Best Chocolatiers in Scotland

Chocolate may not be the first delicacy that springs to mind on mention of Scotland’s thriving, innovative food landscape, yet from the Shetland Isles to the Borders, Scotland boasts over 75 independent chocolatiers crafting delicious artisan chocolate bars and every flavour of truffle imaginable. In celebration of National Chocolate Day, we’ve rounded up some of the very best chocolatiers in Scotland for you to try!

Bare Bones Chocolate - Glasgow

Bare Bones make their incredible micro-batches of chocolate 30kg at a time in their small workshop in the Southside of Glasgow. With a focus on high quality chocolate and sustainability, all packaging is sourced from inside the UK and Europe, made from recycled materials that can be recycled or composted after eating. They are one of very few UK chocolatiers who craft from bean to bar. It is their care and attention to detail at every stage of the process that really sets Bare Bones Chocolate apart. Also boasting indulgent drinking chocolate, Bare Bones are not to be missed - their 70% Madagascar hot chocolate won silver in the International Drinking Chocolate Awards 2020! They recently bagged the £50,000 prize at the Scottish EDGE Awards, allowing them to move to new (and bigger!) premises. Alongside their core range, Bare Bones Chocolate have also just launched their new limited edition Salted White Chocolate flavour.

Ocelot Chocolate - Edinburgh

Ocelot Chocolate is a small business, based in Edinburgh, owned and run by couple Matt and Ish. In 2013, two weeks after getting married, they started making chocolate in the back kitchen of their apartment, which they sold at local farmers markets. Eight years on they have their own micro chocolate factory, and an amazing little team who help send their chocolate all around the world. They design the majority of their packaging and artwork themselves - Ish studied illustration at art school, and Matt has always loved art and graphic design - taking great pride in coming up with designs that have a meaning beyond the aesthetic.

And the inside is just as good: a delicate and silky, organic square slab of high-grade chocolate, made with cocoa from ethical brand Original Beans that’s blended with organic cocoa butter and sugar. Ocelot are part of the Direct Cacao organisation for bean to bar makers, buying directly from farmers for a higher price than the Fairtrade standard and also pays a fair living wage to workers.

Chocolatia - Perth & Kinross

When Chloe Oswald was furloughed from her job at The Gleneagles Hotel last year, she founded Chocolatia after refining her pastry skills for several years under the expert eye of the chefs Andrew Fairlie and Phil Skinazi. With the support of her friends, family, and colleages, Chloe found the confidence to take the plunge and go solo with Chocolatia. The brand uses only the finest ingredients, including Valrhona chocolate which is renowned for its high quality and outstanding flavours. Chocolatia are also deeply proud of their Scottish heritage, and enjoy showcasing the wonder of Scotland’s natural larder in their creations, from fresh Perthshire berries to botanicals such as elderflower which grows in abundance in Perthshire and it's surrounding areas. From flavoured bars, bursting bars, Chloe's signature selection, and hot chocolate bombs, there's something at Chocolatia for everyone.

The Pittenweem Chocolate Company - Pittenweem, Fife

This family-run artisan chocolatier sources fine speciality chocolate from Scotland, Belgium and around the world. Owner, Sophie Latinis is passionate about showcasing fair trade, responsibly grown, and unusual exquisite flavours. Sophie also has her own bespoke chocolate range - handmade in Pittenweem – including her exclusive series of single malt liqueur chocolates, presented in attractive, wooden gift boxes. Beyond the chocolate boutique, The Pittenweem Chocolate Company also have a stylish café offering indulgent hot chocolates, chocolate scones, and their signature chocolate cake.

Cocoa Ooze - East Tullos, Aberdeen

Established in 2008 by Jamie Hutcheon at the age of 17, Cocoa Ooze specialise in unqiue handmade chocolate. Having made an appearance on Dragon’s Den, Hutcheon even managed to convince the Dragons that his growing business was worth a £70,000 investment. Using sustainable cocoa from regions such as Trinidad a nd Grenada, the expert chocolatier and his team have placed an emphasis on using the freshest local ingredients wherever they can within their creations. They also offer workshops where you can learn the art of chocolate making and have a go at making your own chocolate bars. Cocoa Ooze will be launching their father's day collection soon.

Yer Maw Sells Chocolate - Glasgow

Based in the heart of Glasgow, Yer Maw Sells Chocolate is a truly independent, family-run business which produces fun chocolate creations with colourful, unique - and sometimes novelty - designs. They also offer themed bars for occasions such as Easter, Christmas, Mother's Day, and Valentine's Day making them an excellent gift.

Coco Chocolatiers – South Queensferry/Edinburgh

Specialising in Columbian chocolate, Coco aim to challenge industry norms and begin making their chocolate at origin before passionately transforming it in Edinburgh. As a result, more wealth remains within developing economies. They also regularly collaborate with artists and brands such as the Tate Modern, and Innis & Gunn. In 2020 they partnered with Talisker whisky, creating some Sea Salted Cramels made using sea salt from the Isle of Skye that paired perfectly with the powerful and complex character of Talisker 10 year old. Coco plan to open a large visitor centre in South Queensferry later this year, where they will offer guided tours, tastings, and of course the opportunity to buy lots of chocolate.

Cocoa Mountain – Balnakeil, Highlands

Located in Balnakeil Craft Village, a re-purposed RAF base on the north west tip of Scotland, Cocoa Mountain are probably the UK’s most remote chocolatier. Founded in 2006, Cocoa Mountain have the simple aim of producing some of the most delicious and innovative chocolates on the planet. Hand-crafted gourmet chocolates and truffles are order of the day, and elaborate concoctions pair white, milk and dark chocolate with intriguing ingredients such as orange and geranium, lime and star anise, and chilli and lemongrass.

Cocoa Black - Peebles, The Borders

Scotland’s first female UK World Chocolate Master, Ruth Hinks, set up Cocoa Black Chocolate Boutique in 2008. Her indulgent hot chocolate drinks, cakes and patisserie led to Ruth being named UK Confectioner of the Year in 2011. In the same year, Cocoa Black chocolates were voted the UK’s best chocolates in the UK Chocolate Masters, with judges praising her pink peppercorn ganache. In 2012 Prince Edward opened her Chocolate Factory and Pastry School, which is a magnet for chefs and foodies from all over the world. With previous visitors including Michelin-star chefs, Royals, and most recently the Hairy Bikers - this is a must is a must-visit stop for chocolate lovers. Cocoa Black is also a beloved favourite with local families and visitors. In 2020, Cocoa Black was chosen to feature in VisitScotland’s first-ever UK-wide television campaign.

Tobermory Chocolate - Tobermory, Isle of Mull

Tobermory Chocolate is a family-run chocolate shop and café founded by Keith and Rhoda Drake in 1991. Initially only making dark chocolates, they have expanded over the years and today create dozens of milk, white and dark chocolates, with fondant, fudge, fruit and nut centres, bars, chocolate seafood shapes, as well as a range of delicious truffles. All of their chocolates are tempered and hand-dipped on the premises and they continue to use the finest natural ingredients available.

Lime Tree Larder - Kilbirnie, Ayrshire

At the end of a lime tree lined avenue – planted in 1927 by “Grampa Wilson” – this small, family run chocolatiers opened in May 2004. Overlooking the surrounding countryside, the Wilson family have perfected the production of chocolate and ice cream, which only friends and family were previously lucky enough to experience. Committed to producing high quality products, they only use natural ingredients to produce small batches – helping to keep the products as fresh as possible.

The Chocolate Place - Inverness

Debbie and Andrew Niven sell their full range of handmade artisan chocolates in the Highland capital of Inverness. From salted caramels, chocolate marzipans, whisky-spiked cranachan truffles, The Chocolate Place has it all. All of their delicious chocolate treats are gluten, egg, and wheat free too! You can also catch Andrew and Debbie at farmer and community markets in Inverness, Culbokie, and North Kessock.

Quirky Chocolate - Edinburgh

Based in a former Art Deco school at the foot of Arthur's Seat, Quirky Chocolate combine the talents of their in-house chocolatiers with the talents of independent illustrators, designers and creatives. Quirky Chocolate also pay a royalty to each artist for every chocolate sold featuring their work, meaning you are supporting two industries at once when you choose Quirky Chocolate. Boasting the expected milk, white, and dark chocolate bars, Quirky also have a Scottish collection featuring flavours such as Iron Bru and Popping Candy, Isle of Skye Sea Salt Caramel, and Dundee Cake. Also offering personalisation options and custom ‘typewriter chocolate’ message boxes, these make for an excellent gift for any occasion.

BonBox Artisan Chocolates - Edinburgh (online only)

BonBox Artisan Chocolates, founded by award-winning chef Barry Gamble, are known for their visually striking designs and high-quality ingredients, often using single origin or organic chocolate from Columbia, Peru or Venezuela. Barry combines his background in culinary arts with his passion for impeccable execution and love of chocolate. Each of his creations is made by hand and indulges the senses. He takes no shortcuts in the process because he knows every single step makes a difference in the end, polishing each mould individually to ensure that the chocolates retain their beautiful shine before hand-shelling them.

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