Homemade Carmel (Caramel)

Happy New Year!

This post is another one that I’m pulling out of my old crockpot blog.  Something simple for New Year’s parties or whenever — homemade carmel.  Yes, I know it’s really spelled CARAMEL, but we pronounce it “carmel,” and to me there is a difference in consistency between carmel (thick/rich — goes on carmel apples or ice cream) and caramel (runny — used in caramel filled chocolates or to flavor milk).  So, ‘carmel’ is how I’m spelling it here.  🙂  Enjoy the recipe and have a great New Year!!
My wonderful hubby gave me a new crockpot for Christmas.  Shocker, I know, but I am so excited to use it!  It’s a 1.5 quart crockpot, and I intend to use it for small recipes like dips, fondue, etc.
Today I experimented with my new little crockpot and am pleased to bring you the recipe and instructions for homemade carmel.  It is so stinkin’ easy, and so delicious!  It’s great on ice cream and sliced apples, and would go nicely with just about anything else you like to top with carmel.  With New Year’s coming up, it would make a perfect addition to your party.  You’ve got to try it!

Homemade Carmel

What you’ll need:  1 14oz. can sweetened condensed milk, two half-pint jelly jars, water, and small crockpot.

Evenly pour the sweetened condensed milk into the two jars.  The jars I used fit perfectly, side by side, into my crockpot.  Not all jelly jars are created equal — they may be slightly different heights and widths.  You may have to play around with jar size until you get something that’ll fit and still leave room for the crockpot lid to cover it all.
 Put the jars into the crockpot and pour water between the jars and crock, filling to the same level as the sweetened condensed milk.
Put the crockpot lid on and cook on LOW for 5-6 hours.  (My small crockpot doesn’t have a temp dial, but the manual says to treat it like it’s on LOW when it’s plugged in.)  When the carmel is a nice brown color, carefully take the jars out of the crockpot and give them a stir to smooth out any lumps.  Serve hot over your favorite dessert, use as fondue, dip with apple slices, or whatever you like.  Cover and refrigerate leftovers.
Your homework for this week is to TRY THIS RECIPE!  Even if you don’t have a small crockpot, try it in a larger one.  Keep an eye on it after a few hours just in case the cook times vary with the larger crockpot.  Tell me how yours turns out and what you served it with!

3 comments for “Homemade Carmel (Caramel)

  1. January 24, 2014 at 9:18 pm

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    • Cheri
      January 25, 2014 at 8:49 pm

      Thanks for asking, Wade. All the pictures are loading here. We did just have a software update in the last couple days — wonder if you were trying to view at that time. Please try again, and hopefully others will chime in if they have trouble viewing as well. Thanks!

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