Easy Slow Cooker Caramel

Updated on January 22, 2019
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Anna is a homeschooling SoCal mom of three with a deep love for field trips and food science.

You know what I love about cooking? Well, I'll tell you. It's how one thing—just one thing—can transform itself into something entirely different after you apply heat, cold, or air.

Think of sugar that melts and gets caramelized for a crunchy coating around nuts or popcorn. Or think about egg whites that turn into a fluffy meringue, or cold cream that turns into delicious butter after churning. See? It's all about the possibilities of one thing transforming into another.

And then there's this: Cheater's Caramel.

The recipe is not really a recipe at all, it's more of a process of adding heat and time. It's so easy it's embarrassing, and I never really thought about it except that it started making the rounds on Pinterest a while back. I now have a friend who always asks me to bring "some of your amazing dulce de leche" every time I see her.

Because this is so easy, it's an awesome gift that screams of "I care" without any effort at all.


  • 1 (14-oz) can condensed milk
  • Water


  1. Place the can of condensed milk in your slow cooker.
  2. Fill the cooker with enough water to submerge the can.
  3. Cook on low for 6 hours (for a nice pour-able caramel); 8 hours for a thick saucy consistency (like hot fudge); or 10-12 hours for a deep, thick, spoon-able caramel (pictured).
  4. Once done, remove from the slow cooker and allow to cool. Open the can and eat it however you like your caramel (see below for some delicious ideas).

Enjoy with crisp, tart slices of Granny Smith apples...
Enjoy with crisp, tart slices of Granny Smith apples...
Use as a filling for molded chocolate...
Use as a filling for molded chocolate...
Or spread inside a crepe and then drizzle more on top!
Or spread inside a crepe and then drizzle more on top!

How do you like your caramel?

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