six minute caramels

Six-Minute Caramels: Quick and Delicious Homemade Treats

Indulge in Sweet, Buttery Caramels in Just Minutes

If you’re a fan of rich, buttery caramels but don’t have hours to spend in the kitchen, you’re in for a treat. These Six-Minute Caramels are the perfect solution. With a few simple ingredients and a microwave, you can whip up a batch of delectable caramels that are sure to satisfy your sweet tooth. Let’s dive into this easy and speedy caramel-making adventure!


  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter
  • 2 1/4 cups packed light brown sugar
  • 1 cup light corn syrup
  • 1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt


1. Prepare the Pan:

  1. Grease a 9×13-inch baking dish or line it with parchment paper, leaving some overhang on the sides for easy removal. Set it aside.

2. Combine the Ingredients:

  1. In a microwave-safe bowl, preferably a large glass bowl, place the unsalted butter, packed light brown sugar, light corn syrup, sweetened condensed milk, and salt.
  2. Stir the mixture to combine the ingredients evenly.

3. Microwave in Intervals:

  1. Microwave the mixture on high power for 2 minutes.
  2. Carefully remove the bowl from the microwave (it will be hot) and stir the caramel.
  3. Return the bowl to the microwave and heat it for another 2 minutes on high.
  4. Again, carefully remove the bowl, stir the caramel, and return it to the microwave for an additional 2 minutes.

4. Add Vanilla Extract:

  1. After the last 2-minute microwave interval, remove the bowl from the microwave and stir in the pure vanilla extract.

5. Pour into the Pan:

  1. Immediately pour the hot caramel mixture into the prepared 9×13-inch baking dish. Use a spatula to smooth it out evenly.

6. Let It Cool:

  1. Allow the caramels to cool at room temperature for at least 2 hours, or until they’re completely set.
  2. Once they are set, you can use the parchment paper overhang to lift the caramel block out of the dish.

7. Cut and Wrap:

  1. Use a sharp knife or a kitchen shears to cut the caramel block into individual pieces. You can make them as big or small as you like.
  2. Wrap each caramel piece in wax paper or parchment paper for storage.


  • Be extremely cautious when working with hot caramel. It can cause severe burns. Handle with care, and keep it away from children.
  • If you want your caramels to have a firmer texture, you can refrigerate them for a short time after they’ve cooled at room temperature.


  • For a salted caramel twist, sprinkle coarse sea salt over the caramel mixture in the baking dish just before it sets.
  • Add a touch of flavor by stirring in different extracts like almond, maple, or even a hint of coffee.

Cook’s Note:

These Six-Minute Caramels are perfect for satisfying sudden sweet cravings or for creating homemade gifts for friends and family. Their rich, buttery flavor and soft texture make them a delightful treat. Plus, they’re incredibly quick to make, so you can enjoy them in no time. Happy caramel-making!

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