Recipe: Caramel Sauce

Caramel Sauce, Courtesy:
Caramel Sauce, Courtesy:

You might know The Hershey Company best for their decadent chocolate. But did you know that Milton Hershey’s first candy company was Lancaster Caramel Company?  While seeking a candy coating for his caramels, Hershey discovered wonderful chocolate. In 1900, he sold Lancaster Caramel Company to the American Caramel Company, and later went on to found The Hershey Company.

1 cup light-brown sugar
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
1/4 cup evaporated milk
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
Pinch of salt


  1. Combine ingredients in a small saucepan over medium heat.
  2. Cook, stirring, until thickened to desired consistency.

Food Mingle Blog Alternatives and Substitutions

  • The longer your heat the mixture, the darker (and thicker) the caramel will become.

Yield: enough for one cake

Source:, The Martha Stewart Show, April/May Spring 2006 and



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