In the spirit of believing there is a glass and a half in everyone, Cadbury have partnered up with independent chocolate shops across the UK to shine a light on the importance of supporting local chocolatiers. Cadbury are urging the nation to look to their local independent chocolate makers for their next cocoa treat.
Small business in the UK have lost nearly £69 billion in sales alone over the last year, whilst two fifths of shops have closed or are in threat of permanently closing. With the aim of ensuring the survival of the high street and Britain’s vibrant and varied chocolate industry, Cadbury are partnering with six local independent chocolatiers across the country, including Chouchoute in Birmingham which, until it recently closed its doors to become an online outlet, was located just steps away from the original Cadbury shop. Other business Cadbury are working with include Choc on Choc in Bath, Melange in London, Cocoa Amore in Leicester, Cocoa Cabana in Manchester, and Hill St in Cambridge and Essex.
Colin O’Toole, Associate Director Marketing Cadbury UK & Ireland at Mondelez says, “We are proud to be supporting local chocolatiers across the UK. As a nation, we’ve always been lucky to have a thriving chocolate scene, full of variety and creativity; and at Cadbury, we of course understand what it’s like to start out as a small independent chocolate shop. So, we wanted to take the opportunity to support our fellow chocolatiers and ask the nation to do the same. After all, it’s all for the love of chocolate!”
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. Whilst Cadbury are yet to partner with any chocolate makers in Scotland, we’ve rounded up some of the very best for you to try.
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 and 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.
Coco Chocolatiers – 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.
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!
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.