My mother makes epic soft caramels, and I'm pleased to share with you her secret: Aunt Glady's Caramel Recipe.
The recipe as handed down to me is sparse, but contains all necessary information. In an effort to make it slightly more accessible to those of you who might be new to candy-making, I'm including my own comments on the techniques here-in.
Even if you've never made candy before in your life, you will enjoy this recipe. It's simple, as long as you follow along closely, and put your faith in a quality candy thermometer. I highly recommend a digital one like this
which I got after making this Instructable, but since prefer!
Be advised - once you share these caramels, you will be overwhelmed with requests for more!