Homemade Caramel Sauce Recipe

Affiliate link disclosure for homemade caramel sauceHomemade Caramel Sauce – this smooth and creamy caramel sauce is perfect with ice cream, apples, or even cheesecake!

Smooth, creamy, and luscious homemade caramel sauce recipe.

When I was in high school, there was an ice cream parlor called Leatherby’s a few minutes from my house that I would often visit with friends. They served a killer turkey sandwich, and the BEST caramel sundaes.

The caramel sauce was made from scratch, and it was my absolute favorite. When I went away to college I would dream about that caramel sauce! Any time I came home I would try to fit a visit to Leatherby’s into my schedule so I could get my fix.

Recipe for homemade caramel sauce that tastes just like Leatherby's caramel sauce. So yummy on ice cream!

It took me two decades, but I finally found a caramel sauce recipe that tastes just like I remember, and I am in heaven! You will be too if you make this stuff. It’s phenomenal!

This homemade caramel sauce is rich, creamy, and absolutely scrumptious!

It’s smooth, rich, and basically perfect. We of course love it over ice cream, but it is also fantastic served with sliced apples or drizzled over cheesecake. Or you can just eat it by the spoonful. I won’t judge.

Copycat Leatherby's Caramel sauce - this homemade caramel sauce recipe is easy and absolutely delicious!

The recipe is pretty simple, and you don’t even need a candy thermometer. Just cook and stir the sauce till it’s as thick as you like it. If you’re the type that loves using a thermometer, cook the sauce till almost to soft ball stage. I happen to love this whisk, it does a great job of getting into the edges of the saucepan!

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Homemade Caramel Sauce Recipe
 
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Yield: 2 1/2 cups
Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup corn syrup
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 12 oz can evaporated milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • dash salt
Instructions
  1. Combine brown sugar, sugar, corn syrup, butter, and evaporated milk in a heavy saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium heat.
  2. Boil, stirring constantly, for 15-20 minutes or till mixture thickens. I like mine pretty thick (almost to a soft ball stage if you want to use a thermometer). Remove from heat and stir in vanilla and salt.
  3. Sauce will thicken as it cools. Serve warm over ice cream.
  4. *If your heat is set too high, the sauce may appear curdled. If this happens, just let it cool a little, then pour it into a blender and blend till smooth. Works like a charm.
Notes
Recipe adapted from The Provident Pantry

Recipe for the best homemade caramel sauce. Serve this caramel sauce over ice cream and you will think you are at an ice cream parlor!

It’s National Caramel Day today, so you have the perfect excuse to make this caramel sauce! And of course I’m teaming up with some other talented bloggers to bring you even more unbelievable caramel recipes. Prepare to drool!

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Vegan Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars from Namely Marly
Salted Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars from Baking with Blondie
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Coconut Chocolate Caramel Nests from Life Made Simple
Chai Creme Brulee from Foodie with Family
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Caramel Pretzel Brownies from The Baker Upstairs

And a few more caramel recipes just for good measure.Decadent Caramel Brownies / Chocolate Caramel Truffles / Caramel Shortbread Cookies

Frozen Caramel Crunch Torte / Gourmet Cinnamon Roll Caramel Corn / Turtle Pie

 Toffee Caramel Apple Cake / Salted Caramel Bars / Chocolate Caramel Shortbread

Comments

  1. EDITH MAKHUBU says:

    Nice , im going to try it…im a newbie all the way from Johannesburg South Africa!

  2. This looks so good! How do you store it and how long does it keep for?

    • I store it covered in the fridge. I think it would keep for a few weeks, but I’m not sure because mine never lasts that long.

  3. Homemade caramel sauce is the BEST!!! and so much easier than people think! so worth it!

  4. Caramel sauce is like sunscreen…it should be applied liberally! Ha! I crack myself up. Love this!

  5. This looks so creamy and delicious! 🙂

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