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Grandma’s Butterscotch Candy

Total Time

Prep: 5 min. Cook: 30 min. + cooling


about 3/4 pound

The recipe for this wonderfully buttery candy was handed down from my grandma. My brothers, sisters and I love it now as much as we did when we were little...and so do our families. It's become a cherished tradition.


  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Butter a 13x9-in. pan; set aside. In a heavy saucepan, combine the sugar, water and cream of tartar. Bring to a boil, without stirring, over medium heat until a candy thermometer reads 300° (hard-crack stage). Syrup will turn a golden color.
  2. Remove from the heat; stir in butter and vanilla. Return to heat. Cook and stir until thermometer returns to 300°. Pour into prepared pan. Cool. Break into pieces.

Nutrition Facts

1/2 ounce-weight: 73 calories, 1g fat (1g saturated fat), 3mg cholesterol, 10mg sodium, 17g carbohydrate (16g sugars, 0 fiber), 0 protein.

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