Delicious Caramel Sauce Recipe | Slow Cooker

caramel in half pint jar

Make the Best Caramel Sauce Recipe

Have you ever considered making your own homemade caramel sauce?  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 make this in small jars and can send with a basket of apples.

pouring into jar

Easy Caramel Recipe

caramel in half pint jar
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Homemade Caramel Sauce

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


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


  • The jars and bands, should be sterilized before you start.
  • Open a can of sweetened condensed milk and pour it evenly into your clean canning jars.
  • Wipe the seal to ensure no milk go on the seal, wipe down the jar if it spilled.
  • Seal  with a lid and and hand tighten the jars and place them in your slow cooker.
  • Fill the slow cooker  with water, covering the jar. 
  • You will want the jars to stay covered with water the entire time they process, so put a good 1+ inches of water above the jars (if possible) and cover.
  • Put the slow cooker on low for 8 hours.  Once your sweetened condensed milk reaches that pretty caramel color, it's done.
  • You don't want the caramel to cook to long or it can burn and taste burnt.
  • Remove the jars and place them on a towel on the counter.  Allow them too cool.  The jars should seal as they cool.  You can then store the homemade caramel sauce for a few months before eating.


sweet condensed milk

How Do You Melt The Caramel?

Place the jar in the microwave and microwave in 30 second intervals.

prcessing condensed milk

If you want to make as a gift, you can cook as many as your slow cooker will hold.

covering jars with water

Caramel Tips

  • Use 4oz 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
  • You can use a funnel to keep the mess down, we just wiped things down
  • Once the milk turns a caramel color, it’s done!
  • Make this for gift baskets with apples and your other favorite canned jellies and jams

Make your own homemade caramel sauce easily in your with your slow cooker. Perfect gift ideas for your family and friends.



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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.