An easy vanilla sea salt caramel sauce recipe.

By Pam Lolley
Updated June 05, 2018

Vanilla-Sea Salt Caramel

Intimidated by homemade caramel sauce? We’re here to change that. How to make caramel has never been easier. We’ve developed a foolproof caramel sauce recipe that will quickly become your new go-to. The caramel has a buttery, brown sugar flavor, with a hint of vanilla. Homemade caramel can often feel stiff, but ours is silky smooth. Pro tip: set yourself up for success by having all of your tools and ingredients ready before you begin. The steps move quickly once you get cooking! The caramel sauce is delicious for slathering onto cakes, tossing into salted popcorn, or as a dip for fresh fruit.

Yield: 1⅔ cups
Active Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes


  • 1¼ cups granulated sugar
  • ⅓ cup water
  • ¾ cup heavy cream
  • 5 Tbsp. (2½ oz.) unsalted butter, cut into 6 pieces
  • 2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • ¼ tsp. fine sea salt

How to Make It

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