I tried these last night so I could bring them in as a holiday gift for my coworkers. Last year, I did truffles two ways, Oreo truffles and cookie dough truffles. Because these are made in the microwave, these caramels are basically fool proof. The only real time you have to put into it is the process of rolling out the caramels.
Direct quote from my coworker: "I'm about to gas the building and knock everyone unconscious so I can steal the few remaining pieces."
There were no leftovers.
Easy Microwave Salted Caramels Recipe
1/2 stick butter
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup light Karo syrup
1/2 cup sweetened condensed milk
1/2 Tablespoon kosher salt, plus more for sprinkling
Place all the ingredients in a microwave-proof bowl. Microwave for 2 minutes, stir. Repeat twice.
Pour the salted caramel mixture into a 9x13 pan that's lined with parchment. Sprinkle with salt again, if desired. Allow to cool at room temperature for 20 to 30 minutes or until it's a temperature you can handle. Don't try to rush this by refrigerating it.
Turn out the cooled salted caramel onto a cutting board or clean counter top. The best approach is to use an assembly line: gather up the wrappers, caramel and if you like salty caramels like I do, a little bowl of extra kosher salt. My wrappers were cut up pieces of parchment paper, but you can use wax paper as well. You can also buy fancy candy wrappers online, too, if you're fancy pants like that, but I like the rustic look.
So pull off a little piece from the caramels and roll it into a little ball. Don't worry about it being perfect, the wrappers cover all your mistakes. Dip in the salt, if that's your thing, then wrap up in the parchment and store in an airtight container.