Caramel Lovers Unite! National Caramel Day + 145 Recipes

Caramel Lovers Unite! National Caramel Day + Over 100 Recipes

Celebrate caramel, that ooey-gooey delicious candy that we all know and love for delicious desserts and snacks, on National Caramel Day.

Caramel is made from heating a combination of sugars. Since today is National Caramel Day, what better way to celebrate than to look at a quick history of the candy and give you dozens of recipes to try out for your own?

Originally Published On: April 5, 2018

Last Updated On: April 23, 2020

The History of Caramel

Caramel, or a very similar candy, was first made in the mid-1800s. Most of the candy at that time was hard candy. But a few candy makers were also producing a softer candy. It might not have been exactly the caramel we know today, but it was similar.

It’s said that Hershey’s candy also started with caramel. When he was trying to find a way to cover the caramel, he found a love for chocolate.

There are a few different types of caramel. They are made from a few basic ingredients: milk, condensed milk, corn syrup, sugar, oil, butter, and molasses. The milk keeps the caramel soft. The corn syrup and molasses add the sweet flavor. Caramel stays elastic because of the fatty ingredients.


National Caramel Day

National Caramel Day is always celebrated on April 5. While the origins are unknown, it is a day for caramel-lovers to recognize and enjoy the delicious treat.

On social media, you can look for #NationalCaramelDay to see what others are making.

I personally love caramel. It’s sweet but not overpowering. But, strangely, as much as I love it, I only have two recipes that have caramel in them. I think it’s time to find a few more soon!

Caramel cockroach clusters with and without chocolate on a wooden serving dish placed on a grey-blue placemat on a wooden table
Chocolate and Caramel Cockroach Clusters
Honeydukes sells candy called cockroach clusters. While the wizarding world may use roaches, I used chocolate, caramel, pecans, and cereal!
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Piece of better-than-sex cake on a white plate with a bite taken out of it next to a fork with the pan in the backdrop on a wooden surface
Better Than Sex Cake
Chocolate. Caramel. Hot Fudge. Whipped Topping. Butterscotch Chips. This cake has it all and may almost be better than sex!
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Caramel Recipes

Alfojores (South American Sandwich Cookies with Dulce de Leche)
Almond Caramel Popcorn
Apple & Butternut Squash Galette with Chai Buckwheat Crust and Coconut Caramel Drizzle
Apple Caramel Cream Cheese Bundt Cake
Apple Cinnamon Scones with Salted Caramel Drizzle
Apple Spice Cupcakes with Caramel Sauce
Apple Wontons with Caramel Dipping Sauce
Applesauce Cake with Soft Caramel Cream Cheese Frosting
Apricot Salted Caramel Oreo Tart
Baked Caramel Apple Crisp
Banoffee Pie
Bird’s Nest Apple Caramel Cake
Bourbon Caramel Apple Cider
Breaded Fried Bananas
Brown Butter Vanilla Birthday Cake with Salted Caramel Frosting
Butter Pecan Oatmeal Cookies
Butterscotch Bourbon Budino with Salted Caramel
Caramel Apple Baked Donuts
Caramel Apple Cake Recipe
Caramel Apple Cider Cookies
Caramel Apple Cider Cupcakes
Caramel Apple Cookies
Caramel Apple Cream Cheese Crescent Ring
Caramel Apple Crisp
Caramel Apple Cupcakes
Caramel Apple Muffins
Caramel Apple Muffins Low Carb
Caramel Apple Nut Bars
Caramel Apple Oatmeal Carmelita Bars
Caramel Apple Pie Cookies
Caramel Apple Sticky Buns
Caramel Apple Taquitos
Caramel Apple Taquitos Recipe
Caramel Apple Tart
Caramel Apples Snickers Salad
Caramel Banana Muffins
Caramel Cake
Caramel Chocolate Peanut Bars
Caramel Cream Cheese Frosting
Caramel Peanut Butter Cookie Cups
Caramel Pear Charlotte
Caramel Pecan Banana Date Bread
Caramel Pecan Bar
Caramel Pecan Cheesecake
Caramel Popcorn
Caramel Popcorn with Peanuts
Caramel Shortcake
Caramel Squares with Fruit Nuts
Caramel Walnut Coffee Cake
Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting & Caramel Sauce
Cast Iron Blue Ribbon Caramel Apple Pie
Chocolate and Salted Bourbon Caramel Cupcakes
Chocolate Caramel Cheesecake Tartlets
Chocolate Covered Caramel Popcorn Balls
Chocolate Espresso Caramel Brownie
Chocolate Meringue Nests with Salted Caramel Sauce and Cacoa Nibs
Chocolate Pecan Caramel Turtles
Cinnamon Dessert Nachos with Salted Caramel Apple Dip
Coffee Cupcakes Salted Caramel Frosting
Copycat Starbucks Caramel Frappeccino
Craving Bars
Creamy Caramel Sweetened Condensed Frosting
Crunchy Chocolate Pumpkin Caramels
Dairy-Free Salted Caramel Ice Cream Pie
Dark Chocolate Caramel Pecan Bacon Candy
Earl Grey Creme Caramel
Easy Apple Tart with Yogurt Filling and Caramel Sauce
Easy Vegan Dark Chocolate Caramel Cups
English Sticky Toffee Pudding
Five Minute Creamy Caramel Frappuccino
Fresh Honeycrisp Apple Cake with To-Die-For Caramel Buttercream Frosting
Gluten-Free Caramel Apple Crisp
Gluten-Free Caramel Apple Crisp in Jars
Gluten-Free Caramel Macchiato Cake
Gluten-Free Cheesecake Brownies with Dulce de Leche
Gluten-Free Salted Caramel Brownie
Grilled Caramel Apple Crunch
Groovy Caramel Bars
Guinness Stout Dark Chocolate Pudding Cakes with Salted Caramel Sauce
Healthier Chocolate Caramel Cookie
Healthy Caramel Apple Dip
Homemade Caramel Banana Ice Cream
Homemade Caramel Corn
Homemade Caramel Sauce in Your Slow Cooker
Homemade Caramel Vanilla Pudding
Homemade Salted Caramel Brownies
How to Make Caramel and Caramel Sauce
Individual No-Bake Salted Caramel Cheesecakes
Insanely Delicious Turtle Cookies
Instant Pot Chocolate Caramel Cheesecake
Instant Pot Peanut Butter Caramel Cheesecake
Instant Pot Turtle Lava Cake
Knock Your Socks Off Brownies
Marshmallow Chocolate Caramel Cheesecake
Mastic White Chocolate Blondies with Salted Caramel
No-Bake Caramel Apple Pie Protein Bars
Old Fashioned Bread Pudding with Homemade Caramel Sauce
Peanut Butter, Caramel & Pretzel Bites
Pecan Turtles
Pistachio Caramel Apple Butter Pancakes
Pumpkin Pancakes with Cinnamon Caramel Syrup
Rice Krispie Caramilk Bars
Salted Caramel Apple Pie
Salted Caramel Apple Pie Bars
Salted Caramel Brownie Ice Cream with Turtles Clusters
Salted Caramel Brownies
Salted Caramel Butter Bars
Salted Caramel Chocolate Tart
Salted Caramel Cinnamon Rolls
Salted Caramel Cookies
Salted Caramel Cupcakes
Salted Caramel Date Shake
Salted Caramel Hand Pies
Salted Caramel Ice Cream Shake with Chopped Chocolate
Salted Caramel Ice-Blended Coffee
Salted Caramel Lemon Poppy Pound Cake
Salted Caramel Pecan Cookies
Salted Caramel Pecan Popcorn
Salted Caramel Pretzel Cake
Salted Caramel Pretzel Chocolate Chip Cookies
Salted Caramel Pretzel Sundaes
Salted Caramel Pudding
Salted Caramel Skillet Cookie
Salted Caramel Sweet Potato Blondies
Salted Caramel Turnovers
Salted Caramel Yogurt Popsicles
Salted Chipotle Caramel Corn
Salted Chocolate Caramel Tart
Salted Spiced Caramel Potato Cake
Samoa Fudge Bombs
Simple Caramel Apple Cupcakes
Simply Perfect Salted Caramel Sauce
Slow Cooker Caramel Apple Dip
Soft + Chewy Salted Caramel Cookies
Soft and Chewy Caramel Chocolate Cookies
Spiked Caramel Egg
The Best Caramel Apple Scone Recipe
Turtle Brownie Bites Recipe
Vegan Sweet Potato Pancakes with Caramel Sauce
Warm Gingerbread Cake with Salted Caramel Sauce
Whole Wheat Caramel Cookies

20 thoughts on “Caramel Lovers Unite! National Caramel Day + Over 100 Recipes”

  1. Now if someone can’t find a caramel recipe they love something is wrong with them. It would take me for ever to work my way through this awesome list.

  2. I love caramel right from coffee, popcorn, pudding.. I love it in everything. The spiked apple cider looks amazing. Thanks for sharing all the recipe links.

  3. While reading your post my mouth was watering thinking of the amazing recipe. I am definitely trying them for the sweet tooth of mine 🙂

  4. I used to love caramel, but I stopped eating dairy, so I thought caramel was out. However, I’ve discovered some vegan caramel recipes, so I’ll be celebrating with you!


    Oh my! This is a fabulous roundup of caramel recipes, can’t wait to try a few of these!

  6. There are so many options for the caramel and its one of the good stuff I like to eat. I’m excited to try some of it.

  7. Caramel has always been a favorite of mine. I had a couple of fillings put in though and I don’t think they were done right (still tender to chew on them and they were done in August) so I have been skipping hard or tacky foods. It’s actually kind of life-changing and I don’t like it… I miss Carmelo especially this time of year when those big beautiful caramel apples are everywhere…
    decorated up for Christmas

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