Scottish Tablet


This time of year sees typical Scottish recipes flood the internet, and I thought I would be no different and share with you a family recipe for the delicious sweet treat that is tablet.  I am sure most Scottish grannies have passed down their recipes to their children and grandchildren so not all recipes will be the same, but I hope they all have the same creamy sugary taste.  This one is my family recipe, the original was in imperial measurements, so I have converted these into metric but have kept the originals as well. Also, a bit of a health warning, if the constant stirring and beating of the tablet doesn’t kill you the amount of sugar will surely rot your teeth!

Scottish Tablet

Ingredients (Makes at least 24 pieces, depends on what size you cut them!)

2 lb. (908g) Granulated Sugar
2 tbsp. Golden Syrup
400g Tin of Condensed Milk
2 oz. (57g) Unsalted Butter
3fl oz. (89ml) Water
1/2 tsp. Vanilla Extract (0ptional)


  • Grease and line a deep tin (around 10inch x 6 inch is good)
  • Melt the butter, syrup, sugar and water together in a pan, stirring all the time
  • Once you have a golden liquid then add in the condensed milk, mix well
  • Turn up the heat and bring to the boil
  • Next turn the heat back down and simmer for around 20 minutes, to test if its nearly ready drop a little bit onto a plate and after 30 secs it firms up then its ready.  The liquid should also have deepened in colour
  • Remove from the heat, add your Vanilla Extract and beat for about 10 mins, you can do this by hand or with an electric whisk at low speed
  • Then pour into the tin and smooth out
  • After about 30 minutes score in lines where you want to cut it, you could even use small cookie cutters to make shapes
  • Leave until completely cool, remove from the tin and cut the tablet down the scored lines

You can flavour the tablet however you want, you could add spice, chocolate or even Irn Bru if you wanted.  Tablet is best enjoyed after dinner with a tea or coffee, or even a wee dram.

Tablet, ready to enjoy with a dram

Or as a friend recommended, crush a square (or two) up and sprinkle over Vanilla Ice Cream for a tasty dessert!

Vanilla Ice Cream and Crushed Tablet