Butterscotch drops

    1 hour 15 min

    This recipe for Butterscotch drops produces a hard sweet that has the classic butterscotch taste. If you don't want to make it into drops, you can pour it into a greased 23x23cm pan and break it into small pieces once it is set.


    Surrey, England, UK
    28 people made this

    Makes: 40 Drops

    • 400g caster sugar
    • 160ml cream
    • 160ml water
    • 1/8 teaspoon cream of tartar
    • 6 tablespoons butter, cut into small pieces
    • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

    Prep:15min  ›  Cook:40min  ›  Extra time:20min cooling  ›  Ready in:1hr15min 

    1. Prepare two large baking sheets by lining them with aluminium foil and spraying the foil with cooking spray.
    2. Combine the sugar, cream and water in a large saucepan over medium heat and stir until the sugar dissolves.
    3. Add the cream of tartar and boil the mixture until it reaches 116 C, soft-ball stage. Add the butter and continue boiling until the mixture reaches 138 C, soft-crack stage.
    4. Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the vanilla extract.
    5. Using a very small teaspoon, carefully drop spoonfuls of the hot butterscotch onto the prepared baking sheets. It is important to work quickly before the mixture begins to set. The drops will spread, so leave a bit of space in between your spoonfuls. Continue forming small butterscotch drops on the prepared sheets until you run out of the mixture or it becomes too hard to work with.
    6. Allow the drops to set at room temperature, then lift them off the baking sheet. Serve immediately, or place them in an airtight container and store at room temperature for up to two weeks.

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    I haven't tried this recipe yet but with regards to the comment regarding 'little hard piles of vanilla sugar'... Do this: "medium heat and stir until the sugar dissolves." before bringing it to the boil. As you are stirring tap the edge of your spoon (preferably wooden) and you will be able to hear the 'crunch' of the sugar. When you can no longer hear that crunch, then you can bring it to the boil. Hope this helps  -  02 Apr 2018


    I just tried this I have no idea what went wrong but I now just have little hard piles of vanilla sugar does anyone have any advice to stop this from happening next time? They just fall apart  -  09 Dec 2014