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Vanilla Caramel Sauce

Easy homemade caramel sauce that's loaded with vanilla beans. Takes about 10 minutes to make.
Course Basics, Condiments & Pickles, Dessert, Snacks
Cuisine American, Best
Level Beginner
Main Ingredient Dairy
Diet Gluten-Free, Pescatarian, Vegetarian
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 12 minutes
Servings 1 cup
Calories 1594 kcal


  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1 cup evaporated cane sugar
  • 1 Tahitian vanilla bean (or 2 bourbon vanilla beans)
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • 3 tablespoons cultured unsalted butter
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt


  1. Add the water to a stainless steel saucepan without non-stick coating (the high temperatures involved in making caramel can damage non-stick surfaces). Then carefully add the sugar into the middle of the pot making sure you don't get sugar crystals on the sides of the pot. Don't stir the sugar.
  2. Scrape the vanilla beans from the pod into a small saucepan, then add the pod along with the cream. Heat over low heat while you make the caramel.
  3. Cover the sugar water with a lid and bring it to a boil over high heat.
  4. Remove the lid and continue letting the mixture boil until you see it start to change color. Turn down the heat to medium and then insert a candy thermometer or use a digital instant read thermometer with a range that exceeds 330F to monitor the temperature until the caramel hits 330 degrees F.
  5. The moment the caramel hits 330 degrees F, turn off the heat and slowly start pouring the cream into the caramelized sugar while whisking. Be very careful as the caramel will bubble up furiously and it is extremely hot! Keep adding and whisking the cream into the caramel until it is all incorporated (you can discard the vanilla pod).
  6. Whisk in the butter and salt and let the caramel sauce cool before pouring it into a container to store.
Nutrition Facts
Vanilla Caramel Sauce
Amount Per Serving (15 g)
Calories 1594 Calories from Fat 900
% Daily Value*
Fat 100g154%
Saturated Fat 62g310%
Cholesterol 334mg111%
Sodium 367mg15%
Potassium 199mg6%
Carbohydrates 206g69%
Sugar 200g222%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 3675IU74%
Vitamin C 1.1mg1%
Calcium 126mg13%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.