Homemade Caramel from Sweetened Condensed Milk (multiple versions!)

Did you have any idea how easy it is to make homemade caramel from sweetened condensed milk? If you didn’t, keep reading. If you did, I bet there are a couple of new ways to do it that might interest you!

sweetened condensed milk caramel

Homemade Caramel from Sweetened Condensed Milk in the microwave:

Pour the milk into a large, microwaveable bowl and cover it with cling wrap leaving a small section uncovered. Microwave on medium power for 2 minutes, whisk and recover. Microwave another 2 minutes, whisk & recover. Repeat this until you get the color and consistency you like! 

Slow cooker homemade caramel from sweetened condensed milk:

Completely submerge the cans in hot water in your slow cooker. Cook on low for 8 hours. Go for an extra 2 hours if you like it nice and dark. Remove and cool on the counter for about 30 minutes OR submerge in cold water for 10 minutes. 

Making homemade sweetened condensed milk caramel in the oven:

425 degrees and pour the milk into a pan. Cover it with foil and place it into a second pan with water. Basically, a water bath. Bake it for an hour to an hour and half. Watch the water level in your water bath. Bake the milk until you get the consistency and color you want for your caramel. Cool it all of the way before using.

making homemade caramel with sweetened condensed milk

Boiling sweetened condensed milk into homemade caramel:

This is the method I have used and works great! The longer you boil it, the darker the caramel gets. I usually boil mine about 3 hours and get a nice golden color. Beat until smooth and then cool completely.

using sweetened condensed milk to make homemade caramel. With the microwave, oven, stovetop, pressure cooker

Can I use a pressure cooker or Instant Pot to make homemade caramel with sweetened condensed milk?

I had a Pie Challenge participant tell me she made this in her pressure cooker. She said she put it in for 18 minutes and let it naturally release stem. I am dying to try this method! If you try it, let me know how it works out!

How to store: 

This caramel can be stored in the fridge for a week or so until you are ready to eat it. If it makes it that long! Cool it and then store it in a mason jar or plastic storage container. 



Recipes that homemade caramel would be AWESOME: 

Mini Pecan Pumpkin Pie Bites

A little drizzle of caramel on top of these would be the ULTIMATE!

Caramel Cardamom Latte

Caramel Cardamom Latte

One of my favorite coffee drinks, this uses caramel to make it absolutely delightful!

Apple Pie Bars with Streusel Topping

ANYthing with apple tastes better with caramel, wouldn’t you agree? Just imagine these with some ice cream and a drizzle of caramel. YUM!


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