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Chewy Microwave Caramels

These Chewy Microwave Caramels are so easy to make (and failproof!). They are chewy and delicious and take only 6 minutes to make.


  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter (1/2 stick)
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup
  • optional: flaked sea salt on top (for salted caramels)


  1. Spray bottom and side of an 8x8" pan with cooking spray. Set aside.

  2. Place all ingredients in large microwavable bowl. Don't stir.

  3. Place in microwave for 2 minutes.

  4. Remove and stir with a rubber spatula until well incorporated.

  5. Place back in microwave for 2 minutes.

  6. Remove and stir again with rubber spatula until well incorporated.

  7. Place back into microwave for 2 more minutes.

  8. Remove (use a hot pad - it will be hot!), and pour right into 8x8" pan. (Don't mix.)

  9. Pour evenly into pan. (If you want sea salt caramels, this would be the time to sprinkle with flaked sea salt.)

  10. Let caramel set for at least an hour before cutting (try to cut within 6 hours of making - it can start to get harder after that). Cut up wax paper into small pieces. Cut caramel into small squares or rectangles, then wrap in small pieces of wax paper.

Recipe Notes

*Note:  microwaves can vary in their wattage and power. If you make these and they end up too hard, try another batch removing 30-45 seconds on the last session in the microwave