Does anyone use the word ‘tiffin’ anymore to mean a light tea or snack? I can’t seem to find where the word originates, maybe from a slang term to sip, tiff, It’s probably an Anglo-Indian term from the days of the Raj and came to mean afternoon tea, although, in southern India it has become a packed lunch, served in a tiffin which is a metal container.

Then, of course there is something else completely –

Chocolate Tiffin

  • 10 oz digestive biscuits
  • 6 oz milk chocolate
  • 6 oz  dark chocolate
  • 4 oz butter
  • 6 oz  golden syrup
  • 4 oz dried fruit
  1. line a 20 cm shallow, square-shaped tin with cling film. Leave extra cling film hanging over the sides.
  2. break up the biscuits into pieces using a rolling-pin putting them in a plastic bag first to contain them
  3. melt the chocolate, butter and golden syrup in the bowl set over a pan of simmering water,  stirring occasionally.
  4. remove the bowl from the heat and stir in the broken biscuits and fruit
  5. spoon  into the tin and level and press down the surface
  6. leave to cool, then refrigerate for 1-2 hours to set.
  7. turn out of the in, remove cling film and cut  into squares
  8. enjoy!


    1. Lois

      Does it? I’m sure you’re right – sometimes these etymological explanations – tiff meaning siff meaning sip are a bit far-fetched, aren’t they! Yes, I think you’re right, tiffin from tiffins!


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