The Chocolate Tree
- Opening times Thu 12.30am–5pm; Fri 12.30–5pm; Sat 10am–2pm; closed Sun–Wed.
- Seasonal times Closed during holidays
- Website www.choctree.co.uk
Aiming to create excellent quality chocolate at affordable prices, The Chocolate Tree is the brain child of 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. This small outlet has erratic opening hours, but on days they're not open they offer a click and collect service from their Haddington factory. 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, chocolate dipped strawberries and cakes, as well as spectacular Spanish-style thick hot chocolate, French macarons and Italian gelato.
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.