homemade salted caramel sauce recipe


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homemade salted caramel sauce- serve on ice cream, cheesecake, fruit (or eat it with a spoon!)Ok, friends, just in time for the heart of ice cream season and backyard barbeques, I bring you the most delicious recipe ever. I type this knowing that this is dangerous information to share with you- but this homemade salted caramel sauce is so good (seriously, amazing) that I can’t keep it to myself.

the yummiest salted caramel sauce recipeAnd it’s really easy too.

homemade salted caramel sauce recipeAnd the perfect ‘orange’ project/recipe for Color Your Summer.


2 cups sugar

12 tablespoons butter

1 cup heavy whipping cream

1 tablespoon coarse salt, in a salt grinder (I bet table salt would work too- just not dissolve quite as fast)


salted caramel ingredientsGather heavy whipping cream (room temp), butter (also room temp), sugar and salt (if you have a salt grinder, even better). Measure out all of your ingredients so they’re ready to go once you start (it’s a little finicky to stir and watch for the sugar to melt and you want to be ready). Also, if your butter is cut into pieces, it makes life easier.

how to make salted caramel sauceAdd 2 cups of sugar to a large saucepan (the ingredient list is short, but it does bubble, so use a larger saucepan). Put on medium heat and wait for the sugar to start to melt. When it does, start whisking. It’ll get clumpy (keep whisking) and then start to turn to liquid (keep whisking).

salted caramel recipeOnce it’s melted, stop whisking and check for an amber, caramel-ish color.

salted caramel sauce recipeWhen you see that, add your butter. Stir/whisk until the butter is incorporated.

how to make salted caramel sauceRemove from heat. Slowly stir in cream.

how to make salted caramel sauceStir in about a tablespoon of salt- if you have a salt grinder, now is a great time to use it (the small salt flakes absorb right away).

salted caramel sauce recipeLet the pan sit for about ten minutes (don’t touch the caramel, or the whisk, unless you want to get burned… don’t ask how I know).

salted caramel sauce recipePour into jars and cool to room temperature. Store in the fridge for 3- 4 weeks (or until you try it and eat the entire batch in one sitting). As a bonus, these are perfect favors for an Ice Cream Party if you have one of those on the docket.

salted caramel sauce recipehomemade salted caramel sauce- serve on ice cream, cheesecake, fruit (or eat it with a spoon!)And this salted caramel sauce is the perfect topping for ice cream, cheese cake, fruit, etc. Or, just to eat with a spoon right out of the jar (I may or may not know this from experience). So good friends!

homemade creamsiclesWhile you’re gathering caramel sauce ingredients, be sure to take a break and check out more orange Color Your Summer yumminess at Delia Creates today!

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  1. Oh my, you may [or may not be] the perfect answer to putting back on the weight this last round of gut-busting illness took off too quickly to be pretty. Caramel flavor has been at the top of my list for years and salt only makes everything better everyday so it’s impossible to see how this can be anything but Excellent in every regard… Thank you.

    1. Hey Caitlyn, I think they’re pint sized jars. I made two batches of the recipe and filled five of the small jars and one medium sized mason jar. Hope that helps!

  2. LOVE this recipe!! I made it for a foodie swap last month and it was a huge hit! I was making it again this week and used organic sugar instead of plain ol white C&H….. not so great :/ I made two batches and neither turned out well, apparently a darker sugar leaves a more burnt taste, no matter how slowly it’s melted. I’ll be picking up the white granulated again and making a do-over batch. ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Jessica, I love it that you took this to a foodie swap. Also, I love it that you HAVE a foodie swap- genius. ๐Ÿ™‚
      Good to know about the organic sugar- thanks for the heads up!

    1. Amber, this makes me remember how much I love this stuff. And how I need to make it again asap. ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Hi, this is my first attemp making caramel sauce. I have tried this recipe and i overcooked the caramel so it has darker color and taste bitter. Does anyone have suggestion to fix it or what can i do with that overcooked caramel?

    1. I don’t have any suggestions for the overcooked caramel… You do have to watch the mixture extra closely as it cooks, though. Sorry yours didn’t turn out!

      1. I end up drinking it with milk..i add 2 teaspoon of burnt caramel, some condensed milk,and a cup of fresh milk..it taste good too…

  4. For those who are lactose-intolerant, such as people of color, make whipped cream from canned coconut milk. Adds a “wow” factor to the flavor, too!

  5. I would love to make this for hostess gifts, teachers gifts, etc. Do you know what the shelf life is for it? Once the jar is opened, does it have to be kept in the firdge? What is the shelf life then? Thanks so much for sharing this recipe.

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