There is NO reason in the world to go to the store and buy a bag of caramels that cost you an entire kidney when you can create your own homemade caramel sauce right from the items in your pantry!
I am a firm believer in using what you have and that is exactly what I did the night I made homemade sundaes for my family. I made homemade hot chocolate sauce, caramel sauce, and create our own version of a Dairy Queen favorite.
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Here is my simple ingredients list and super easy instructions for creating your own Homemade Caramel Sauce.
You will never buy store bought caramel sauce again
1¼ cups sugar
⅓ cup water
¾ cup whipping cream
⅓ cup butter, cut into pieces
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
Combine sugar and water in a large heavy saucepan; cook over medium-low heat, stirring often, until sugar dissolves.
Increase heat to medium-high, and boil gently, without stirring, until syrup turns a deep amber color, occasionally brushing down sides of pan with a wet pastry brush and swirling pan (about 6-8 minutes).
Swirling the pan, instead of stirring, promotes more even cooking.
Gradually add cream, but be careful because sauce will bubble a lot!
Add butter; stir gently until smooth. Remove from heat, and stir in vanilla.
Serve hot over ice cream or you can store in the refrigerator, covered for up to three weeks. If storing, place a layer of saran wrap over the caramel to keep the film from creating over the top of it.