Salted Caramel Chocolate Cups (4 Ingredients)

Easy 4-ingredient salted chocolate cups filled with ooey gooey caramel! 

Salted Caramel Cups (4 Ingredients)

This is one of those times I’m praising heaven for good internet service. Not because I am currently basking in it, because I’m actually not. I’m sitting in the front lobby of a little motel-hotel (it’s somewhere in the middle)  in Williamsburg Virginia barely managing to connect to cyberspace, because although this motel-hotel supposedly has free wi-fi, it’s quite lacking in the actually guest rooms. In fact, all of the cell service here seems to have vanished into thin air as far as the rooms are concerned. No bars. Can you believe that? I thought that only happened when we went camping.  But here I am sitting on a 70’s green couch punching out a recipe for salted caramel chocolate cups and thinking about how wonderful it is that back home I can usually do this from my bed.

Modern Technology, I’m a fan of you.

Salted Caramel Cups (4 Ingredients)

Another modern convenience I’m currently crushing on is my ***microwave*** <— those little asterisks are actually bits of fairy dust, my microwave has magical powers. Like the ability to turn leftovers into a first-class meal at the end of an incredibly long week. I cook. A-lot. But sometimes leftovers are the best thing in the whole world when I’m famished and haven’t an ounce of motivation to make so much as a turkey sandwich.

Salted Caramel Cups (4 Ingredients)

The other thing making me admire that old black and chrome box on my counter? These salted caramel cups. How are they related you ask? These ultra-rich little treats are made with two things, 1) your microwave, and 2) your freezer. And really the freezer is just a means to speeding up the cooling process which technically would happen without the freezer if you were patient enough (which I’m obviously not) so really all of the credit should go to your microwave on this one. And the fact that these caramel cups only call for 4 little ingredients is just mind boggling to me. 4 Ingredients? Seriously?? Stop it, you’re pulling my leg!

No really. Just 4. It’s ***magic.***  <— yep, more fairy dust.

Salted Caramel Cups (4 Ingredients)

Salted Caramel Cups (4 Ingredients)
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Salted Caramel Cups (4 Ingredients)

Easy 4-ingredient salted chocolate cups filled with ooey gooey caramel!
Course Dessert
Keyword caramel, salted
Prep Time 30 minutes
Servings 16
Author Tiffany


  • 4 cups semi sweet chocolate chips
  • 2 cups caramels, unwrapped
  • 3 tablespoons milk or heavy cream
  • coarse sea salt


  • Place cupcake wrappers in muffin tins. (You could use mini cupcake wrappers and muffin tins and make twice as many caramel cups)
  • Place chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl. Microwave on half-power for 2 minutes. Take out and stir. Continue to cook on half-power for 20 seconds at a time, stirring between each, until chocolate is smooth.
  • Drop about 2 tablespoons of melted chocolate into each cupcake liner. Do not use all of the chocolate, leave about 1/4 of it in the bowl. Use a pasty brush to "paint" the melted chocolate onto he bottom of the cupcake wrapper, and around the sides (only go about 2/3 of the way up the wrappers, not all the way to the top) Place muffin tin in the freezer.
  • In another microwave safe bowl combine caramels and milk/heavy cream. Microwave on high for 2 minutes, then stir. Continue to cook on high for 20 seconds at a time, stirring between each until smooth.
  • Remove muffin tin from freezer. Pour caramel into chocolate cups til about 2/3 full. Return to the freezer for about 5 minutes.
  • Remove muffin tin from freezer again. Use pastry brush to "paint" melted chocolate over the top of the caramel being sure to cover all of the caramel. Sprinkle with coarse sea salt. Return to the freezer for about 30 minutes.
  • Remove muffin tin from freezer. Carefully peel away the cupcake wrappers from the chocolate cups. Store chilled (in the fridge) or at room temperature in an airtight container.


*if you don't have coarse sea salt on hand, you can substitute a scant 1/2 teaspoon table salt and stir it into the caramel before filling the chocolate cups

Recipe adapted from Yammie’s Noshery.

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Hooo boy those look amazing! Just want to reach through the screen and grab one of them. Now I want salted caramel. Ugh. *scurries off to fridge* 😛

    Ahhhh salted caramel, how I adore you! Haha, I’m there with ya, at the fridge!!! 😉

      Can I use milk chocolate?

        Yes, you can use milk chocolate. They won’t be as rich but they will work the same way for melting. 🙂

Wow these chocolate cups look delicious.. and only 4 ingredients too?! I must try the recipe!

I was just thinking yesterday how to make peanut butter cups but I may now need to make these salted caramel chocolate cups! That ooey-gooey caramel inside looks amazing!

OMG I just found you via Random Acts of Zen, these look absolutely divine. I’ve printed out the recipe and will try it this weekend! Thank you.

what kind of caramel do you recommend?

    Kraft caramels (unwrap them) work well if you add a few tablespoons of milk or heavy cream when melting the caramel.

so I made these last night. One problem: the caramel is too hard

    Hi Pam, I’m thinking that the brand or type of caramel you used may have affected this. If you use caramels that tend to harden when they cool, you could add a few tablespoons of heavy cream when you are melted the caramel – this will help it to stay soft. 🙂

How long is the shelf life?

    If you store them in an airtight container in the fridge, they can be stored for weeks.

Great simple recipe, definitely want to try it!
But I can’t find Kraft caramels anywhere, can you suggest any other alternatives?

    Hi Grace, Any other brand of caramels will do 🙂

These look amazing! I’m always looking treats to bake with very few ingredients (baking is wayyy too expensive for students!) and these look perfect. I also LOVE salted caramel (and magical microwaves!) 🙂

    Oh I know exactly where you are coming from – when I was in college I only baked when I went home to visit my parents because my mother would let me use all of her stuff!! Hope you enjoy these!! 🙂

OMG! Thank you so much! I’m adding thing to my Christmas cookie list.

To add a little extra pizzazz, one could use pink Himalayan salt and place the grains in a flower pattern. I’m going to make these as a Christmas treat for my office mates.

Can you use homemade caramel?


      I believe these need a few nuts added, make them like turtles. Do you think this would cause problems to setting?

        Nope, I think that would work fine!

5 stars
Made these for Mother’s Day. They were a big hit.

OMG! These look amazing! Plus they’re so easy to make!

Do you need 4 cups of specifically chocolate chips or can you use regular chocolate too?

    I’m sure you could, but I haven’t tried that! I’ve only used chocolate chips for this recipe. I can’t guarantee the results. I’d love to hear you experience if you give it a try though!

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