On the hunt for an exquisite Scottish Easter egg? Looking for some chocolate themed fun for your family? Then we can help.
Scotland has a great range of excellent chocolatiers who can help with your quest, and even teach you how to create chocolate masterpieces!
Here are a few to get your mouth watering:
1. Iain Burnett The Highland Chocolatier, Perthshire
This delightful chocolate shop, Scottish Chocolate Centre and Chocolate Lounge café in Grandtully, on the banks of the River Tay, has become a destination in its own right, and understandably so! At The Highland Chocolatier you can watch chocolatiers at work before sampling their wares – perhaps joining a tasting session if you’re keen. And the Easter selection is divine, including dark and milk chocolate chicks hatching in mini egg nests, and large decorated eggs with ginger, honeycomb or mini eggs moulded into the shell.
2. The Cocoa Bean Company, Dumfries & Galloway
If you’ve got kids in tow, you should make a beeline for The Cocoa Bean Company in Twynholm. With a café, indoor and outdoor play areas, a shop and those all important kids’ workshops, it’s a wonderful world of chocolate fun. Pick up special Easter treats including chocolate ducklings, marbled ‘splash eggs’ and eggs adorned with your favourite sweets, such as flying saucers, mini eggs and liquorice allsorts.
3. Coco Chocolatier, Edinburgh
For something really indulgent, look no further than Coco Chocolatier. Dark chocolate Golden Goose Eggs, Quail’s Praline Eggs and Hot Cross Bun Spice chocolate bars are just a few of the eclectic options on offer. Pop into the shops in Bruntsfield or Stockbridge to enjoy the chocolatey sights and scents. If you know a real chocolate enthusiast, then you might want to sign them up to the Chocolate School to get expert tuition on tempering, moulding, infusing and filling delicious chocs.
4. Cocoa Mountain, The Highlands
Using high quality cocoa, Cocoa Mountain creates indulgent chocolate by hand in small batches and sells them at their shop in Balnakeil near Durness. The Easter range at Cocoa Mountain sounds particularly dreamy – and includes a variety of eggs filled with chocolates or buttons. Two vegan eggs are available, with either chocolates or buttons in the middle. Pop into the shop to create your own selection of chocs, or sample one of their extravagant hot chocolates.
5. Oban Chocolate Company, Argyll
Any trip to Oban isn’t complete without a stop at the Oban Chocolate Company – nobody can resist popping in to enjoy some handmade chocolates or the signature waffles. For Easter they’ve got some fun special treats lined up for all the family, including flavoured chocolate bunnies and the ever-popular half-dozen Easter egg cartons. Oban Chocolate Company also run regular chocolate workshops where kids can get stuck in.
Discover more chocolatey goodness, no matter the time of year, by visiting shops and cafés along Scotland’s Chocolate Trail.
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