National I Want Butterscotch Day, designated for every February 15, is an unofficial day that celebrates the creamy sweetness of butterscotch. Can you imagine that butterscotch has been in existence for 0ver 200 years! Butterscotch started its journey from a small town in Yorkshire before blowing all over the world. It evolved from just being candy to becoming an essential topping on all desserts and sweets. Butterscotch is mainly made from brown sugar and butter. Other ingredients that are sometimes used in addition to these primary ingredients are corn syrup, cream, vanilla, and salt. The brown sugar is boiled to 1150 C and then mixed with the other ingredients.
History of National I Want Butterscotch Day
How butterscotch got its name is yet unknown. There are different theories, but none have been conclusive. One theory says the butterscotch is associated with Scotland, hence the word ‘scotch.’ Another explanation is that the ‘scotch’ means “to cut or score,” as butterscotch needs to be cut into pieces, or ‘scotched, ‘ before hardening.
The first mentions of butterscotch were in the town of Doncaster, in Yorkshire, England. It appeared in an 1848 issue of the “Liverpool Mercury,” which listed its recipe as “one pound of butter, one pound of sugar and a quarter of a pound of treacle, boiled together.” Some food historians credit Samuel Parkinson, who began making butterscotch candy in 1817, as its inventor.
In 1851, many confectioners were already selling Doncaster butterscotch, including S. Parkinson & Sons, Henry Hall, and Booths. The confection was sold across Doncaster and other areas in Yorkshire through agents. But it was S. Parkinson & Sons that stood. Given the Royal Seal of Approval, S. Parkinson & Sons marketed its butterscotch brand as “Royal Doncaster Butterscotch” or “The Queen’s Sweetmeat.”
In 1948, Parkinson’s Butterscotch was presented to the Duchess of Edinburgh, Princess Elizabeth, and 59 years later to Anne, Princess Royal. Between the late 19th and early 20th centuries, butterscotch expanded beyond British borders to the United States where it grew in popularity.
In the U.S., several variants of butterscotch were created. One of the popular variants is the butterscotch sauce or butterscotch topping. It is served over dessert and on sweets.
National I Want Butterscotch Day timeline
Samuel Parkinson begins making butterscotch as candies
The confection “Doncaster butterscotch” is mentioned in an 1848 issue of the “Liverpool Mercury,” along with its recipe.
Butterscotch is introduced to America, becoming a popular confection and dessert topping.
Parkinson’s Butterscotch is presented to Princess Elizabeth, the Duchess of Edinburgh.
National I Want Butterscotch Day FAQs
What is the difference between butterscotch and caramel?
Butterscotch is a mixture of brown sugar and butter, melted and cooked together. While caramel is made from granulated sugar, heated, and melted until it turns brown.
Does butterscotch taste like Scotch?
Butterscotch is made from brown sugar and butter and doesn’t contain whiskey or any alcohol. The scotch in its name is either a reference to Scotland or the process of scotching the confection before hardening.
Does butterscotch pudding contain Scotch?
It’s not compulsory to add Scotch whiskey to your butterscotch pudding, but you can if you want. The main ingredients in butterscotch pudding include milk, cream, eggs, cornstarch, brown sugar, salt, butter, vanilla extract, and scotch (if you choose).
National I Want Butterscotch Day Activities
Make butterscotch candies or sauce
This is one of the simplest and the best ways to celebrate National I Want Butterscotch. All you need is brown sugar, melted butter, vinegar, water, and salt. Share your candies or sauce with loved ones and enjoy National I Want Butterscotch with them.
Go out for dessert with butterscotch topping
You don’t think you can trust your cooking? Check out a confectionery, a restaurant, or a mall near you for an ice cream sundae or cheesecake. Search for “ice cream sundae near me” or “cheesecake near me” on Google. Don’t forget to ask for butterscotch topping!
Learn how to make butterscotch pudding
If you enjoy eating butterscotch pudding, why not learn how to make it? By learning, you can make it any time you want, using different ingredients. Fortunately, you have YouTube, where you can learn anything you want within minutes.
5 Interesting Facts About Candy
Sweet candy was exclusively for the rich
Because of the high cost of sugar in the Middle Ages, sugar candies were made only for the wealthy.
Tootsie rolls were soldiers’ rations
In the second world war, the U.S. added tootsie rolls to their military rations because of their durability.
A dentist invented cotton candy
A dentist, William Morrison, invented cotton candy together with a confectioner, John C. Wharton.
Sake-flavored Kit Kats are sold in Japan
A brand of Kit Kats, which contains 0.8% sake powder, is sold to adults in Japan.
White chocolate is not chocolate
Although marketed as the fourth type of chocolate, white chocolate is not chocolate as it doesn’t contain any cocoa solids.
Why We Love National I Want Butterscotch Day
Butterscotch can be used in any dessert
Butterscotch's sweet and creamy nature makes it perfect for any dessert you can think of – cakes, tarts, pies, biscuits, puddings, custards, or pastries. Plus, most people believe it’s better than caramel.
Butterscotch can be healthy
Butterscotch is rich in calories, protein, vitamin A, calcium, and antioxidants, providing you with many health benefits. It also supports muscle growth and promotes healthy skin.
Butterscotch is super creamy and sweet
When used as a topping for pudding, cake, or pie, or mixed in cookies or cheesecake, butterscotch’s creamy and sweet content enhances their sweetness and deliciousness. As a candy, butterscotch is insanely sweet and can satisfy anyone with a sweet tooth.
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