Crock Pot Caramel Sauce

UPDATE 9-13-2014: 
I decided to try this recipe again but made some alterations. As you can see from the original pictures at the bottom of this post, the caramel sauce isn’t quite done…not a super dark caramel color or thick enough texture…. still yummy but not picture perfect or guest-worthy dessert I was imagining. I found that if you first pour the sweetened condensed milk in a mason jar instead of leaving it in the can you are able to actually see if the milk has caramelized!

You can make multiple jars at once which is great for gift giving! Although they do need to be refrigerated so make sure you don’t leave them out or in your pantry.

Also, this time around I set my crock pot to LOW and left it in there for exactly 10 hours. I know that seems like a long time, but you could easily make this overnight, or start your crockpot in the early morning and you will have a delicious treat for after dinner.

– One 14oz can Sweetened Condensed Milk
– One Mason/Canning Jar (I used THIS ONE )
– Crock Pot
– Water


Open can of Sweetened Condensed Milk and pour it into your mason jar. 
Screw mason jar lid on tightly.
Place in Crock Pot and completely submerge in water. 

Set on LOW for 10 hours. No less! I checked at 8 hours and it still wasn’t done! BUT since you are using a mason jar this time, you can see whether or not your sauce is done earlier. Slow cookers may vary in cooking temperature. 
Let cool completely before opening! Store in refrigerator.

So what about my original recipe/tutorial? I am confident it WILL still work! But if you are cooking it on high I would cook it for 5-6 hours instead of 4. Feel free to still leave it in the can!
Original Post: Get ready for the easiest Crock Pot recipe you have ever seen! It is ONE ingredient and it comes in a can…in fact, you don’t even have to open the can. Seriously, can I get any lazier? This caramel dip is made by slow cooking a can of sweetened condensed milk. After 4 hours you will have a golden caramel sauce ready for dipping apples (or bananas, pears, pretzels or my favorite: over ice cream!). I found this idea over at A Few Short Cuts and this really is a short cut! Caramel dip can be pricey, but a can of condensed milk only costs a little over a $1.

– 14 oz can Sweetened Condensed Milk

1. Peel off label and put can in the crock pot.
2. Cover with water and cook on high for 4 hours. EDIT: I think it needs 5-6 hours.
3. Let cool completely before opening.



  1. Susan B says

    My mom used to make this when we were kids- she must have heated it higher or longer, hers turned out so thick you could slice it. She would slice off a 1/4″ round circle, and serve it with a ring of pineapple on top.

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