Sweet, sweeter, the Scottish sweetest!

Sugar in its most delicious way – hard, smooth, crunchy or soft: There is so much traditional confectionery in Scotland, Beth gives a very good introduction to Scottish sweets. Her small colourful store is found on the Royal Mile. Its name, “Cranachan and Crowdie“, a Scottish dessert and cheese, gives you the first hint of […]

Sugar in its most delicious way – hard, smooth, crunchy or soft: There is so much traditional confectionery in Scotland, Beth gives a very good introduction to Scottish sweets. Her small colourful store is found on the Royal Mile. Its name, “Cranachan and Crowdie“, a Scottish dessert and cheese, gives you the first hint of what’s inside. I open the door and a friendly middle-aged woman welcomes me with something delicious to eat. There are sweet and salty delicacies, also very popular lines like shortbread. But two particular products are Beth’s pride and joy. The first one comes from the Shetland Islands and is called „Puffin Poo“. Only on the island and at her store it is possible to get these little balls, consisting of mallows, coconut, white chocolate and toasted rice. The second one, and her own favourite, are drops from a small town in the Dumfries & Galloway region of Scotland, called Moffat. The only ingredient is sugar, „I know it sounds boring, but put it into your mouth, suck a short time and then there will be a miracle!“ she says.

Find out yourself what happens at 263 Canongate, open from Tuesday-Sunday 11am-6pm. On your journey into the world of goodies you also have to stop at „Lickety Splits Gallery“ on 6 Jeffrey Street and buy some handmade macaroons. The hard bar sprinkled with toasted coconut and covered by dark chocolate is filled with pounded sugar and mashed potatoes. This white centre tastes like a very sweet coconut icing. Very delicate, try it!

Another very traditional Scottish sweet is “tablet”. The usual flavour is caramel. It’s thick in texture, but once in your mouth it falls apart like sand. On Saturdays, you can find a little booth at the farmers market on Castle Terrace where a Borders family sells their own home-made tablet. Your last stop should be at “The Fudge House of Edinburgh”. An Italian family has been making the old traditional candy by hand since 1949. They only use natural ingredients, with a variety of more than twenty-five flavours like whisky, vanilla, nuts and many more, giving you only a small chance of buying them all. Similar to tablet, but softer, this is the best connection between sugar and cream. The little manufactory, situated at 197 Canongate on the Royal Mile has something to offer everyone. The friendly salesman packs the delicious treasures in beautiful boxes, so you can taste the melting liquid heaven wherever you want.

If you are travelling home, you will have to wear many layers of clothes on top of each other to save enough space in your luggage for the sweetest resources of this amazing country. The best souvenir of all!

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CTR Travel Writing Team Edinburgh 2013
Rebekka Chong
image by Team Edi March 2013

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  1. Kevin has added a suggestion, note on 12. June 2013 | Permalink

    hi, klasse Artikel. Wir fahren im September nach Edinburgh. Kann es kaum erwarten
    LG, Kev

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