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Bottle of warm caramel syrup.

Best Caramel Syrup Recipe

  • Author: Mindee
  • Prep Time: 2 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 7 minutes
  • Yield: 3 Cups 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Boiling
  • Cuisine: American


There are so many uses for this syrup! Only 6 ingredients and ready in 10 minutes!  It can also easily be adjusted from a syrup to a sauce!  Whether you want to drizzle it on your ice cream or over a stack of pancakes this corn syrup free recipe is honestly the best! 


Units Scale
  • 1 cup Butter
  • 2 cups Brown Sugar
  • 3 Tbs. Water
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 3/4 cup Evaporated Milk
  • 1 Tbs Vanilla


  1. In a pot over medium heat bring the butter, brown sugar, water and salt to a boil.
  2. Boil for 5 minutes while stirring here and there.
  3. Remove from heat and whisk in the evaporated milk and vanilla.
  4. The caramel syrup will hiss and spit quite a bit at first.
  5. Serve hot or cool and use.
  6. Store in a syrup jar or mason jar in the fridge.


  • For a thick caramel sauce substitute heavy cream for the evaporated milk.
  • This caramel syrup can be reheated in the microwave and is good for 3-4 weeks in the fridge.

Keywords: caramel syrup, caramel sauce, caramel sauce without corn syrup