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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


  • 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


  • 1. Butter a 15x10x1-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: about 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 each: 144 calories, 6g fat (4g saturated fat), 17mg cholesterol, 109mg sodium, 23g carbohydrate (21g sugars, 0 fiber), 0 protein.

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Reviewed Dec. 28, 2017

"These are soooo good. I wanted to save them all for myself. But I didn't. I shared and everyone loved them. Made 2 batches within a week."

Reviewed Dec. 28, 2016

"Extremely good! Very easy to make, like the it contains honey."

Reviewed Dec. 14, 2016

"Made it and love it."

Reviewed Mar. 30, 2014

"Love these butterscotch hard candies. This recipe is so easy to make and it comes our prefect every time. I love the rich butterscotch flavor that they have."

Reviewed Nov. 11, 2012

"Good directions, and the candy has fabulous flavor and texture! Definitely will make this again!"

Reviewed Nov. 4, 2010

"I have made this candy several times. It never fails to amaze me how smooth and rich tasting these butterscotch squares are with how simple they are to make. Don't hesitate to make this candy. It is delicious!"

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