Caramel candy, a mixture of ingredients such as cream or milk, butter, caramelized sugar and vanilla, can be quite hard. This can present a problem if you want to eat a piece, but you fear for your teeth and fillings. In addition, if you plan on using the caramels in a recipe, you often have to cut the candy into bits. Fortunately, you can soften hard caramels with a popular household appliance and achieve your purpose.
Unwrap the desired number of caramels and place them on a microwave safe plate.
Place the plate in the microwave and heat it on a high setting for approximately 10 to 15 seconds.
Remove the plate from the microwave and enjoy the softened candy or cut it into bits and use it in a recipe.
The heating time may be more or less, depending on your particular microwave.
The caramels may be hot once removed from the microwave. Take care not to burn your mouth.