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[buht-er-skoch] /ˈbʌt ərˌskɒtʃ/
a flavor produced in puddings, frostings, ice cream, etc., by combining brown sugar, vanilla extract, and butter with other ingredients.
a hard, brittle taffy made with butter, brown sugar, etc.
a golden brown color.
having the flavor of butterscotch.
Origin of butterscotch
1850-55; earlier also butterscot; the 2nd element of the compound is unexplained Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for butterscotch
  • The taste was slightly smoky and reminiscent of butterscotch.
  • But she was up for dessert-butterscotch pudding with cocoa nibs, ricotta toast, and a blondie.
  • Dessert includes hot date cake, topped with banana ice cream and butterscotch, warm apricot crepes and goat cheese pudding.
  • Sticky toffee pudding with butterscotch sauce and double cream.
  • During that episode, characters talk about butterscotch and tapioca pudding and end the show eating chocolate.
  • It was for a butterscotch pecan cake with a liqueur-flavored glaze.
  • It's a little cake, studded with dates and served with butterscotch sauce.
  • It starts with notes of peppery oak then quickly finishes with a distinct maple flavor and hints of caramel and butterscotch.
  • The nose is an explosion of maple syrup, butterscotch, and butter with overtones of clove and allspice.
British Dictionary definitions for butterscotch


a kind of hard brittle toffee made with butter, brown sugar, etc
  1. a flavouring made from these ingredients
  2. (as modifier): butterscotch icing
Word Origin
C19: perhaps first made in Scotland, or perhaps from scotch1 (sense 3), 'to cut or score', because it was originally cut with a knife into small pieces
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