Caramel Sauce

Level: Easy
Prep Time: 10 min
Cook Time: 15 min
Cooling Time:
Yields: 3 cups


Cooking sugar is an art, but an art worth developing when the result is as good as this Caramel Sauce. Drizzle this luscious concoction over baked apples, waffles or vanilla ice cream.


  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 can (14 oz.) NESTLÉ® CARNATION® Sweetened Condensed Milk
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened, divided
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract


COMBINE sugar and water in medium, heavy-duty saucepan; cook over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, until mixture comes to a boil. Continue to boil, without stirring, for 10 to 14 minutes, tilting pan occasionally to keep color even until mixture turns a deep caramel color. Remove from heat.

STIR in sweetened condensed milk (mixture will foam up); do not scrape sides of pan. Add 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter, one tablespoon at a time, stirring well after each addition. Stir in remaining butter and vanilla extract until smooth. Serve over ice cream or cake, if desired.

Holiday recipes

by A. Anne , Kentwood, MI on Sep. 2008

When the kids go back to school I start planning my holiday menus. I have always tried to introduce my family to one thing new each year. I introduced your caramel sauce years ago and it quickly became a fall tradition. It's a great way to welcome in fall and introduce my family to different kinds of apples. It also makes a great teacher gift to go along with that traditional "apple".

my kids love this

by a. amber , Pendleton, IN on Jul. 2008

It was very easy to make since i keep all the ingredients on hand my kids loved it with apples and i also dizzle it over my cinnamon rolls it's a big hit

Caramel sauce plus fruit

by B. Betty , on Jul. 2007

I have made this and used bananas, butter peacan ice cream and this sauce and it's wonderful.

I wil never buy bottled caramel sauce again!

by C. Cathy , Silver Creek, NY on Feb. 2007

I needed a caramel sauce for topping a Pumpkin 4-Layer Cake and this was it!!!! Common ingredients and fairly easy to make. My guests loved it! I ended up giving the leftover sauce to my friends to take home because they begged!

Grainy but taste good

by G. GLENDA , FAYETTEVILLE, NC on Jan. 2007

This is an easy, quick, and tasty recipe. My problem was that it turned out a little grainy. Not sure if I under or over cooked it. Very good on my favorite Caramel Apple Pie I made for friends as a gift.


by B. , Texas on Jan. 2007

First attempt, turned out perfect and DELICIOUS. Follow the directions exactly and you can't go wrong. So good we ate leftover sauce with a spoon straight out of the refrigerator.

Delicious and easy caramel sauce

by A. Anna , SPRING HILL, TN on Jan. 2007

Very easy to make. No need to run to the store. Everything needed was already in my pantry since there weren't too many ingredients.

Caramel Sauce

by E. Elenita , Florida on Oct. 2006

Really good. I don't think we will use the stuff in a jar again. I put the leftover sauce in a jar in the fridge and it was gone the next day. Apparently it can be used on most anything (according to my husband and grandson) They put it in milk and over ice cream and pudding and in cereal.

absolutely delicious!!!!

by C. C , Evergreen Park, IL on Oct. 2006

This is THE BEST and EASIEST caramel sauce I've ever made and it was so very very rich and gooey. My family loved it. Thanks

It didn't crystalize!

by R. Rosemary , ONSTED, MI on May. 2006

This turned out great. I'm so happy it didn't crystalize on me. Also, like the yield. It was very rich and we loved it.