Salted Maple Caramel Sauce (easy recipe!) (2024)

Salted Maple Caramel Sauce is the discovery of the season at our house. With only 4 ingredients and no cane sugar or corn syrup this luxurious dessert sauce comes together in just 10 minutes. Oh joy! (What will you do with yours?)

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This silky homemade salted maple caramel sauce is the ‘it’ recipe of the season ~

you’re going to love dreaming up ways to use it. It’s an all natural version of caramel sauce that brings the complex flavor of maple to the table. I guarantee your first batch will be gobbled up with everybody demanding a taste test! It’s super easy to make, so let’s gather our ingredients and get right to it.

According to Wikipedia: The process of caramelization consists of heating sugar slowly to around 170°C (338°F). As the sugar heats, the molecules break down and re-form into compounds with a characteristic color and flavor.

For this caramel, I’m substituting pure maple syrup for the sugar, with amazing results!

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What you’ll need to make salted maple caramel sauce

To make a dairy free vegan caramel sauce

  • omit the butter and cream, and use full fat coconut milk instead.

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This sauce is made like any other caramel sauce with a couple of important differences…it’s made with pure maple syrup, and it doesn’t contain any sugar or corn syrup. The result is a smooth silky caramel sauce that has the lovely flavor of caramelized maple.

How to use salted maple caramel sauce (other than polishing it off with a spoon 😉

  • Drizzle it over ice cream. If you heat your sauce briefly first you’ll have the best hot caramel sundae ever.
  • Enjoy it over oatmeal or in morning yogurt.
  • Add some to your coffee to make your own unique salted maple caramel latte (move over Starbucks.)
  • Enrich a decadent hot chocolate.
  • Drizzle it over fall cakes and quick breads, it makes an elegant dessert with store bought pound cake.
  • Top a cheesecake with it or drizzle over a flourless chocolate cake.
  • Use it as an easy dip for fruit like bananas, apples or pears.
  • Um, did somebody say waffles?

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How to store your fabulous salted maple caramel sauce

  • Store your sauce in a closed container in the fridge. I like to use Weck mold jars, they’re cute and sturdy. It will last at least 2 weeks or more, and should stay nice and pourable.
  • If you find your sauce gets hard or slightly grainy after a while in the refrigerator, microwave it in short bursts to reheat it.

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Troubleshooting your maple caramel sauce

Your sauce is grainy: grainy caramel is the result of overheating it. Did you heat the mixture past 230F? This could be the problem. Another issue might be that your thermometer is incorrect: to test it, immerse it in a pot of boiling water…it should read 212F. If not, it needs to be replaced, or you need to adjust your cooking accordingly.

Your sauce is thin: you may have undercooked it by a bit. Make sure it gets to 230F and make sure your thermometer is accurate, see above. Refrigerating it will thicken it. And keep in mind thin sauce is not necessarily a problem, you can use it in all the same ways.

Your sauce is darker or lighter than mine: different types and grades of maple syrup will produce slightly different colorations, but don’t worry, they’re all delicious. Each of the test batches I made came out a different color!

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Is maple syrup healthier than sugar?

  • It depends on your definition of healthier.
  • Maple syrup is less processed thanrefined sugars. It also contains antioxidants and minerals like zinc and potassium, and has a lower glycemic index than refined sugars, which means it won’t lead to blood sugar spikes.
  • But maple syrup is still a sugar, and so should be eaten in moderation.

Reader Rave ~

“There was a pint of vanilla ice cream calling me while I read your recipe. So I hopped up and made it on the spot. Came together so quickly. The sauce is divine and is fabulous over ice cream.” ~ Suzanne

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Salted Maple Caramel Sauce (easy recipe!)

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Salted Maple Caramel Sauce is the discovery of the season in our house. With only 4 ingredients and no sugar or corn syrup this luxurious dessert sauce comes together in just 10 minutes. Oh joy! (What will you do with yours?)

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Prep Time:5 minutes minutes

Cook Time:10 minutes minutes

Total Time:15 minutes minutes

Servings: 10 servings (1 1/4 cups total)


  • candy thermometer



  • Put the maple syrup into a medium saucepan with a heavy bottom. Fit the pan with a clip on candy thermometer. You'll need a pan tall enough to allow the maple syrup to foam up as it boils. The heavy bottom helps prevent scorching. Most good quality saucepans will work.

  • Bring the syrup to a boil over high heat and boil until it reaches 225F - 230F, this is just under the softball stage.

  • Remove from heat and add the butter, stirring until it melts. Then add the cream and salt and mix in gently. Note: the mixture will be very hot. Do not stir too much, just enough to blend the butter and cream. Too much stirring can cause the mixture to crystallize.

  • Pour into a heat safe jar and let cool before refrigerating. It will thicken as it cools, and will thicken further in the refrigerator. This recipe makes just over a cup.


Don't try this with imitation syrup, it will only work with pure maple syrup.

Recipe lightly adapted from American Heritage Cooking

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Course: Dessert

Cuisine: American

Author: Sue Moran

Keyword: caramel, dessert, easy, fall, maple, sauce


Serving: 2 Tbsp · Calories: 127 kcal · Carbohydrates: 22 g · Protein: 0.2 g · Fat: 4 g · Saturated Fat: 3 g · Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.2 g · Monounsaturated Fat: 1 g · Trans Fat: 0.1 g · Cholesterol: 13 mg · Sodium: 81 mg · Potassium: 79 mg · Sugar: 19 g · Vitamin A: 157 IU · Vitamin C: 0.04 mg · Calcium: 40 mg · Iron: 0.04 mg

Nutritional information is provided as a courtesy and is an estimate only. This information comes from online calculators. Although The View from Great Island attempts to provide accurate nutritional information, these figures are only estimates.

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Salted Maple Caramel Sauce (easy recipe!) (2024)


How do you make salted caramel sauce thicker? ›

If you're using heavy cream, note that it contains more water (less butterfat) than double cream. If your caramel sauce ends up too runny, cook it for a few minutes longer to remove some of the moisture – this will thicken it up. (And next time, try using a slightly smaller amount of heavy cream.)

What is salted caramel made of? ›

This truly the best salted caramel I've ever had and there's only 4 ingredients required: sugar, butter, heavy cream, and salt. This salted caramel is a reader favorite recipe, marking its spot in the top 10 most popular recipes on my website. It's sweet, sticky, buttery, and tastes phenomenal on anything it touches.

Does maple syrup caramelize? ›

You can substitute maple syrup for honey in equal amounts. Decrease the oven temperature by 25 degrees since maple Syrup tends to caramelize and burn on the top and edges sooner than recipes using cane sugar.

How is caramel sauce made from scratch? ›

Combine brown sugar, butter, and milk in a saucepan and bring ingredients to a boil. Remove thickened mixture from heat before adding (optional) vanilla extract. Let the caramel cool slightly before using. The result is an impossibly rich sauce that is guaranteed to satisfy your sweet tooth.

What is the difference between caramel sauce and salted caramel? ›

Salted caramel is often used as a topping for desserts or as a filling for candies and chocolates. In summary, the main difference between caramel and salted caramel is the presence of salt in the latter. Caramel is sweet and has a rich, buttery flavor, while salted caramel has a slightly savory edge to its sweetness.

What happens if you add too much butter to caramel? ›

If you have added too much butter to your caramel sauce, you may find that it is too oily or it might even begin to separate. To fix this, add 1 tablespoon of either water or milk and stir while cooking over medium heat. Adding 1-2 Tbsp of a simple cornstarch slurry may fix the problem, as well.

Why is my homemade caramel sauce not thickening? ›

Most caramel sauces are made by caramelizing sugar and adding milk and a little salt. If you increase the amount of sugar in the recipe you'll end up with a thicker caramel. Try increasing the sugar by about 1/3.

Why did my caramel sauce get hard? ›

The water evaporates, leaving sugar crystals behind. If even one sugar crystal falls back into the pan of cooking caramel, it starts a chain reaction of sugar crystals and the entire pan will harden. The result? Gross, grainy caramel that is unusable in most recipes.

What makes salted caramel so good? ›

The Science Behind The Flavour

Salt, on the other hand, stimulates the taste buds responsible for detecting sour and umami flavors, which can enhance the perception of sweetness. The addition of salt to caramel not only enhances the sweetness, but also adds a savory element to the flavor profile.

Can you buy salted caramel sauce? ›

Tesco Finest Salted Caramel Sauce 250G - Tesco Groceries.

Can I use milk instead of heavy cream in caramel? ›

Sugar, water, salt, and milk are the base ingredients for any caramel. Can I substitute milk for heavy cream in caramel? Absolutely! You can use any milk you have at home, whether whole, non-dairy, or evaporated, to make a deliciously creamy caramel sauce.

What happens if you cook maple syrup too long? ›

Maple syrup that is boiled too long will crystallize and maple syrup that isn't boiled long enough will spoil quickly and will be watery because the concentration of sugar in the syrup will be too low.

Why is my homemade maple syrup so dark? ›

Maillard reactions are the same reactions that browns the crust of baked bread or gives French fries that golden color. They also provide the coloring for maple syrup. The more glucose and fructose sugars in the boiling sap and the longer the sap boils, the darker the syrup will be.

What thickens maple syrup? ›

Boil it more. Maple syrup is typically boiled down to 219 degrees Fahrenheit. If you have syrup that was boiled to less than that, or you like your syrup thicker than standard, just put it in a pot on the stove and boil it to your desired temperature. 240 degrees will get you maple syrup candy.

How to make caramel Jamie Oliver? ›

Sprinkle 100g of the sugar into a non-stick frying pan, add 3 tablespoons of water and place on a medium heat for about 8 minutes, or until you've got a chestnut brown caramel – don't be tempted to stir or taste it, just gently swirl the pan occasionally. Quickly and carefully divide the caramel between the ramekins.

Why do you put butter in caramel sauce? ›

Unsalted butter – use unsalted butter so you're in control of how much salt is in your caramel. Heavy cream.

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