This is a rich, sweet caramel sauce that can be made at the last minute that is great on bread pudding, gingerbread, apple pie, chopped apples, ice cream, and anything else you want to put it on.

Recipe Summary

prep:
5 mins
cook:
5 mins
total:
10 mins
Servings:
8
Yield:
1 cup
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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Bring brown sugar, butter, and milk to a gentle boil and cook until thickened, 1 to 2 minutes. Remove from heat; add vanilla extract.

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Nutrition Facts

212 calories; protein 0.4g 1% DV; carbohydrates 27.4g 9% DV; fat 11.7g 18% DV; cholesterol 31.1mg 10% DV; sodium 92.6mg 4% DV. Full Nutrition
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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
02/25/2017
I AM POSTING BECAUSE THE MOST HELPFUL CRITICAL REVIEW IS INCORRECT! TRY THIS! (in my eyes; none of that happened when I followed the recipe exactly) I have made it twice now and would definitely make it again- doubling and cutting the recipe in half worked great. I also tried both evaporated and regular milk, both of which will work fantastic.. I've seen many similar reviews on here but wanted to write this one because this is so good and simple anyone can do it, The most critical review that says they put the sauce in the fridge and it separated/didn't taste right almost stopped me from making this after I didn't listen reviews on a brownie recipe and having bad results. THAT'S NOT THE CASE! Maybe it was the heavy cream, maybe she put it in the fridge warm/hot (always cool everything before refrigerating). Or maybe she just didn't cook it long enough as 2 minutes isn't the total cooking time. After bringing it to a full boil and cooking, it took more like 5-7 minutes which made it just right. It stayed perfect in the fridge. Great texture before and after refrigeration; just like a caramel dipping sauce. Just a little microwaving and its ready to drizzle. SO glad I made this. Literally so simple and tastes just like the caramel sauce on the french roast at iHop! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
07/10/2016
I made it just as specified in the recipe and found it was a bit thin, even after it had cooled. I reheated and boiled it another 3 minutes and that helped. It is good tasting, but next time I will use evaporated milk or cream as others suggest, and hope it will be a bit thicker. Read More
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442 Ratings
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  • 4 star values: 73
  • 3 star values: 32
  • 2 star values: 9
  • 1 star values: 19
Rating: 5 stars
02/24/2017
I AM POSTING BECAUSE THE MOST HELPFUL CRITICAL REVIEW IS INCORRECT! TRY THIS! (in my eyes; none of that happened when I followed the recipe exactly) I have made it twice now and would definitely make it again- doubling and cutting the recipe in half worked great. I also tried both evaporated and regular milk, both of which will work fantastic.. I've seen many similar reviews on here but wanted to write this one because this is so good and simple anyone can do it, The most critical review that says they put the sauce in the fridge and it separated/didn't taste right almost stopped me from making this after I didn't listen reviews on a brownie recipe and having bad results. THAT'S NOT THE CASE! Maybe it was the heavy cream, maybe she put it in the fridge warm/hot (always cool everything before refrigerating). Or maybe she just didn't cook it long enough as 2 minutes isn't the total cooking time. After bringing it to a full boil and cooking, it took more like 5-7 minutes which made it just right. It stayed perfect in the fridge. Great texture before and after refrigeration; just like a caramel dipping sauce. Just a little microwaving and its ready to drizzle. SO glad I made this. Literally so simple and tastes just like the caramel sauce on the french roast at iHop! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/10/2016
We used Evaporated milk… Doubled the recipe and It came out amazing. Everyone loves it! Only thing is, I believe this is actually butterscotch sauce. What I have read is that caramel sauce is made with white sugar and butterscotch is made with brown. FYI! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/27/2015
I made this to go with bread pudding as a Christmas dinner dessert. Sauce was easy to make. I made it ahead of time then just heated it up. The combo was a hit with everyone - even our 'non dessert' eaters. Thanks! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/29/2016
a snap to prepare, rich and good. the only thing I did differently was to brown the butter slightly for a deeper caramel flavor, before adding the other ingredients. I didn't have milk so used fat free half and half and it was perfect. so many uses. I made it to pour as a glaze over an apple cake. thanks for this easy recipe with great flavor! a keeper. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/30/2017
I love caramel! I made this recipe as stated. The end product tasted wonderful! But it had a grainy texture when it wasn't hot. I looked that up, and it may have been caused by stirring it. The recipe doesn't say to stir it, just to bring it to a boil...I just assumed it was supposed to be stirred until it was smooth. Apparently stirring causes the sugar to crystallize. I will definitely make this again, but next time I won't stir it. The flavor is incredible, even with the sugar crystallized . Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
07/10/2016
I made it just as specified in the recipe and found it was a bit thin, even after it had cooled. I reheated and boiled it another 3 minutes and that helped. It is good tasting, but next time I will use evaporated milk or cream as others suggest, and hope it will be a bit thicker. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/24/2016
Omg it turned out so perfect. And soooo simple! I literally just combined all the ingredients and left it alone until is boiled for a few then took it off the heat. 5 minute recipe totally perfect result. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/16/2016
Wonderfully easy! Using evaporated milk makes it even richer. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/08/2016
This sauce is incredible! Very easy to make took me maybe 5 minutes. It tastes amazing as well! The recipe called for 1/4 cup of milk but I substituted about of a quarter of that with heavy whipping cream! I would definitely recommend this recipe! Read More
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