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The BEST Salted Caramel Sauce

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The BEST Homemade Salted Caramel Sauce

Don’t you hate when you have a bad caramel day? Each attempt either seizes up or burns. And then to add injury to insult, the ruined caramel has the audacity to burn you! It’s worse than a bad hair day. Seriously. Way worse. Maybe these things only happen to me…

The BEST Homemade Salted Caramel Sauce

Fortunately yesterday was not one of those days!

The BEST Homemade Salted Caramel Sauce

Because yesterday I made the most delicious salted caramel sauce that I have ever had! I made two batches just to make sure it wasn’t a fluke.

I know calling something the BEST is a bold statement but salted caramel is something I take very seriously. I’ve tried a lot of salted caramel sauces and I feel qualified to make this designation.

The BEST Homemade Salted Caramel Sauce

The ratio of butter to sugar to cream is perfect and there is just the right note of saltiness from the fleur de sel. It’s so, so, so good!!! So rich and creamy!

The BEST Homemade Salted Caramel Sauce

Even my cat loves this caramel! That is how universally loved it is. I had to keep shooing her from my photograph set or she would lick the sauce from the spoon.

And in the spirit of making everyday a good caramel day…

A few things I’ve learned about making salted caramel sauce [the hard way]:

  1. There is a sliding scale of acceptable caramel flavor. From the very light in color and, in my opinion, light on taste to the almost burnt, dark, sultry caramel that I prefer. The final taste will depend on when you add the butter to stop the cooking process. The caramel pictured in this post is that middle ground – universally accepted as a delicious, well-prepared caramel. I added the butter when the sugar had just turned amber in color and you could smell the cooking caramel but it did not have even a hint of a burning smell. My favorite caramel is cooked just a little bit longer (only another 15 to 20 seconds or so) and I add the butter when the sugar turns a deeper, rich amber color and there is just the slightest hint of burning scent when you waft the vapors (just like they taught in middle school chemistry).
  2. I have burned more caramel using a thermometer than I have using the senses God gave me, thus I dispense with the thermometer. I suggest you do the same. It’s just one extra dish to wash…unless you are trying to make candy (soft ball or hard crack) to which process a thermometer is essential.
  3. Have your butter and heavy whipping cream at room temperature. If you add a cold liquid to the hot sugar, it will seize up and you won’t be able to recover it.If you have a gas stove that delivers consistent, even heat, then feel free to whisk your sugar as it melts (as per the Brown Eyed Baker), but if you are cooking on an induction stovetop like me, then I find it best to refrain from whisking. Honestly cooking caramel on a gas stove is so much easier. Sigh. Some day.
  4. Be sure to whisk in the fleur de sel IMMEDIATELY after the cream otherwise it won’t completely incorporate. I also can taste the difference between Maldon’s Fleur de Sel and regular sea salt. I think it’s worth the splurge! 🙂
  5. The Golden Rule of caramel making is DON’T WALK AWAY. Stand your ground at the stove. Don’t let your cat pester you into feeding her or your husband ask you to look at something. Your caramel focus will be broken and something will go horribly wrong. I know. These things happen.

I made a video with all sorts of good Tips!!!

The BEST Salted Caramel Sauce

Prep Time: 2 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 12 minutes

Yield: 2 cups

The BEST Salted Caramel Sauce

The BEST Salted Caramel Sauce that I have ever tried!! Smooth and creamy with the perfect consistency.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 12 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature and cut into pieces
  • 1 cup heavy cream, at room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon fleur de sel (or another sea salt)

Instructions

  1. In a 2 to 3 quart saucepan, melt the sugar over medium-high heat. Lots of recipes call for you to stir until all the sugar is melted, but, for me, I get better, more consistent results on my induction stove if I just let it be and swirl the pan frequently.
  2. Once all the sugar has melted watch your caramel like a hawk; swirling the pan occasionally. As soon as the sugar turns amber in color add your butter and whisk vigorously. It will bubble up aggressively but just keep whisking until all the butter has melted.
  3. Remove pan from the heat and slowly pour in the cream while whisking vigorously. The caramel is going to bubble aggressively again, so be careful but stand your ground.
  4. Whisk until all the cream is incorporated and then whisk in the fleur de sel.
  5. Set the sauce aside to cool for 15 minutes prior to pouring it into a glass jar to cool completely.
  6. You can refrigerate the sauce for up to 2 weeks, but you will need to warm it before using. I gently heated mine in a saucepot with warm water or at 5 second intervals in the microwave (yes, 5 second intervals).

Notes:

Recipe Slightly Adapted from Brown Eyed Baker

https://americanheritagecooking.com/2014/03/best-salted-caramel-sauce/

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204 Comments

  • Josephine
    March 6, 2014 at 12:32 pm

    This does look wickedly good. Are you using it for ice cream or something else?

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    • AmericanCooking22
      March 6, 2014 at 1:24 pm

      It is an excellent topper for ice cream! I have been eating it off the spoon, baking it into brownies and blondes, and filling cupcakes! It will be making several cameo appearances soon!

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    • Darleen Holland
      October 5, 2017 at 8:47 pm

      I am thinking of serving it drizzled over plain cheesecake

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      • Lindsey
        October 6, 2017 at 9:37 pm

        Hi Darleen! That will be fantastic!

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      • Jason
        June 27, 2019 at 11:50 pm

        I used on Cheesecake and mixed in pecan bits. It was amazing!!

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        • Lindsey
          August 3, 2019 at 9:51 am

          Yaaaas! That sounds awesome, Jason!

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    • Valanna11@gmail
      March 12, 2019 at 11:32 am

      Hi, Since you have said that you have had horrible carmel days. Can you tell me what I did wrong? On the stove the carmel sauce was perfect
      I was jumping with joy
      After it cooled, BAM! IT TURNED UGLY ON ME. My beautiful sauce turned into the grainy, not smooth and delightfully velvet sauce like on the stove. It had a delightful taste, but tasted course, and grainy. If you could help me, I would much appreciate it and many Thanks
      How could it go from perfect to nasty while cooling?

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      • Lindsey
        March 30, 2019 at 10:07 am

        Awww I understand! These things happen to the best of us. It sounds like your sauce crystalized at some point. It wouldn’t be immediately obvious when its hot. This can happen if granules of sugar fall into the already melted caramel (like from the sides of the pot) and then are agitated (stirred, swirled, whisked). The sugar crystal will encourage other melted sugar around it to crystalize too. It can also happen if your pot is dirty (even just a little) or if you stirred a wet caramel. I hope that helps!

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  • Kayle (The Cooking Actress)
    March 6, 2014 at 2:01 pm

    OH MY GAWWWWD THOSE PICTURES!! drooooling.

    I have the same feelings about caramel sauce as you! (I’ve only made it once and it turned out perfectly, thank goodness!)

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    • AmericanCooking22
      March 6, 2014 at 2:27 pm

      Thank you!!

      Mmmm all this talk of caramel is making want some! Maybe I’ll just take a quick trip to the fridge….

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  • Julia | JuliasAlbum.com
    March 6, 2014 at 3:09 pm

    Salted caramel sauce – I love it! And it looks so appetizing, dripping on the sides of that glass jar. YUM! I would put it all over everything: pancakes, crepes, sweet quick breads, muffins, etc.!

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    • AmericanCooking22
      March 6, 2014 at 3:16 pm

      Leave it to you, the Crepe Master, to think of putting it in a crepe! That would be so yummy! I think I remember you having a banana bread that was dripping in caramel. Good thing I have some left or I would have to make some more to spice up my usual banana bread recipe!

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  • Miss Kim @ behgopa
    March 7, 2014 at 3:24 pm

    I just love caramel, especially when it’s warm. I’ve done my share of screwing up caramel. It is so easy to make, but at the same time also so easy to mess up. And OMG speaking of caramel burns…OUCH! Something at that temperature burning you is just beyond painful. There was a girl in my class that had hot caramel spill all over her hand. It was when we were making caramel cages, she thought it would be clever if she used plastic to pipe the caramel, but she paid the price for it. Hot sticky caramel sticking to your hands…yikes!

    And I am drinking iced caramel macchiato right now as I type this. I’ve cut back on the caffeine, but I never said I was going to quit cold turkey haha.

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    • AmericanCooking22
      March 7, 2014 at 8:32 pm

      I am not generally an advocate of quitting anything cold turkey especially caffeine…can lead to headaches!

      Hmmm plastic and caramel…bad plan. The big question though is when you do get hot caramel on your hand while in the middle of cooking, do you stop and run it under cold water and burn your caramel, or do you suffer through the pain to save the caramel? I say anything to save the caramel!!

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  • Christin@SpicySouthernKitchen
    March 7, 2014 at 8:38 pm

    This looks like the most deliciously, thick caramel sauce ever! Love your tips. Pinning 🙂

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    • AmericanCooking22
      March 7, 2014 at 8:38 pm

      Thanks for the Pin!! It’s so beyond amazing!!!

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  • LJ
    March 14, 2014 at 6:35 am

    I tried your sauce and I got hard bits of sugar mixed in with my sauce. Luckily I have a nice size container without bits, but what was left in the pot was the consistence of slush. I tried reheating it and that melted a little of it, but most of it went down the drain. What do you think I did wrong? My butter wasn’t exactly room temp and it took a lot of stirring to incorporate, so I am blaming it on that. Today I am going to make the cupcakes. BTW, the sauce is delicious, thanks for the recipe.

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    • AmericanCooking22
      March 14, 2014 at 10:08 am

      Hi LJ – I’m so sorry you are having trouble! Caramel can be tricky! If I am understanding your situation correctly, it sounds like you had no problems melting down the sugar and caramelizing it. The problems happened when you added the butter and the cream. That is exactly what kept happening to me when I added cold butter and cream to the sugar – it seizes up and, once re-crystalized, there is no way to fix it. I tried. Once I used room-temperature (i.e- really warm) butter and cream it stopped seizing up. The only other time that I ended up with sugar crystals in my finalized caramel was when I stirred the sugar while it was melting on my induction stovetop. I could not get the the crystals to reincorporate before I burned the sugar. I hope that helps!

      Have fun with the cupcakes!

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      • Missy
        October 12, 2014 at 3:43 pm

        Glad I saw this reply. I just tried this recipe, and I guess that’s what I get for stirring the sugar as it was melting….I didn’t have a saucepan and was using a large skillet, so I got nervous. DANG IT. BUT – the flavor is out of this world (what I salvaged without sugar bits)

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        • AmericanCooking22
          October 12, 2014 at 4:29 pm

          Brave! Trying it in a skillet! I would be afraid it would bubble up and burn me. Glad you tried it and were able to salvage some!

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          • Missy
            October 12, 2014 at 5:45 pm

            Well, in all fairness, it was one of those giant Emeril skillets…using your sauce for triple vanilla, salted caramel filled cupcakes with browned butter buttercream (with caramel drizzled on top of course!

          • AmericanCooking22
            October 13, 2014 at 8:28 am

            Those cupcakes sound delicious!!! The extra caramel drizzle was totally understood! I’m going to have to try browned butter buttercream. Do you brown the butter and then refrigerate it solid again?

          • Fiammetta Castaldi
            June 1, 2018 at 12:27 pm

            the best way to caramelize the sugar that I have found is using the microwave: add a tablespoon of water and cook for about 5 minutes – it depends on the strength of your microwave, so the first time you have to watch it very carefully…. but after that it is totally problem free, consistent results and magically easy!
            wonderful recipe …

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    April 15, 2014 at 4:13 pm

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  • jo@jocooks.com
    April 15, 2014 at 9:01 pm

    I am drooling over here, seriously! To me this caramel sauce looks absolutely perfect. I could think of so many things to have it on. 🙂

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    • AmericanCooking22
      April 15, 2014 at 9:24 pm

      Lol! That’s the problem!! My site’s been a little caramel heavy since I first made it! Aaaaannnnddd I may have some still in the fridge…..here comes trouble!

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      • matt
        November 24, 2014 at 1:58 pm

        This looks amazing. I was trying to melt the sugar in the sauce pan but it was already turning brown on the bottom before it all melted. I made the mistake of stirring it and then had fun cleaning out the “harder than granite” sugar rocks. Can you melt the sugar by itself without burning the bottom or should I be using a double burner or should I be melting it WITH the butter?

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        • AmericanCooking22
          November 24, 2014 at 6:04 pm

          Hi Matt! I’m so sorry that happened. That has definitely happened to me…sometimes the temptation to stir is irresistible. When you make caramel using the dry method (aka without water) parts of the sugar will melt faster especially if you are using an induction stove. Gas heats more evenly, so it will melt more constantly. You are definitely supposed to melt the sugar by itself. I’m not sure it would get hot enough to melt in a double boiler. I vigorously swirl my pot to try and distribute the melting sugar and help it melt more evenly. I’ve ruined many a pot of caramel (mostly by cooking it too long) and the good news is that you can let it soak for 15 minutes and the sugar will dissolve. No scrubbing needed! Good luck!

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        • Melissa
          December 13, 2014 at 12:58 pm

          So Matt, I had the exact same problem the first time. I tried it for the second time today and WOW! No matter how much I wanted to stir that sugar (I did cook on a gas stove) I held back and just swirled. Made the entire difference! Take 2, turned out PERFECT!

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          • AmericanCooking22
            December 13, 2014 at 1:15 pm

            Haha! I am terribly jealous of your gas stove! Way to impose that self-restraint! I know it is so difficult to resist the urge to stir! I’m so glad it turned out perfectly this time and I hope you enjoy it whether you are eating with a spoon or baking with it!

          • Andy
            April 27, 2018 at 4:47 am

            Brilliant better than the Irish verson so good and easy to make

          • Melissa
            December 13, 2014 at 1:17 pm

            That’s so funny. As I am reading your comment I am eating the deliciousness with a spoon 🙂

          • AmericanCooking22
            December 13, 2014 at 1:41 pm

            Lol! A girl after my own heart! All is as it should be 🙂 Except that I have no caramel to eat with a spoon!

  • Kristi @ Inspiration Kitchen
    April 26, 2014 at 9:10 am

    Not sure how I could’ve possibly missed this post – I absolutely adore caramel sauce!

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    • AmericanCooking22
      April 26, 2014 at 10:02 am

      Sigh. Caramel! Its a fabulous thing. Whoever created it should win some sort of award.

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  • Shinee
    May 7, 2014 at 12:50 am

    Wow, I’m just about to lick my screen! Seriously, this looks amazing! I love caramel, salted, butterscotch, you name it! Definitely pinning it! I have to make this asap!

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    • AmericanCooking22
      May 7, 2014 at 9:05 am

      I hope you do! It’s so delicious! And thanks for the pin!

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  • Cassie
    June 15, 2014 at 10:22 pm

    Have you tried canning this? I would like to make several batches to have on hand ( since I go through it so quickly!), but I didn’t want to waste all my beautiful caramel if it wouldn’t work:(

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    • AmericanCooking22
      June 15, 2014 at 10:59 pm

      I haven’t tried canning it but I have used it over the course of several months and found it tasted exactly the same. I keep it in the jar pictured, tightly sealed in the coldest part of my refrigerator. I’ve done this with several batches and the only trouble I had was that some of the larger flakes of salt eventually settled towards the bottom but I think this was because I forgot to crush the salt prior to adding it so it didn’t fully dissolve.

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  • Ella-HomeCookingAdventure
    July 11, 2014 at 10:15 am

    This looks totally irresistible.. a perfect sauce for ice cream in this time of the year,

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    • AmericanCooking22
      July 11, 2014 at 10:52 am

      Yes it is! I was just trying to figure out how to swirl it into my first batch of homemade ice cream!

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  • Flo
    July 13, 2014 at 4:09 pm

    Hi, Lindsey. What a great recipe! I’m going to try it soon with an apple pie (or perhaps a crumble). Are 12 tablespoons of butter 170 grams? Thanks

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    • AmericanCooking22
      July 13, 2014 at 4:36 pm

      I hope you do try it, Flo! It would be delicious with apples. 12 T of butter weigh approximately 170 grams.

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      • Flo
        July 14, 2014 at 3:42 pm

        I am suuuuch a failure….. I tried making your caramel sauce and everything went wrong… I added water to the sugar, but I think I added a bit too much. My sugar got clumpy and then, after about 10 minutes, it started to turn amber (it was still clumpy, though). I had to clean up my mess with boiling water.
        I think I’ll just give up on caramel, since it’s the second time i’ve tried making it (the first time it burnt).

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        • AmericanCooking22
          July 14, 2014 at 4:36 pm

          Oh no!! You are not a failure! I would be willing to bet that 99% of people who have made caramel have also ruined caramel. I include myself in this 99%. I actually burned the caramel twice and my hand in this post!

          This is a dry caramel recipe meaning you don’t mix the sugar with water before heating. I have tried several “wet” caramel recipe before and they often add corn syrup in with the water and sugar to keep the sugar from clumping or seizing up. You are also supposed to stop stirring as soon as the sugar dissolves. I have had more luck using the dry method. It sounds like it worked except that your sugar seized. I have never had luck getting the sugar to remelt completely before caramelizing, so you are not alone here either! I hope you do try again; it’s so much better than store-bought! 🙂

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  • Lisa
    August 5, 2014 at 10:32 am

    Hi! Can this sauce be turned into firmer caramel candy if cooked to a higher temp after adding the cream when the sauce is done like other caramel candy recipes call for ? Thanks!

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    • AmericanCooking22
      August 5, 2014 at 11:46 am

      It definitely can!

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      • Lisa
        August 7, 2014 at 11:01 am

        Oh no! I’m having difficulties!… My sugar that I am melting in step one is already getting much too dark before all the ‘clumps’ have broken down and dissolved!…. Even when my temp is med-low!!! Then finally when it’s just barely dissolved it looks quite dark( almost too dark) so I add my warm butter right away but it doesn’t want to incorporate and I end up with large golfball hardened size clumps among the mixture of butter and sugar that’s not incorporating!!! ( so then the first time I attempted to whisk the butter for a few minutes to get it to incorporate and everything seized up real hard so I couldn’t even add the cream ) but the second time I add the cream right away even though the butter had not come together with the melted sugar and the mixture only starts to smooth out after 5 minutes of hard whisking over medium heat but even then I am left with big clumps of the original sugar mixture that never incorporated well with the butter and cream at first!!! Ahhh! Help! Please! Thankyou!!

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        • AmericanCooking22
          August 7, 2014 at 11:27 am

          Oh no!!! I feel your frustrations! This will sound counterintuitive, but you need to melt the sugar over medium-high heat. If you melt it over low it will take too long for all of it to melt and you will have a mixture of unmelted sugar and burned sugar. I, too, have done this. It sounds like you are using an electric burner which will exacerbate all these problems because the heat is inconsistent and uneven to begin with. When making caramel on an electric stove it is important to swirl the caramel more frequently and use a heavy-gauge saucepan if possible. When the sugar starts to melt, it will melt unevenly. Don’t worry, just swirl and try to rotate your pan to get it to cook evenly on the burner. You can also try a long handled spoon instead of a whisk to add the butter and cream.

          One more thing…when you say “clumps” what do you mean? If your sugar is clumped before you start melting it, you definitely want to smash those because they will take too long to melt otherwise. I hope all that helps, Lisa! Caramel is so temperamental! One of these days I’ll get a gas stove and I’ll make caramel carefree! 🙂

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          • Lisa
            August 7, 2014 at 11:40 am

            Thank you a million times! I will try again! But when I said clumps I meant basically the sugar ( which had no clumps before starting) as it is starting the melting process forms it’s own clumps and somehow some of them never finish dissolving by the time the rest is perfect darkness! Maybe the higher heat will help this. But the mixture is really darkening so quickly on me! And like I said im also really struggling to get first the butter and then the cream to incorporate smoothly the butter really just stays liquid apart from the sugar ! I’ll try again ! My goal then at the end was to turn this in caramels to cut so basically after i finally get a smooth mixture ( hopefully) then I would continue to cook to a higher heat ( how high?? Of just a few minutes longer of cooking?) in order for this to firm enough to turn in caramel candies? Thank you thank you! Would lemon juice help to keep this from crystallizing? Or is that for a completely different purpose?

          • AmericanCooking22
            August 7, 2014 at 12:02 pm

            Welcome! The sugar will melt unevenly and that is totally normal! Just swirl vigorously to try and get some of the melted sugar on the dry sugar! I only get crystalized clumps in the beginning if I try to stir or whisk my sugar before it melts. Others have had success doing this but it NEVER works for me, so I just leave it alone and swirl. You can also get crystals in the beginning if you have something else in the pan other than sugar when you start cooking it. I have read that adding lemon juice can keep this from happening but I’ve never tried it. You can also try the wet method, which means just adding just enough water to wet the sugar in the pan, stirring until the sugar is dissolved and then following the recipe as written. I prefer the dry method but that is a personal preference. If the sugar crystalizes before adding the butter, I have never been able to melt it all back down after adding the butter and sugar. If it is only a few pieces, then you can just take them out with a spoon and no one will be the wiser! 🙂

            To make soft caramel candies you want to cook the sugar to the firm ball stage which is around 245 degrees F. If you don’t have a candy thermometer, then you can do the test the old fashioned way by dropping a dollop into cold water. When you remove the caramel from the water it should be in a firm ball that will flatten when squeezed but will stay in a ball in your hand. It should be malleable. If you cook it past this stage then you will get into the soft and hard crack stages that get completely hard when you drop them in the water.

          • Lisa
            August 7, 2014 at 11:41 am

            Ps- the last batch even after whisking and whisking to smooth it out still has all sorts of clumps and chunks left in it now after setting!

          • Lisa
            August 7, 2014 at 1:37 pm

            Thanks I’m still trying!! To make caramels Do you mean cook it to 245 after adding the cream and butter?

          • AmericanCooking22
            August 7, 2014 at 2:03 pm

            That’s correct. Add the butter and cream when the caramel hits your desired level of “burnt”. I like mine a darker amber but that is personal preference. The caramel as pictured was a lighter amber before I added the butter and cream. Return the caramel to the heat and continue to cook until it reaches the correct temperature. You can also stir or whisk away at this point.

          • Lisa
            August 7, 2014 at 2:08 pm

            Thankyou for all your help! Ok well after 2 more attempts I’ve managed to get much less clumping when I do it the way you described with less mixing! but during the sugar melting period it’s turning much too dark before it’s all melted resulting in burnt flavored very too dark caramel! I just can’t get it to darken less quickly to give the rest of the sugar time to melt! Hmmm any other ideas with my darkening problem? It’s just much much too dark to quick that’s all I can say to explain! The portions that melt first hit the perfect color when there’s still a lot of sugar left to melt so then I wait for the rest to melt while swirling like you said ( which was a great idea) but before that happens it’s already too dark and burnt! Yes I’m using an electric. Thankyou again for trying to help me!

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  • Lisa
    September 28, 2014 at 12:38 pm

    Oh my! This *is* the best caramel sauce recipe. I plan to use this sauce later today for this salted caramel pudding: https://www.portuguesegirlcooks.com/2012/01/salted-caramel-pudding/. I hope I don’t sample too much before i have a chance to make it! Thanks for the recipe!

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    • AmericanCooking22
      September 29, 2014 at 8:54 am

      Sampling is definitely always a problem! I’ll check out that caramel pudding! It’s been forever since I made a pudding. Enjoy!!

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  • Lee Anne
    October 7, 2014 at 1:41 am

    Might I add to your list of “…Things I’ve learned…”? I only use raw sugar and did not imagine this could pose any problems until the sugar starting melting then realized very quickly it was already the desired color just as it completely melted. After a short moment of panic I simply used the smell of the sugar as my guide. It was also imperative to have everything lined up and ready so at the crucial moment of life or death, there’s no need to go madly searching for anything.

    I’m happy to say all turned out well in the end and I have several little jars of an absolutely divine sauce..

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    • AmericanCooking22
      October 7, 2014 at 8:24 am

      I’m so glad to hear it worked with raw sugar too! Even with regular sugar the smell is very important. That is a great point about having everything at the ready! It is absolutely necessary! Enjoy your sauce!

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  • Dorothy
    October 11, 2014 at 5:24 pm

    I made this and turned out great a little concerned it wanted to seaze up but keep on wisking and smothed outfine. I think maybe I addeda little too much salt but still so good will cut salt a bit next time.
    Thanks so much for great recipe and hints.

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    • AmericanCooking22
      October 11, 2014 at 6:58 pm

      I’m so glad it all worked out! I always have that moment when I am making caramel when I worry that it’s going to seize up and not going to work! The salt measurements are for fleur de sel, which have very large salt flakes. If you used regular table salt or even coarse salt, it might be too much volume. You are most welcome! What are you going to make with it? Or are you just going to eat it with a spoon (no judgement here! My husband does that all the time!)

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  • Missy
    October 13, 2014 at 9:34 am

    I did. Poured it into a bowl, let it solidify a little (to the consistency of softened butter) and then beat it until fluffy. If I could figure out how to post a picture of the final product, I would. They were GLORIOUS!! The buttercream is really the champion of these cupcakes!

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    • AmericanCooking22
      October 13, 2014 at 9:48 am

      They sound delicious! I’ll have to try that out. I bet it would be good on a pumpkin pecan cupcake too. You can post a pic on my FB page if you want or on Instagram and tag me 🙂

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  • Deborah
    October 15, 2014 at 11:01 am

    Hi, this looks amazing, I’m thinking about making some for gifts for Christmas this year. What size of jar do you store this in?

    Thanks

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    • AmericanCooking22
      October 15, 2014 at 11:56 am

      Hi Deborah! That is a wonderful Christmas gift idea! I have only stored it in the jar that it is pictured in, and I have always made it and used some immediately in a recipe. I think you could use any size jars that you want. The recipe as written makes about 2 cups of sauce. I am out of town so I can’t check the size of the jar, but it is probably about 1 1/2 cups.

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  • CJ
    October 19, 2014 at 11:54 pm

    I just made this and served it over apple crisp. OMG, over the top!! You can eat it alone, right out of the spoon…it’s Mmmm delicious!! Followed recipe and tips exactly. It came out perfect…

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    • AmericanCooking22
      October 20, 2014 at 12:35 am

      Thanks for stopping back to tell me, CJ! That makes me so happy to hear! I bet it would be ah-mazing over apple crisp! It is also excellent right off the spoon – this I know from experience. 🙂

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  • Katrina
    October 30, 2014 at 4:33 am

    Please tell me if I’m being stupid, but is the first step literally just sugar in the pan? No water at all? I can’t get my head around the fact that it will melt?! About to attempt for dinner guests tonight to dip apples in (caramel fondu, I wanted to do toffee apples in honour of Halloween but just discovered dear husband doesn’t like them!)

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    • AmericanCooking22
      October 30, 2014 at 12:54 pm

      Haha! You are not being stupid, Katrina. There are two different methods of making caramel: a wet and a dry method. This recipe is the dry method where sugar is melted all by its self. The wet method is when sugar is first dissolved in water and then they are cooked together. The dry method does require more babysitting and you will need to swirl the pan to keep it cooking evenly. I have tried both methods and I prefer the caramel produced by the dry method. I can’t believe your husband doesn’t like toffee apples! They are so delicious! A caramel fondu sounds delicious too. Good luck!

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  • […] Woolworths Gold Salted Caramel Dessert Sauce. Or make your own. […]

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  • […] Alternatively you can make your own. […]

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  • Kay Anderson
    December 5, 2014 at 9:08 pm

    i have made this twice, making again tomorrow. It IS absolutely the best. Thanks for sharing!

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    • AmericanCooking22
      December 5, 2014 at 11:48 pm

      Thanks, Kay! And thank you for stopping back by to let me know! Happy baking!

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  • Chrissy
    December 22, 2014 at 9:17 pm

    I am going to attempt making your caramel sauce to use as Christmas gifts. I was wondering if it were possible to make the recipe in bulk to fill several jars at once or if it would be harder to do that way. I have never tried to make my own caramel and I wasn’t even worried about attempting it until I read your directions and all the comments so I’m trying to do some ‘homework’ before trying it.

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    • AmericanCooking22
      December 23, 2014 at 11:48 am

      Hi Chrissy! I would not try to make this in any larger batch than as written. I think you will have even more trouble getting all the sugar to melt before it starts burning especially if you do not have a gas cooktop. Good luck! The good news is, when you are done, you’ll be an expert at caramel!

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  • Sarah
    February 14, 2015 at 10:28 pm

    Just delicious! Tried and true! Easy, delicious, no fail, best caramel!!

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    • AmericanCooking22
      February 15, 2015 at 10:48 am

      I’m so glad you liked it, Sarah!!!

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  • Dianne
    March 28, 2015 at 4:41 pm

    Hi Lindsay
    Thank you so much for allowing me to use your photo for my caramel sauce. I have now properly credited the photo with a link to your site. Thanks once again.
    Best wishes

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  • Jeanie
    April 5, 2015 at 10:43 pm

    Hi, I tried making the caramel and it had some hard pieces, I was able to take them out but the caramel didn’t thicken enough it is like a thick liquid. I think my butter wasn’t at room temp, can you melt the butter putting it in. Can I cook it longer to help it thicken. Also was I supposed to cook it longer after I added the cream and butter. Thanks

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    • AmericanCooking22
      April 6, 2015 at 8:30 am

      Hi Jeanie! Those hard pieces are from the sugar seizing most likely from adding cold butter. Sugar naturally wants to recrystalize so if any sugar crystals on the spoon or side of the pan fall into your caramel it also may create lumps of sugar. The same thing happens when you add cold butter and cream to the hot sugar; the cold will shock the syrup and chill parts of it creating crystals. Sometimes you can keep heating it and the crystals will dissolve but often it’s best just to strain it.
      To achieve the caramel sauce consistency in the photos, I did not need to keep heating it. If you do keep cooking it, it will continue to thicken. Hope that helps!!

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  • hirsche
    April 15, 2015 at 10:00 pm

    I just made this sauce and it is so yummy in the tummy! Here are a few things I learned, 1) read the directions at least 5 times, 2) read them once more, 3) Swirl that pan! my sugar went a little lumpy but I kept on swirling and they melted out, 4) the sauce turned out a little thinner than I like, 5) I may need to drink the stuff! (Can you get drunk on caramel sauce)
    All kidding aside, I did read the instructions many times and followed them as you wrote them. Getting the method down right is the most important step. And yes I poured some in a glass and I am sipping it as I clean up! Forget the spoon!

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    • AmericanCooking22
      April 20, 2015 at 9:42 pm

      LOL! I will have to add your #1 and #2 suggestions to my list! Hilarious! And so true
      If the sauce is too thin, you can cook it longer and it will thicken up. And there is no shame in drinking salted caramel! I do it all the time 🙂

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  • Mae
    April 27, 2015 at 6:20 am

    Hi hi if I freeze it can I keep longer than 2 weeks? Can it be frozen….

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    • AmericanCooking22
      April 27, 2015 at 6:55 am

      Hi Mae! I have never tried to freeze caramel sauce, but I don’t see why you couldn’t. The general rule is 1-2 weeks in the fridge or 2 months in the freezer!

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      • Mae
        April 27, 2015 at 7:00 am

        Great! Thanks:) will try

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        • AmericanCooking22
          April 27, 2015 at 7:03 am

          You’re welcome! Happy baking!

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  • […] Recipe inspired from  – Americanheritagecooking […]

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  • Beth
    May 6, 2015 at 10:34 pm

    I love this recipe, is there anyway to keep the same recipe but make it into candy squares? I feel so lucky to get this one right I just want to stick with it:)

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    • AmericanCooking22
      May 6, 2015 at 10:54 pm

      Hi Beth! I have often wondered the same thing. The only thing you can do is try! To make caramel candies, you just put the caramel back on the heat after adding the butter and sugar and continue to cook it until it reaches 235 F (soft ball stage). Pour it into a grease pan or little molds if you have them. This recipe has a lot of butter and cream, which is the only reason I can fathom that you could not make it into caramel candies. Good luck! Let me know if it works because I want to make some!

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  • […] I used the recipe from American Heritage Cooking, see the link in notes […]

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  • Lisa
    May 16, 2015 at 2:16 pm

    I got hit with major sugar cravings earlier and searched pinterest for all things sweet and gooey and delicious, and came across your recipe. I’ve always been scared to try make caramel sauce myself but the need got too great and your instructions were so clear and detailed, I got confident and ran out to get some cream and a (huge) tub of tin roof! Everything went exactly like your description (until I dropped the butter spoon into the caramel) and the sauce came out perfectly!! Living in South Africa, I wouldn’t know where to start looking for fleur de sel, and just used coars-ish sea salt. Unfortunately, it seems like my salt settled at the bottom of the pan (a discovery I made while practically licking the bowl), was I meant to use a fine/table salt?
    Thanks so much for this amazing share though, I’ll never be satisfied with the store-bought kind again!

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    • AmericanCooking22
      May 19, 2015 at 7:49 am

      Haha! I am soooo happy to hear that your caramel came out (almost) perfectly! I absolutely love this recipe! I have dropped my spoon too, but fortunately the caramel was saved! As for the salt…I have a few thoughts on salt. I never use table salt in my baking because it it processed and tastes completely different than sea salt. Maldon salt is a very high quality sea salt with thin flakes that melt very quickly into the caramel. I have used regular sea salt but I used fine texture. If the crystals are too large then they won’t dissolve and you will have salt at the bottom. The other mistake that I made with salt was adding it too late so the caramel wasn’t hot enough to dissolve the crystals and I just got pieces of salt in my caramel like you. I add it immediately after the butter. You can put it back on the heat to dissolve it too but the longer you cook your caramel, the thicker it will be after cooling! I hope that helps!!! Happy baking!

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  • […] used homemade caramel but you could keep it simple and put half a caramel candy in each […]

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  • Ann
    August 29, 2015 at 7:12 pm

    First time success thanks to your detailed instructions. I laid everything out first, swirled, whisked and it worked! A couple of sugary blobs left behind in the pan is all.
    It tastes fantastic and is headed for the top of chocolate lava cakes and coffee ice cream tonight.
    Thank you for instilling confidence. I read your instructions maybe half a dozen times before I took the plunge.

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    • Lindsey
      August 30, 2015 at 2:29 pm

      I am so happy to hear that, Ann!! There is nothing quite like homemade caramel! I am seriously so happy that my instructions helped you! Since I wrote that, I went to culinary school so I have been meaning to go back and update that post with even more helpful hints! Enjoy your chocolate lava cakes and ice cream! They sound perfect!

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  • Kayla
    September 17, 2015 at 7:29 pm

    So this turned out absolutely beautifully, but unfortunately WAY too salty. I wish I had thought about the volume difference of flaked versus fine or coarse sea salt. I even made another batch with no salt and added it to the ultra-salty batch and it is still unbearably salty. Off to make a third batch in hopes to save the first two. Disappointed, but hopefully others can learn from my mistake! It may be beneficial to add a comment in your recipe about others adding significantly less salt if using coarse or fine sea salt. 🙁

    Overall great recipe, and easy to make. My own silly mistake ruined it :/

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    • Lindsey
      September 18, 2015 at 11:44 am

      Hey Kayla! I’m happy both batches turned out beautifully but I’m disappointed about the salt. I’ll test it with fine sea salt and see what my suggested measurement would be. I would try 1 teaspoon of fine sea salt but I wouldn’t use coarse sea salt because I don’t think the granules would dissolve completely. I waited just a touch too long one time and the flaked sea salt didn’t dissolve. Thank you so much for sharing your experience so we can all learn and I can improve my recipe! I hope the third batch solved it – on the bright side, you are now a caramel pro!! 🙂

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  • nishi
    October 30, 2015 at 7:35 am

    I read some of the replies after stuffing up my sugar.. sugar bits remain and hard as rock too.. ladies.. im gonna put it in thw spice grinder! Its the sugar or me tonight! Sauce is heavenly btw.. those sugar bits are gonna keep me up if I dont do something.

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    • Lindsey
      October 30, 2015 at 10:34 am

      Hi Nishi- The sugar bits will eventually melt into the caramel if you keep cooking it but the sauce will be thicker and will eventually become candy. You can also strain the sugar bits out. The sugar bits happen when the sugar crystallizes which can happen from too much agitation or even if you have sugar crystals on the side of the pan and they fall back in.

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  • Trula
    November 3, 2015 at 9:38 am

    I always appreciate reading review so I just figured that I’d put in my two cents. I made this today, and it turned out just beautifully. The biggest problem for people seems to be in the melting of sugar, so here’s what I did: I let the sugar melt without stirring (just swirling) until about 2/3 of the sugar was melted. At that point, I used a wooden spoon to slowly incorporate the rest of the sugar, and then I stirred fairly vigorously once there were just little floating chunks of sugar until it was all melted. Yes, the melted sugar was golden brown while some of the sugar hadn’t even melted yet, but in the end it worked. I did put the caramel back on the stove for about 2 minutes after I had added the cream and butter just to thicken it up a tad. It’s delicious…thank you!

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  • Rosie
    November 23, 2015 at 2:43 am

    Well, I’m salted-caramel-challenged 🙁 — I swear it sounds soooo easy to make, but I tried 3 times this evening and it all went down the drain. I had all kinds of trouble…the first time I tried a different recipe that called for corn syrup and no butter…yeah, I know. By the time I added the cream it became liquid and it never set. The second time I tried you recipe and the sugar did not melt all the way when it started burning. So, I thought it was the brand of sugar so I switched to a different brand and one more time it started getting dark before the sugar melted all the way. However this time I was able to add the butter and the cream quickly and it came out okay, but with a slight burn-taste….ahhhh, what is it? I have an electric stove and maybe is gets too hot.
    Also, quick question. Is there a reason to not add water to the sugar before melting it? someone told me I should melt the sugar with a bit of water to avoid burning it…
    **(in Charlie Brown voice)** I don’t wanna give up on salted caramel!!!

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    • Lindsey
      November 24, 2015 at 1:20 pm

      Hi Rosie! Don’t give up! I’ve totally been there. Promise. Let’s start with your last question and go from there. There are two different methods for making caramel. One is the dry caramel method (this recipe) and one is the wet caramel method. One is not any better than the other. Some find the wet caramel method easier but you absolutely cannot stir it after the sugar has dissolved because the agitation combined with the hydration will cause it to crystallize. Also once the sugar has dissolved into the water, you should wash the sugar crystals from the side of the pot with a clean pastry brush dipped in water or I have even used a wet papertowel. If you leave crystals on the side of the pot then they can fall into the caramel and cause it to crystallize. Once you hydrate the water and wash the sides, don’t touch it! You can swirl a few times but don’t stir! There is no wrong amount of water to add but the more you add, the longer it will take too cook because the water needs to boil off before the sugar will caramelize. No big deal. You can change this recipe into a wet caramel if you want to try it.

      Take heart: The problem is not you and your caramel making skills; the problem is your electric cooktop. The heat is uneven and the burner turns off and on to maintain a “consistent” heat, which is never consistent. Don’t fret. I made the caramel in this post on an electric stove. If your caramel starts to melt unevenly, which it always will, just stir it gently with a wooden spoon (bonus points for one with a flat bottom). Then allow it to continue to melt. Think of corn syrup as cheap insurance against crystallization. I only use corn syrup with wet caramel though. If you want to try that add about 1/2 cup of water to the sugar in this recipe and stir to hydrate the sugar then add about 1 tablespoon of corn syrup, stir to combine; wash down the sides of the pot and don’t touch it! There are scientific reasons why I do not add the corn syrup to the sugar before it is hydrated but I’ll spare you!

      The other recipe you tried – the one with the cream that never set – you just need to put it back on the heat and keep cooking it to thicken it. That is how you make caramel candies.

      Lastly, just remember that caramel *is* burned sugar. The key is just to figure out how “burned” you like it. I like really dark, rich caramel so I let mine get a dark amber before I add my butter and cream. If you like it lighter, add the cream and butter when it reaches a lighter amber color. The darker the caramel, the less sweet it is. There is about 2 seconds between dark amber and black-burned. You may have to burn a few before you figure it out. I know I did! I hope that helped! Don’t give up. Let me know what you try and if it worked!

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      • Rosie
        November 24, 2015 at 5:25 pm

        Lindsey,
        Omg, thank you soooo much for writing such a through response—you’re an angel !!!! Thanks a million!!!
        Now I realize how little I know about ‘salted caramel’ — there’s a whole science behind it lol !!! — and all this time I kept thinking my life is full of mishaps (just like Charlie Brown) so add salted caramel to the list, ha!! —
        And, you are so right! my electric stove does create uneven heat and the sugar doesn’t know whether to boil or just be hot.
        Ahhhh, I didn’t know I could had salvage the batch that never set…unfortunately that one went down the drain already…oh well. Okay, off to buy more sugar and try the recipe one more time. –if Charlie Brown never gives up why should I????–…who cares if I never achieve perfect salted caramel but I’m learning so many things about the process and properties of delicious Salted Caramel!!! #unstoppable #nevergiveup #keeptrying #practicemakesperfect

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        • Lindsey
          November 27, 2015 at 11:40 am

          You are most welcome, Rosie! #unstoppable is right! You’ll nail it soon! It is difficult on an electric burner but totally possible! I know that feeling of throwing out something I later realized that I could salvage – that’s the worst. I threw out so many Italian and Swiss buttercreams before I went to culinary school where I learned that they were all completely fixable! 🙁 You’ve got this! Let me know how it goes!

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  • Nikki
    November 27, 2015 at 9:02 am

    Thank you for such a killer recipe and all of the tips! I tried it yesterday, Thanksgiving, to go with an espresso cheesecake. It was my first time making caramel and it turned out great!

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    • Lindsey
      November 27, 2015 at 11:29 am

      You are so welcome, Nikki! I am so glad you enjoyed it! Your espresso cheesecake sounds fantastic!!

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  • Jen
    December 13, 2015 at 5:15 pm

    Might be a dumb question, but what temp should the cream and butter be? I have had them out on my counter for a couple hours and they are about 60 degrees. I can’t seem to find an easy answer anywhere online.

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    • Lindsey
      December 13, 2015 at 5:32 pm

      Hi Jen! Great question! Room temperature is just fine. You just don’t want them cold or they will seize the hot caramel. You can warm the cream a little in the microwave if you want but it’s not necessary. If the butter is soft, it’s warm enough.

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  • Ashleigh
    December 22, 2015 at 11:58 am

    I just came across your salted caramel recipe. I am very intrigued. I am thinking a bit along the lines of a salted caramel bourbon sauce to give for christmas to my coworkers, any thoughts on how to go about this with your recipe?

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    • Lindsey
      December 23, 2015 at 10:51 am

      Hi Ashleigh! Sure! Just add some bourbon after the butter!

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  • Ellione
    December 28, 2015 at 4:58 am

    I have a question: since i am not american all the cupmeasurings confuse the hell out of me. But if i calculate correctly it would be: 240g sugar
    230g heavy cream
    170g butter
    5,6g salt (although i will just use a spoon for this one)
    Am i right? I just don´t wanna mess this up 😀

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    • Ellione
      December 28, 2015 at 4:54 pm

      So i couldn´t wait and tried it with my estimated amounts of ingredients. Although it was a little bit too salty at the beginning (i only made about half the portion and i messed up the salt a little bit) but i saved it by adding decorating powder sugar into the hot caramell. And all i can say now is: oh my god, my taste buds are in heaven <3 <3 <3

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      • Lindsey
        December 29, 2015 at 11:40 am

        Great save, Ellione!

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    • Lindsey
      December 29, 2015 at 11:43 am

      Obviously you already tried! Sorry for the delay, I was on vacation.

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      • Ellione
        December 30, 2015 at 3:47 pm

        i hope you enjoyed your vacation 🙂 And oh yes i made this and i am happy with it. This is also going to be a part of a birthday present. The person has already tried it and also fell in love. So all i can say is: thank you for sharing this lovely recipe :*

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  • Heather
    January 4, 2016 at 3:04 pm

    Is this shelf stable or does it *need* to be refrigerated?

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    • Lindsey
      January 8, 2016 at 1:50 pm

      Hi Heather! It should be refrigerated.

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  • Norma
    March 20, 2016 at 2:23 pm

    I have a burnt finger, 2 failed pots of half burnt sugar but will use all my sugar until I have a nice jar of Carmel!! Back to the stove!

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    • Lindsey
      March 20, 2016 at 9:39 pm

      Hahah! That’s the spirit Norma! And I know the feeling, but that caramel will taste so good!!

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  • Mao
    July 2, 2016 at 4:48 am

    Hi! this looks so delicious! I’m looking for a caramel recipe that i can pipe though…is it possible to pipe this on to a cake?

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    • Lindsey
      July 6, 2016 at 11:34 am

      Hi Mao! What exactly are you going to pipe? It’s probably a bit too loose at room temperature for that. I would use less cream and butter to get a pipeable caramel.

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      • tania
        July 9, 2016 at 12:51 pm

        Heya, I have come across this recipe and just wondering if it will be suitable to put in a squeezy ketchup type bottle and used as a caramel sauce for drizzling over squirty cream topped hot chocolate

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        • Lindsey
          July 9, 2016 at 2:59 pm

          Absolutely!!!! Happy baking!

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  • Joyce Agress
    November 19, 2016 at 5:23 pm

    I had lived in this house for almost 25 years when I finally got a gas stove. Yes, I was doing a low-level kitchen remodel and I already had the natural gas line for heater, gas log, backyard grill, so less complicated (and expensive) than it might have been. Part of the reason for the remodel was that we expected to move within a few years and needed an update – but the gas stove was just for ME. 12 years later, we have no plans to move for another decade, and the gas stove makes me happy every time I am in the kitchen. I don’t know your circumstances – maybe renting? – but as soon as you can get gas, please do it. It makes your hours in the kitchen even more wonderful, I promise. (Also, this is my favorite caramel sauce recipe, which I have made many times and absolutely adore on ice cream, apple pie, peach crumble…out of the jar with a spoon!)

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  • Jessica Zinder
    November 22, 2016 at 1:22 pm

    Could you use a non-dairy creamer to make the sauces- like coconut milk or almond milk?

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    • Lindsey
      December 5, 2016 at 9:04 am

      You could certainly try! Sometimes coconut milk and almond milk do funny things like separate when they are heated but please let me know how it works out! Happy baking, Jessica!

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  • Dan
    December 20, 2016 at 12:06 pm

    Thank so much for this gorgeous salted caramel post. It is delicious! I did cook a few seconds longer to get a darker deeper sauce, and added a bit of vanilla to the cream while it was warming. Do you have a suggestion to transition this caramel to the thicker type to use in a chocolate covered candy?

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  • Dan F
    December 20, 2016 at 12:08 pm

    Thank you so much for this gorgeous salted caramel post. It is delicious! I did cook a few seconds longer to get a darker deeper sauce, and added a bit of vanilla to the cream while it was warming. Do you have a suggestion to transition this caramel to the thicker type to use in a chocolate covered candy?

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  • Shirley
    February 24, 2017 at 4:34 am

    Hello! I have successfully made this salted caramel sauce and it is really too yummy!! I had to stop myself from eating too much of the sauce itself!

    However I tried to use it on my cupcakes. I made a moist chocolate cupcake and it cannot seem to stay in the center of the cupcake. It just get absorbed into the cupcake. Anyway to make the sauce more thick to be able to put it in the center of the cupcake? I really love this version of the salted caramel sauce that you shared and I hope to make it work!

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    • Lindsey
      March 1, 2017 at 4:23 pm

      Hi Shirley! I am so glad you like the sauce! I successfully used it as a filling in these cupcakes and also these! The only things I can think of are that either the cupcakes are still warm or the sauce is still warm. Try chilling the sauce first and then scooping it in – this won’t be as easy as when it is still warm or even room temperature but it won’t absorb. To make the sauce thicker use less cream or butter. Good luck and happy baking!

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  • Roxanne
    March 24, 2017 at 7:44 am

    So I tried to make Carmel all in one night. Had a lot of downs but there were some ups! The first recipe wasn’t yours and was totally different and the way it was made. That was a disaster never really got creamy the sauce was still grainy as if I added sugar after. Anyways I searched alot of recipes and came across yours. The first time I had tried it I had tried it with half brown sugar and half granulated sugar. Which was another disaster because I could not tell if the color was Amber as the way you’re describing it. I tried to do it by smell but I added all the ingredients and let it cool down it just tasted burnt. I love the consistency of it. So I decided to give it another try. But before I did I read most of the comments which were a lot. They had a lot of tips but as I could tell most of them were using stove like yours or gas. As I am using an electric stove. So like in the comment I tried to not stirred but I seen that it might start burning so I started with a spatula. Then it was getting clumpy it did start melting down as it should but it still had white pieces from the sugar. But as I didn’t want it to burn I had added the butter. It looked like it was going to come out good so I added the cream as instructed but think I added it to fast or maybe it was cold it did sieze up. But more than half was okay so I just used strainer. And salvaged the rest. The part that I salvaged came out great the flavor was great and the consistency was what I had wanted. But in the end I don’t think making caramel is so easy using an electric stove. So what was supposed to take me 12 to 15 minutes turned into a 5-hour escapade. As I said I had a lot of ups and downs mostly down. But in the end at least got what I wanted. It will be a while before I try it again but I will. Thank you for the recipe as it was great in taste.

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    • Lindsey
      May 9, 2017 at 3:03 pm

      Hi Roxanne! Unfortunately making caramel on an induction burner is a lot harder than on gas, but it is possible so don’t give up! When sugar melts its physical state changes and if a sugar crystal is introduced to this melted sugar it could cause the entire batch to recrystalize. These are the crystals you had to strain out. I like to think of it as if sugar “wants” to be in crystal form and we are coaxing it into a different state. The slightest interruption or contamination will cause it to revert back to its natural state. This is why you never stir a wet caramel after the initial wetting of the crystals and you take great care to use a clean pot and wash all the sugar crystals from the sides of your pot. Stirring a dry caramel (like this one) is allowed but I still find it better to swirl the pot to use those hot patches to melt the rest of the sugar without disturbing it too much. You can also try adding the sugar to the pot slowly by sprinkling more on top as it starts to melt. This works best with a smaller quantity.

      Brown sugar doesn’t caramelize like white granulated sugar because of the molasses. YOu can still make a delicious sauce like I did here, but I used 100% brown sugar. I hope that helps!

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  • Jerry Smith
    April 6, 2017 at 3:41 pm

    This is the bomb at my bakery it is selling like crazy of course I used salted butter and no salt great for my bombs

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  • Tandeep
    April 8, 2017 at 6:41 am

    Amazing tips. Was able to make it perfect in first attempt. Thanx.

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    • Lindsey
      May 9, 2017 at 11:47 am

      Fist bump to you!!!

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  • Chrissy
    June 15, 2017 at 7:44 am

    I’m a first timer at making my own caramel sauce. My husband and I live in Africa and its hard to find any ingredients, so its been up to me to make my own things. I will never go back to store bought. I found your recipe to not only be delicious, but very helpful. Like I said, I am a first time and was not expecting my first round to go so well…but it did. Thank you.

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    • Lindsey
      June 15, 2017 at 8:21 pm

      Well done, Chrissy!!! It is not an easy feat! And you totally nailed it! Happy baking!

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  • nada
    June 30, 2017 at 8:33 am

    hi
    can I have the measurement in grams please

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  • Cindy Bussard
    September 14, 2017 at 7:03 am

    Thank you for the recipe. I made it, and I have a suggestion. I think the temperature is a little high for people with gas stoves. I made it with the temp on medium high, and by the time the last of the sugar dissolved, it was burned. It was so weird. It happened so fast. I’ve never had that happen to me. So I made it again, a half batch this time, stirring it constantly, with the heat on medium, and it turned out beautifully. Also, I didn’t have any flake salt, so I ground some coarse salt (the amount it called for), and it tastes perfect. I’ll use this recipe again. Thanks!

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  • Angelica
    October 21, 2017 at 6:08 am

    I’ve read most of the comments on this thread and can’t wait to try out the recipe. But I have a challenge,heavy cream is hard to find here )-: . Can I use evaporated milk instead? And can I do without the brown sugar and use white sugar only. Thank you

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    • Lindsey
      December 26, 2017 at 11:42 pm

      Hi Angelica, I don’t see brown sugar in the recipe, so definitely use white sugar. You can try with canned milk or you can do with just added butter. Cream makes it stay looser and pourable and gives it a little creamier taste.

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  • Krissi Moorman
    November 6, 2017 at 9:16 am

    I recently aquired a ton of carmel sauce from work and want to make candy out of it for the holidays as gifts. How can I use already made and packaged carmel sauce into hard salted carmel candies?

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    • Lindsey
      December 26, 2017 at 11:27 pm

      Hmm. Well acquiring a ton of caramel sauce sounds like a blessing and a curse! 🙂 You can try to cook it again to 260 degrees and then pour it out. Let me know how it goes!

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  • Taylor Gates
    November 22, 2017 at 2:35 pm

    I’m using this recipe for my Carmel apple cheesecake! Yum!

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    • Lindsey
      December 26, 2017 at 11:09 pm

      Hooray! I bet it was fantastic!

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  • Julie
    December 29, 2017 at 1:44 pm

    Good afternoon! I am attempting to make your salted caramel sauce and I have tried 3 times and each time it gets too dark. 🙁 I’m using a gas stove, with a heavy bottom stainless pot, room temp butter and cream, as soon as the sugar is melted I start whisking away with everything. It’s already really dark at that stage. I’m wondering if it’s taking too long to cook and that’s why it’s getting dark? I leave the temp at medium or right below. I know gas stoves cook at a higher temp than electric/induction, so I figured I’d put it at med-high it’ll really burn. Any suggestions?

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    • Lindsey
      January 2, 2018 at 12:31 pm

      Hi Julie, Oh no! So you can try a few things. Try preheating your pan on high or medium high if using a big burner on a gas stove. Then sprinkle the sugar over the hot pan. It will start to melt immediately, then sprinkle on more. You will eventually need to put larger and large quantities in. Then use a wooden spoon to gently stir it (it’s more like moving it around). Even on a gas stovetop the outsides will begin to caramelize before the middle. The heat of the already caramelizing sugar will melt the remaining sugar before it begins to burn. These days I now heat my butter, cream and salt in a small saucepot to melt the butter and heat the cream, so that it will incorporate better without seizing. Don’t start whisking until you add the butter/cream mixture. Make sure you have somewhere to pour the caramel to stop the cooking process. I made caramel last night for a caramel ice cream on a gas stovetop using the method above and it was beautiful. Report back!

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  • NYE 2017
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  • Sherry
    February 3, 2018 at 6:50 am

    Just did not fully understand…. the explanation says I should add sea salt immediately after adding cream and butter and after that stir until it melt?

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    • Lindsey
      February 7, 2018 at 12:15 pm

      Sir until it is incorporated. You can put the salt in the with the cream if you want. 🙂

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  • Shirin
    February 5, 2018 at 1:03 am

    The best ever I have tasted !!!! I changed the recipe Just used 100Gr butter and also did not use salt because did not have at home but really the best one the beeeeesst one 🙂
    I was searching for a good recipe foe years finally find the fantastic and easy one !!!!
    Lots of thanks for you Lindsay

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    • Lindsey
      February 7, 2018 at 12:13 pm

      You are most welcome!

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  • Abdelouaheb
    April 14, 2018 at 7:05 am

    please can i have this receipt with gramme mesure?

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    • Lindsey
      April 17, 2018 at 4:04 pm

      Hi! WHile I use grams exclusively at work, I do not have time to convert all my recipes on AHC to grams. Googling the conversion works very well especially for the simple ingredients used here. Best

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      • Andy
        April 27, 2018 at 5:07 am

        Hi Lindsey Iv read your comments on the sauce are agre with all of them great ideas

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  • Andy
    April 27, 2018 at 4:51 am

    Fantanstic best ever easy to make I pour it apple pie it add a great flour to it

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  • Andy
    April 27, 2018 at 4:57 am

    Brilliant easy to make Put it on apple pie

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  • Beth
    May 9, 2018 at 12:53 pm

    I needed a caramel recipe to fill chocolate cupcakes with and stumbled upon this one. Having never attempted caramel before, it took me three tries to pull it off, and what a sweet accomplishment it was! I’ve never been a caramel fanatic…I’m a peanut butter junkie…but, OH. MY. GOSH…this recipe could change a girl’s mind! I’ve never had caramel this good before! Thank you for this recipe and insisting not to stir…that’s what makes it work!

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    • Lindsey
      May 20, 2018 at 8:58 pm

      Hey Beth! I’m so glad you found it and persevered! It sounds like you nailed it! There is no better feeling than a beautifully made caramel sauce!
      Have you ever tried caramel AND peanut butter together?! Salty sweet perfection! Happy baking!

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  • Banana Cake with Caramel Mousse
    June 25, 2018 at 2:27 pm

    […] a suitable one and eventually settled for this recipe. For the topping, I took a regular salted caramel sauce recipe, made just a quarter of the quantity stated with the addition of 1/4 teaspoon of instant espresso […]

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  • bridget
    July 11, 2018 at 9:13 pm

    In your instructions you say to melt the sugar but the recipe does not call for water. How much water does one use for 2 cups of sugar?

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    • Lindsey
      July 14, 2018 at 6:10 pm

      HI Bridget, this is a dry caramel recipe so it doesn’t use water when making the caramel. If you want to turn it into the wet caramel method you totally
      can. Honestly it doesn’t really matter how much water you use because all the water has to evaporate before the sugar will caramelize – more water, more time to cook the sugar. No big deal. Just add enough to make wetting the sugar easy. Don’t forget with a wet caramel, there is NO STIRRING after the cooking has begun, only swirling!

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  • Beth Phillips
    July 14, 2018 at 12:17 pm

    Do you think I could do half brown sugar and half white? Also, would this thicken/harden up enough to pur over a white cake as a frosting?

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    • Lindsey
      July 14, 2018 at 6:05 pm

      HI Beth! Brown sugar does not have the same properties as white granulated sugar, so, no it won’t work with half and half in the way you want it to. It will create a syrup but it will be a bit grainy unless hot. It will thicken up to pour over cake but it will have to stay cold or it will begin to run. I would also pour it onto a frozen cake. Happy baking!

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  • bridget
    August 23, 2018 at 10:53 am

    HELP!

    1. I’m using kosher salt which is bigger chunks of salt than fleur de sel, as far as I know. I CANNOT get it to dissolve, no matter when I add it or how long I stir. It just sinks to the bottom.

    2. When I follow the instructions exactly in melting the sugar, it almost always burns right away… I see amber coloured bubbles burst through the granulated sugar and then it’s basically burnt. I’m having the hardest time finding the right temperature to melt the sugar on my gas stove. The only thing that has worked is to put it on super low and stir constantly (instead of medium high and just swirl the pan).

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    • Lindsey
      August 25, 2018 at 9:42 am

      Hi Bridget! Fear not, you’re in luck. I actually just did two different video tutorials on caramel. Plus a new post with more tips. You are making a “dry caramel” so you may absolutely stir it. There will be parts that will burn before others and that is totally normal – just keep moving the unmelted caramel to the hot spots. The melting and caramelizing sugar will melt the rest. You can also try the wet caramel method in the video.

      As for the salt. I now exclusively combine the butter, cream, salt and vanilla in a small pot and then bring that just to a boil. Then set it aside and it will be ready when your caramel is. That way there is no pesky undissolved chunks of sugar or seized caramel from too cold of cream. Fleur de sel are larger piece but they (generally) more easily dissolved than kosher salt. You can’t go wrong with heating it with the wet ingredients

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  • Amanda
    September 24, 2018 at 4:50 am

    I think adding butter to this recipe was a bad idea not only for healthy reason but also because it makes the salted caramel taste way too buttery. I had to add a lot of vanilla essence to get rid of the buttery smell. Sugar, brand name heavy cream, salt and vanilla essence is all you need to make the best salted caramel.

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    • Lindsey
      October 4, 2018 at 5:19 pm

      I’m sorry you find the flavor and smell of butter so offensive! I think the French would disagree. Butter has other properties other than flavor here, but you can certainly make it with out.

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  • EL Mehdi
    March 2, 2019 at 8:09 pm

    This really makes me want to try it out, I hope it turns as tasty as it looks <3

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  • jullie
    March 31, 2020 at 4:42 pm

    Amazing post such a great idea!! Thanks Keep posting like this.

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  • […] Instead of the glaze you could roll them in cinnamon sugar and then top with a generous scoop of vanilla ice cream for a decadent desert. And maybe, if you’re feeling wild, you could drizzle it all with caramel sauce! […]

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  • Tanu Chandigarh
    April 29, 2020 at 5:50 am

    First time I made salted caramel and it turned out amazing. Thank you for the easy peasy recipe!

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    • Lindsey
      April 29, 2020 at 10:12 am

      I’m so glad!

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  • Harpreetkaur
    June 11, 2020 at 2:41 am

    thank you so much before because you have share very awesome post of salt caramel sauce

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  • Kenneth
    August 7, 2020 at 8:35 am

    Nice Post!

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