Butterscotch chips are a type of candy chip, like chocolate chips, that are used as ingredients in baking cookies and brownies.
Butterscotch is a type of confectionery whose primary ingredients are brown sugar and butter. Other ingredients such as corn syrup, cream, vanilla, and salt are typically part of the recipe also. The ingredients for butterscotch are similar to toffee; the major difference is that the sugar is boiled to the soft crack stage for butterscotch and the hard crack stage for toffee. Butterscotch sauce is often made into a syrup, which is used as a topping for ice cream (particularly sundaes).
The term butterscotch is also often used, such as in the names of recipes, for the flavours brown sugar and butter together where the actual confection butterscotch is not involved, e.g. butterscotch pudding.
Selecting and Buying
Make sure the unsweetened chocolate is completely blended with the butterscotch sauce so that the butterscotch flavor comes through.
Use unsweetened white chocolate only or you might alter the butterscotch flavor and the chips will not have the authentic butterscotch taste.
Do not over cook sauce or burn the bottom of the pan.
Preparation and Use
Prepare all of the ingredients and let sit to room temperature.
Melt the unsalted butter over low heat in a sauce pan and then stir in the dark brown sugar .
Stir until the mixture is creamy then add vanilla extract and kosher salt.
Slowly add heavy whipping cream while continuing to mix the other ingredients.
Pour butterscotch sauce over tempered unsweetened white chocolate and heat until they are blended and melted completely.
Drop the warm butterscotch/white chocolate mixture onto wax paper is small droplets to make the chips.
Chill the butterscotch chips and store them in an air tight container.
Add the homemade butterscotch chips to cookies, drop them into cake batter or use them as a topping on an icecream sundae.
Conserving and Storing
It is often used as a flavour for items such as dessert sauce, pudding, and biscuits. To that end, it can be bought in "butterscotch chips", made with hydrogenated (solid) fats so as to be similar for baking use to chocolate chips. There are also individually wrapped, translucent sometimes yellow colored hard candies with an artificial butterscotch flavour, which is dissimilar to actual butterscotch.