Use this gluten and soy free homemade caramel sauce as a sweetener in lattes, for dipping with apples, or drizzled on top of vanilla ice cream!

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A jar of caramel sauce with a whisk

Homemade Caramel Sauce: A Modified Family Recipe

When I first started eliminating my allergens, I was seriously distraught trying to find any kind of store bought caramel that didn’t have added soy.

Thankfully, my mom reminded me how easy it is to make your own! This homemade caramel sauce originated from my mom’s classic flan recipe.

Growing up, she was the one who taught me how to bake. She was always open to trying new recipes and helping me to recreate my favorite pastries and cookies from our favorite local bakeries. But her specialty was always flan.

If you’ve ever had the traditional Spanish dessert, you know it has an amazing caramel sauce that is lick-the-bowl-clean delicious.

And this recipe I’m sharing today is every bit as tasty, with the addition bit of butter and heavy cream that makes it the ultimate smooth and creamy homemade caramel sauce.

Sugar, butter, cream and flowers on a white table

How to Make It

This 3 ingredient caramel sauce is as easy to make as it is addicting.

Start by melting your sugar (get my go-to baking sugar here) in a saucepan over medium heat. It’s very important that your saucepan is 100% dry for this step – any moisture can disturb the melting process of your sugar).

When you notice the sugar is completely melted and smooth, you can turn off the heat and mix in the butter and heavy cream.

Finally, you can add some flake salt to create a salted caramel taste if you’re into that kind of thing.

And that’s it! Who needs store bought sauce when the real deal is this easy to make?

Homemade caramel sauce drizzling into a glass
Homemade caramel sauce getting mixed into black coffee
Cream pouring into a caramel coffee

Where to Use Caramel Sauce

Not sure what where to start with using your homemade caramel sauce? Here are some of my favorite recipes to drizzle a tablespoon on/in:

A green apple dipping into a jar of caramel
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A green apple dipping into a jar of caramel

Homemade Caramel Sauce

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  • Author: Salima Benkhalti
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 68 servings 1x
  • Category: Sauce
  • Method: Stove Top
  • Cuisine: American


  • 1 cups sugar
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • flake salt to taste


  1. In a medium saucepan, add sugar and melt over medium heat. Make sure your saucepan is 100% dry as any moisture will disrupt the sugar’s melting process.
  2. Once the sugar is completely melted and liquid, remove from the heat add in your butter and mix. Stir in the heavy cream and season with a pinch of flake salt. 
  3. Store in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.