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Scottish Tablet, Candy Alchemy!

This is Scottish Tablet. It's a strange and delicious confection. It's like toffee, but not chewy, it's like fudge, but more grainy. It's a very Scottish candy: homey, friendly, unpretentious. It's a little rough around the edges and absolutely perfect that way.

According to the internet, Tablet has been around Scotland since the early 18th century. In the month that we've been here, Bob has consumed nearly his weight in the stuff. He's tried a different brand from every market, souvenir shop, and petrol station we've been in. It was only a matter of time before he tried his hand at making it himself.

Yesterday the following things were added to my grocery list: butter, a kg of sugar, and a can of sweetened condensed milk. When I came home Bob and Eleanor happily got to work. An hour later they had a sheet of molten tablet on the counter cooling, which they successfully left for nearly six minutes before they cut into it!

How is it, you ask? Oh Good Lord!!! It is of the heavens, and my husband a minor god.

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Reader Comments (8)

Is there a recipe for this...?

Nov 17, 2009 at 5:30 PM | Unregistered CommenterDarinka

Recipe please. Wondering, no vanilla?
Love, wh

Nov 17, 2009 at 7:13 PM | Unregistered Commenternoho1960

With Christmas cookie and candy making around the corner, you MUST post a recipe!!!!

Nov 17, 2009 at 8:11 PM | Unregistered Commenterpamela

Brenna – this is such a classic Bob story. Thanks for sharing. Do you remember the ginger ice cream he concocted during one of your trips to Florida?

Nov 18, 2009 at 5:26 AM | Unregistered CommenterBRL

I wonder how big a teacup is in Scotland? Here in Canada would that be a standard cup? A cup and a half?

We homeschooled our 3 boys for quite a few years so I am reading some of your entries and enjoying your pictures. Perhaps we'll enjoy your candy too!


Nov 18, 2009 at 8:22 PM | Unregistered Commentersharon

Bob Grandma Antry used to make Tablet every Christmas,,,And yes they are heavenly!!!

Nov 19, 2009 at 6:09 AM | Unregistered CommenterCharlie Antry

YUMMMMMMMM................sounds and looks great. Brenna, you must have taken the picture very fast before the tribe started eating. Cynthia and I are going to make some for Thanksgiving at Grandmama's. We will miss all of you.

Nov 19, 2009 at 7:21 AM | Unregistered CommenterMOM

I'm waiting for the recipe for ginger ice cream!

Dec 2, 2009 at 3:13 PM | Unregistered CommenterNicole

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