Easy Slow Cooker Caramel Recipe

I know you have seen the slow cooker caramel recipe pinned a thousand times on Pinterest, but I just had to try it myself to see if it really would work. I was completely amazed I could make homemade caramel in my slow cooker. As you can see from my previous slow cooker recipes, we have a small love affair going on. Please don’t tell my husband, but I think he already knows. I swear the slow cooker is on nearly all the time around here.

Easy Slow Cooker Caramel Recipe

Homemade caramel recipe

Ingredients for Slow Cooker Caramel Recipe:

1 Can sweetened condensed milk (I love one ingredient recipes, don’t you?)

Directions for Slow Cooker Caramel Recipe:

How to make caramel

1. Remove paper from can of sweetened condensed milk.

2. Place can in a plastic bowl inside the slow cooker pot. This prevents the can from leaving a rust mark in the bottom of the slow cooker.

3. Pour water into the slow cooker until it covers about 1 inch above the can.

4. Turn the slow cooker on high and cook for 4-5 hours.

5. Ta da the easiest homemade caramel recipe in a can!

This caramel recipe tastes close to a dulce de leche with its rich smooth and creamy caramel feel. I accidentally left mine in for five hours and it seemed to come out richer and darker than most of the pictures I had seen before on Pinterest. The high heat from the slow cooker slowly caramelizes the sugar in the can to a yummy brown caramel color. I also saw people cooking it on low for 8 hours and it did not look like the sugar caramelized to a nice brown caramel color like mine. Now what are you going to do with this awesome caramel you just made in your slow cooker?

I made caramel granola brownies and I also used this to make coffee with caramel. There is a little trick to using this in coffee. It is a good idea to warm this up in the microwave for less than a minute and slowly add coffee while stirring to dissolve in the coffee completely. Otherwise you will get a lumpy mess in the bottom of the coffee and it is not very appetizing to drink lumpy coffee.

Haven’t you always wanted a simple caramel recipe you can make on your own? Now you know how!


  1. says

    What a great way to make this delicious Caramel Sauce. Hope you are having a great weekend and thank you so much for sharing your awesome recipe with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  2. says

    I too have a deep love of my crockpot. While in England, I learned to make caramel in a saucepan but the same concept. Put marbles in the bottom of the pot, then place the condensed milk on top. Cover a couple of inches over the can and boil for 2 hours, topping up when necessary. The marbles were there so you would hear if the water level got too low. I like your method much better. Found you through Bloggy Moms. It’s always nice to find a fellow Texan on the interweb. :)

  3. Jennifer Vallet says

    Has anyone used this for making caramel apples? I just wonder if the caramel will “dry” at room temperature…and not make a messy apple.

  4. Cheryl Spiers says

    Made this for the first time last night as a trial run for Christmas Gifts this year. It came out great and tastes wonderful!

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