Milk Tablet
Milk Tablet

Milk Tablet

PREP: 10 mins
COOK: 20 mins
Super Easy
Serves: 36

This recipe is nearly as old as Carnation itself! A Scottish favourite similar to fudge but with a delicious crumbly texture.

Milk Tablet
I only ever use this recipe! I love this recipe over time I learnt the most important thing to do is make sure to add the sugar...



Semi skimmed milk


Cane or granulated sugar


You will also need…

20cm square cake tin, lined with baking parchment

Step 1 of 4

Watch our recipe video before you start!

Step 2 of 4

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

Step 3 of 4

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. Take care while the mixture boils as the tablet will be VERY hot!

If you are using a sugar thermometer, we aim for a minimum temperature of 118°C. 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 mixture and form a soft ball in your fingers its ready.  Just be careful it will still be quite hot!

Step 4 of 4

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 in the fridge for 2 or more hours. Then remove from the tin and cut into squares.

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Milk Tablet is rated 4.0 out of 5 by 97.
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Rated 5 out of 5 by from nearly set my kitchen on fire and broke my oven very yummy recipe! I even added some fun sprinkles to mine! but as the title says I almost started a house fire and broke the oven door, but that was down to my incapability as a chef. Good recipe though!
Date published: 2022-04-28
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Amazing Melt in the Mouth Tablet! I am a total novice at tablet making and this was my first time ever. I chose this recipe because it said the tablet was soft and crumbly and I don't like hard grainy tablet, so I had a go. Honestly and truthfully, this recipe never let me down! My tablet turned out amazing, no joking, it was soft, smooth, not grainy and melted in the mouth. I took it into my work, handed some in to my neighbour and gave it out to my family, every single person said it was gorgeous and delicious. I used Golden Caster sugar (cane). I have an induction hob, which isn't easy to regulate the temp. So when I boiled the mixture, even though I was stirring it, dark brown flakes appeared in the mixture. I guessed this was the sugar catching on the bottom, it must've been too hot, but I sieved the mixture before beating it and managed to get rid of the burnt flakes. I poured it onto a lined tray and put it into the fridge. I scored it into squares with a knife 20mins later and put it back into the fridge. 1 1/2hrs later it was set. Let me tell you, I was not disappointed, it is was fab and I am so proud of myself and thank you Carnation for this wonderful recipe, it worked a treat for me! I have included a picture of the tablet (along with some chocolates I made for my neice's birthday).
Date published: 2022-03-26
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Disaster I have made fudge hundreds of times but decided to make the butter tablet for a change following the carnation recipe. Was dubious about the amount of sugar in the recipe but followed instructions to a T and what a disaster.. ended up far too brittle and just a huge pile of sugar granules. I have a sugar thermometer and did not let it burn or do anything wrong so can only assume it’s the recipe. Waste of ingredients and time. Won’t be making this again
Date published: 2022-02-13
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Simply doesn’t work Followed the recipe to the letter using a sugar thermometer. End result is a mush that doesn’t harden. Awful recipe.
Date published: 2022-01-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Yummy Great made this so many times Would advise boiling for 10 -12mins for best Results
Date published: 2021-12-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This is my annual sweet treat to myself Every xmas I treat myself to some of this delicious tablet. It’s one of my favourite things to eat. It’s super easy to make, although I do swap out the sugar for golden caster sugar to give a more caramel flavour. This recipe never fails.
Date published: 2021-12-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Labour Intensive but Worth It Very easy recipe though not suitable for children due to the boiling sugar. Simple equals delicious. Suggest you don’t do what I did the first time and accidentally use evaporated milk. It makes a lovely fudge sauce but will not set.
Date published: 2021-12-19
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Waste of my time This recipe was a complete waste of my time. I followed the recipe to the letter. I've never made fudge, toffee or anything like it before, so trusted this recipe to be correct. It seemed OK until the part where you 'stir in the condensed milk and bringing back to the boil for approx 20 mins.' After 10 mins, the mixture was going a bit dark, put a small amount in water and it went rock hard immediately, so I took it straight off the heat and let is stand for 5 mins, in which time it continued to bubble over onto the hob. The mixture turned to crumble and there was no way I was able to 'beat until set'. Put in the fridge for 2 hours and when I got it out, it was a solid brick. Complete waste of my time and the cost of making this. Never again. Whole lot went in the bin!!!!!!!
Date published: 2021-11-30
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