A jar of Homemade Caramel Sauce wrapped and labelled for a gift; beside a sauce boat with caramel sauce on a ladle dripping back into the dish


Homemade caramel sauce is easy to make and delicious to eat. The process seems magical to young cooks making this a fun project that can get kids into the kitchen. Best of all it ends with a delicious, sweet sauce and they love it.

White Sugar vs Brown Sugar

White sugar can be caramelized over heat, with or without water. However, there’s a bit of technique involved. I’ve caramelized sugar many times over the years but I never do it often enough to perfect the technique. If you’re so inclined you can watch a few YouTube videos and give the caramelizing sugar a try.

When I coincidentally made a different caramel sauce recipe to accompany my Sticky Date Pudding I did a side-by-side comparison. Both recipes had butter and whipping cream but one had brown sugar and the other white. This easy recipe uses brown sugar which quickly melts with the butter and cream. The result is a simple, delicious, no-fail sauce.

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Homemade Caramel Sauce ready to spoon onto dessert plus a jar of sauce wrapped for giving.

From Everyday to Gourmet – Caramel Sauce

Spoon caramel sauce over vanilla ice cream, make a brownie sundae, or drizzle some over a Banana Bundt Cake. For a fancy presentation try these tiny cheesecake cupcakes with just a dot of caramel sauce and a few flakes of sea salt…they are to die for. The possibilities for caramel sauce are endless.

Once you’re eaten enough consider giving your sauce as a gift. I like to fill a one-cup Mason jar with a plastic lid. Pop the jar into a cellophane bag and tie it with pretty ribbon. Personalize your gift with a handwritten label and if it is for a teacher be sure to let your kids write the tags.

Let me know in the comments below if you gave your sauce away or just ate it.

More Recipes To Serve With Caramel Sauce

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Homemade Caramel Sauce

Homemade caramel sauce is super easy to make and can be enjoyed in so many ways. Smart cooks keep this recipe in their back pocket for the kind of last minute gift anyone would love to receive.
Author: Cinde Little
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Course: Homemade Sauces
Keyword: homemade caramel sauce
Servings: 2 cups


  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup whipping cream
  • 7 Tbsp butter


  • Combine all ingredients in a small saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a boil then reduce heat and simmer for 2 minutes stirring a few times.


HALF RECIPE - Follow the same instructions using 6 Tbsp packed brown sugar, ½ cup whipping cream, 3½ Tbsp butter.
Tried this recipe?Let us know how it was!

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