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

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Goldsmith’s featured desserts included butterscotch budino with Scottish shortbread or summer berry tarte with pickled peaches and creme fraiche sherbet. Michael Mayo, sun-sentinel.com, "Trouble sorting out 250 Miami Spice options? Try these 9 restaurants," 1 Aug. 2019 Moon Use: Coated in gelatin to prevent crumbling, provided appetizing meals for astronauts, like shrimp cocktail, chicken & veggies, and butterscotch pudding. Matt Blitz, Popular Mechanics, "How Our Trip to the Moon Pushed Innovation Here on Earth," 23 July 2019 Gemini astronauts enjoyed their bite-sized food-cubes coated in gelatin (yum), and better packaging brought exciting new menu choices such as chicken with vegetables, butterscotch pudding and applesauce. Bethany Jean Clement, Twin Cities, "Tang went to the moon and is still popular today (but not in the good old USA)," 20 July 2019 The voyage menu included shrimp cocktail, beef pot roast and rehydratable butterscotch pudding. David Shribman, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column One: 50 years after Apollo 11, the moon’s allure still resonates," 11 July 2019 Desserts are inspired, including the ever-present butterscotch pudding. Gerry Frank, oregonlive.com, "Ideas for a night out in the Pearl District: Gerry Frank’s picks," 30 June 2019 And all my travel buddies were already at the table eating butterscotch oatmeal. John Kelly, Washington Post, "The butterscotch pudding mix has been located, but other goodies remain elusive," 11 June 2019 Pies seem to be a favorite instrument of death, including recipes for butterscotch, Mississippi Mud, peach and apple, as well as recipes for butter honey brownies, fried rice and shrimp, and creamy potato salad. Mary Ann Grossmann, Twin Cities, "A tale of love illustrated with lowercase letters is among this week’s new books," 16 June 2019 But regular visits to the salon for darkened roots with nuanced highlights and butterscotch lowlights painted on balayage style for just-back-from-the-beach dimension are a safe bet for approximating the look. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "Behati Prinsloo Has the Perfect Shade of Victoria's Secret Blonde for Next Week's Show," 31 Oct. 2018

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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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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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