How to Melt Kraft Caramel Bits? (the ultimate guide)

FACT: Caramel apples are the best way to enjoy the sweet, creamy taste of chewy caramel (yessir)…


But when time is short and you need the ingredients right away, you might wonder if melting caramel squares in the microwave is the best and easiest way to go.


How to melt Kraft caramel bits?

Open a bag of soft caramels, remove each one, and microwave it. Add milk or heavy cream for a creamier dessert. Then microwave the caramels on HIGH for 1 minute.



I found more information you need to know after doing more research, so keep reading…



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The Microwave Method:



  • Spray the bottom of the bowl with cooking oil. Make sure to use a bowl that can go in the microwave. Also, if you put too many pieces in the bowl, the melted caramels can quickly reach the edge. So, choose a bowl that is big enough to hold all of it.

  • Open the bag of caramel. Spend some time getting the pieces apart if they are stuck together. Put your caramel chews in a bowl for the microwave. Be sure they don’t go over the edge. The bowl should go in the microwave. Then, turn it on for about 30 seconds at high heat.

  • Get rid of the bowl.

  • Crash the caramel candies with a silicone spatula.

  • Heat the bowl again in the microwave. Set the temperature to medium-high for 15 seconds or high for 30 seconds.

  • Take the bowl away. If there are still pieces, put the bowl back in the microwave on medium heat for about 30 seconds.

  • Mix the caramels well as they melt.


The Saucepan Method:



  • Spray the bottom of the pan with cooking oil or salted butter. So, the melted caramels won’t hurt the pan. Don’t use too much oil or butter, though. There is a chance that the caramels will lose their flavor.

  • Make sure you have enough caramels to melt. Most of the time, one cup of hard candy is the same as half a cup of melted caramel. Use the measuring cup to get the amount you want. To make it easier and smoother, cook about two cups of hard caramel at a time.

  • Heat up the pan before putting the caramel in it. Start the stove at a low temperature.

  • Add the hard candies to the pan. Make sure not to add too many of them so that they don’t burn. Just use some of the first ones and wait for them to melt. After that, add a few more. When the caramels start to melt, turn the heat up to medium-high and stir it slowly.

  • Stir while adding heavy cream, milk, or water.

  • Keep mixing the caramels until they reach the right consistency (regularly, about 15 minutes).

  • After letting the pan simmer for a while, take it off the stove. That’s how to use a saucepan to melt kraft caramels.



Double Boiler Method:



  • Clean out the boiler.

  • Open the bag of caramel. Spend some time getting the pieces apart if they are stuck together.

  • Pour about 1/2 cup of water into the bottom pot.

  • Put the upper pot on top of the lower pot. Make sure that it doesn’t touch the water.

  • Bring the water to a boil over medium-high heat. When bubbles start to form, turn the heat down and let it simmer.

  • When the caramels start to melt, stir it well and add milk or water to the liquid at regular intervals.

  • Keep cooking for another 10 to 15 minutes, or until it’s the consistency you want. Then, take the boiler’s top off. Stir it until it gets cooler. If you don’t have a double boiler, you can put a saucepan on the bottom pot and use that instead. Even after you turn off the stove and take the bottom pot off, you still need to stir the caramels or the bottom pot will burn.


The Slow Cooker Method:


If you want to use a Slow Cooker to melt caramel candies, you should use a block of soft caramels instead of hard ones. To keep caramels from getting too dry while they’re melting, you also need to add things like cream or milk.



  • Put a bowl that can handle heat in the slow cooker, as long as the bowl fits the cooker. If you want to melt a big piece of caramel, put a big bowl in the pot and turn it upside down.

  • Put a soft caramel candy that hasn’t been opened and some milk in the bowl. As usual, for every 397g of caramel, you need 30 ml of milk. If you don’t have any milk left, you can use heavy cream or water to keep the caramels moist while they melt.

  • Add water to the slow cooker until the level is the same as caramels.

  • Cover the slow cooker with its lid and put it on a gas stove. Then, set up and cook for 2 hours at high heat.

  • Sometimes, you need to stir it while it’s melting. If it’s still lumpy, you need to cook it longer. On the other hand, if it doesn’t have any lumps, it’s done.

  • When all the caramel has melted, turn off the stove and put it in a cool place. Then, put any leftover caramel in a glass bottle and put it in the fridge. Your caramel will last for up to 3 months if you store it this way.



3 Tips For The Best Dishes And Storing The Liquid

If you don’t have these in your kitchen, you’ll have to melt it again and again, which takes a lot of time and doesn’t do much for your health.


1. Think about adding extra ingredients

Add the extra ingredients while the caramel is melting to make it smoother. Depending on what you want to do, you can choose between heavy whipping cream, milk, or even water.   Also, you should think about how thick the milk or cream is. Adding water makes things easier, but the more water you add, the weaker the melted caramel gets.


2. Put the leftovers in a container that can’t let air in

If you don’t want to just eat the rest of the caramels, put the melted caramels in a container that won’t let air in and put it in the fridge.   That will stop bacteria and other harmful things from the outside from making the liquid bad. It can even have a date up to 7 days from now on it.


3. Put melted caramels to use right away

When the caramels are melted, you should use it right away, before it cools and gets hard. If you want it to stay at the right consistency for longer, pour the melted caramel into a pot or double boiler that has been heated.



How to Cook Caramel Apples

You can’t talk about caramel without bringing up caramel apples. Even if you’re not 10 years old, you can still look forward to this classic treat.   There are a lot of different ways to make a traditional caramel apple, but this one is easy. First, figure out how many apples you want to bake. In this recipe, there are five apples.



  • Total Time: 60 minutes
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Serving: 5 people


  • 5 apples, cold
  • 1 11-ounce bag of wrapped caramels or 1 package of Kraft caramel bits
  • 1 package of wooden sticks for caramel apples
  • Parchment paper


  • Wash the apples and let them dry in the sun.

  • Put a wooden stick into each apple’s stem.

  • Use the microwave method to heat the caramels.

  • Tear off a piece of parchment paper that’s big enough to cover a large plate.

  • Optional: Spray cooking spray on the paper.

  • Apples can be dipped in caramel sauce. Make sure to turn the apples in the sauce so that they get covered evenly. Roll the apples in small chocolate candies, crushed nuts, or sprinkles, if you want to.

  • Put the finished apples in the fridge until the caramel is set.

  • Take it out and have fun.



Important Tips

1. Add some liquid

Take the caramels out of the microwave after 1 minute and stir them. Now is a good time to add liquid to smooth out the caramel. You could use milk, heavy whipping cream, or water.   How much you add depends on what you want to do with the caramel. Skim milk and water will set up differently than whole milk and whipped cream. If you are melting caramels for a recipe, read the directions to find out how much liquid to add.


2. Use or eat right away

This delicious, rich caramel sauce cools down quickly. And if you don’t eat it, use it, or store it correctly, you’ll be right back at step one with a big block of hard caramels.


3. Add a pinch of vanilla

Add a teaspoon of vanilla or another flavor to traditional caramel to change it up.



Related Questions:

How to keep melted caramel from hardening?

Melt the caramels over low heat and mix them with the milk and butter by stirring them often. By adding milk and butter to the caramels, the caramel stays soft after the turtles are made.

How to Melt Kraft Caramel Bits? (the ultimate guide)