I call these six minute caramels because in my OLD microwave, they were soft and chewy in six minutes. That being said, I just purchased a new microwave last week following a burnt rice fiasco, and now they reach their chewy texture in five minutes; in this new microwave, six minutes creates caramels like the old “Slow Poke” candies (do you remember those?).
Both my old and new microwaves are 1100 watts, but I think the “new-ness” of my current microwave is simply much stronger. Keeping this in mind, you may have to play around with the cook times for your own microwave, though I would recommend starting with six.
The beautiful thing is, you can make close to 10 batches in the time it usually takes to make one on the stove top, and the caramels taste delicious both chewy and firm. You cannot go wrong!
- 1/4 cup butter
- 1/2 cup white sugar
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 cup light Karo syrup
- 1/2 cup sweetened condensed milk
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