Traditional Homemade Scottish Tablet

I’ve been on a bit of a sweetie / candy / snack / nibbles craze the last few weeks so you’ll just have to bear with me while I get it out of my system. Today I am going to share something that is native to where I live, Scotland. Scottish Tablet is a favourite here, although I’m sure most countries have their own version.

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chunks of scottish tablet broken up on a pink napkin

Traditional Homemade Scottish Tablet - easy to follow recipe with only 4 ingredients |


Scottish tablet, is, well its difficult to describe. Its not fudge and its certainly not toffee. It’s a medium hard melt in the mouth confection and is often seen for sale in church fates and market stalls. Most Scottish families seem to have their own family recipe.


a bowl of scottish tablet


I believe originally it was made with sugar and cream but as cream tends to burn when boiled over the year’s sweetened condensed milk was used as a cheaper and safer alternative.


a bowl of scottish tablet


This is a simple recipe only requiring 4 different ingredients, butter, milk, condensed milk and sugar, lots and lots and lots of sugar. I should warn you this is one for those of you out there with a really, really sweet tooth!


scottish tablet in a tin


And all you need to make this is a large saucepan, a wooden spoon, a 10 x 8 inch lined tin and a little bit of time.


a bowl of scottish tablet


This confection has such a sweet almost toffee flavour and a small amount goes a long way, traditionally its served after dinner and trust me it goes wonderfully with a lovely cup of coffee. And it would be a lovely unusual treat to serve your guests after a dinner party after all after dinner mints are so last week!!!


a row of scottish tablet squares


And bagged up in little cellophane bags and tied with a pretty ribbon bow this would make a lovely hostess gift or a gift for your teacher, neighbour or a nice homemade birthday present.


scottish tablet stacked up


Scottish tablet
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Scottish Tablet is a medium hard melt in the mouth confection.
Recipe type: Sweet/Candy
Cuisine: British
Serves: Approx. 60 1 inch squares
  • 900 grams sugar, (4 and ½ cups)
  • 55 grams unsalted butter, (1/4 cup)
  • 240 millilitres milk, (1 cup)
  • 397 grams (1 medium can) sweetened condensed milk, (1 and ⅓ cup)
  1. Dissolve the sugar, butter and milk in a large pan bring to the boil then simmer for 10 minutes.
  2. Add the condensed milk and boil for around 20 minutes, until the mixture starts to thicken.
  3. Once it’s thickened, take off the heat and beat till its thick and creamy. If you feel it needs to be a little thicker pop the pan back on the heat for a few more minutes then continue to beat it off the heat.
  4. Pour the mixture in the tin and smooth it out and leave it for a few hours at room temperature to fully set.
  5. Once set cut into 1-inch squares and put them in a tin.
    scottish tablet cut up and in a tin
  6. These should keep at room temperature in an airtight tin for up to 12 days.


Author: Emma

I make, photograph and write every post on Bake Then Eat. If you ever come over to visit you will be presented with a plethora of home bakes, expect to leave my home a few pounds heavier and with a doggy bag!

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  1. my grandmother made this! i haven’t seen it in 40 yrs! i’m so happy. i actually have little tears in the corners of my eyes with the happy memories of cooking with her. thanks for the joy.

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      • being a scot living abroad it brings back so much joy and memorys

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        • Thanks James, I am glad I could bring back some happy memories 😀

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  2. Do you stir it constantly while it’s heating?

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    • Hi Rebecca, sorry I didn’t make it very clear. At the beginning stir it a little but one the condensed milk is added stir it more often. You don’t need to stir it constantly but don’t walk away from the pan, colour changes can happen in the blink of an eye! Good luck I am sure you will love it, any more questions just drop me a line and I’ll be happy to help 😀

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  3. This looks so good. I am going to give it a try. Do you use Granulated sugar or Caster sugar?

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  4. I tried your recipe for Scottish tablet and am having some problems. Firstly, it hasn’t set properly &, secondly, it has a very grainy texture! Please tell me where I’ve gone wrong!

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    • Hi Joyce, sorry to hear you are having problems. For the setting issue try giving it an extra 5 – 10 minutes on the heat and make sure you beat it very vigorously after it comes off the heat. If it still doesn’t feel very thick pop it back on the heat for a few more minutes. As for the grainy texture are you making sure all of the sugar is dissolved before reducing the heat in the first step. You need to make sure it’s fully turned to liquid before Simmering. Also the vigorous beating before putting it in the pan can help smooth it out. It’s a real work out for the upper arms but it is really worth it. Hope this helps 🙂

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  5. I’ve tried different recipes without much success. I did this one and it turned out great only thing i did different was I added vanilla extract just before I whisked it. Thankyou for sharing your recipe.

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    • Hi Vania, thank you for dropping by I am so glad this recipe worked for you 😀

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  6. Oh my goodness! I made a batch of these this morning. I am in deep trouble, can’t keep my hands off them.
    I only had 2% milk, so I used half that and half cream for the milk. I did cook mine a little longer but not but a few minutes. Once it had cooled a bit I scored it and once it was cooled completely, turned it out on a cutting board and with the scoring, the pieces broke apart pretty easy.
    I’m making some more for Christmas Presents, along with some other home made goodies.
    Thank you so much for this easy and yummy Scottish treat!

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    • Hi Kaye, I am so glad you enjoyed the Scottish Tablet and I am sure your friends and family will love receiving this foodie gift for Christmas. It really is difficult to keep away from isn’t it 😀

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  7. Interesting, I never experienced Scottish Tablet. Will have to try it.

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    • It’s worth making its a real Scottish treat 😀

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  8. That lasts for 12 days? Not at my house it wouldn’t. 🙂

    I’m eager to try this. It sort of looks like Russian Caramels but maybe better.
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    • It never lasts 12 days in my house, I made a batch the other day as its my other half’s favourite and he has demolished most of it already! I’ve never had Russian caramels I shall have to check them out sounds intriguing.

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    • Thank you, it’s my mother in laws old family recipe all the way from the Orkney Islands 🙂 it certainly met with approval from my other half!

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    • Hi Ruxana thanks for stopping by 🙂 Try making it honestly you will love it.

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