Here is our favourite Scottish Tablet recipe and what we do when we get in wrong. It is almost two recipes in one! We have actually done this recipe a few times now and tend to have a 50/50 success to failure rate BUT regardless of result end up with a fabulous treat.

Make your Tablet as normal

So we always follow this recipe (also below) to try and make the Tablet we follow all directions to the T. If it succeeds then that’s great we keep following the recipe and have ourselves some lovely Scottish Tablet. However, when it fails to be honest we get an even better treat.


  • 55g Butter
  • 250ml Semi-skimmed milk
  • 900g Cane or granulated sugar
  • 397g Carnation Condensed Milk
  • A big bar of Galaxy or Dairy Milk Chocolate



In a large non-stick pan, melt the butter with the milk. Slowly add the sugar and boil briskly for 4 minutes.

Gradually stir in the condensed milk making sure that it doesn’t stick to the bottom of the pan. Bring back to the boil for approximately 20 minutes, stirring regularly, until the mixture is thick and a honey caramel colour. (this is where a house full of ADHD cooks fails I think we probably don’t wait long enough) Take care while the mixture boils as the tablet will be VERY hot!

To test to see if the tablet is ready drop a small amount into a bowl of ice-cold water – if you can pick up some of the mixtures and form a softball in your fingers it’s ready.  Just be careful it will still be quite hot! (also a step we often forget 🤦‍♀️ although making a ball with ours is never a problem it never sets any further than the squishy dough stage!)

Remove the pan from the heat leave to cool for 5 minutes, then beat until set. Pour into the tin and leave to set fully then remove from the tin and cut into squares. (might also forget this stage on the times it fails)

I have highlighted possible areas we have forgotten or are not sure if we got right (not all of them on one go but each time it fails we try to think which step we may have got wrong.)

If your Scottish Tablet Recipe Fails

Why waste some great tasting Failed Tablet!

We take some of our larger liquor moulds and coat them with chocolate as if we were making Liquors

Fill each Liquor hole with chocolate and then leave a couple of minutes before pouring out the excess let it set and repeat until you have an evenly chocolate lined liquor tray.

However, now instead of filling them with a liquor fondant, we fill them with the tablet. (one time we added little baileys to the Tablet recipe and that made very nice adult only sweets lol).

Once the failed tablet sets a little we then cover the top with more chocolate to seal and then leave it in the fridge overnight before removing them from the moulds.

then Enjoy!

Ok, so either way you get something great to eat or give to a loved one. if the tablet works you get some chocolate and a tablet (or mine actually like chocolate-covered Tablet) if it fails you get some wonderful sweets.

For more recipes like this check our our families favourite recipes here.

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