Anyone else a tablet addict? I confess that when I returned to Scotland I was introduced to tablet sold in the local village shop. "As good as I can make," declared the lovely shop owner and I felt obliged to try this little packet marked 'Mrs Tilly's Tablet'. It cost around 35p in those days. It was the best shop-bought tablet I've ever tasted and each Friday night for years, I treated myself to a bar.
It's some years now since I tasted Mrs Tilly's tablet, but as I type I can imagine it instantly dissolving on my tongue - leaving behind a taste of condensed milk and vanilla.
Although I'm no longer one of Mrs Tilly's customers, I was delighted to read that the Tillicoultry based company is to build a new £1 million factory and visitor centre at Alva, in central Scotland, in a bid to become a UK brand. The new factory will enable the company to quadruple production to four million bars a year, making it possible to supply one of the supermarkets on a national scale for the first time. Twenty-three new jobs will be created.
Mrs Tilly's also produces fudge and macaroon bars and the founder Peter Paterson intends to make truffles for the first time once the new factory is up and running.
It's always a pleasure to hear of success within the small business community. This company's success is sweet in more ways than one.