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Kitchen Hacks: How to Make Caramel

By: Emily Artinian, Editor,
How to Make Caramel

Do you ever just want to dive into a pool of caramel? Well, maybe not a pool, but there has to have been a moment where you've craved a spoonful of sweet and salty caramel! Luckily, we've put together two methods to help you learn how to make caramel from scratch in your own home. You are going to be so surprised by how easy it is to make homemade caramel. In addition to learning this favorable trick, we've included an easy recipe for caramel sauce! Get ready to dip, scoop, and drizzle this delicious caramel sauce recipe on your favorite ice cream flavors, chocolate chip cookies, cakes made from scratch, you name it!

How to Make Caramel

How to Melt Caramel: Dry Method

The awesome thing about this method is that only uses sugar. This ensures that the mixture will caramelize more quickly, but this means that you'll have to watch over this mixture as it can burn easily. 

  1. You'll need a medium sized pot for this dry method, and just one ingredient: granulated sugar. 

  2. Prepare 1 cup of granulated sugar and pour it into your medium-sized pot, evenly. 

  3. Place the pot over medium heat, then wait for the sugar to work its magic! Do NOT stir the sugar, although you'll truly want to give it a stir, but you don't want to ruin your caramel creation! What you can do is swirl/shift the pan to evenly distribute the sugar to achieve that even golden brown. 

  4. Once you reach a dark golden brown, remove your deliciousness from the heat and voila - you've made homemade caramel with just one ingredient!

How to Make Caramel: Wet Method

This is an easy way to learn how to make caramel in just a few easy steps. It is much like the dry method that just requires sugar, but this time you can add water to your mixture to make caramel even easier. 

  1. For this method, you'll need one medium sized pot, 1 cup of granulated sugar, and 1/4 cup of water

  2. Then, pour the sugar and water into the sauce pan and place this over medium heat. 

  3. Again, do not stir this mixture! Instead, you can swirl or shift the pan to achieve that even brown. This will help the sugar melt evenly altogether. If you do happen to stir this mixture, it completely ruins the texture of the sugar. 

  4. In just a few minutes, you'll watch the magic happen just before your eyes! The color will go from off-white to a dark golden brown. Swirl your pot around as this happens to ensure that you are getting an even brown for your caramel. You are caramelizing sugar!

  5. Be sure to keep a careful eye on your wonderful creation! It can burn easily. As soon as your caramelized sugar reaches a dark golden brown, remove it from the heat. Use your mixture right away to avoid it cooling and crystalizing. 

How to Make Caramel: Caramel Sauce Recipe

After making your delicious caramel mixture, you're definitely going to want to transform this into an incredible and delectable caramel sauce. Here is an amazing recipe for Salted Caramel Sauce that is out of this world. 

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I have always wanted to learn how to make caramel, but would chicken out and buy a jar of caramel instead. I'll have to try these recipes!

Wow, I have never seen the dry method of making caramel, what a great idea I have always used the wet method. I so want to try the dry method to make caramel the next time. I think it's so much better to make your own that way you know what is in it and it's healthier for you. Thank you so much for this Kitchen Hacks How to Make Caramel.

I had to make caramel when I was making my "Christmas crack" and I just melted butter and stirred in brown sugar. It was very delicious!


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