Scran season 5: The glorious gifts of whisky and chocolate

The latest episode of our podcast Scran is now live.

Published 4th Feb 2022
Updated 10 th Oct 2023

It's that time of year when thoughts turn to Valentine's day and love it or hate it, we can all get on board with one of the more palatable trappings of the season. Chocolate.

On this episode of Scran, host Rosalind Erskine has her first experience of pairing whisky and chocolate.

Guided by Rachel McCormack, author of 'Chasing the Dram', and Cameron Dixon of Bare Bones chocolate, the results are surprising.

Then Rosalind heads north to speak to Jamie Hutcheon who, from a young age, was enchanted by the kitchen.

He turned this passion into a career and now runs Cocoa Ooze. Jamie talks about the challenges faced by a small chocolate business and all about why he loves it so much.

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Known for cake making, experimental jam recipes, Champagne, whisky and gin drinking (and the inability to cook Gnocchi), Rosalind is the Food and Drink Editor and whisky writer for The Scotsman, as well as hosting Scran, The Scotsman's food and drink podcast.
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