Try deciding what to pick from Cocoa Mountain’s Signature Collection chocolate box: peanut butter and cranberry milk? A dark blueberry and Cointreau? How about a chilli and lemongrass white chocolate truffle? Choosing is almost as hard as getting to this remote former military base, now a craft village whose other occupants are represented by the hand-thrown ceramic bowls sold to hold truffles, or giant mugs filled with their famous hot chocolate at the café. The journey rewards you with stunning views over Cape Wrath, and the chance to buy Cocoa Mountain bars, shards and truffles (many of which use organic chocolate), caramels and fondants, as well as arts, crafts and books from the other artisans nearby. If you can’t shop in person, it’s all online.
Hand-crafted gourmet chocolates and truffles are the order of the day at the UK’s remotest chocolatiers. Elaborate concoctions pair white, milk and dark chocolate with intriguing ingredients such as orange and geranium, lime and star anise and chilli and lemongrass. Located at Balnakeil Craft Village, a re-purposed RAF base on the north-west tip of Scotland, getting there isn’t easy, but the journey is half the fun. You’ll be well rewarded too, not only by the sumptuous chocs, but by the range of luxury drinks at their Chocolate Bar, including the behemoth hot chocolate, which has to be seen to be believed.
Famous chocolatiers and 'Dragon’s Den' alumni, renowned for their spectacular location, superb chocolates and ‘The Best” Hot Chocolate. Popular, award winning cafe outlet on the North Coast 500 (NC500) - the Highlands’ premier tourist drive. Full online and gift service worldwide since 2006
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