Homemade Caramel Sauce

Homemade Caramel Sauce-serve it over ice cream, add it to milkshakes or stir it in your morning coffee!

Homemade Caramel Sauce-serve it over ice cream, add it to milkshakes or stir it in your morning coffee!

I make a lot of homemade ice cream. With 3 kids in the house, it doesn’t last long. So I also buy a lot of ice cream. I usually go for the big gallon party buckets of ice cream. Vanilla and Chocolate. Good things can always start with one of those flavors.

Homemade Caramel Sauce-serve it over ice cream, add it to milkshakes or stir it in your morning coffee!

The cheap ice cream, of course, isn’t as good as some of the other brands but if you could see my son scoop out his helping of ice cream, you’d know why I need to go cheap. He doesn’t even use a bowl. He uses a giant glass. Fills it with the ice cream, then adds milk. The lazy man’s milkshake. The kids don’t mind the cheap ice cream. They’re just happy to have ice cream during the summer.

Homemade Caramel Sauce-serve it over ice cream, add it to milkshakes or stir it in your morning coffee!

Now that doesn’t mean, they wouldn’t like something a little tastier. Ice cream is easy to doctor up. Add some fresh fruit, strawberries, blueberries, raspberries-whatever you have on hand. Crush some cookies, or add some nuts. Chocolate Syrup or Hot Fudge sauce, always a winner.

Homemade Caramel Sauce-serve it over ice cream, add it to milkshakes or stir it in your morning coffee!

And then there’s Caramel Sauce. Don’t get me wrong. I love my chocolate. But sometimes you need a change up. This caramel sauce stays soft, even straight from the fridge. With a rich vanilla flavor, it’s creamy, ooey gooey yumminess. In a jar. In the fridge. Ready any time for your ice cream or any other dessert you’d like to drizzle it over.

Homemade Caramel Sauce-serve it over ice cream, add it to milkshakes or stir it in your morning coffee!

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Homemade Caramel Sauce

Homemade Caramel Sauce


  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • 4 Tablespoons butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Place water and sugar in a medium, heavy bottomed saucepan. Cook on medium low, stirring until sugar is completely dissolved.
  2. Turn heat up to medium/medium high, so that mixture comes to a boil. Continue to boil, without stirring until color turns to amber. About 10-15 minutes. (If crystals form on side of pan, you can brush them down with a wet pastry brush.)
  3. Remove from heat and stir in a few tablespoons of cream. Be careful of steam. Cream will harden but dissolve as you stir. Add in remaining cream and stir until completely combined and all crystallized bits are dissolved.
  4. Stir in butter and vanilla extract. Transfer caramel to pint jar to cool completely. Store in refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.


If you have small cream crystals remaining, you can strain the caramel through a fine mesh sieve as you transfer it to the jar.

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Below is what your boiling sugar will look like at the beginning stage and when it’s ready, that golden amber color, ready to be turned into caramel!

Homemade Caramel Sauce-serve it over ice cream, add it to milkshakes or stir it in your morning coffee!

When the jar is almost empty, don’t keep trying to scrape your caramel out. Instead, just add some hot coffee and stir. Caramel Coffee! I might be slightly addicted to having my coffee this way the past few weeks.

Homemade Caramel Sauce-serve it over ice cream, add it to milkshakes or stir it in your morning coffee!

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  1. ooooooooooh yes! This caramel sauce could make just about anything instantly delicious!!!

  2. Perfect timing. I was just searching for a caramel sauce recipe last night. Now it found me! Thank you. I am making this today! :). Going to use over grilled peaches, stuffed with oats and pecans. Mmmm

  3. This sauce would make even the cheapest ice cream taste absolutely amazing! It looks so thick and rich! And I love the idea of putting it into coffee – what a fun treat for the morning!

  4. Mmmmm I love homemade caramel sauce!

  5. Joan,
    I love caramel but my hubby doesn’t, although he did like the caramels I made at home. Hopefully he’ll like this when I make it. I know I will.

  6. Oh yum!

  7. That looks amazing I want to lick the screen :P

  8. Yummy, yummy! Thankyou. This looks awesome!

  9. This looks amazing. I have a terrific go-to hot fudge sauce, but my husband is allergic to chocolate so I’ve been on the hunt for a caramel sauce recipe.

  10. Yum. I love homemade caramel sauce. This looks incredible Joan!!! Pinned :)

  11. Man this looks good Joan! And I’m kind of in love with the idea of just adding coffee straight to the almost-empty jar :) Makes a good excuse for running through the caramel so quickly!

  12. I love your homemade Ice cream recipes, so of course I had to try both your chocolate fudge and caramel sauce recipes. The fudge turned out super, but I had trouble with the caramel one. I tried twice with the butter and sugar mix and both times it turned to all sugar crystals before it was even close to the caramel color. I used my heaviest saucepan (Towncraft) so I must have done something wrong. Do you suppose I used too high heat? Or, do you have any other suggestions? I really want to perfect this recipe because I LOVE caramel and it’s so expensive to buy!

  13. marilyn d. says:

    if your son is nuts about ice cream, then please don’t tell him, ever, ever, ever, how wonderful it is on top of hot oatmeal, in the winter time: a scoop of heaven on what might have been an average breakfast. (if, by some remote chance, it happens to be cinnamon, it’s even better.)

  14. Stephanie says:

    Hi and thank you for this recipe! I was wondering how we would give them as gifts? It only
    Lasts two weeks and you have to keep it refrigerated, right? Any tips for gift giving?

  15. Karen Davis says:

    forget the cheap ice cream. 2 eggs, 3/4 cup sugar, 2 cups double (heavy) cream, 1 cup milk. Whisk eggs for two minutes until fluffy, whisk in sugar slowly, then whisk in cream and milk. Voila ice cream base. Transfer to ice cream maker and churn, at this point you can add vanilla extract or churn for 20 minutes and then add maybe strawberries, Oreo cookies, my fav concentrated orange juice from one of those frozen packs that you add water to. I have a KitchenAid with an ice cream attachment but you could also transfer to airtight plastic container freeze and whisk every hour or so. Perfect accompaniment to your caramel sauce.

  16. JoAnn Martin says:

    I tried the trick of putting a can of sweetened condensed milk into a crock pot and filling it with water 2 inches above the can. I left it on low all night and got up in the morning to the most wonderful caramel sauce…Although, it could have been caramels, we just loved the simplicity

  17. hi, i make a desert called m&m pizza and i have to melt caramels and pour it over the crust and add the m&m’s and chips to the melted caramel and let set. Does this caramel sauce set? Or does it stay fluidy?

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