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Butterscotch Hard Candy Recipe

Butterscotch Hard Candy Recipe

I love making this classic butterscotch recipe. We think these irresistible bites are better than the store-bought variety... and they sure don't last long! —Darlene Smithers, Elkhart, Indiana
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 30 min. + cooling YIELD:30 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon plus 1 cup butter, divided
  • 2-1/2 cups sugar
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon rum extract

Directions

  • 1. Butter a 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. pan with 1 teaspoon butter; set aside. Cube remaining butter and set aside.
  • 2. In a heavy saucepan, combine the sugar, water and corn syrup. Cover and bring to a boil over medium heat without stirring. Cook, uncovered, until a candy thermometer reads 270° (soft-crack stage). Add the honey, salt and remaining butter; stir constantly until the mixture reaches 300° (hard-crack stage).
  • 3. Remove from the heat. Stir in the rum extract. Pour into prepared pan without scraping; do not spread. Cool for 1-2 minutes or until the candy is almost set. Score into 1-in. squares; cool completely. Break squares apart. Store in an airtight container. Yield: 1-1/2 pounds.
Editor's Note: We recommend that you test your candy thermometer before each use by bringing water to a boil; the thermometer should read 212°. Adjust your recipe temperature up or down based on your test.

Nutritional Facts

1 piece equals 144 calories, 6 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 17 mg cholesterol, 109 mg sodium, 23 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, trace protein.