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Year of food and drink gets sweet-tooth treat

A tasty trail in store for Easter chocolate lovers

chocolateScotland’s only dedicated Chocolate Trail is preparing to welcome thousands of visitors during its first ever Easter season.

Some of the country’s top chocolatiers are devising a range of events and products to tempt tourists through their doors.

Launched in June last year, by the Scottish Chocolatiers Network, the Chocolate Trail features demonstrations and competitions from more than 70 businesses.

They include the Cocoa Bean Company’s egg hunts to Cocoa Mountain’s free gold or silver plated chocolate motorbikes. Chocolate Tree in Edinburgh is offering a free tour of its factory on Easter Monday to winners of a competition.

The team at Highland Chocolatier in Perthshire will be demonstrating how to make Easter surprises while IQ Chocolate, which is available at Selfridges, Harvey Nichols and Whole Foods, has created a limited edition superfood raw chocolate bar.

Scotland’s Chocolate Trail is one of 10 Scottish food and drink trails to feature in a specially created free eBook by VisitScotland.

The Scottish Chocolatiers Network has been supported by Think Local and the Community Food Fund. Designed to encourage visitors to take a culinary tour of the country,  ‘A Taste of Scotland’s Foodie Trails’ combines details of Scotland’s food trails with information about relevant local businesses and interesting facts about each product.

Malcolm Roughead, Chief Executive of VisitScotland, said: “Chocolate fans are in for a real treat this year as there really is no better time to discover Scotland’s Chocolate Trail than during the Easter break. From the bustling capital city, to the quiet beauty of the Highlands to tastings, pairing and demonstrations, this delicious journey will take visitors on a trip they will never forget.

“2015 is the Year of Food and Drink, a chance to celebrate our natural larder and the role food and drink plays in shaping our economic success and cultural identity.”

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