Microwave caramels stacked up on parchment paper.

Easy Microwave Caramels

Buttery and soft caramels made in just 7 minutes in the microwave. This is the easiest way to make this homemade candy!

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Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword microwave caramels
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 7 minutes
Total Time 12 minutes
Servings 100 caramels
Calories 25 kcal
Author Anna


  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup corn syrup
  • 1/2 cup sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
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  1. Line an 8″ square baking pan with a sheet of parchment paper. Set aside, so it’s ready as soon as the caramel mixture is done.
  2. Make sure the bowl you will be making the caramels in is microwave safe and clean and dry. Place butter (chopped into tablespoon-size pieces) in the bowl and microwave for 1 minute. It will be almost all melted. Add white and brown sugar, corn syrup, sweetened condensed milk and salt and stir well.
  3. Place mixture in a bowl into the microwave and cook for 2 minutes. Stir well. Set timer to cook for 4 minutes, but stop it every 1 minute and 30 seconds to stir the mixture. It will bubble up and rise up in the bowl, so stir it until it calms down.

  4. Once done, carefully remove the bowl with caramel from the microwave, stir in vanilla extract and pour mixture into prepared pan. Let cool completely in room temperature.
  5. Once the caramel is cooled, lift up the parchment paper and set on a cutting board. Slice caramel into squares and wrap each one individually.

Recipe Notes

No need to pull out the bowl out of the microwave, just hold it with one hand (in a kitchen mitten since the bowl will be hot!) so it won’t be turning around and stir the mixture with a wooden spoon until the bubbling stops and the mixture falls a little bit. Be careful while handling the mixture. The bowl and the caramel will be very hot!

To wrap caramels in wax paper: This recipe makes 100 pieces if you cut the cooled caramel into 1″ x 1/2″ pieces. Cut wax paper into 4″ x 3″ pieces and wrap each piece of caramel, rolling it into a 2″ x 1/4″ candy.

Nutrition Facts
Easy Microwave Caramels
Amount Per Serving
Calories 25 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Cholesterol 2mg1%
Sodium 9mg0%
Potassium 7mg0%
Carbohydrates 4g1%
Sugar 4g4%
Vitamin A 30IU1%
Calcium 6mg1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.