How to Soften Hard Caramels

By Cynthia Measom

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.

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The way caramel is made can result in a hard or soft product.

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Step 1

Unwrap the desired number of caramels and place them on a microwave safe plate.

Step 2

Place the plate in the microwave and heat it on a high setting for approximately 10 to 15 seconds.

Step 3

Remove the plate from the microwave and enjoy the softened candy or cut it into bits and use it in a recipe.