Blogger Jennifer shares with us some sweet Scottish secrets. Here’s how to rot your teeth – the Glasgow way!This waist betrays me; I’ve known my fair share of sweets in my day. I was a candy connoisseur before there were boutique candy shops to satisfy sugar-addicted folks like myself. I knew which local stores carried foreign and black-market American candy when I was a kid. Before boutique candy shops, you had to hunt around for those sugary sweets guaranteed to rot your mouth. As such, I have carefully set about eating the sweets of Scotland, braving the cavities and calories of this land’s offerings .
1. Tunnock’s SnowballDelicious fluffy marshmallows, whipped into a fervour, and covered in creamy milk chocolate. Do you need a cigarette? I do after writing that.
2. Coconut ice
3. Tunnock’s Tea CakesI think I could probably eat at least three of these in one sitting. I think I’m addicted. For all you Canadians, they are kind of like Dare Viva Puffs only they aren’t disgusting. Tunnock’s Tea Cakes are filled with creamy marshmallow goodness and finished off with a biscuit bottom. I would move across the ocean for you, Tea Cakes! Err…
4. Caramel shortcakeOhmygod. Where do I even begin? The milk chocolate layer which is followed by creamy caramel? Or the buttery shortbread bottom that combines it all into one major mouthgasm. The first time I ate one of these, I had to take a nap afterwards from the sugar crash. My body was unable to digest such quantities of sugar (which is rare) and I could barely string together a sentence. When eating one, I would pencil in a nap afterwards.
5. Polly pastillesThese are a mix between wine gums and jelly babies. I don’t know how else to describe them other than being yummy and, of course, awful for one’s dental hygiene.
6. Scottish tablet
7. Tunnock’s Caramel WaferA Scottish tradition. A way of life. Milk chocolate enrobes caramel and wafers in this gorgeous wee biscuit. Again, best if they are fresh and haven’t been sitting on the shelf at Tesco for months. Apparently Tunnock’s makes “more than 4,000,000” of these biscuits every week. I probably account for 1,000 of those.
8. Tunnock’s Caramel LogKind of like the above but with coconut too. I worship at the House of Tunnock’s.
Tunnock’s: let us give thanksPhoto credit: Tunnock’s display stand by chatirygirl (Flickr.com)