Who doesn't love the sweetness and smoothness of butterscotch? Here is a great old fashioned recipe for butterscotch drops. You will need a candy thermometer for this recipe. These can also be put in a nicely decorated small canning jar and given as gifts.


2 cups (500 ml) dark brown sugar
1/4 cup (60 ml) molasses (treacle)
1/2 cup (125 ml) butter
2 Tablespoons (30 ml) water
2 Tablespoons (30 ml) cider vinegar

Combine all the ingredients in a saucepan and bring to a boil over moderate heat, stirring to dissolve the sugar.

Boil until the mixture reaches the hard-crack stage, 300F (180C). You must keep an eye on the temperature. If it's below or above you will reach a different stage.

Drop from a teaspoon onto lightly buttered aluminum foil or a marble slab and allow to cool.

Makes about 1 pound (450 g).

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