Learn HOW TO MAKE CARAMEL SAUCE at home that is as sweet, smooth, and delectable as the store-bought ones. The heavenly flavor and aroma will definitely match most of your desserts, snacks, and even beverages so it’s a total kitchen essential. You’ll love how caramel makes every day feel like Christmas!
In a medium saucepan, add sugar and enough water to soak up the sugar.
Place on medium heat and stir with a wooden spoon until sugar dissolves and the water looks clear. Use a pastry brush to clean any crystals that may have forms on the sides of the saucepan.
Cook, without stirring, until the sugar mixture turns an amber hue, approximately 10 minutes. Swirl the pot as needed without stirring, crystals may form. For a deep rich amber color, cook for an extra 2 minutes or more until the desired color has been reached.
Warm-up heavy cream in the microwave or stovetop. Reduce heat and whisk in the heavy cream and butter into the saucepan. Don’t be alarmed if the caramel bubbles up. Continue stirring until the heavy cream and butter have been fully incorporated into the caramel. The mixture should be smooth and thick - about 2-3 minutes. Stir in vanilla extract, if desired.
Remove from the heat and let it cool to room temperature. As caramel sauce cools it will thicken up even more.
The caramel can be left outside for 2-3 days, stored in a jar or airtight container. You may refrigerate for up to a month, or store in the freezer for 3 months.
Please keep in mind that nutritional information is a rough estimate and can vary greatly based on products used.