Scotland’s Love Affair With Candy

It’s been almost five years since we visited Tunnock’s in Uddingston (near Glasgow) and met Boyd Tunnock while on an amazing tour of the factory, but I remember it like it was yesterday.

Next time you pop into the shop ask me to describe how the famous caramel wafers are made because it’s truly by hand!

Fiona spoke with Mark Ellwood from Condé Nast Traveller about Scotland’s love affair with candy and our wee obsession with sugar.

Read the full article here


Scottish Producers Pop In and Pop Up!

Colonsay Brewery

Our Scottish Year of Food and Drink in 2015 was such a huge success that we are continuing our producer showcases throughout 2016!

Our weekly spotlight on individual producers is a chance for you to celebrate Scotland’s natural larder and quality produce by meeting producers face to face and tasting their products for the first (or second or third) time.

If you haven’t already, sign up to our newsletter for updates.

Photo: Colonsay Brewery really know how to serve a great taste of their beer!

Our 2016 Scottish producer showcases are on Thursdays, 3-6 pm with some dates awaiting producer confirmation so keep an eye on the list below.

Monumental Challenge in Edinburgh Aims High

Edinburgh Monumental Challenge 2016

If you’re like us, climbing tall buildings and hills around Edinburgh isn’t always at the top of your To Do list.

Here’s an exciting opportunity to change that!



The Monumental Challenge is an invite to local Edinburghers between October 8 and December 8 2016 to climb all 430 steps to the top of the Scott Monument on Princes Street and Nelson Monument on Calton Hill.

With us so far?

Register your success at the top of both by getting your ticket stamped and be automatically entered to win an exclusive package of experiences including…ta da…a £100 shopping spree at Cranachan & Crowdie.

Very cool, right?!

Here are the details for the Monumental Challenge.

Roots Soda Stands Out From The Crowd

One of our very local producers, Roots Soda, is a testament not only to hard work but a strong belief in making a product to be enjoyed, savoured and not fill us with tons of sugar.

Mark and Hannah at Roots Soda are also great supporters of their stockists. It’s such a pleasure to be part of a Scottish Soda Love Fest!

Of course we can highly recommend you try each of the sodas in their range…which we just happen to stock.

Pop in and pick up a six pack of chilled Roots Soda!

Cranachan and Crowdie’s Gluten Free Range

Don’t you just hate it when your gluten intolerance stops you enjoying your favourite Scottish treats? Well never fear, as Cranachan and Crowdie’s gluten free range is here! They stock a terrific range of gluten free goodies, with much more choice than your average supermarket. Say goodbye to compromising on crumbly, bland biscuits; instead choose from shortbread, ginger snaps and cookies as well as oatcakes and cakes during their busy Christmas season. So treat yourself! You gluten-free heroes deserve it.

Having trouble finding something to go with your gluten free oatcakes? No problem. Choose from Henshelwood’s range of gluten free chutneys.

And in 2016 they have added Edinburgh’s very own Bellfield Brewery glutenfree beer.

Cranachan and Crowdie are always on the look-out for more gluten free products to add to their ever expanding range, so keep those eyes peeled!

Lisa’s Top Tip: Sometimes we simply have to let others speak for us, like Gluten Free Edinburgh

What’s In Store For 2016!

What’s in store for 2016 you ask? 2015 has been the Year of Food and Drink in Scotland and we filled every Thursday with producer pop-ups in the shop. They were popular with visitors and we learned (and tasted) a lot so we plan to continue this throughout 2016.

We intend to introduce new and exclusive producers to our customers! We believe we have the largest selection of Scottish products on our shelves and we want to continue supporting small, artisanal producers while celebrating and promoting Scotland’s natural larder and quality produce.

If you haven’t already, sign up for our newsletter on our homepage and we will keep you updated about our activities, including private tasting events.

We look forward to seeing you again or meeting you for the first time in 2016!

Beth & Fiona

Best Shopping in Edinburgh

Word of mouth is the easiest way to uncover truly local shops, sometimes off the beaten track or still in the early stage of business. We always ask friends for their recommendations when we plan a short break in Europe because we trust them…and they’ve already done the research.

We have been included in The Telegraph’s piece about Edinburgh Shopping and it’s worth scrolling through the entire list of 30 independent shops to reach us at #24 and Pinnies & Poppyseeds at #31. We love it when our fans save the best for last.

Happy shopping in Edinburgh!

Read the full list here

Year of Food & Drink has arrived on the Royal Mile!

2015 is exploding with the Year of Food & Drink ahead of us and we aim to be at the centre of it all!

Our weekly spotlight on individual producers is a chance for you to celebrate Scotland’s natural larder and quality produce by meeting the producers face to face and tasting their products for the first time.

If you haven’t already, sign up to our newsletter for updates.

We are showcasing our Scottish producers every Thursday, 4-7pm during 2015 (except June 10, see below):

We look forward to seeing you and introducing our local, Scottish food and drink producers!

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