Do you know where your chocolate was made? Some of the popular brands we all know and love might not be as British-made as you’d think. So we’ve put together a list of those that you can guarantee are 100% made in the UK.
You may remember the public outcry in 2017 over the news that Cadbury’s iconic Dairy Milk was no longer British-made chocolate, but was instead being manufactured in Poland.
Cadbury have since reshored some of their Dairy Milk production back to the UK, but despite a high profile announcement about a £75m investment in their Bourneville factory, they still can’t guarantee that every bar of Dairy Milk will be made there.
Cadbury are just one of the famous big three UK chocolatiers that have changed ownership and had their production offshored.
Terry’s is owned by Mondelez, the same company as Cadbury, and all Terry’s production, including the iconic chocolate orange, now takes place in continental Europe.
Rowntree Mackintosh, famous for the KitKat, was taken over by Nestle in the 1980s. According to the Rowntree Society, six million KitKats are still produced at the York factory, but Nestle chocolate is manufactured globally and it’s difficult to find out exactly what is made here as it’s often subject to change.
UK legislation doesn’t require country of origin to be specified on chocolate packaging. So how do you know where your chocolate is made?
We’ve compiled a top eleven list of chocolate brands that are manufactured in the UK. We’ve included a range of brands to suit all tastes and budgets. From from ‘bean to bar’ manufacturers who process the cacao themselves, to high street favourites and luxury chocolatiers.
[Updated for World Chocolate day on 7th July 2021]
Known as the “Confectionery Clan”, Buchanan’s is one of Britain’s most famous confectionery brands. Established in 1856, over 50 brand lines are produced in the Golden Casket factory in Greenock.
Their Chocolate Caramels and Chocolate Peppermint Creams are some of their fan favourites.
Montezuma’s is a family-owned, British-made chocolate company and has rapidly built a reputation for producing some of the finest and most innovative chocolate available in the UK. Montezuma’s entire range of chocolate bard, truffles, fruits and drinking chocolate is made by them near the beach in West Sussex.
House of Dorchester, this premium chocolatier produces a range of high quality British-made chocolates, crafted at the company’s factory on the Duchy of Cornwall’s Poundbury estate in Dorset. Proudly British, the artisan chocolate company has been creating award-winning chocolates for 50 years.
Aphrodite Chocolates is a family-run business who create luxury handmade chocolates with as little mechanical intervention as humanly possible. Founded in 1997 they operate from the Derbyshire countryside, and are sold worldwide.
Purveyors of fine English chocolates, truffles and confectionery, Charbonnel & Walker hold the Royal Warrant as chocolate manufacturers to Her Majesty the Queen. Founded in 1875 with encouragement from Edward VII, (then the Prince of Wales), their original shop opened at 173 New Bond Street in Mayfair and has remained in Bond Street ever since.
Based in Lincolnshire, Duffy’s Chocolate are a small-scale producer of bean to bar chocolate. They buy beans and perform all the rest of the processes themselves. Beans are sorted by hand and carefully roasted to bring out all of their natural flavours and drive off the bitterness.
Award-winning bean to bar chocolate brand, Land celebrates the world’s finest cacao with the whole process of chocolate making taking place from their workshop on the backstreets of E2; from roasting, winnowing, grinding, conching and wrapping.
Aneesh Popat is a self-taught chocolatier who has gone on to become an award winning chocolatier, showcasing his creations at Michelin starred restaurants and for royalty.
Now one of the most famous British-made chocolate brands on the High Street, Thorntons have been crafting chocolates for over 100 years and all their chocolates are produced in their own factory in Alfreton, Derbyshire.
Everything manufactured by wholesalers Whitakers is produced in their modern, purpose built, factory in North Yorkshire. Whitakers has evolved over 125 years and five generations from a small team manufacturing chocolates by hand in the back of a shop, to a 150 strong workforce producing millions of chocolates every day.
Willie is the only small cacao grower and producer in the UK. Using 100-year-old machinery, Willie produces from bean to bar, authentic pure cacao and chocolate from the finest beans from around the world. The bars are all single bean or single estate origin of exceptional quality, representing the natural flavour of the region.