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Homemade Caramel Sauce

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Everyone loves caramel sauce. Sure you can purchase it and it should be gluten free. But sometimes the challenge of making something can be rewarding and fun. This is the kind of kitchen project kids can learn when they are young. The project ends with a delicious, sweet sauce they get to eat.

White Sugar vs Brown Sugar

White sugar can be caramelized over heat, with or without water. However, there is a technique involved. I’ve caramelized sugar many times over the years but I never do it often enough to perfect the technique. It is kind of cool if you like science experiments. If you are so inclined you can watch a few YouTube videos and give the caramelizing sugar a try.

When I coincidentally made a different caramel sauce recipe to accompany my Sticky Date Pudding I was able to do a side-by-side comparison. Both recipes had butter and whipping cream but one had brown sugar and the other white. This easy recipe uses brown sugar which quickly melts with the butter and cream. The result is a simple, delicious, no-fail caramel sauce.

Gluten Free Sticky Date Pudding with caramel sauce and whipped cream.
Sticky Date Pudding -photo credit Jim Little

From Everyday to Gourmet – Caramel Sauce

Spoon caramel sauce over vanilla ice cream, make a brownie sundae, or drizzle some over a Banana Bundt Cake. For a fancy presentation try these tiny cheesecake cupcakes with just a dot of caramel sauce and a few flakes of sea salt…they are to die for. The possibilities for caramel sauce are endless.

Once you’re eaten enough consider giving your sauce as a gift. I like to fill a one-cup Mason jar with a plastic lid. Pop the jar into a cellophane bag and tie it with pretty ribbon. Personalize your gift with a handwritten label and if it is for a teacher be sure to let your kids write the tags.

Let me know in the comments below if you gave your sauce away or just ate it.


¾ cup brown sugar
1 cup whipping cream
7 Tbsp butter


Combine all ingredients in a small saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a boil then reduce heat and simmer for 2 minutes until combined.


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