I start planning my holiday menus. I have always tried to introduce my family to one thing new each year. I introduced your caramel sauce years ago and it quickly became a fall tradition. It's a great way to welcome in fall and introduce my family to different kinds of apples. It also makes a great teacher gift to go along with that traditional "apple".

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    my kids love this

    amber key from Pendleton, IN

    It was very easy to make since i keep all the ingredients on hand my kids loved it with apples and i also dizzle it over my cinnamon rolls it's a big hit

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    Caramel sauce plus fruit

    Betty Pickering from

    I have made this and used bananas, butter peacan ice cream and this sauce and it's wonderful.

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    I wil never buy bottled caramel sauce again!

    Cathy Carlson from Silver Creek, NY

    I needed a caramel sauce for topping a Pumpkin 4-Layer Cake and this was it!!!! Common ingredients and fairly easy to make. My guests loved it! I ended up giving the leftover sauce to my friends to take home because they begged!

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    Grainy but taste good

    GLENDA BUTTERFLY from FAYETTEVILLE, NC

    This is an easy, quick, and tasty recipe. My problem was that it turned out a little grainy. Not sure if I under or over cooked it. Very good on my favorite Caramel Apple Pie I made for friends as a gift.

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    Excellent

    Brandy from Texas

    First attempt, turned out perfect and DELICIOUS. Follow the directions exactly and you can't go wrong. So good we ate leftover sauce with a spoon straight out of the refrigerator.

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    Delicious and easy caramel sauce

    Anna Bell from SPRING HILL, TN

    Very easy to make. No need to run to the store. Everything needed was already in my pantry since there weren't too many ingredients.

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    Caramel Sauce

    Elenita LOPEZ from Florida

    Really good. I don't think we will use the stuff in a jar again. I put the leftover sauce in a jar in the fridge and it was gone the next day. Apparently it can be used on most anything (according to my husband and grandson) They put it in milk and over ice cream and pudding and in cereal.

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    absolutely delicious!!!!

    C M Jeschke from Evergreen Park, IL

    This is THE BEST and EASIEST caramel sauce I've ever made and it was so very very rich and gooey. My family loved it. Thanks

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    It didn't crystalize!

    Rosemary Wyss from ONSTED, MI

    This turned out great. I'm so happy it didn't crystalize on me. Also, like the yield. It was very rich and we loved it.

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    Caramel Sauce

    kandy gill from CAMBY, IN

    This is very good, but very rich too!

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    Caramel Sauce

    Debra Siesener from SULLIVAN, MO

    Very good on bananna splits!

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    CARAMEL SAUCE

    LYNNE KRIEGER from YACOLT, WA

    GREAT SAUCE. CARAMEL SAUCE IS A FAVORITE OF MY FAMILY. NICE TO HAVE A HOMEMADE ONE. GREAT IN COFFEE DRINKS ALSO. OVER BROWNIES WITH WHIPPED CREAM.

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    Mmmmm!

    Hollie Gower from MERIDIAN, ID

    Very sweet and creamy! Great on ice cream and also bread pudding.

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    Wonderful

    Beth Devoe from WEBSTER, NY

    I love it on Ice Cream, Apple Pie and anything else it can go on.

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    Its good on every dessert

    Ivonne Daher from Northridge, CA

    The caramel topping is fun and easy to make. This topping goes with cakes and brownies. It's too good to be true.

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    GREAT

    richard reid from Toronto, ON

    Caramel sauce is not the easiest thing to make...Sticking, burning etc. This sauce was easy to handle, no stickiness, no clumbs etc. Tastes great and made fast. Watch it...hot for a while. Burnt my tongue.

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    Caramel Sauce

    Virginia Reese from DOWNS, IL

    Really good. Makes a nice topping for a cake--add coconut flakes and it is even better.

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    Tricky, but worth it!

    VIRGINIA HUMPHREY from CHESAPEAKE, VA

    It does take a bit of practice to get this one right, but when you do, you'll be so glad you did! Everyone who's eaten the caramel sauce that I've made, have raved about it. It even goes well as a coffee creamer! Give that a try! My husband loves it!

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    Princess approved

    T. Jarvis from

    My 3yr old daughter loved this caramel sauce(so did my husband and I). I made it to serve over chocolate cake with ice cream. It was very easy to make and we had left overs to use with apple slices for a snack.

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    Caramel sauce is great!

    Kathy White from McKinney, TX

    This turned out so yummy! I even used it in a blender with ice cream to make a caramel shake! So good!

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    Caramel Sauce

    MJ SICILIANO from TAMPA, FL

    Very delicious and easy to make. The lids wanted to know if we could make a solid candy out of it. Is it possible?

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    great caramel sauce

    NORMA EMERY from VERMILION, OH

    My grandson and I made some, he just had to have some caramel, he loved to make it and we shared it, he took half home,they loved it on ice cream, I loved it on angel food cake with whip cream. Thanks for the memories.

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    Yummy Caramel sauce

    MELINDA BULLOUGH from SPRING HILL, FL

    This is a very nice sauce. It wasn't difficult to make and it tastes great. It is vey good spooned over pound cake. It makes any slice of cake into something really special!

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    Caramel Sauce

    Shirley Matthews from ABERDEEN, WA

    Great Sauce! I especially like it over brownies. I pour on just before putting in the oven to bake. It's great!

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    Yum!!

    B STARR from LEOMINSTER, MA

    My son loves caramel and when I saw this recipe the other day, I thought I'd try it. Well, he hasn't tried it yet, but I have and it's wonderful!! Very quick and easy, that's for sure. Thanks!!

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    Great Caramel Sauce

    Theresa Esposito from Freehold, NJ

    This sauce was very easy to make. It was excellent on ice cream. We also used it as a dip for cut-up apples. If you love caramel, you must try it.

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    Caramel Sauce

    Roger Bergman from PROCTOR, MN

    This has outstanding flavor and we used it on vanilla ice cream, the next night we combined it with hot fudge - delicious.

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    Caramel Sauce

    Jane Evenson from MAPLE FALLS, WA

    Very easy to fix and better than any store bought.

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    simply divine

    Linda Hitchcock from ALEXANDRIA, VA

    If you prefer caramel to chocolate, this easy to prepare sauce is the one for you, whether for topping ice cream or a dessert, it's tasty.

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    Easy and Versatile

    Judy Carter from BAYARD, NM

    I tried this sauce and was delighted with the taste.It surpasses the store bought sauces, and it is so versatile in that you can put it over sliced apples, cake, ice cream, etc. The choices are many. I like to put it over my homemade New York Style cheesecake, and even like to stir a little into my coffee as a special treat.

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    Caramel Sauce

    Carole Finney from HARRISVILLE, OH

    This sauce is very good over vanilla ice cream. I like to add a dollop of whipped topping and a cherry, even though it doesn't need it.

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    Very Tasty

    LARRY CORDNER from

    The recipe was easy to prepare and the result was wonderful. I also like to use heavy cream instead of the condensed milk. (sorry) Be careful adding that cause the carmel will foam A LOT.

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    OOOPS!

    A. Waite from ROCKFORD, MI

    Wonderful caramel sauce! I forgot the "do not stir" part, and cooked the sugar back to a solid chunk!! Had to redo and the results were marvelous!!

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    Caramel Sauce

    Jenniffer Mitchell from DENHAM SPRINGS, LA

    I love this caramel sauce--I could eat it all by itself. Yum!

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    caramel sauce

    lorraine walters from omaha, NE

    this sauce is by far the best i've ever had. i am a huge fan of caramel. i put it on apples,slices of cake,pears,and have even poured small amounts on popcorn. this is surely going to made alot around here.

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    Caramel Sauce

    Gregoria Quinto from Elizabeth, NJ

    This sauce was great. It's not like any thing store brought and tastes even better when eaten with homemade vanilla icecream.

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    Caramel Sauce

    Wendy Easley from Rancho Cucamonga, CA

    Absolutely delicious. Not only great on ice cream and brownies but also Granny Smith apples. Warm caramel drizzled over tart apples, YUMMY!!!

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    Caramel Sauce

    Chris Haines from Erie, PA

    Enjoyed it on vanilla ice cream. Very, very easy to make.

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    Love It!!

    Lisa Robinson from Manassas, VA

    I made this sauce to go with my bread pudding. It was a hit and easy.

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    Caramel Sauce

    sharon Menn from austin, TX

    This was even better that store bought, it also reminded me of the kind my mother used to make back in the good old days.

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    Yum..Yum...

    Shaynal Pinder from Snellville, GA

    The flavor of this sauce is exquisite.

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    So many uses

    Laura Bockner from baltimore, MD

    This sauce is great over a warm brownie topped with ice cream!

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    Carmel Apples

    Shelley Blair from Bay City, MI

    We poured it over warm baked apples and my guest went nuts for it. Different variations with it were also tried out, like whip cream, chopped nuts and a chocolate.

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    Caramel sauce

    Sharon Stodgell from Kokomo, IN

    This sauce is great. I use it for ice cream, moist brownies and a couple other desserts. Thanks.

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    Caramel Sauce

    Sherri Tygret from Dunsmuir, CA

    This is a very good recipe for caramel sauce, we enjoyed it over french vanilla ice cream and sliced pound cake. We will make this one again. Thank you!

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    So delicious

    jessica browne from jamaica, NY

    I tried it on ice cram and it was great.

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    Caramel sauce

    Donna Fechner from Sioux Falls, SD

    This is such a wonderful caramel sauce! It is soooooo smooth and rich. We just love to put it on ice cream while the sauce is still warm. yum-yum

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    Love this!

    jeanette golk from naperville, IL

    Easy and wonderful. What more could you want???!

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    Carmel Sauce

    ANTOINETTE DIMAURO from Cuyahoga Falls, OH

    This recipe was easy and fast to make. It is delicious, too. I made it to use as a topping for no sugar apple pie for those who can't eat sugar.

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1/3 of recipe

Servings Per Recipe:

  • Calories: 155
  • Calories from Fat: 46
  • Total Fat: 5.1g (8% of DV)
  • Saturated Fat: 3.2g (16% of DV)
  • Cholesterol: 15mg (5% of DV)
  • Sodium: 59mg (2% of DV)
  • Carbohydrates: 26.2g (8% of DV)
  • Dietary Fiber: 0g (0% of DV)
  • Sugars: 26.1g
  • Protein: 1.3g
  • Vitamin A: 3% of DV
  • Vitamin C: 0% of DV
  • Calcium: 6% of DV
  • Iron: 0% of DV

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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Caramel Sauce

Ingredients

  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 can (14 oz.) NESTLÉ® CARNATION® Sweetened Condensed Milk
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened, divided
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

 

Directions

COMBINE sugar and water in medium, heavy-duty saucepan; cook over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, until mixture comes to a boil. Continue to boil, without stirring, for 10 to 14 minutes, tilting pan occasionally to keep color even until mixture turns a deep caramel color. Remove from heat.

STIR in sweetened condensed milk (mixture will foam up); do not scrape sides of pan. Add 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter, one tablespoon at a time, stirring well after each addition. Stir in remaining butter and vanilla extract until smooth. Serve over ice cream or cake, if desired.

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