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butterscotch

[buht-er-skoch] /ˈbʌt ərˌskɒtʃ/
noun
1.
a flavor produced in puddings, frostings, ice cream, etc., by combining brown sugar, vanilla extract, and butter with other ingredients.
2.
a hard, brittle taffy made with butter, brown sugar, etc.
3.
a golden brown color.
adjective
4.
having the flavor of butterscotch.
Origin
1850-1855
1850-55; earlier also butterscot; the 2nd element of the compound is unexplained
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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

butterscotch

/ˈbʌtəˌskɒtʃ/
noun
1.
a kind of hard brittle toffee made with butter, brown sugar, etc
2.
  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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Encyclopedia Article for butterscotch

usually hard candy made by boiling brown sugar and butter or corn syrup together in water. The derivation of the name is disputed as to whether it denotes the candy's origin in Scotland or an original ingredient of "scotched," or scorched, butter. Although the terms butterscotch and caramel are sometimes used interchangeably, butterscotch is generally distinguished by the absence of milk or milk substitutes from its recipe.

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