Scotland’s Larder: Autumn Edition

While the Autumn season may be drawing to a close, there is still plenty of time to try out these fantastic products!

Mackie’s of Scotland Chocolate

Whilst not a new addition to the Mackie’s range, it is a new addition to Mackie’s online store. Mackie’s of Scotland, best known as one of the UK’s favourite ice cream brands, launched its chocolate range in 2014, converting a former tractor shed on its Aberdeenshire family farm into a chocolate factory. The brand initially launched chocolate in four flavours (dark, mint, milk, and honeycomb) reflecting its most popular ice cream choices. A fifth flavour, orange, was a popular addition for the Christmas season last year. Mackie’s of Scotland’s chocolate is every bit as good as their beloved ice creams, and was even shortlisted for a Scottish Retail Food & Drink Award earlier this year., from £7.50

Quirky Chocolate Espresso/Flat White/Cappuccino Bar

The newest creation from independent Edinburgh chocolatiers Quirky Chocolate. This line, known as the Coffee Lovers line, features espresso, cappuccino, and at white chocolate bars for those who love their caffein fix. The espresso is a dark chocolate bar with a real punch, 55% Belgian dark chocolate is combined with ground and whole beans from Highland coffee roasters Roaring Stag, offering light fruit flavours with sweet honey and a luxury chocolate finish. The flat white bar, which sees espresso blended with smooth milk chocolate and a white chocolate swirl. Last of all is the cappuccino, which of course is inspired by the classic creamy, frothy coffee. Freshly brewed Roaring Stag espresso, milk chocolate, and a coffee ganache have been piped into a white chocolate shell, topped with a dusting of cinnamon – and it’s as delicious as it sounds., £5 per bar.

Leithal Burke & Habanero Hot Sauce

For some people, lockdown was the catalyst for launching new and exciting business ventures, and that was exactly the case for the makers of Leithal Hot Sauces. Their line of fiendish hot sauces have been incredibly popular with locals, particularly for being packed full of flavour and not just heat. Burke and Habanero, the name of which is of course inspired by 19th century grave robbers and murderers Burke and Hare, is one of Leithal’s more ghoulish condiments. With deep flavours of apple, rhubarb, beetroot, and a blast of heat from habanero chillies, this sauce is a tasty celebration of Edinburgh’s gruesome history., £4.50 for 150ml

Rora Dairy Scottish Fudge Yogurt

Rora dairy have launched a new, delicious rich fudge yogurt produced using organic milk from their family farm in Aberdeenshire. The new Scottish Fudge Live Yogurt is high in protein and made with fresh milk from the farm’s free roaming grass-fed cows without the addition of unnecessary sugar or additives. The fudge sauce used is also made locally especially for Rora dairy! The milk is blended with live culture, which helps turn it into a creamy live yogurt that is great for gut health, whilst being an indulgent and luxurious yogurt without being overly sweet., RRP £2.25 for 490g

Shetland Reel Gin Bean

Shetland Reel’s latest release is their limited-edition gin in collaboration with Cairngorm Leaf & Bean, and artisan coffee roastery in the Scottish Highlands. The collaboration came about earlier this year when both businesses realised the benefits of working together to promote and support each other during the pandemic. The result is an exceptional London Dry Gin with intricate hints of mocha from Cairngorm Leaf & Bean’s vibrant and full-bodied El Salvador SHG ‘Cuzcachapa’ single origin coffee. Enjoy this warming new tipple served over ice with a good quality tonic and a slice of orange peel – the tonic makes the coffee flavour more pronounced resulting in a sweet orange coffee gin and tonic. Alternatively, enjoy it neat to savour the full effect of the coffee notes., £30 for 50cl