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Butterscotch Candy

This candy is such an indulgent treat. It's a quick and easy 7-ingredient recipe that makes perfect candy every time.
Prep Time:5 mins
Cook Time:10 mins
Total Time:15 mins
Servings:30 servings (about 3 pieces per serving)


  • 2 ½ cups granulated sugar
  • ¾ cup water
  • ½ cup light corn syrup
  • 1 cup unsalted butter cut into cubes and softened
  • ¼ cup honey
  • teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon rum extract or straight rum or vanilla extract


  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set it aside.
  • Add the sugar, water, and corn syrup to a pan and bring to a boil over medium heat. Then remove the lid and cook uncovered until a candy thermometer reaches 270°F.
  • Now add the butter, honey, salt, and rum (or vanilla) and stir the mixture constantly until the candy thermometer reaches 300°F.
  • Immediately remove from the heat and pour the mixture onto the center of the prepared baking sheet. Do not scrape the pan or spread the mixture.
  • Let it cool until the candy is almost set, for about 5 minutes, and then score into 1-inch square pieces using a pizza wheel. Let it cool completely, and then break it into squares and serve. Enjoy!


  • Test your candy thermometer for accuracy before using it. Make sure it reads 212°F when you put it in boiling water.
  • If it’s especially rainy and humid, your candy might get grainy crystals in it. Make it on a dry day instead!
  • Oil the pizza wheel before scoring the candy. Don’t cut all the way through with the pizza wheel. When it’s set then it should break into pieces easily.
  • If the candy is too hard to cut through, pop it into the oven for 5 minutes until it’s a bit softer and try again.
  • Be careful not to splash yourself with the boiling hot mixture when pouring it into the baking pan.


Calories: 143kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 16mg | Sodium: 84mg | Potassium: 4mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 23g | Vitamin A: 189IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 3mg | Iron: 1mg