Picture by Charles Kaiser

Tablet is a traditional Scottish sweet which is often enjoyed with tea or coffee. It’s usually made from sugar, condensed milk and butter then flavoured with whisky or vanilla. Tablet is similar to fudge in a way but has a harder texture which is more brittle and grainy. You can find it in sweet shops and supermarkets all over Scotland, but why not try out this simple recipe for traditional home-made tablet?

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This recipe serves 8 and takes about 1 hour and 35 minutes to make (although this includes 30 minutes’ cooling time!)


  • 50g Butter
  • 150ml full fat milk
  • 500g granulated sugar
  • 400g condensed milk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract


  1. Use the butter to grease a baking tray (about 2.5cm deep is best) and set it aside
  2. Pour the milk and granulated sugar into a large cooking pan and cook over a high heat until the sugar dissolves.
  3. Pour in the condensed milk and stir constantly over a low heat for around 20-25 minutes or until the mixture thickens
  4. Once the mixture has thickened, turned a light brown colour and started to bubble, add the vanilla extract.
  5. Take it off the heat and stir at a fast pace for about 10-15 minutes or until the mixture thickens further and starts to turn brown. At this point, it should start sticking to the wooden spoon.
  6. Pour the mixture into the greased tray and set aside to cool for 15 minutes.
  7. Cut the tablet into bite-sized pieces with a sharp knife and leave to cool for a further 5-10 minutes.
  8. It should now be cool enough to remove from the tray, so put the tablet on a plate of your choice and enjoy!