When I was a wee child (i.e. 7 years old) I decided to microwave a bowl of sugar. For a minute. Because my mom was busy making dinner and the microwave and me were unattended. You can probably guess what happened. Yes, the smoke detector went off. Yes, I ended up burning my finger. And yes, I decided to do it again.
When my mom wasn’t watching. I put another cup of sugar in the microwave. 15 seconds at a time. Verdict? Plain sugar does not microwave well. Because the smoke alarm went off again.
I have lots of fun with the microwave trust me. Just read about my other experiences here. You will laugh guaranteed. Or else… Nothing. I can do nothing but offer you a plate of microwave caramels. Which means a lot.
I love caramel. A lot. I would put it in everything I could except it’s so dang hard to wash burnt sugar off of pans. And the fact that the sugar crystallizes half the time and I DO NOT STIR. Seriously, sugar? You couldn’t be anymore uncooperative?
I decided to revert back to my old sidekick. The Microwave. I figured plain sugar doesn’t work, why wouldn’t sugar mixed with stuff? So I mixed sugar, milk, butter together guess what? It totally worked. Tastes just like you labored over the stove begging for it not to burn. Well, microwave, you finally proved to be good at something. 😀
-These microwave caramels are completely customizable.
-For chocolate caramels, mix in a 1/3 cup of chocolate right after the 5 minutes of microwaving are over.
-If you usually spice up your caramels (i.e. cayenne powder or something) you can add it in the beginning.
-I also like to add in 1/4 cup of honey in the beginning. I think it helps it not to crystallize.
Add all the ingredients into a bowl except salt, if using.
Mix thoroughly and microwave for 1 minute spans for 5 minutes.
If you want to do it on the stove, just pour all ingredients except salt into a pan and cook on high for 5 minutes while constantly stirring.
Pour into a parchment lined baking sheet and sprinkle with salt if desired.