Dark Caramel Sauce Recipe – Easy Kitchen Guide

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By Lori Walker, MS, RD | Published on July 11, 2023 | Last Updated on January 25, 2024

Dark caramel sauce is a rich and creamy topping that can be used for topping any dessert. This is easy to make and perfect for adding sweetness to any dessert! The deep golden color of the sauce adds an extra layer of decadence as well.

Follow this guide to get the scoop on making this delicious dark caramel sauce recipe. Quick and easy to make, follow these step-by-step instructions for a delicious topping that’s sure to please everyone!

Dark Caramel Sauce Recipe

What is Dark Caramel Sauce?

Dark caramel sauce is a type of caramel sauce that is cooked longer than regular caramel sauce. This results in a deeper flavor and color profile due to the Maillard reaction, which is the chemical reaction between proteins and sugars when heated.

The darker color also comes from the higher temperatures used when cooking dark caramel sauces. The dark caramel sauce has a unique taste that’s not as sweet as regular caramel sauce, making it great for adding an extra layer of flavor to desserts.

What does it taste like?

Dark caramel sauce has a unique and complex flavor that is not as sweet as regular caramel sauce. It has notes of burnt sugar, toffee, and molasses. 

The deeper color also adds a bit more depth of flavor compared to regular caramel sauce. The darker color of dark caramel sauce adds a certain richness and complexity to desserts dark that regular caramel sauce can’t.

How did I first get introduced to the Dark Caramel Sauce?

I first became acquainted with dark caramel sauce when I was trying to find a way to add some sweetness to my favorite dessert. I had heard about it before, but never had the chance to try it out. After doing some research, I finally came across a recipe for dark caramel sauce and decided to give it a go.

When I made the sauce for the first time, I was amazed at how rich and flavorful it was. The deep golden color of the sauce added an extra layer of decadence to the dessert that regular caramel sauce couldn’t quite achieve. As I tasted it, I could definitely taste notes of burnt sugar, toffee, and molasses in the background.

Since then, dark caramel sauce has become a staple in my kitchen. I love adding it to desserts like ice cream, pancakes, or waffles for an extra touch of sweetness. It’s also great as a topping for cakes and tarts.

How to make Dark Caramel Sauce?

Making dark caramel sauce is actually quite simple. All you need is the ingredients & follow the step-by-step instructions below:

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Ingredients

  • Sugar: This is the main ingredient of this recipe and will be used to make your caramel sauce.
  • Water: Use just enough water to combine with the sugar to form a syrup.
  • Heavy Cream: Use heavy cream, not whipping cream, for its rich flavor and texture.
Dark Caramel Sauce Recipe

Step-by-step instructions

Step 1:

In a large, heavy-bottomed saucepan, combine sugar and water. Stir to moisten the sugar and heat over medium-high without stirring until the syrup starts to color. If needed, use a damp pastry brush to wash down the sides of the pot.

Step 2:

Monitor the syrup closely; when it reaches a medium amber color, be attentive as the color will deepen rapidly. Within the next minute, the caramel will transform into a rich mahogany brown, with bubbles turning tan and the possibility of wisps of smoke. Immediately remove from heat, swirling the pot to dissipate heat.

Step 3:

Place the pot on a cool burner and slowly pour in the cream. Expect vigorous bubbling, and allow it to subside before whisking until smooth. If the cream is too cool, it may cause the caramel to seize. In such cases, gently heat the pot over low heat and stir until the sauce liquefies.

Step 4:

Cool the caramel sauce to room temperature. Store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 month.

Step 5:

Before use, reheat the sauce in a double boiler or microwave. This versatile dark caramel sauce is perfect for enhancing the flavor of ice cream, or cake, serving as a warm dip for tart apple slices, or simply enjoying off a spoon.

Tips

-Make sure to stir the sauce frequently while simmering, as this will help prevent it from burning.

-If you would like a more intense flavor, add a pinch of salt or a teaspoon of vanilla extract when stirring in the cream.

-Prevent crystallization by not stirring the sugar and water too much before boiling and avoiding splashing any liquid onto the edges of the pan while boiling.

Dark Caramel Sauce Recipe

Dark Caramel Sauce Recipe

Dark caramel sauce is a rich and creamy topping that can be used for topping any dessert. This is easy to make and perfect for adding sweetness to any dessert! The deep golden color of the sauce adds an extra layer of decadence as well.
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Author: Lori Walker, MS, RD
Course: sauce
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 400kcal

Equipment

  • Medium-sized pot

Ingredients

  • 2 cup heavy cream, cold
  • 4 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 cup cold water

Instructions

  • In a large, heavy-bottomed saucepan, combine sugar and water. Stir to moisten the sugar and heat over medium-high without stirring until the syrup starts to color. If needed, use a damp pastry brush to wash down the sides of the pot.
  • Monitor the syrup closely; when it reaches a medium amber color, be attentive as the color will deepen rapidly. Within the next minute, the caramel will transform into a rich mahogany brown, with bubbles turning tan and the possibility of wisps of smoke. Immediately remove from heat, swirling the pot to dissipate heat.
  • Place the pot on a cool burner and slowly pour in the cream. Expect vigorous bubbling, and allow it to subside before whisking until smooth. If the cream is too cool, it may cause the caramel to seize. In such cases, gently heat the pot over low heat and stir until the sauce liquefies.
  • Cool the caramel sauce to room temperature. Store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 month.
  • Before use, reheat the sauce in a double boiler or microwave. This versatile dark caramel sauce is perfect for enhancing the flavor of ice cream, cake, serving as a warm dip for tart apple slices, or simply enjoying off a spoon.

Notes

-Make sure to stir the sauce frequently while simmering, as this will help prevent it from burning.
-If you would like a more intense flavor, add a pinch of salt or a teaspoon of vanilla extract when stirring in the cream.
-Prevent crystallization by not stirring the sugar and water too much before boiling and avoiding splashing any liquid onto the edges of the pan while boiling.
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Nutrition Information

Calories: 400 kcal | Carbohydrates: 50 g | Protein: 2 g | Fat: 24 g | Saturated Fat: 15 g | Cholesterol: 76 mg | Sodium: 19 mg | Potassium: 11 mg

What to serve with Dark Caramel Sauce?

Dark caramel sauce is incredibly versatile and can be used on just about any dessert. It pairs especially well with fruits like apples, pears, bananas, berries, or stone fruits. You can also use it to top ice cream sundaes or even pancakes and waffles.

Other great options for using this delicious sauce include topping cheesecakes, tarts, and brownies. The possibilities are endless!

How to store leftover Dark Caramel Sauce?

Leftover dark caramel sauce can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to two weeks. You may also freeze the sauce for up to three months. 

To reheat, simply place it in a microwave-safe bowl and heat on medium power until melted.

Can pregnant women eat this?

Yes, pregnant women can consume dark caramel sauce in moderation. However, it is best to consult a doctor before consumption as some people may be more sensitive to certain ingredients such as sugar. 

It is always important to pay attention to what you are eating and ensure that you are not eating anything that may cause harm to either you or your unborn child.

FAQs 

Can I use light cream instead of heavy cream?

Yes, you can use light cream but it won’t be as rich in flavor and texture as heavy cream.

Can I add other ingredients to the sauce?

Yes, you can add a pinch of salt or a teaspoon of vanilla extract when stirring in the cream for added flavor. You can also experiment with adding different spices like cinnamon or nutmeg.

Is dark caramel sauce vegan-friendly?

No, dark caramel sauce is not vegan-friendly as it contains heavy cream. However, you can make a vegan version by using plant-based milk and coconut oil instead of cream.

Is dark caramel gluten-free?

Yes, dark caramel sauce is gluten-free as long as no ingredients containing gluten are added. Always check the label of any ingredient used to make sure it does not contain gluten.

Can I use dark caramel sauce in savory dishes?

Yes, dark caramel sauce can be used to enhance the flavor of savory dishes such as roasted vegetables or grilled meats. It can also be used to give a sweet twist to sauces and marinades.

Wrapping Up

I hope this article was helpful in learning more about dark caramel sauce. This delicious condiment is so versatile and can be used in both sweet and savory dishes.

It’s an excellent way to add a layer of complexity and sweetness that regular caramel sauce can’t quite match. If you’ve never tried it, I highly recommend giving it a go!

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My name is Lori Walker. I’m a registered dietitian, food blogger and food enthusiast. I share easy healthy, delicious recipes on my blog and review necessary kitchen items. The recipes I share take less… Read more

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