Simple Salted Caramel Recipe

All of a sudden I am craving Salted caramel like mad.I think it is because I was addicted to the Starbuck's Salted Caramel Hot Chocolates and now they no longer offer them :(

So I have been meaning to make my own salted caramel for months and I finally did it. So simple, So easy and you only need two ingredients!

  1. One can sweetened condensed milk
  2. One teaspoon salt (I used sea salt because let's face it I felt fancy doing it)
 So let's go....

Grab your sweetened condensed milk






Peel off the label.


Place it in a very full pan of water (you want at least one inch of water above the top of the can).


Here is the hard part (well hard if you are like me and super impatient). You have to let the can sit in boiling water for two hours. Make sure that the can is always covered with at least one inch of water. If the can is not covered it may explode and like the great exploding honey incident of 2008 (I just don't want to talk about it) you could be trying to clean caramel off the ceiling for the next three years.

Once the two hours are up turn off the heat and let your can cool in the bath of water. This will take about an hour.


Open your can and transfer the semi-warm caramel into a glass jar. You can stop here if you wish. Screw on the lid and enjoy at your leisure.


I added a teaspoon of sea salt and stirred for a salted caramel that is too die for!

What does one do with salted caramel besides eat it straight out of the jar?


  • Put it on ice cream
  • Put it in coffee or hot chocolate (YUM!)
  • Make salted caramel frosting
  • Drizzle it on fresh baked bread
  • Bake it into a yummy chocolate cupcake, cover with salted caramel frosting, and drizzle over the top (that is what I did )
The Finished Product!

Baked inside

I Love this cupcake!
 Simplified directions:

  1. Peel the label off of a can of Sweetened Condensed Milk
  2. Place in saucepan with one inch of water covering
  3. Boil for two hours adding water to ensure that the can stays covered
  4. Allow the can to cool for one hour in the water
  5. Pour into glass container, add one teaspoon of salt, enjoy!
Good luck and I can not wait to see what you make with it.
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