Chocolate Tree Factory

Chocolate Tree Factory
5A Knox Place, Haddington, East Lothian, EH41 4DY
The Chocolate Tree

Artisanal cocoa delights made with creativity and a social conscience, sold from their Haddington shop, Edinburgh café and online.

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Aiming to create excellent quality chocolate at affordable prices, The Chocolate Tree is a true labour of love for Friederike and Alastair Gower. From the original idea of touring their chocolate around British music festivals, they now sell from their Bruntsfield shop and small cafe, and newer Haddington shop. Committed to local and organic ingredients where possible, all of their products are handcrafted in small batches in their small factory kitchen and also available online. The product range stretches from chocolate bars and truffles to dairy-free hazelnut spread, cakes and churros, as well as spectacular Spanish-style thick hot chocolate and Italian gelato. These are available to buy from their shops and online: if you buy online you can arrange to collect from the factory.

The Chocolate Tree are Scottish pioneers in bean-to-bar chocolate production, importing whole cacoa beans to Scotland and making chocolate from scratch. They work directly with cacao growers, importing beans that are then roasted, winnowed, conched, aged and transformed into bars, chocolates and hot chocolate by Friederike in Haddington. By cutting out the middlemen they can get accurate information about the ingredients they are buying and the farmers can get a much, much better price for their produce. They are in direct contact with cacao suppliers and are completely confident that the beans are farmed ethically and sustainably, even travelling to Peru, Ecuador and Columbia to meet the farmers they buy from.

Reviews & features

How Scottish firm The Chocolate Tree developed a pioneering approach to chocolate-making

19 Jun 2014

Chocolatiers develop bean-to-bar chocolate making by sourcing quality, ethically sound cocoa beans

When the packaging of any chocolate bar posher than a Dairy Milk talks of ‘carefully selected beans’, ‘sustainable sourcing’ and ‘fair pay’ to cacao farmers, it isn't easy to pin down what these claims actually mean. For Ali & Friederike Gower of The…

Local Scottish artisan chocolatiers

17 Sep 2010

Cocoa Black, The Chocolate Tree, Oban Chocolate Co and more

Cocoa beans may not grow in Scotland, but the last decade has seen small, artisan chocolate makers spring up across the country. In this survey we take a particular look at examples of local influences in the ranges on offer.