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Easy Caramel Sauce

You'll love this homemade Easy Caramel Sauce! It's made with evaporated milk and caramel candy and ready in about 20 mintutes.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Dessert, Holiday
Cuisine: American
Servings: 16
Calories: 262kcal
Author: Nikole Berg


  • 14 oz package caramels
  • ½ cup evaporated milk
  • 1 ¼ tsp instant expresso powder
  • ¼ cup maple syrup


  • Place unwrapped caramel candies in a medium sauce pan.
  • In a separate bowl, combine evaporated milk and instant espresso powder. Add mixture to pan.
  • Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until completely smooth. Stir in maple syrup.


  • It's super important to stir the sauce as the caramels melt. This will keep it from burning.
  • If you don't want to add instant espresso powder, you can leave it out. It adds just a hint of coffee or "mocha" flavor. You can use instant coffee, but the flavor will be even more mild and may not come through. 
  • Add a teaspoon of vanilla extract and/or ½ teaspoon cinnamon for a flavor variation.
  • Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for one week. 


Calories: 262kcal | Carbohydrates: 52g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 7mg | Sodium: 161mg | Potassium: 169mg | Sugar: 45g | Vitamin A: 45IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 112mg | Iron: 1mg