About the Braemar Chocolate Shop

Our journey to beautiful Braemar...

Little did I know that when I decided to make some locally inspired chocolate for a food fair – to promote a local gin – that my life would take a turn in a new and completely unexpected direction.

I created a Seaweed Chocolate to accompany the gin, using Shetland Seaweed as its Botanical. Since then I opened two shops – in Shetland and Orkney – and have been joined in business by my partner, Cathy.

In 2020 we took the difficult decision to leave the islands we loved so much, moving to the mainland to be closer to our families. Passing through Braemar we spotted a gorgeous shop for sale, and our new destination was decided!  Despite the difficulties of 2020 we were still lucky enough to move and are now settled into our new life in this glorious village at the heart of the Cairngorms National Park.

We handmake all our chocolates in our tiny shop, inspired by the beautiful landscapes that surround us. We carefully pair selected chocolate from all over the world with classic flavours, then add a unique Scottish twist with the wonderful food and ingredients on our doorstep. Using ingredients as diverse whisky, bread and cheese (yes cheese) we hope to show people how amazing Scottish food and drink is… aiming to offer a taste of Scotland in chocolate.

After a career as an army Masterchef, I wanted to live somewhere amazing and do something I loved. After a short spell in management roles I returned to my first love…  Food… and chocolate! Having started in Shetland, we feel so fortunate to have been able to move to another stunning part of Scotland – beautiful and historic Braemar – and we’d love to welcome you in person to our little shop.