Scotland loves sweet things and thankfully the country has plenty of talented sweet producers and chocolatiers to meet the demand

Ok, so it’s no big secret that we Scots have a bit of a sweet tooth.

This passion for sweet products, be they classics like Tablet and Crannachan through to more modern inventions like Irn-Bru and Highland Toffee, knows no bounds

Thankfully, we’ve never been content to let others create things for us so up and down the country there are plenty of talented producers to provide us with the sugary treats we love.

From chocolatiers to makers of toffee and tablet, here is our pick of some of the best sweet producers in Scotland:

Charlotte Flower Chocolates

(The Old Schoolhouse, Acharn, Nr Aberfeldy, Perthshire PH15 2HS, Tel: 01887 830307)

Picture: Charlotte Flowers

Picture: Charlotte Flower

With a love of seasonal flavours and great chocolate, Charlotte set up her business in 2007 with the aim of combining wild natural ingredients with the best quality chocolates.

Based on the southern shore of Loch Tay, Charlotte forages for seasonal produce to make unusual fillings and infuse the chocolate with. She uses these natural products to hand-craft her delicious chocolates, all the while highlighting the unsung heroes in Scotland’s natural larder such as meadowsweet and Scots pine.

This passion for sustainability and her desire to use local, ethical and organic produce where possible has participated in her winning many awards, most recently ‘Product of the Year’ for her Meadowsweet Thins at the prestigious Scotland Food & Drink Excellence Awards 2015.

One of her most interesting products are her chocolate thins, these decorated discs of chocolate come in a variety of flavours including Scots pine flavoured Madagascan 66% couverture and meadowsweet flavoured Venezuelan white chocolate.

Mademoiselle Macaron

(22 Grindlay Street, Edinburgh EH3 9AP, tel: 0131 228 4059)

Picture: Mademoiselle Macaron

Picture: Mademoiselle Macaron

No prizes for guessing where Rachel Hanretty, owner of Mademoiselle Macaron, took her inspiration from. Having spent a year in Paris, she learned how to make macarons at the Alain Ducasse cookery school before returning home to learn to her dismay, that nowhere in her native Edinburgh sold French macarons to the standard she had become accustomed to.

She began Mademoiselle Macaron from her flat and sold her wares at several of Edinburgh’s food markets, since then she has grown from strength to strength, opening her own shop and creating a range of flavours including Innis & Gunn Beer, Hendricks Gin, Chocolate peppermint and elderflower.

Stuart & Swan Chocolatiers

(131 Garvock Hill, Dunfermline, KY11 4JU, tel: 0131 628 8233)

Picture: Stuart & Swan

Picture: Stuart & Swan

Providing what has to be one of the most unique concepts on this list, Stuart & Swan focus more on providing a bespoke range for businesses and clients. They will make their customised collections to order and allow customers to have their own branding placed on the packaging.

Perhaps  of most interest is the jewel Collection (pictured), a range of artisan chocolates provided in ‘jewellery boxes’.

Stuart & Swan have shown their creativity over a range of projects and have created unique chocolates with flavours that have included Haggis, pink lemonade, lavender and  beetroot.

An Gleann Tablet

( Port Charlotte, Islay, Argyll PA48 7UE, tel: 01496 860220)

Freshly made tablet. Picture: An Gleann

Freshly made tablet. Picture: An Gleann

An Gleann or ‘the Glen’ is a small producer based in Port Charlotte on Islay. Taking inspiration from the island and neighbouring Jura to produces some truly delicious gourmet tablet which is hand made in small batches.

Cottage made using Scottish ingredients such as salted butter and whiskies from each of the nine distilleries on Islay and Jura, the whisky Connoisseur collection is definitely something to write home about.

Chocolate Tree

(123 Bruntsfield Pl, Edinburgh EH10 4EQ, tel: 0131 228 3144)

Picture: Chocolate Tree

Picture: Chocolate Tree

Chocolate Tree is Edinburgh’s only chocolatiers who make the chocolate – whose flavours include honey & thyme and tequila & chilli – right in the shop straight from the bean. And you can’t get any fresher than that.

In an effort to connect their customers to the origin of chocolate, they create an authentic bar, with full transparency behind the scenes.

Having visited the small cacao bean plantation himself, owner Alistair Gower strives to bring in the best quality chocolate, with the added assurance that the beans are ethically sourced and organic, and offer impoverished farmers better profits as well as preserving biodiversity.

The best part about eating their delicious chocolate is it will leave you feeling virtually guilt free.

Coco

(174 Bruntsfield Place, Edinburgh, EH10 4ER and 71 Broughton Street, Edinburgh, EH1 3RJ, tel: 0131 228 4526)

Picture: Coco

Picture: Coco

“Give them something different and they’ll always remember you.”

Well  they don’t come more unique and unforgettable than Coco.

The ethically traded and organic chocolatiers is based in Edinburgh and has been since 2004 – making it one of Scotland’s first chocolatiers.

With its kitchen in Summerhall and outlets at both the Waverley and Tron Kirk markets, the company is turning heads with its range of unusual tastes.

Chocolate bar flavours include gin & tonic, haggis spice and apple crumble. Don’t forget the Easter special chocolate – hot cross bun.

Coco also work with customers at their kitchen to custom make a flavour for any person or event.

Lime Tree Larder

(Lime Tree Larder, Auchencloigh Farm, Kilbirnie, Ayrshire KA25 7LJ, tel: 01505 685258)

Picture: LTL

Picture: LTL

When Alex Wilson realised how much repair a redundant stable on his farm needed, he decided to seize the opportunity to create the Lime Tree Larder.

At the end of a lime tree lined avenue – planted in 1927 by “Grampa Wilson” – this small, family run production unit 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.

With business going well, the family renovated the Byre, giving the cows a new home, and the family a place to expand their business, now able to host workshops, parties and group visits.

Committed to producing high quality products, they only use natural ingredients to produce small batches – helping to keep the products as fresh as possible.

While this slow method will mean they’ll never become an empire, their tasty products definitely makes up for the wait.

Highland Chocolatier

(Grandtully PH9 0PL, tel: 01887 840775)

Picture: The Highland Chocolatier

Picture: The Highland Chocolatier

Iain Burnett has had extensive training in the art of chocolatiering, studying at schools in Belgium, Switzerland and France and now is sharing this with the nation at his Highland Chocolatier store.

There is very little he doesn’t know about how to make a good chocolate – which includes his multiple award winning Velvet Truffle as well as internationally renowned range of fresh cream truffles and spiced pralines.

His small dedicated team of chocolatiers are all trained in-house to maintain the meticulous quality that has come to be expected.

Using a single-origin cocoa from the volcanic island of São Tomé, the bean was carefully selected for its full range of characteristics. The chocolate is then made with an unblended fresh Scottish Cream from a particular herd of cows – with no additives or preservatives.

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