Easy DIY Recipe – How to make Vanilla Caramel Sauce at home

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Best Caramel Sauce Recipe with Vanilla Bean:

Vanilla Caramel Sauce – golden brown and sticky sweet sauce is a perfect accompaniment which adds hints of vanilla to make a fabulous topping for fruits, apple fries, ice cream or desserts. The better tasty sauce, the faster it seems to disappear. This is a simple-easy-homemade best Caramel Sauce Recipe without cream and corn syrup and loaded with vanilla with white sugar. Store this in the refrigerator and reheat for a few seconds in the microwave to use it again.

This sauce isn’t complicated to make, just be prepared. You will burn your first batch (don’t be afraid, I’m not trying to be mean). Once you make your first batch, making vanilla caramel sauce won’t be difficult in future. It seems like to have a homemade caramel that tastes more authentic rather than any store-bought versions. I used to go out and buy store versions until I tweaked some recipes that I found and discovered this recipe! There are a couple of different ways to make the Vanilla Bean Caramel Sauce.

The reason for making Vanilla Bean Caramel Sauce:

In addition to adding vanilla bean to make best caramel sauce recipe really takes this to the next level with a testy aroma. Those little black vanilla seeds add some visual appeal in the golden brown caramel and still, you will get the silky smooth sauce which will dissolve on your tongue. Also, these vanilla beans are so cheap you can get them cheaply from Amazon or from a grocery store and can keep this stash of vanilla beans in your pantry. You also can make your own vanilla extract from these. Definitely worth the purchasing big bulk bag.

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Making of Vanilla Caramel Sauce without cream, brown sugar and corn syrup

Is this possible to make creamy Vanilla Caramel Sauce without cream? Can I make caramel sauce with white sugar? How to make caramel without corn syrup?  The answer is: YES, You can.

Is this possible to make creamy Vanilla Caramel Sauce without cream? It’s possible to make creamy vanilla caramel sauce with milk instead of heavy cream (or we can call it very heavy fat 😀 ). Personally, I don’t like to use heavy cream in my recipe. You know that I always try my best to avoid heavy cream in most of my recipes. And check out the recipe below to make this yummy Vanilla Caramel Sauce without corn syrup and brown sugar.

Can I make caramel sauce with white sugar? Yes, You don’t need to add brown sugar here to make a good caramel sauce. Actually, caramel is nothing but pure sugar, if you make it the way it has been made for ages: with real sugar. It comes from cooking sugar until it breaks down, that happens to the sugar as the molecules are heated. But you if you want this Sugar Substitute also works really well.

How to make caramel without corn syrup? Don’t use corn syrup if you don’t want to eat heavy fat here. Because caramel itself comparatively low sugar saturation and its contain a high percentage of fat. Because of adding butter, caramel, and white sugar, I find this vanilla caramel sauce already contains fat. So these 3 ingredients brown sugar, Cream and Corn syrup can be skipped in this recipe, this won’t change the sauce taste as much.

Do Not Fear

Making of best caramel sauce recipe with vanilla beans isn’t very hard. But don’t try to make caramel at the same time as you’re doing something else. You need to give your full attention here. When you try to add milk to the liquid caramel, the reaction/sound can be scary. This seems to be happening when you add milk to the hot caramel. Milk will make caramel bubble and steam up aggressively, so at this point, you have to be very careful.

Use a heavy-bottomed saucepan with tall sides. If you don’t you may wind up with caramel volcano overflowing the pan. A short pan can create a dangerous mess when you try to add milk.

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Health benefits of Vanilla and Caramel:

Vanilla: Natural vanilla contains large amount of  antioxidants like- vanillic acid and vanillin. Vanillin helps to reduce cholesterol levels in the body. It also helps prevent the breakdown of cells and tissues and stimulate the body’s natural regrowth. One of the most important functions of antioxidants can prevent the negative effects of free radicals, such as cancer and chronic disease. Vanilla also often included in hygiene and beauty products because of its many effects on the hair and skin. It helps by reducing split ends or hair loss, applying vanilla essential oil with a carrier can induce blood flow to the scalp and encourag growth of hair.

Caramel: Caramel topping contains fairly high quantity of calories. This is not encouraging news for those people who wants to lose weight or wants to maintain a weight that’s consistent. Caramel also a good source of Sodium and Potassium that help to regulate water retention in the body. Caramels has a little bit of protein as well, since they are made using milk, butter etc.

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And now let’s start exploring the recipe of Vanilla Caramel Sauce without Cream, Brown Sugar and Corn Syrup.

Best Caramel Sauce Recipe with Vanilla Beans:

5 from 2 votes
best caramel sauce recipe
Vanilla Caramel Sauce recipe
Prep Time
3 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
18 mins

This simple, homemade Vanilla Caramel Sauce recipe without cream, brown sugar and corn syrup that adds hints of vanilla to make a great topping for fruit, ice cream, and other desserts.

Course: Appetizer, Dessert, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Best caramel sauce recipe, how to make caramel without corn syrup, vanilla bean caramel sauce, vanilla caramel sauce, vanilla caramel sauce with white sugar, vanilla caramel sauce without cream
Servings: 6 cups (total)
Calories: 0.16 kcal
Author: Nilufar


  • 2 cups White sugar
  • 1.3/4 cups Whole milk (or what you have, higher fat content is ideal for texture)
  • 1 Vanilla bean or paste , split lengthwise, or 1 tsp pure vanilla extract if you don’t have a vanilla bean
  • 1/2 stick Unsalted butter
  • 1/2 tsp Salt


  1. Warm the whole milk a minute and stir to even out the temperature. After that place the warm milk near the stove and a heat-safe spatula or wooden spoon to aid in the melting process.

  2. In a heavy-bottomed saucepan, place the white sugar or the Sugar Substitute, salt, and unsalted butter and whisk to combine. Boil them over medium-high heat. Stop whisking when these come to a full boil and all the ingredients have dissolved. Reduce the heat to medium-low.

  3. Boil those sugar mixture continuously until the sugar reaches a color like light brown. When you see the smoke, remove the pan from the heat immediately.

  4. Very slowly add the milk to the caramel and stir to combine with the spatula. It’s important to keep the caramel moving before and during this process because milk will make the caramel bubble and steam up aggressively, so be careful as you stir.

  5. If you see lumps within the sauce at this time, return the pan back on the heat again for one minute, stirring or whisking constantly until smooth.

  6. Add vanilla bean or paste now. Stir it and remove the caramel pan from heat. Cool completely before transferring to a container. Store caramel in a covered container in the refrigerator. It will last for two to three months.

Recipe Notes

The best way to clean this deep caramel saucepan is to fill it half with water and boil until the sugar dissolves. After that, dump those water out and again fill with warm water and scrub out the remaining sugar while the pan is still warm. You have to be careful to let the pan cool enough so that you don’t burn your hands on the hot pan that just came off of the stove.

OMG, you made your Best Caramel Sauce Recipe without struggles (at least I think so 😀 ), Congratulations! This will be a delicious topping on pineapple pie, ice cream, cakes or dessert, and makes an incredible dipping sauce for apples and bananas. Store this in the refrigerator and reheat for a few seconds in the microwave to use it again.

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