but·​ter·​scotch | \ ˈbə-tər-ˌskäch How to pronounce butterscotch (audio) \

Definition of butterscotch

1 : a candy made from brown sugar, butter, corn syrup, and water also : the flavor of such candy
2 : a moderate yellowish brown

Examples of butterscotch in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The texture is rich and silky, and flavors spread out to include sweet, round elements of that vanilla in the aroma, plus butterscotch, cocoa, cotton candy, tobacco and plum. Josh Noel, chicagotribune.com, 15 July 2021 Some of its sweet notes were reminiscent of butterscotch. Liza B. Zimmerman, Forbes, 18 June 2021 Creamy, not super oaky, with notes of lime, buttered popcorn, a hint of honeysuckle and some butterscotch. Marc Bona, cleveland, 13 June 2021 Pair with relatively delicate fare—consider ostrich steaks or a butterscotch dessert. Tom Mullen, Forbes, 10 May 2021 Also during episode four, the competitors in the bake-off challenge must do a switcheroo with Minnesota's scotcheroo bar, making a new dessert using its classic ingredients of chocolate, peanut butter, rice cereal and butterscotch. Kirby Adams, The Courier-Journal, 24 May 2021 The development’s 18 units are clad in stucco and painted an unsympathetic shade of butterscotch. Los Angeles Times, 17 May 2021 Even better is an homage to the drinking culture of the Deep South juke joint, drawing on moonshine and local gins with fruity, salty, and pungent elements like butterscotch, ginger, and hibiscus. Michael W. Twitty, Bon Appétit, 13 May 2021 There’s also a bread pudding and a giant cookie cooked in the hearth and a sundae topped with butterscotch, Marcona almonds and crème fresh. Alyson Sheppard, Robb Report, 5 May 2021

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First Known Use of butterscotch

1847, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of butterscotch was in 1847

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18 Jul 2021

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“Butterscotch.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/butterscotch. Accessed 3 Aug. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of butterscotch

: a hard candy made by boiling butter, sugar, and water


but·​ter·​scotch | \ ˈbə-tər-ˌskäch How to pronounce butterscotch (audio) \

Kids Definition of butterscotch

: a candy made from sugar, corn syrup, and water

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