Homemade Caramel Dip

Homemade Caramel Dip

A creamy sweet caramel for dipping apples or drizzling over ice cream or other desserts


3-4 cups


1/2 cup butter
1 1/2 cups brown sugar (we like dark brown sugar best!)
3/4 cup light corn syrup
1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon


1. In a 2-quart saucepan, melt butter on low heat.

2. Add brown sugar, corn syrup, and milk, stirring to combine. Increase heat to medium (or perhaps just below medium).

3. Stir constantly until mixture comes to a boil.* Use a spoon that won't melt -- the caramel gets pretty hot!

4. Remove from heat and whisk in the vanilla and cinnamon.

5. Serve warm or cold with apple slices, or drizzle over ice cream.

Homemade caramel with apples
Homemade caramel with apples...
Additional Notes: 

*For a thinner caramel dip, cook and stir mixture just until the sugar is completely dissolved, and then remove from heat. You'll need to taste it to see whether it is completely dissolved -- it takes longer than you'd expect! :)

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Preparation Time: 

2 minutes

Cooking Time: 

about 20 minutes

Tammy's Review: 

I love caramel. This homemade caramel sauce is delicious!! It's easy to make, and tastes wonderful. If you like caramel, you'll love this! My rating: 10/10


I have made this a couple of times in the past week. The whole family loves it! I plan to make it again for a couple of upcoming holiday events.


I had no idea making caramel at home was so simple! I expected having to use a candy thermometer, but there was no need. It was so yummy,too. I could have eaten the whole bowl, minus the apples! :-D I love the flavor the butter adds and the dark brown sugar is so flavorful.

Edited to add: I made this again, but was out of corn syrup. I substituted maple syrup and it turned out great! I think I'll make it this way from now on. :-)


So simple, so good!


Tammy, our caramel dip is very, very thick. I warmed a few tablespoons to pour over ice cream, and as soon as it hit the ice cream it was chewy again. Is this how it is supposed to be? Don't get me wrong, the flavor is great.

Note from Tammy -- the longer you cook (boil) the caramel, the thicker it will be. I didn't try putting any on ice cream, but ours was pretty thick/chewy when it was refrigerated. If you want a thinner caramel, try reducing the boiling time. :)


I tried this recipe and loved it! I had to do some alterations though. I did not have any corn syrup on hand so I used HONEY which worked great. And you were right it did take quite some time for the sugar to dissovle so my tip, be patient. Mine was pretty thick so I just added some milk to thin it out. Worked great.


This is my second time making it and we really liked it! It has a different flavor than some caramal apple dip, but is very good.
I used some mollases to make the brown sugar dark , which was really good.


I was looking around for a caramel recipe and this one fit the bill! I used it to top my apple pie and it turned out great. I have never made homemade caramel before so this was kinda fun. It made WAY more than I needed to I put it in the fridge and need to go get some apples for the rest of it. Thanks


This homemade caramel is so delicious, it's hard to stop eating it! I want to try Brandy's suggestion of using maple syrup instead of corn syrup next time we make this.


I got tired of buying the little containers of caramel at the store since we go through a lot of it in the summer, so I figured I'd try making it at home. I've never made caramel before, and other recipes I found in earlier searches seemed quite complicated. I couldn't believe how easy this is to make! I decided to leave out the cinnamon, but the result was beyond my best expectations. I refrigerated my batch in several small containers which makes it very thick, but about 10 seconds in the microwave gets it perfect for dipping. Much thanks for the recipe!

One more thing - I have two pear trees in my yard that produce more pears than I know what to do with. I use them in the early stages of ripeness just like apples with this dip (though they have to be peeled), and they're terrific!


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