Coconut Tablet

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This is a delicious Scottish treat.  Almost similar to fudge in America, but lighter and melts in your mouth!



2 lbs (875g) granulated sugar

4 oz (100 g) coconut

3/8 pint (210 ml) milk

1 oz (25 g) butter

Coloring, if desired


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1.   Heat milk and sugar slowly until sugar has dissolved then add butter and coconut, stirring all the time.

2.   Bring to boil and boil to 240 F degrees or soft ball (either use a sugar thermometer to test or drop a little mixture into a cup of cold water, leave for 1 minute and, if you can, for a soft ball between finger and thumb, the tablet is ready).

3.   Take off heat and beat until thick and beginning to grain.

4.   Quickly pour half into a buttered tray, add a little red coloring to remainder, stir in well then pour over white tablet in tray.

5.   When cool, cut into squares.

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Author: Tamzin

Food activist and childhood nutrition advocate Tamzin Cochrane helps the busiest of people to cook up something healthy and delicious, even after a long day. She also helps companies and schools educate around—and create a culture and environment that truly supports healthy eating. Decades in the foodservice and hospitality industry have given Tamzin a well-rounded perspective on mealtime. She is passionate about bringing back the lost art of families and friends cooking together, and she loves seeing people enjoy the amazing tastes and textures of their communal effort. Inspiring children to cook and expand there horizons on food is very important. She shares this message through virtual coaching and video courses, by speaking at corporations, schools, and events, and through her recently-released video courses. Tamzin is found most often at The Pinny and Trowel Cooking School, which she opened in early 2020, it is located in Austin TX. Tamzin was born in England, grew up in Scotland, and now lives in Austin, Texas with her husband (who incidentally, is Scottish but grew up in England) and their children.

4 Replies to “Coconut Tablet”

  1. Coleen McAuley says:

    Hi Tamsin,
    Sorry to point out that the recipe above and the picture is for Coconut Ice and NOT Coconut tablet.
    Scottish tablet is made using sweetened condensed milk and a lot of stirring is involved to get it to the correct point for it to harden and not become fudge. There is also not that many recipes out there that include coconut.

    1. Tamzin says:

      Thank you for pointing that out Coleen, the recipe I am using is one from my childhood in NE Scotland and comes from the Scottish Milk Marketing Board cookbook. My vanilla tablet is using condensed milk and you are quite right, a lot of stirring. If you have a recipe you use, I would love to try it, always enjoy trying recipes.

  2. MamaBo says:

    I have been searching for a recipe for Coconut Tablet for many years. My Nana used to make it when I was a child and sadly she isn’t around to make it anymore. The secret of how you get that tablet like texture without the golden colouring of regular tablet had us all baffled.

    This looks exactly like her recipe, although she never used pink colour, and I can’t wait to try it out. Thank you so much for sharing.

    1. Tamzin says:

      Thank you, I love making it and it is the one I used as a child growing up as well.I would love to hear how it turns out for you.


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