What is Butterscotch?
Butterscotch is a sweet treat that has been around since the middle of the 19th century. It's a confection made of butter, brown sugar, and sometimes other flavorings, like cinnamon and molasses. It's believed to have originated in the United Kingdom, where the word is derived from the combination of two Scottish words: "butter" and "scotch." It has gained immense popularity since its inception and can be found in a variety of different forms.
Butterscotch can be found in products ranging from hard candies to soft candies, syrup, ice cream flavorings, cookies, and more. It's also used to flavor many foods, from coffee to waffles to alcoholic beverages. For example, butterbeer, a popular drink in the Harry Potter series, is made with butterscotch schnapps.
When it comes to the classic hard candy, butterscotch is usually made by boiling sugar, butter, and water together until the mixture reaches 275 to 290 degrees Fahrenheit. The sugar is then allowed to cool before adding in other ingredients, such as molasses or other flavors. The mixture is then either layered into molds or poured into sheets and cut into individual pieces.
In terms of flavor, butterscotch has a smooth and creamy taste. It has a toffee-like caramelized sugar undertone, with a hint of nut and butter that adds richness and depth. Butterscotch is also known for having a unique "lingering" quality, which means that it continues to develop after it's been ingested and contains more flexibility in terms of both the sweetness and the amount of sweetness.
Butterscotch's flavor and texture make it a popular choice for many people to use as an ingredient and base for cooking. It's a great way to add a sweet and creamy taste to various desserts, such as pies, cakes, cookies, and pastries. Butterscotch works particularly well as a filling for crepes or as an addition to bread pudding. It can also be used to top ice creams, cakes, and other frozen desserts, like cheesecake. Butterscotch syrup is also available commercially and is an ideal addition to pancakes, waffles, and French toast.
In addition to being a delicious treat, butterscotch has numerous health benefits. Even though it's made primarily from sugar, butter and molasses, it does contain more than just empty calories, which makes it a better-for-you alternative to other indulgences. Butterscotch candy and syrup are both high in calcium and iron, two vital minerals, and it contains traces of vitamins A, C, and E as well. It also contains a moderate amount of dietary fiber, which helps keep digestion regular, and while it is high in saturated fat, the Paleo diet considers it a healthy choice.
Butterscotch is a classic treat that dates all the way back to the 19th century, and it's still just as popular today. From hard candies to syrups, butterscotch can be enjoyed in a variety of different forms — each with its own unique flavor and benefit. So, the next time you’re looking for something with a little extra sweetness, butterscotch might be the perfect choice for you.