Oh-So-Easy Crockpot Caramel

Oh-So-Easy Crockpot Caramel | Easy Crockpot Caramel | Slow Cooker Caramel | Caramel Sauce Recipe
True story:  If forced to choose between caramel and chocolate, I will choose caramel every single time, hands down.  I can’t get enough of the stuff, so can I just tell you that I was thrilled beyond thrilled to discover this practically foolproof and so-easy-you’ll-die method for making the most delicious caramel sauce EVER?

Are you ready for it?

A can of sweetened condensed milk + a a crockpot.

That’s seriously all you need.

Seriously.

Now, if you want to make things slightly more complicated (but avoid the potential of chemicals from the can leaking into your caramel) you can transfer the milk into a small canning jar before placing it in the crockpot.  I’m not sure I believe it really makes a difference, but since it wasn’t that much extra effort, I just went ahead and used canning jars instead of the can itself.  Either way, it is still the easiest recipe you will ever follow!

Oh-So-Easy Crockpot Caramel | Easy Crockpot Caramel | Slow Cooker Caramel | Caramel Sauce Recipe

Here is what you need:

2 cans sweetened condensed milk
3 small canning jars with lids and rings (optional)
a crockpot

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Step 1:  (Optional) Divide the sweetened condensed milk from 2 cans equally into 3 small canning jars.  Close jars with lids and rings.

Oh-So-Easy Crockpot Caramel | Easy Crockpot Caramel | Slow Cooker Caramel | Caramel Sauce Recipe

Step 2:  Place jars (or the unopened can of sweetened condensed milk) into crockpot and fill crockpot as full as you possibly can so that jars or can are completely submerged in the water.  This is important!  No part of the jar or can should be out of the water at any time!  Turn crockpot to low for 8-10 hours, refilling water if necessary.

Oh-So-Easy Crockpot Caramel | Easy Crockpot Caramel | Slow Cooker Caramel | Caramel Sauce Recipe

Step 3:  Let caramel cool on counter at room temperature before opening.  The canning jars may appear to seal but the caramel will NOT be shelf stable–it should be stored in the refrigerator!  Use as a topping for ice-cream, as a dip for apples, or in recipes such as these Salted Caramel Pretzel Crust Brownies!

Oh-So-Easy Crockpot Caramel | Easy Crockpot Caramel | Slow Cooker Caramel | Caramel Sauce Recipe

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Have you ever made caramel in a slow cooker before?  Do you have any tips to share?