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Chocolates of Glenshiel is a Scottish chocolatier that specialises in handmade chocolates made with the finest Highland produce. The chocolates are made with locally sourced ingredients, including Skye Whisky, Heather Honey, and locally foraged elderflower. The company was founded by Finlay Macdonald when he was just 16 years old, and it has since grown into a thriving business that supports the local community by providing jobs and supporting local suppliers.

Chocolates Of Glenshiel

Meet Finlay from Chocolates Of Glenshiel

Finlay Q & A

Where are you based?

As the company name suggests, we’re based in Glenshiel in the West Highlands, about half an hour south of Kyle of Lochalsh. Our business sits right at the foot of The Five Sisters of Kintail mountain range, so we’re really spoiled for views. The area is filled with some amazing wildlife like a herd of feral goats, eagles, and of course plenty of deer. There are loads of fantastic walking routes for all abilities and we also have Loch Duich which is super for wild swimming, paddle-boarding and kayaking.

When and how did you start your business?

I’ve had a huge passion for food – and a very sweet tooth – ever since I was a wee boy. In school, I had the opportunity to do some work experience in a pastry kitchen and I found that not only did I enjoy it, but I was good at delicate, intricate baking. I then was fortunate enough to be allowed some chocolate-making experience where I put these baking skills to good use, and here I found my niche.

Are there any eco-credentials you can mention??

Sustainability is a hugely important factor in each decision we make within the business. The cocoa industry is very much not without its issues – both socially and environmentally. When sourcing our cocoa, we’re extremely choosy in order to make sure we can be proud of where our chocolates have come from. Our supplier is enrolled in both the Cocoa Horizons and Forever Chocolate Initiatives which are tackling poverty and child labour within the industry as well as fighting for 100% sustainable sources and carbon and forest positivity.

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