There is NO reason in the world to go to the store and buy a bag of caramels that cost you an entire kidney when you can create your own homemade caramel sauce right from the items in your pantry!
I am a firm believer in using what you have and that is exactly what I did the night I made homemade sundaes for my family. I made homemade hot chocolate sauce, caramel sauce, and create our own version of a Dairy Queen favorite.
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Here is my simple ingredients list and super easy instructions for creating your own Homemade Caramel Sauce.
- 1¼ cups sugar
- ⅓ cup water
- ¾ cup whipping cream
- ⅓ cup butter, cut into pieces
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- Combine sugar and water in a large heavy saucepan; cook over medium-low heat, stirring often, until sugar dissolves.
- Increase heat to medium-high, and boil gently, without stirring, until syrup turns a deep amber color, occasionally brushing down sides of pan with a wet pastry brush and swirling pan (about 6-8 minutes).
- Swirling the pan, instead of stirring, promotes more even cooking.
- Gradually add cream, but be careful because sauce will bubble a lot!
- Add butter; stir gently until smooth. Remove from heat, and stir in vanilla.
- Serve hot over ice cream or you can store in the refrigerator, covered for up to three weeks. If storing, place a layer of saran wrap over the caramel to keep the film from creating over the top of it.
So — what would you use your caramel sauce for?