Homemade soft caramels should never be made when you are home alone. These may possibly be the most dangerous thing that has ever been cooked in my kitchen.
Not because it will hurt, although it could if you aren’t careful playing with molten lava temperature melted sugar, but because you need to get them wrapped and out of the house as quickly as possible.
Do not send more than a few of these at a time to friends, as these will also be dangerous at their house. Do bring them to work for brownie points! Should be worth at least a few of those.
You and everyone else who eats these will not be able to stop eating them until either your teeth hurt, your stomach hurts, or you have eaten all of them. Once they are all eaten, you will be thinking of them for days to come.
After reading several caramel recipes, I settled on starting with this one from Land O’Lakes and tweaking it ever so slightly.