Slow Cooker Caramel

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Slow Cooker Caramel is one of the easiest and delicious things to make in your crockpot. Simple yet decadent, you’ll love this one!

Slow Cooker Caramel is one of the easiest and delicious things to make in your crockpot. Simple yet decadent, you'll love this one!

I saw a thread discussing making caramel in your slow cooker on a baking group I am a member of and thought I had to try this.  It was so easy and I can’t wait to use it in different recipes.  I bought three cans of sweetened condensed milk and poured each one into a  small canning jar (small enough that they would fit in my slow cooker).   They happened to have jars on sale with an in-store coupon, so I bought a pack of four.  You can use the cans just make sure to take the label off and put a towel underneath them to avoid rust stains in your slow cooker.   Making sure each jar was tightly closed, I placed them in the slow cooker and covered them with water.  Cooked on low for 8 hours and this is what I came up with!  I think the jars are a good idea because then you can watch the color of the caramel and get it as dark or light as you prefer and since not all slow cookers are the same you can change time accordingly if needed.   These will need to be refrigerated and used within 2 weeks.

I have to tell you…you will feel like the fanciest person on the planet for being able to make your own caramel! I know that I did! And BRAG ABOUT IT – you don’t have to tell anyone that it was pretty easy! Nope – just brag away about making caramel from scratch – watch their eyes widen and pat yourself on the back!

Caramel is my favorite fall treat. I eat it all year but there is just something that feels SO right about eating it in the fall. I’m bringing out Slow Cooker Caramel for Thanksgiving AND Christmas though. It’s too good not to!

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Slow Cooker Caramel

Slow Cooker Caramel


  • However many cans of sweetened condensed milk will fit in your slow cooker
  • Jam jars or a towel if you are cooking in the can


  1. If you are cooking in the can remove label and put a towel underneath the cans to prevent rust stains.
  2. If using jars, pour condensed milk into the jar(s) and tightly close.
  3. Cover with water.
  4. Cover and cook on low in slow cooker for 8 hours or until caramel is the darkness preferred.
  5. After cooling, refrigerate up to two weeks.

Slow Cooker Caramel is one of the easiest and delicious things to make in your crockpot. Simple yet decadent, you'll love this one!


  1. Jamie @ Love Bakes Good Cakes says

    I have yet to try making caramel from sweetened condensed milk …. I would love to try it though 🙂

  2. How awesome is this? Must do for Halloween time to make caramel covered apples!

  3. This is a dulce le leche recipe and it is DARN good. I’ve been making it for years though not using a slow cooker…I think I need to try your technique.

  4. All I need is an apple to go with that caramel. This is going to come in so handy for Halloween time. Or just anytime. Pinning for trying later.

  5. I just love this. I am a big fan of caramel and think making it in the slow cooker is a wonderful idea. I can think of so many things this would taste good on!

    Thanks for sharing at the In and Out of the Kitchen Link Party! So glad you dropped by!

  6. Wow~ I can’t wait to try this:) My family loves caramel and this would be wonderful on an Apple Pie! Lynn @ Turnips 2 Tangerines

  7. Hi,
    What a fabulous idea! I’m pinning this to my crockpot board! 🙂
    Happy Tuesday,
    Ang, Juggling Act Mama
    PS – Stopping by from Tuesday Trivia–North Carolina and Link Party

  8. Wow! I did not know you could make caramel like this. What a great tip!

    I’d love for you to share at my weekly link party, Manic Monday.

    Renea –

  9. This is great! I had heard about boiling it in the can, but I have never seen putting it in jars. This looks much better.

  10. What a great idea! Pinned!

  11. I so very much need to do this! It’s so easy and looks amazing 🙂
    Thank you for sharing at Share Your Stuff Tuesdays!

  12. I have never heard of this until now. Perfect for fall. Thanks for sharing how to.

  13. I have done this and its awesome!

    Have a wonderful day!

  14. Oh my goodness… I have to try this for sure! So glad you shared it at The Weekend re-Treat Link Party on The Best Blog Recipes!

    Also pinned it to my Link Party Recipes boards while I was here too!

    Shauna @ The Best Blog Recipes

  15. This sounds great! Definitely Zip Listing and Pinning this now! 🙂 Thanks for sharing. Found you on the Ladies Only Link Share.

  16. A co-worker of mine tried this method and gave me a can. It was delicious!!! I haven’t tried it yet but I can’t wait! I like putting it in the jars first. They are okay in the slow cooker for that long? With the metal lids?

  17. I am so glad you dropped this off at the In and Out of the Kitchen Link Party. What a wonderful and easy recipe. Using the slow cooker is genius. I wanted to let you know that your recipe will be featured in the Top 10 Favorites from The In and Out of the Kitchen Link Party post that goes live Monday morning.

  18. This looks amazing and so easy! I’m a big caramel fan. Stopping by from Saturday Show & Tell.

  19. I need to try this with my homemade sweetened condensed milk! Pinning! Thanks for sharing at Sweet & Savory Saturdays #24!

    ~Amber @ Dessert Now, Dinner Later!

  20. OH.MY.GOODNESS! I am a caramel-holic and this stuff looks heavenly. Love the idea of removing it from the cans (which I’ve cooked in for years, but always with intimidation) and using the crockpot too. Thanks so much for sharing at Weekend Potluck, but did I miss seeing a link back to the party? We’d be so happy if you’d do that (if you haven’t already=).

  21. This looks amazing – and so easy! Pinning this!


  22. Seems delicious! Pinning and trying out later.

  23. What a clever idea! 🙂 I can’t wait to try this the next time I need to make some caramel! I just wanted to thank you for sharing with us at Tasty Tuesdays and to let you know that this recipe has been featured this week! Congrats!

  24. Thanks so much for linking up to The Weekend re-Treat on The Best Blog Recipes! Your link has been featured at this week’s party 🙂

    Also pinned to my Link Party Recipe board while I was here tonight!


  25. This looks awesome! I’m confused on the can method. Do you leave them not opened since you are covering it with water?

    • That is correct, Kelly. You do not open them if you leave them in the can. They will not need to be refrigerated either and we have heard from some on our Facebook page that they will keep for a year, unopened.

  26. That looks amazing! Can’t wait to try it. We’re always looking for inexpensive gift ideas for neighbors and teachers for Christmas. Thanks for sharing

  27. Sophie Durbin says

    Has anyone tried just putting the condensed milk straight into the crock pot without the can or jar? What makes the can/jar so important? Just curious if I can skip a step.

  28. I love caramel, and this recipe is great since the jars contain the mess (and not a drop is wasted)! Thanks so much for sharing at Saturday Night Fever!

  29. Hi I was just wondering if the size of the cans will make a difference to the cooking time. I have made this before and it is mind blowingly good! It goes great on apples ofcourse but the possibilities are endless! My oldest daughter loves it on ice cream but spoon it over a brownie batter before sticking it in the oven is amazing as well. However when I ran to the store yesterday they only had the smaller 14oz cans. I remember the cans being the size of soup cans last time I made this so was worried that they might burn or overcook if that is possible.

    • They may take shorter time. I usually cook them inside the jar, so I can keep an eye on the color. Not so useful if you want to do a batch to save for later.


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