Six Minute Caramels


Love the delicious taste of caramels? Well, we all do and that’s why we are sharing today a recipe that is going to be amazing. Not just a holiday candy but a 6-minute caramel recipe that you can make any time you want. Especially, if you have kids at home this recipe is going to be a super hit. Just wrap the caramels in waxed paper and it could become a great hand-made gift. Moreover, for your kid’s birthday party, it could be a perfect treat for the kids that they can take home too. All the mothers will keep asking you about the recipe and praise your cooking skills.

Well, this has been a great addition to our house considering we all have a sweet tooth. And you cannot always go out for delicious desserts and treats so this was an easy option to satisfy my cravings. The chewy caramel with a sprinkle of sea salt is going to be your new favorite and the best thing to serve everyone.

Why are my caramels too soft?

If your caramels are too soft then the temperature was not set right. You must make sure that you let it heat for the exact time. Do not take much time stirring as there is a chain process happening when the caramels are heating up. Make sure to brush some butter on the sides of the bowl and make sure to get it out when the mixture is making bubbles.

How much time my caramels will take to harden?

The cooling time is around 20-30 minutes for the caramels but you should let them cool in the refrigerator for 2-3 hours at least. If still, you think it is a little soft put it in the freezer for 1 hour, and then it will be hardened.

Why my caramels are sticky?

Commonly, caramels can get way too sticky sometimes. But you should know that homemade is sticky unless you give them some time to cool. If still, they are a lot sticky then make sure to coat them in powdered sugar or cocoa powder. It will help you and the caramel will not stick just like we make the delicious chocolate and vanilla truffles.

Can the homemade caramels crystalize?

Of course, it can crystalize because the sugar is boiling. It starts to form into crystals because we are stirring the mixture. Check out the recipe we have shared, try it and you will get amazing results from it.

6-minute caramel recipe

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  • Half cup of butter
  • Half cup of sugar
  • Brown sugar half cup
  • Condensed milk small can or half cup
  • Half cup of Karo syrup


  • Take a bowl and combine all the ingredients.
  • Now put it in the microwave and heat it for 6 minutes. Take it out occasionally to stir it for a smooth texture.
  • In a greased pan pour this mixture and let it cool at room temperature.
  • Your delicious treat is ready. Now cut in small bites and wrap them in wax paper. Make sure to store in an airtight container.


  1. Sherrill

    5 stars
    By Karo syrup, do you mean the dark or light corn syrup? And by “condensed milk”, do you mean SWEETENED condensed milk or evaporated milk? I may try this if these questions can be answered.

    • I would use light to keep them looking like caramel people are use to seeing

      I worked the Biz for approx 30yrs

  2. Beverly Dye

    What kind of karo syrup?

  3. Arlene Enevoldsen

    5 stars
    What wattage is your microwave? Mine is 700 watts so how long do I cook them?

  4. Janet Croteau

    By condensed milk do you mean sweetened condensed milk or do you mean evaporated milk? Thanks

    • Janet

      Hi! For the Six Minute Caramels recipe, I’m referring to sweetened condensed milk. It gives the caramels that rich, creamy texture and sweetness. Make sure not to use evaporated milk as it’s a different product and won’t yield the same results. Happy caramel-making!

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