How to Make Caramels Soft

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Caramels, the smooth amber squares of sugary goodness used for making different candies and baked goods, can easily become hardened if they get too cold or are left sitting for too long unused. Don't throw out that whole bag of caramels or pick out each caramel candy from your Halloween bucket and toss it in the trash just yet. You can give those little candies new life with just a few seconds in the microwave.

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Things you need

  • Microwave-safe dish
  • Microwave
  • Spoon

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  1. 1

    Unwrap all the caramel candies you want to soften. Make sure that no little bits of plastic wrapper are stuck in the candies, as sometimes the thin cellophane tears and small bits are left behind.

  2. 2

    Place all the candies on a microwave safe dish. Make sure to space them out so they are about an inch apart so they don't get stuck together during the softening process.

  3. 3

    Place the dish of caramels in the microwave. Set the microwave for 10 seconds on a low setting (around two or three). Start the microwave and wait for the bell to go off.

  4. 4

    Remove the dish of caramel candies from the microwave. They should now be softened - test them by pushing gently on them with the back of a spoon. If the candies aren't yet soft enough, replace them in the microwave for 5-second increments until you achieve the desired level of softness.

Tips and warnings

  • Be careful when testing the softness of the caramel candies after microwaving as they will get warm and soft caramel may stick to the skin, which creates a potential burning hazard. Test the softness of the caramels with the back of a spoon rather than with your fingers.

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