Tablet (confectionery)

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Place of originUnited Kingdom
Region or stateScotland
Main ingredientsbutter, sugar, condensed milk

Tablet (taiblet in Scots[1][2][3]) is a medium-hard, sugary confection from Scotland. Tablet is usually made from sugar, condensed milk, and butter, which is boiled to a soft-ball stage and allowed to crystallise. It is often flavoured with vanilla or whisky, and sometimes has nut pieces in it.[2][4]

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.

Commercially available tablet often uses fondant instead of the milk products. This produces a slightly less granular texture compared to the traditional home-made tablet, and is supposedly easier to prepare on a commercial scale.[citation needed]


According to The Scots Kitchen p.304 by F. Marian McNeill, tablet is first noted in The Household Book of Lady Grisell Baillie in the early 18th century.[5] 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 sometimes referred to as Swiss Milk tablet (Swiss Milk being a term used by some for condensed milk)[6][7][8] or butter tablet.

Similar confections[edit]

Sucre à la crème

Tablet is almost identical to Québécois sucre à la crème. It is also reportedly similar to South American tableta de leche. Another close relative can be found in the Netherlands called borstplaat, eaten during the time that Sinterklaas is celebrated.[citation needed]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Rennie, Susan (ed.). "Dictionary of the Scots Language (DSL)". Retrieved 2009-05-27.CS1 maint: extra text: authors list (link)
  2. ^ a b Bell, John Joy (1903). Wee Macgreegor. pp. 8–9. ISBN 9780559576188.
  3. ^ "Full text of "The household book of Lady Grisell Baillie, 1692-1733"". Retrieved 2016-01-31.
  4. ^ "Scottish Tablet Company". Retrieved 2011-03-12.
  5. ^ The Scots Kitchen. Paperback: 259 pages Mercat Press; New Ed edition (25 Oct 2004) ISBN 1-84183-070-4
  6. ^ S.W.R.I. (1977). S.W.R.I. Jubilee Cookery Book. Edinburgh: Scottish Women's Rural Institutes; Reprint of 8th Edition (1968), p180
  7. ^ David Thomson, IT Department and Community Information, Central Library, The Wellgate, Dundee, DD1 1DB, 01382 431525 (2011-02-01). "Swiss Milk Tablet 1935 | Bygone News". Retrieved 2013-06-05.CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  8. ^ "Tablet | VisitScotland Food and Drink". Retrieved 2013-06-05.

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