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Homemade Caramel From Scratch

This homemade caramel sauce from scratch is so yummy and easy to make. It is great on ice cream or any fall dessert!
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 1 cup


  • 1 cup white, granulate sugar
  • 1/2 cup half and half
  • 4 tbsp butter, salted


  • In a medium to large saucepan over medium heat, add sugar. Begin stirring constantly until sugar melts and turns a light amber color. This is called caramelization. This step can take up to 20 minutes or so. Do not stop stirring or your sugar can burn.
  • After sugar is melted and has turned to a light amber color, remove from heat and slowly add half and half while continuing to stir. This is the step that can cause burns. Watch for the mixture to bubble over or splatter when adding half and half. You can wear gloves during this step.
  • Add your butter and keep stirring until butter is completely melted.
  • Let cool. Caramel sauce will thicken as it cools.
Keyword caramel, caramel sauce