For most Americans, the thought of Scottish food most likely conjures an image of haggis, the mixture of sheep innards, oats, and spices cooked inside a stomach and eaten alongside “tatties and neeps,” or mashed potatoes and turnips. In reality, however, real Scottish cuisine is a lot more varied than that, and some of their snacks are world-class (and go perfectly with a wee dram). Here are five delicious Scottish treats.
Macaroni Pie iStockPhoto
Macaroni and cheese, in a pastry pie crust. It’s exactly as delicious as it sounds, and it’s eaten all over Scotland.
This fudgy treat is made from condensed milk, butter, milk, and sugar.
Tunnock’s Tea Cakes
Think of these as jumbo-sized Mallomars, with creamier marshmallow. They’re astoundingly delicious, and are thankfully beginning to appear in the British food section of some supermarkets.
Tunnock’s Caramel Photo Modified: Flickr/ Bodo/ CC4.0
Photo Modified: Flickr/ Bodo/ CC4.0
And while we’re on the subject, Tunnock’s Caramel — similar to a supersized Kit Kat, but chewier and with caramel between the wafer layers — is another “Where have you been all my life?!” treat.
Pizza Crunch Yelp/ Kirkland G.
Yelp/ Kirkland G.
This one’s a little ridiculous, but it’s also something you’ll find at just about every Scottish chip shop. Frozen pizza is dipped in batter and deep-fried until crispy and the cheese is melted. Sometimes the batter is foregone completely and the pizza is just deep-fried as-is. When served with chips and vinegar, it’s called a Pizza Supper.