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Rating: 4.18 stars
45 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 25
  • 4 star values: 11
  • 3 star values: 4
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 3

My kids didn't think it possible to make butterscotch candies. This proved them wrong!

Recipe Summary

prep:
10 mins
cook:
15 mins
additional:
20 mins
total:
45 mins
Servings:
40
Yield:
40 servings
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Ingredients

40
Original recipe yields 40 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Generously butter a 10x15 inch baking pan (with sides).

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  • In a medium saucepan over medium heat, combine brown sugar, butter, white sugar, water, vinegar and salt. Cover and bring to a boil. Remove lid and heat, without stirring, to 270 to 290 degrees F (132 to 143 degrees C), or until a small amount of syrup dropped into cold water forms hard but pliable threads. Pour in vanilla, but do not stir. Remove from heat and pour into prepared pan. Let cool slightly before cutting into squares and allowing candy to cool completely.

Nutrition Facts

31 calories; carbohydrates 5.2g; fat 1.2g; cholesterol 3.1mg; sodium 8.9mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (39)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
12/28/2008
I think the pan size is stated wrong for this recipe (10x15) as the candy only filled about half the space. Next time I would use 11x7 glass dish which would make for more even candy sizes as the candy would be an even thickness. Cut the candy when it is still quite warm. Next time I want to wrap individual pieces in waxed paper. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
02/18/2003
This is not a good recipe for butterscotch. It has no taste and smells awful. Read More
(12)
45 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 25
  • 4 star values: 11
  • 3 star values: 4
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 3
Rating: 4 stars
12/28/2008
I think the pan size is stated wrong for this recipe (10x15) as the candy only filled about half the space. Next time I would use 11x7 glass dish which would make for more even candy sizes as the candy would be an even thickness. Cut the candy when it is still quite warm. Next time I want to wrap individual pieces in waxed paper. Read More
(51)
Rating: 5 stars
12/16/2002
Fantastic recipe thanks! My four year old loves this candy. The recipe requires little in the way of tending and the finished product is of sufficient texture to be broken by hand. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/13/2012
One reviewer said the temp needs to be at 240 degrees and this is incorrect. That temp will produce a chewy-praline like consistency. Butterscotch candy needs to be stirred constantly as the higher the temperature, the less water content and more concentrated the sugar becomes. This means it can burn easily if not stirred constantly. Butterscotch needs to come up to the temperature of soft crack stage (see below)just as the submitter wrote. . Soft-Crack Stage 270° F–290° F sugar concentration: 95% As the syrup reached soft-crack stage, the bubbles on top will become smaller, thicker, and closer together. At this stage, the moisture content is low. When you drop a bit of this syrup into cold water, it will solidify into threads that, when removed from the water, are flexible, not brittle. They will bend slightly before breaking. Saltwater taffy and butterscotch are cooked to the soft-crack stage. By following this recipe exactly and stirring constantly, it will be awesome! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/26/2009
Great recipe and easy to make. I didn't use the vinegar but it came out fine. I didn't need to check if i cooked it long enough because when it all is golden brown to brown it is ready. Thanks. It tastes great too. Too clean up is easy too just use hot water and it melts away if it gets stuck. Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
02/18/2003
This is not a good recipe for butterscotch. It has no taste and smells awful. Read More
(12)
Rating: 5 stars
09/07/2010
This is a great recipe from scratch! If it does not turn out correctly it is an error on the cooks part not the recipe. We cut it with buttered shears into bite sized pieces and then shake in a bag with sugar. Will keep for a while. Phenomenal unadulterated flavor. Thank you so much for a great recipe!! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
12/29/2010
I attempted this recipe 3 times. The first time i put it in a pot that was too large and it burned (my fault!). The second time I put it in a smaller pot. I waited for the candy thermometer to reach 280 and just as it did it burned.... The third time I FINALLY got it right... but in my opinion it just wasn't worth the effort... Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/05/2004
very good recipe. the only thing that went wrong for me is that i couldn't cut it very well. i ended up breaking it with my hands. odd shapes but it still tasted wonderful. Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
10/26/2010
Smelled like it was burning and when it was cooled off it tasted burnt. I will not use this recipe again. Read More
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