The chocoholic's guide to Edinburgh
12 October 2016
It’s Chocolate Week, the UK’s biggest celebration of cocoa-based treats, and Edinburgh is chock-a-block with ways to indulge your sweet tooth. Although these offerings are around all year, what better excuse than a themed week to get out, explore, and sample some of the city’s most delectable desserts? Our friends at the Scotch Whisky Experience have rounded up some of the most exciting places to go in Edinburgh:
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One of Edinburgh’s most unique chocolate shops, Coco Chocolate sells bars and drinking chocolates in a range of interesting and unusual flavours, from strawberry and mint white, to rose and black pepper dark. Located in Bruntsfield, Coco Chocolate also runs chocolate making classes, hosts tasting evenings, and the chocolatiers even work with independent or corporate groups to develop a custom flavour. Definitely a perfect place to stop for a warm drink on a crisp autumn day!
Stop by Coco Chocolate (website) on 174 Bruntsfield Place, EH10 4ER
The Chocolate Lounge
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For a more upmarket chocolate experience, The Chocolate Lounge at Harvey Nichols certainly comes up near the top. The pièce de résistance is a conveyor belt that sends chocolaty treats swirling round the bar, tempting diners into another bite. Although on the pricier side, this is an extra special experience for children, and chocoholic adults too!
The Chocolate Lounge can be found at Harvey Nichols (website) on 30-34 St Andrew Square, EH2 2AD
Chocolate Heaven at Edinburgh New Town Cookery School
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If you’re not content with just sampling and want to get your hands chocolaty, this one-day course at Edinburgh New Town Cookery School is a must. You will learn how to make a variety of chocolate puddings, desserts and treats, as well as meringues, pastry and soufflés. You will also learn which chocolates best suit different recipes, and techniques for avoiding disaster while cooking or baking with this notoriously tricky ingredient. Best of all, you go home with a bag of treats!
Edinburgh New Town Cookery School (website) can be found on 7 Queen Street, EH2 1JE
Chocolate and Whisky Pairing at The Scotch Whisky Experience
Whisky and chocolate are two of life’s little luxuries and bringing the two together can result in fantastic flavour combinations. Finding the right chocolate to go with your dram can be a challenge but help is on hand at The Scotch Whisky Experience. The attraction has teamed up with Scottish chocolatier Cocoa Ooze to match drams from each of Scotland’s four whisky-making regions with a corresponding chocolate. The matching is an optional add-on to The Scotch Whisky Experience’s Gold Tour, and visitors can also pick up their favourite chocolate and whisky combinations in its on-site shop.
The Scotch Whisky Experience (website) is located on 354 Castlehill, EH1 2NE
The Chocolate Tree
The Chocolate Tree is Edinburgh’s only bean to bar chocolate maker, working in small batches and using organic ingredients. With artisan chocolates, couverture bars, hot chocolates, spreads and more on offer, there is plenty of selection to satisfy those chocolate cravings. If you can’t make it to the shop in Bruntsfield, they’re usually at the Edinburgh Farmer’s Market on Castle Terrace on Saturdays.
The Chocolate Tree (website) is at 123 Bruntsfield Place, EH10 4EQ
If chocolate has got you in the mood for more sweet treats, why not have a look at our Top 5 Cake Shops in Edinburgh>