How to Make Caramel

See how to turn sugar into caramel, then browse our caramel apple toppings bar.

Make sure the sugar is completely dissolved in the water before the mixture boils; stray granules will turn your caramel gritty.


The mixture will thicken and change color as it cooks. Remove the caramel from the heat when it is just light amber; it will darken as it cools.


Heavy cream makes the caramel soft and sticky, rather than brittle. Be careful: The cream will bubble and splatter when you add it to the hot caramel.



Caramel Apples




Caramelize This: Use the caramel sauce above for more than just apples. 

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