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Pouring 5 minute caramel into a small clear jar.

5 Minute Caramel Sauce

This 5 Minute Caramel Sauce is fast, simple and super versatile. From a tasty ice cream topping to the perfect cake drizzle, it's honestly the best!
5 from 1 vote
Cook Time 5 mins
Total Time 5 mins
Course Dessert, Sauce
Cuisine American
Servings 12 servings
Calories 167 kcal


  • 1 cup Granulated Sugar
  • ½ cup Butter, cubed & room temperature
  • ½ cup Heavy cream
  • Pinch of salt


  • In a medium saucepan, melt granulated sugar over medium heat, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon until it becomes an amber colour.
  • Still over meidum heat, carefully add butter cubes. Whisk until butter has fully melted and sauce is smooth. Allow mixture to cook 1 minute.
  • Carefully add heavy cream (liquid may rise/bubble). Whisk until smooth.
  • Continue to cook over medium heat for 2 minutes, whisking constantly.
  • Remove from heat and stir in a pinch of salt. Transfer to glass jar and allow to cool completely before use.


In the event that the butter separates from the sugar when added, or the sugar becomes clumpy, remove saucepan from heat and whisk until well combined. 
Caramel will continue to thicken as it cools. Store in a sealed jar up to 1 month in refrigerator. Caramel can be reheated for desired consistency. 


Calories: 167kcalCarbohydrates: 17gProtein: 1gFat: 11gSaturated Fat: 7gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 34mgSodium: 71mgPotassium: 10mgSugar: 17gVitamin A: 382IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 9mgIron: 1mg
Keyword 5 Minute Recipe, caramel, Caramel Sauce, Easy Recipes
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