We all know that as these November evenings draw in, it becomes very easy to go a little cocoa-crazy, and I’m definitely of the opinion that a sprinkling of chocolate can totally top off a cosy evening in. Whether you’re a fan of creamy hot chocolates, cupcakes, cookies, buttons or delectable roulades, the choices available in Scotland are enough to make Willy Wonka proud.
It may not be the first thing that springs to mind when you think about Scotland’s famous food and drink, but did you know there are over 70 independent chocolatiers whipping up a chocolate frenzy all over Scotland? And, many of these talented traders are getting together for Scotland’s only outdoor chocolate festival on the 22- 23 November in the city of Perth.
In association with the Perth Winter Festival, the Perth Festival of Chocolate will coincide with the elaborate city’s Christmas Lights Switch On, to mark the beginning of Perth’s glittering winter festivities, which also includes street parades, an ice-rink and the Perth Santa 5K Run. Find more wonderful activities happening across Scotland at this time of year, by downloading our brand new free guide, A – Z Winter in Scotland.
There are some devilishly tempting treats on offer, not to mention the festival’s National Chocolate Awards ceremony and the race will be on to find two Golden Tickets, which gives you access to an exclusive chocolate-y prize! Hint: it may involve crèpes.
Spend the weekend tucking into truffles or dipping strawberries into a flowing chocolate fondue, as the vendors display their wares and dress up their stalls to impress. The sight of twinkling fairy lights and the sweet smells of cinnamon and freshly baked brownies wafting through the air will be enough to tempt you over.
Sample something new with fabulously indulgent chocolate from Taystful Chocolates, Chocolate Tree and Charlotte Flower Chocolates from the banks of Loch Tay, as well as handmade gourmet marshmallow flavours from Edinburgh’s Marshmallow Lady, and many more sugary thrills.
The secret ingredient
The best of Scotland’s natural larder is showcased perfectly in the form of chocolate, thanks to our high quality dairy produce used in recipes for rich, smooth, Scottish chocolate, made from our fertile farmlands and sold in independent chocolate shops.
Some chocolatiers have been experimenting with innovative new ingredients and recipes using Scottish ingredients, including Hebridean sea salt, dark spicy haggis chocolate and chilli chocolate from Scotland’s first chilli farm, Chillilicious.
Why not go on a chocolate quest? The Chocolate Larder Map by The List will help you to find some of our finest chocolate makers and creators, and in many boutiques and shops you can go behind the scenes to see how the chocolate is made and even have a go yourself. Browse through the Chocolate Larder listings and see if you have what it takes to be a cake decorator or artisan chocolatier, whilst you travel around Scotland!
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