Delicious Homemade Caramel Recipe | Slow Cooker

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Make the Best Homemade Caramel Recipe

Have you ever considered making your own homemade caramel?  It is cheaper than buying it (I think it tastes better too).

It’s pretty easy to make, just takes a little patience.  It is the perfect homemade holiday gift too. You leave it in the can or make this in small jars and can send with a basket of apples.

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What Ingredients Are Needed To Make Homemade Caramel?

Everything you need to make homemade caramel comes in a can of sweetened condensed milk. The can has milk that is a sweetened and thick and just needs heat to turn it into delicious caramel.

How Long Does It Take To Make Caramel?

Processing in a slow cooker on low heat takes 8 hours. You will want to check your slow cooker to make sure it has water over the cans throughout the processing.

labeling cans of sweetened condensed milk

How Do You Melt The Caramel If It’s Too Thick?

Place in a microwave safe container (covered) and microwave in 20 second intervals.

jars underwater in slow cooker

How Long Does This Last?

Caramel can last for 2 months after processing.

Can You Make Caramel From Sugar And Water?

Yes, we have a thin caramel sauce recipe you can make, this recipe is much thicker and good for candies and as ice cream ribbon.

hot water with cans under water

Caramel Tips

  • Use 4 oz jars to fit in your slow cooker
  • 2 jars of condensed milk makes 3 half pint pars of caramel
  • Have a sterile wet cloth on hand, things can get sticky
  • Make this for gift baskets with apples and your other favorite canned jellies and jams
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Easily Homemade Caramel In Slow Cooker

How to make your own homemade caramel for your next ice cream party.
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 2 jars
Author: Regina Sober



  • 14 ounce can of sweetened condensed milk
  • slow cooker with water in it


  • Place water into the slow cooker and turn onto low heat.
  • Remove the labels from the cans.
  • With a permanent maker, label the cans and date them with the date you made caramel.
  • Place the cans into the slow cooker and make sure the water is over the top of the cans.
  • Let the slow cooker cook on low for at least 8 hours, checking to make sure the water is love the cans.
  • Remove the cans and place them on a towel on the counter.  Allow them too cool.  You can then store the homemade caramel sauce for a few months before eating.


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You can put the sweetened condensed milk into sterile half pint jars with seals and bands, processing as above for 8 hours.  The caramels shelf life is 2 months.
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  1. How long is a few months to store this caramel sauce I would like to have it for a long . The store that’s in the cabinet

  2. Thank you for this post. I made some yesterday but have not tastes it yet!!!! Can I store this in the cabinet before opening? What about after opening?

    1. I would store an opened jar in the fridge after opening. The others haven’t been opened and should be fine in a pantry.

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