Scottish Chocolate Shops

Scottish Chocolate

Having had a wonderful holiday in Scotland I was shocked to find how little chocolate plays in the lives of Scottish people. We’ve all heard of deep-fried Mars bars and the like, but it seemed every shop I went into was either filled to the brim with shortbread or whisky. There was hardly any locally produced chocolate to be found. I spent the first few days rueing my decision to go for a short break to Scotland, but I eventually found a small deli called Pestle & Mortar down the road in Strathblane and then near the end of the week I found that Dobbies had a delicatessen too. So packed with a desire to spend some good money on some excellent local chocolate, I left disappointed.

Although the week was a failure in chocolate terms, I did manage to buy some chocolate. I bought some Strawberry and Black Pepper with Dark Belgian Chocolate from Berry Scrumptious, some chocolate chip biscuits from Cottage Delight where were actually from Staffordshire (doh!), some Mrs Bridges luxury Belgian chocolate cookies from Carnousite near Dundee, some Cartmel sticky toffee chocolates from Lanceshire and some Lindt Tarte Citron Meringue from France. As you can see, the selection offered by Scotland and found by me was very poor. So here’s a selection of Scottish chocolate producers I eventually found – but obviously haven’t reviewed yet.

Scottish Chocolates:

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  • I am sorry that you found Scotland sadly wanting in terms of great chocolate. I don’t think that is the case and feel we do rather well for good quality chocolatiers. I work from my kitchen so although at Hot Chocolates we only sell online the next time you come up you must pay me a visit and we’ll share a cup of tea and some of my handmade chocolates.

  • John Mccallum

    Could I add Ferguson’s Chocolates to your list? They are the oldest chocolate company in Scotland and are based in Gourock on the west coast. http://www.fergusonschocolates.com

  • Gillian Houston

    In House Chocolates, Castle Douglas. Dumfries & Galloway. Produced on the premises by hand.

  • Jillkernan

    We desperately needs a review site for Scottish handmade chocolates so may I add the first with Carsewells – the most heavenly, luxurious, delectable and Norwich chocolate experience I have had in my life. I tracked them down after being given some as a room gift by Co
    Comlongon Castle when I got married there and had to find out where they came from. Melt in the mouth chocolate enrobing the most delectable light but rich flavoured truffle centres. I’ve had hotel chocolate, and many other handmade brands but these top every one! Try them :-) jill

  • Julie Collier

    Please add Iain Burnett Highland Choclatier to your review list.
    We are an Artisan Gourmet Chocolatier of quite rare quality and the only chocolatier to produce a unique offering in the Western Hemisphere. We are based in Grandtully, near Aberfeldy in Highland Perthshire, Scotland and supply Michelin star and 5 star chefs with an outstanding Cocoa Dusted Velvet Truffle.
    We have a very select client base which includes amongst others Claridges, The Lanesborough, Gleneagles, The Old Course, The Royal Scotsman train, Gordon Ramsay Royal Hospital Road etc., we also supply Harvey Nichols in Edinburgh.
    It is not only the texture but also the flavour profile of this amazing cocoa from Sao Tome, mixed with Scottish cream, that has it standing out from all other offerings on the European market. We produce a full range of both fresh enrobed and un-enrobed chocolates, own label chocolate bon-bons, a full range of ambient products such as Florentines, Rolled in Chocolate and Bars and a succulent range of Candied Fruits dipped in chocolate.

  • James’ Dad

    There are so many chocolate makers in Scotland try James of Arran (james@jamesofarran.com). or better still visit Arran and see the chocolates being made in James’ chocolate shop.