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History of Butterscotch


Butterscotch is a type of confectionary basically made with boiling sugar syrup, butter, cream and lemon (recipes do vary). There are several theories on the name and origin of the candy. One is its obvious connection to the country of Scotland. Buttery toffee is sometimes called butterscotch. Another that the word Scotch was derived from the word "Scorch."

The word "Butterscotch" was first recorded in Doncaster, a Yorkshire city in England, by Samuel Parkinson who began making candy in 1817. Butterscotch has long been used as great topping on ice cream sundaes as well as a confectionary ingredient. The Boyer Brothers introduced butterscotch as a coating for their peanut buttercup and created Smoothie Cup.