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I was born and raised in Scotland. Here are 7 Scottish foods and beverages everyone should try in their lifetime.

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Mikhaila Friel, left, and Scottish tablet, right.

  • I was born in Scotland, a country in the United Kingdom. 
  • Scotland is known for its Burns Supper, which people eat on Burns Night, January 25. 
  • From Mackie's ice cream to digestive biscuits, here are some of my favorite Scottish foods. 
When most people think of Scottish food, they think of Burns Supper.

burns supper
Haggis, neaps, and tatties.

A Burns Supper consists of haggis (spiced meat encased in animal intestines), neeps (turnip), and tatties (potato).

It's most popular on Burns Night, which is celebrated every year on January 25 in honor of Scotland's national poet Robert Burns. 

While most people who visit Scotland are usually told to try haggis, there is actually a wide range of food that you can try. Here are just a few that I would recommend. 

Haggis bon bons.

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Haggis bon bons are just like the traditional haggis that you would enjoy in a Burns Supper, except it's shaped in bite-size pieces and rolled into breadcrumbs. The smaller size is ideal for anyone who is reluctant to try haggis for the first time. 

When I eat at Scottish restaurants, I usually chose haggis bon bons as an entrée or a side dish.

McVitie's digestive biscuits.

Digestive biscuits.
Digestive biscuits.

McVitie's digestives are a brand of sweet biscuits that are popular in supermarkets across the UK. The original 1892 recipe was created in Edinburgh by Alexander Grant and is still used today, according to the McVitie's website.

These days, there are a wide range of digestive biscuit flavors, including milk chocolate, dark chocolate, and caramel.

My favorite flavor, the caramel digestive, costs £1.75, or around $2.35, from the British supermarket Tesco.  It's something my parents sent me when I lived in Pennsylvania. We later discovered that you can actually get the product in some US supermarkets that have a British or international food section. 

A Scottish cooked breakfast.

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You may have heard of an English cooked breakfast, which usually includes bacon, sausage, beans, cooked tomato, egg, baked beans, and toast. 

A Scottish cooked breakfast is similar, with the exception of a few items. Scottish cooked breakfasts can also include black pudding (a blood sausage made with oats), potato scone (or a "tattie" scone in Scotland), haggis, and square sausage.

Irn Bru.

Irn-Bru
Irn Bru.

Irn Bru is a bubblegum-flavored soft drink which is produced in a factory just outside of Glasgow, according to Food is in the House.

Since its origin in 1901, Irn Bru has been considered Scotland's favorite soft drink — so much so, that it was named "Scotland's other national drink" after whiskey, according to CBC.

The Irn Bru flavor has been adapted to different food products by independent brands over the years, including the Irn Bru bar — a type of candy that was popular during my childhood and has since been discontinued — as well as Irn Bru-flavored cupcakes.

Mackie's ice cream.

Mackie's of Scotland ice cream
Mackie's of Scotland ice cream.

Founded in 1986, Mackie's of Scotland is best known for its ice cream which is made at a family farm in Aberdeenshire, Scotland. Today, the farm has 280 milking cows, according to the Mackie's website.

There are a range of flavors, available at both supermarkets and ice cream parlors across the UK, including vanilla, honeycomb, strawberry, chocolate, and Scottish tablet.

A 1-liter tub of the original vanilla ice cream costs £3, or around $4.05, from Tesco. 

Tablet.

scots tablet
Fortnum and Mason tablet.

Tablet is a sugary candy that's similar to fudge, but it has a more crumbly texture. It's commonly found in Scottish supermarkets and tourist shops.

When I was growing up, my dad made homemade tablet that I would hand out to my friends at school. But if you don't feel like making it at home, you can buy a 150-gram gift box for £7.50, or around $10.10, from Mrs Tilly's, or a 300g gift box from royal-warrant holder Fortnum and Mason for £13.95, or around $18.80.

Shortbread.

Scottish shortbread.
Scottish shortbread.

Shortbread is a type of sweet cookie that is one part sugar, two parts butter, and three parts flour, according to The Nibble. While the recipe dates back to the 12th century, it wasn't popularized until the 16th century, when Mary, Queen of Scots had her team of chefs make the biscuit, according to the publication. 

Today, shortbread can be found in most supermarkets and tourist shops in Scotland and the rest of the UK.

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