Having invented the Gourmet Caramel Apple more the 30 years ago, we at Mrs Prindables have a deep appreciation for delicious caramel. Our caramel is made in small batches, cooked in copper kettles using the same technique since our company was established.
This easy caramel sauce recipe is a version of the Mrs Prindables caramel our fans have come to love that is simple to make at home and perfect for dipping sliced fruit, cookies, pretzels, you name it. If you like to bake, try swirling the cooled caramel into brownie batter or filling a prepared tart shell and topping with melted chocolate.
The secret to making a creamy, dip-able caramel is the sweetened condensed milk, versus one that hardens into a crunchy caramel used for suckers or hard candies. We also like a bit of salt in our caramel to balance the sweetness, so you can choose to add a touch of salt or more for a stronger salted-caramel flavor. Read on to learn how to make your own caramel at home today!
7 tbsp. Salted Butter
¾ c. Light Corn Syrup
2 c. Granulated Sugar
½ c. Sweetened Condensed Milk
1 ¼ c. Whipping Cream
½ tsp. Salt or To Taste (optional)
2 tsp. Vanilla Extract
1. In a medium saucepan melt butter over medium heat.
2. Add the sugar, corn syrup, and sweetened condensed milk, stirring to combine.
3. Stir constantly until mixture turns a golden-brown color.
4. Once mixture is golden-brown, turn off heat and slowly add the whipping cream and salt (if desired) stirring to combine.
5. Turn heat back up to medium/medium-high and stir until caramel bubbles.
6. Once caramel is bubbling, continue to heat and stir for 5 minutes to allow the caramel to thicken.
7. Remove caramel from heat and add vanilla extract. Stir to incorporate.
1. You must constantly stir the caramel to prevent scorching the bottom. IF you do scorch the bottom do not scrape it, just continue to stir the top of the caramel.
2. Warm up whipping cream in the microwave for 30 seconds to 1 minute prior to adding to caramel to make combining with caramel easier.
3. Right after cooking, the caramel will be thinner. At this temperature, the caramel is great as an ice cream topping, or to add to coffee or hot cocoa! Once it cools for about 30 minutes it will be the perfect dipping consistency!
4. For a more exotic dipping sauce, you can add a couple dashes of dark rum or bourbon with the vanilla extract, or even a pinch of chili powder.
If you'd like to try our caramel from the source, order your own Mrs Prindables Gourmet Caramel Apples and Confections today!