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    Scottish Sweets

    It's time we had a thread devoted to the notorious Scottish sweet tooth.

    Sweeties, cakes, biscuits and all manner of saccharine, tooth-attacking scrumptiousness welcome.

    I'm starting with tablet because it's very sweet and very Scottish, but I don't actually like it, myself.



    Tablet (taiblet in Scots), butter tablet, butter fudge, cream tablet or Swiss Milk tablet (derived from a condensed milk brand name) is a medium-hard, sugary confection from Scotland. Tablet is usually made from sugar, condensed milk, and butter, boiled to a soft-ball stage and allowed to crystallize. It is often flavoured with vanilla, and sometimes has nut pieces in it.

    Tablet differs from fudge in that it has a brittle, grainy texture, where fudge is much softer. Well-made tablet is a medium-hard confection, not as soft as fudge, but not as hard as hard candy.

    Tablet is often flavoured with vanilla, whisky, or nuts.


    Tablet has a long history. According to The Scots Kitchen by F. Marian McNeill, tablet is first noted in The Household Book of Lady Grisell Baillie in the early 18th century. The traditional recipe uses just sugar and cream. More modern recipes substitute condensed milk and butter for the cream, as it has a tendency to burn when boiled. Tablet is also mentioned from time to time in Oor Wullie, a comic book focusing on a scruffy Scottish boy living in a world where people speak an extreme form of Scots English.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tablet_(confectionery)





    I wouldn't even go near this stuff as a dare nowadays. But if you think you can handle the knockout sweetness, be my guest. It helps to be British and accustomed to the sugary rot we stuff our faces with on holidays, sticks of rock and the like. (We have our own variety of rock up here, too, which I'll be getting to if no one else does first. Now that I do like. )

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    Ooh I have to admit to my mouth watering a bit there when I saw the tablet. I've only ever had it once and have to admit it wasn't in Scotland either but it was so delicious!

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