How to Make Caramel Sauce

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How to Make Caramel Sauce

Silky, sweet, and ever so slightly bitter all in one glorious mouthful; is there anything better than caramel sauce? If you think this sticky treat is tough to make, think again. A simple combination of sugar, butter, heavy cream, and salt is all you need for this decadent sauce—the perfect topping for ice cream, filling for cakes and cookies, and dipping for apples (and really anything you like).

We know—you can buy caramel sauce at the store, in a jar, even a squeeze bottle. But homemade just tastes better. And since it was just recently National Caramel Day, we figured we could rationalize an effort to make homemade caramel—just in time for ice cream season.

Photography by Katherine Sacks

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  • Does the salt play a role? I see it in the ingredients, but I don't see where it is added in the recipe.

    Apr 10, 2013 at 6:03 PM

  • Yes - the salt really enhances the flavor! Stir it in after the cream.

    Apr 11, 2013 at 6:14 AM

  • Thanks - you may want to write that into the recipe. I'll give it a try and thanks for the reply.

    Apr 11, 2013 at 10:59 AM

  • Snooth User: Emily Bell
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    The salt has been added into the recipe on Slide 5 - thanks very much for calling it to our attention!

    Apr 11, 2013 at 12:06 PM

  • Snooth User: lanni260
    527102 17

    if sealed in jars will it last longer, say to give away as presents?

    Apr 11, 2013 at 4:19 PM

  • Snooth User: lanni260
    527102 17

    and the salt really does make the flavor, brings out all the depth and richness

    Apr 11, 2013 at 4:21 PM

  • Snooth User: lanni260
    527102 17

    ...and no double boiler for this?

    Apr 11, 2013 at 4:22 PM

  • Hi Lanni,

    It's not safe to can anything made with dairy products at home, so I wouldn't advise sealing the jars of caramel. The best thing would be to store it in jars, with a thin layer of plastic wrap pressed directly on the top, and cover with a tight lid. And no, you don't need to use a double boiler for this one. Enjoy!

    Apr 12, 2013 at 4:41 AM

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