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Northern Irish Sweet Treat - Fifteens

Updated on February 26, 2012


Fifteens are a traybake little known outside of Northern Ireland. They are simple to make, fairly cheap and extremely gratifying. You don't even require an oven to make these amazing treats! A great thing to make with your kids on those rainy days!


You will require:

  • 15 Digestive biscuits (Store brands work just as well as McVities and are half the price!)
  • 15 large marshmallows
  • 15 glacie cherries
  • A tub of dissected coconut
  • A small tin of condensed milk.

How to make them

  1. Place fifteen digestives on a plate or other flat surface and crush them until they are all crumbs. (Some people place the digestives into a plastic bag then use a rolling pin to break them up) Then put the crumbs in a large bowl.
  2. Chop the fifteen marshmallows in half and add them to the bowl.
  3. Chop the fifteen glacie cherries in half and add them to the bowl.
  4. Get a wooden spoon and begin stirring in 2/3 to 3/4 of the tin of condensed milk. (It should have a thick, gooey texture at this point, don't worry!)
  5. Lay down a baking sheet or clingfilm on a table and cover it with a thin layer of dissected coconut.
  6. Take the mixture from the bowl and place it lengthways along the climfilm so it forms a long fat sausage shape. Then roll it in the coconut and wrap the cligfilm around it tightly.
  7. Place the wrapped product in the fridge for 2 hours to set, then unwrap, cut and enjoy!

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    • Marsden4 profile image

      Marsden4 6 years ago from UK

      Thanks for your comment carcro!

      I want to take a picture myself, just to avoid any plagiarism issues. I'll try and get one up in the next week. But please feel free to Google fifteens and have a look at them! It is the oval shaped flat things, not the spheres you see, they are an unusual design of fifteens.

      Once again, thanks for your comment! I definitely recommend making these, every single person I have made these for has said they taste like heaven. Yet for some reason they are yet to leave Northern Ireland. (You think some big company would catch onto this gap in the market!)

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      Paul Cronin 6 years ago from Winnipeg

      That sounds real Yummy, please add a pic if you have one, would add a nice touch...Thanks for sharing this recipe!