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    Having seen references to this on our Patron's Facebook page, I've often wondered what it was like.

    My wait is over.

    I was in my favorite local "Sweet Shop" buying a quarter of Butter Balls for my trip to the Lakes Meet next week. While standing in a queue, I was perusing the shelves looking at the different sweets, many that I'd tried as a young lad, when I spotted a jar of "Hand made Scottish Tablet"..........Well of course I had to try it.

    You don't get much for a quid, but hey, it's pretty good stuff.

    Admittedly it wouldn't be to everyone's liking, and it's fair to say I have a sweet tooth, but I really enjoyed walking round Bangor in the sunshine with my little bag of "Tablet".

    The simple pleasures in life, eh?
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    Made me smile. :-)

    Happy days.

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    Nice one.

    And me thinking it was some sort of Mc iPad....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mal Grey View Post
    Nice one.

    And me thinking it was some sort of Mc iPad....
    Brilliant......hadn't even made the connection.
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    I need to make some more next week for a sale at the girls school. A chance to get my crown back
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    I saw they had some made with ginger. That might be quite nice actually. I might try it next time.
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    I've tried chili tablet but it is not as good as just the regular stuff.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mal Grey View Post
    And me thinking it was some sort of Mc iPad....
    me too! corrupted by technology we are...

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    Quote Originally Posted by MagiKelly View Post
    I've tried chili tablet but it is not as good as just the regular stuff.
    I was down the town today and couldn't resist another visit to the wee sweetie shop.

    I got some of the Ginger Tablet, and dare I say it........it was really nice.....in fact I prefer it to the regular stuff.

    I'll get my coat............
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    Is this kind of like a fudge? Not chocolate, but kind of like fudge. Seems like I've had something like that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pierre girard View Post
    Is this kind of like a fudge? Not chocolate, but kind of like fudge. Seems like I've had something like that.
    That's it Pierre, a sort of fudge, but not soft, more of a crystallised sugar, and very sweet.

    I've now tried all the varieties they sell, and am really taken with the Hazelnut version. Mmmmm!
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    I would say very like fudge - and to tie in with Pierre's recent travels, it is like what Bewleys sold as 'candy fudge' in Ireland in the '70s. The creamier stuff like we got in England as fudge was referred to as 'dairy fudge'. In Bewleys it came in an ornate box (patterned like their tea caddies) and the contents was dyed different colours - I recall red and green.

    Bewleys no longer sell this - the only fudge there now is the other stuff.

    Moving to Scotland, however, means that I can get a fix whenever (my wife occasionally makes a batch too).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Yellow Pyranha View Post
    I would say very like fudge - and to tie in with Pierre's recent travels, it is like what Bewleys sold as 'candy fudge' in Ireland in the '70s. The creamier stuff like we got in England as fudge was referred to as 'dairy fudge'. In Bewleys it came in an ornate box (patterned like their tea caddies) and the contents was dyed different colours - I recall red and green.

    Bewleys no longer sell this - the only fudge there now is the other stuff.


    Moving to Scotland, however, means that I can get a fix whenever (my wife occasionally makes a batch too).
    Didn't even try the candy. All the food was extremely good. Had to keep my paws off enough without trying candy. I'm really put out with American restaurant food since we got back.
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    You could try making it.

    you will need
    1kg of sugar (cane is best)
    400ml of condensed milk
    100g of butter
    Some milk and vanilla essence

    make sure your pot is big enough. The mixture expands by a factor of 2 when heated and boiling sugar is stupidly hot and not something you want splashing about.

    Use the milk to damp the sugar till. Melt the butter in the pan with the condensed milk. Once the butter is melted add the sugar and bring to the boil. Simmer / boil for 25 minutes, stirring enough to stop burning but not too much.

    Add some vanilla essence, remove from heat and stir well for a few minutes as this helps the crystals form as small as possible. Then pour into trays to set. Do this before it starts to set in the pot. Leave as long as you can before trying as once you start you will eat until you pass out in a sugar high. Or that may just be me

    Let me know how you get on with this.
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    I've moved onto Tesco's Dairy Fudge. At 89p for a bag, it's good value for a quick sugar hit. Obviously not as good as home made tablet or sweetie shop stuff, but a good lazy alternative.

    (Other money grabbing supermarkets are available.)
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    Quote Originally Posted by MagiKelly View Post
    Leave as long as you can before trying as once you start you will eat until you pass out in a sugar high.
    I actually laughed out loud.

    How thick is it poured in the trays? 1cm or thinner? I imagine it gets really hard.

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    Many years ago, we went on an expedition to the Pyrenees for about 3 weeks. A fudge company donated loads of bars. I ate so much that I have been unable to contemplate eating it since! Still, might give tablet a go sometime...
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    Scottish tablet is great. Had some home made stuff at the weekend. Of course we always knew it as just Tablet. As Canadians refer to canoes as just canoes. And Swiss people refer to Swiss rolls as just rolls...

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    Quote Originally Posted by bhofmann View Post
    I actually laughed out loud.

    How thick is it poured in the trays? 1cm or thinner? I imagine it gets really hard.
    up to 1.5cm but 1cm is fine. It should not be really hard. If you can break a filling on it it is too hard. Assuming it gets to the setting stage
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