Six minutes of caramels

In this article you will learn how to make one of my favorite recipes, the delicious Sea Salt Caramel in 6 minutes! With this quick and easy technique, you can eliminate all the worries and concerns of making dessert on the stovetop. This is one of our favorite holiday gifts to share and enjoy!

If you’ve ever tried making candy, you know it can be labor-intensive and time-consuming and often ends in failure if things aren’t taken care of. I had to mix several batches of caramel because it’s too soft, too hard, or burns on the bottom! Using a candy thermometer can be difficult and time consuming.

Today, I am happy to share with you a little hidden treasure of a proven recipe! These 6 Minute Microwave Sea Salt Caramels cook super fast and hassle free! Did you hear me!? 6 minutes folks! It may sound too good to be true, so you better try it for yourself!

After you sink your teeth into this batch of caramel fudge, with a hint of sea salt, let me know what you think and who you’ll share it with next! I think these have a front row seat on my neighbor’s holiday gift plates.


°1/2 cup salted butter (1 stick, 8 tbsp) melted in a large mug or microwave-safe bowl

°1/2 cup light corn syrup (karo works great)

°1/2 cup granulated sugar

°1/2 cup light brown sugar

°1/2 cup sweetened condensed milk

°1 teaspoon vanilla

Use 1/4 teaspoon of table salt in the mixture if you don’t want to add sea salt as a topping on the caramel

Sea Salt If you wish to add sea salts to your caramel, omit 1/4 teaspoon of salt from the usual mixture.


Butter an 8×8 baking dish, or line it with parchment paper (this is my favorite method!)

Melt the butter in a large glass bowl in the microwave. Add all other ingredients (except vanilla) and stir to combine. (Determine if you want to add sea salt as a garnish; if not, add 1/4 teaspoon of table salt to the mixture.)

Return to microwave for 6 minutes 30 seconds. All microwaves are different, but this time it worked perfectly for me. Carefully remove (using heating pads) the mixing bowl. Add the vanilla.

Carefully pour the caramel into the prepared baking dish. Let sit for a bit, then sprinkle with sea salt if you didn’t add salt to the mixture. Let it cool completely before slicing it. I always put the mold in the fridge and cut the caramel when it is cold. Help a lot! If the caramel is set but at room temperature, you can spray your pizza cutter with Pam spray and slice easily that way too!

The caramel does not need to be refrigerated. I like to cut them up and wrap them in wax paper (see the post for my favorite holiday wax).

Enjoy !

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