British Chocolate? Or is it? Is your British chocolate really made in Britain? British made chocolates and sweets (including The List of which confectionery is still British made)

Is your British chocolate really made in Britain?

Are your British sweets really British?

Is your British confectionery actually made in Britain?

Possibly not. Cadbury now make chocolate for the British market in Poland. Terry’s Chocolate Orange is also made in Poland. Terry’s no longer make anything in York and all manufacturing is in Poland, Sweden, Belgium or Slovakia.  Both companies (Terry’s of York and Cadbury) are now owned by Kraft, an American company. Nestle, a Swiss company, own Rowntree Mackintosh and make their Smarties abroad now. Both companies still have factories in the UK but I wonder for how much longer? Some supermarket own brand chocolate bars are now made abroad too, for example some Tesco chocolate is now made abroad.

Some of the ingredients like cacao have to come from abroad (and companies should have an ethical sourcing policy) , but manufacturing should take place in Britain. If products are made in the UK  their environmental impact is less because there is no trans-continental transport involved and British chocolate can only be truly British if it is made in Britain.

Britain is famous for having its supermarkets filled with shelf after shelf of chocolate but how much of this chocolate is still British? More and more chocolate makers are moving their production abroad, so please check that the chocolate you are buying is actually made in the UK.

The trouble is that the big companies (not the supermarkets generally though) often do not say on their chocolate bars where they are made – they just say Nestle York or Kraft Birmingham on the back. The big companies are quite content to deceive their customers. Some Cadbury products now say made under licence from Cadbury UK – it is not clear what that means.

Cadbury and Mars were willing to tell me which of their chocolate products are made in the UK; Nestle on the other hand said they did not keep a list of which of their products are made in the UK!

Mars, another American company, are clearly stating on the back of their Mars Bars – made in Slough – good for them. It would be even better if they gave country of origin on all their products.

A British Mars Bar. Made in Slough, UK. I guess Mars Bars for sale abroad are also made abroad.

A British Mars Bar. Made in Slough, UK. I guess Mars Bars for sale abroad are also made abroad. Photograph by author 31/1/16.

Please try to make sure that what you are buying is actually BRITISH MADE CHOCOLATE and SWEETS.

Also, please BUY BRITISH MADE EASTER EGGS AT EASTER TIME.

Remember that many confectionery companies have now shifted some or all production abroad but they are not telling you the consumer this.

Why not ask companies like Cadbury, Mars and Nestle about exactly where specific products are made. It might encourage them to label clearly!

British Family discuss changes to Cadbury’s Cream Eggs, how soon after the deal was struck for Kraft to buy Cadbury’s much of the production was moved to Eastern Europe making 400 people redundant despite promises at the time to save British jobs, and more widely the potential perils of foreign ownership of once British firms.

THE LIST – which chocolates and sweets are British?

I will update this list as and when I find out where various confectionary is made. Some large companies manufacture in more than one country and this list is primarily about confectionary on sale in the UK. Can you help add to this list?

British Owned and British Made

Creighton’s Chocolaterie chocolates appear to be made in the UK in Leighton Buzzard. The chocolate they use is Belgium though. On their website they say “Our small team design, make and pack everything in-house” and their twitter tagline says “Handmade British chocolates with a sense of fun and originality, made and owned by a mother & daughter team in Bedfordshire” – https://www.wearecreightons.com

Farrah’s Confectionary (Farrah’s of Harrogate Ltd), established in 1847, specialise in creating own label products for the gift sector, making confectionary, preserves, biscuits, etc. Trade only but their products are widely available to consumers and they also have their own shop in Harrogate, North Yorkshire. Farrah’s Toffee is perhaps their most famous product and “enjoys a worldwide reputation and is still produced in Harrogate, North Yorkshire”. They do not say on their website where their other products are produced but I get the impression they are also made in their Harrogate factory; certainly the fudge tins below are made in England – http://www.farrahs.com

Bourton on the Water fudge pocket tin by Farrah's Confectionary. Made in England. Photographed in the Edinburgh Woolen Mill in Bourton on the Water by the author.

Bourton on the Water fudge pocket tin by Farrah’s Confectionary. Made in England. Photographed in the Edinburgh Woolen Mill in Bourton on the Water by the author.

Candyco manufacture hard boiled sweets in both sugar and sugar free, Edinburgh rock and a range of creams, tablet and macaroon at their factory in Irvine, Scotland. They sell their own Monarch Confectionery brand or make sweets branded for other retailers. They also sell bon bons, fudges,toffees and jelly products produced for them by other manufacturers and I do not know if those products are made in the UK. Wholesale only and you’ll need to ask if a product is made in the UK or not. They have a factory shop in Irvine. The heading on their website says “Monarch Confectionery Handmade in Scotland” – http://www.monarchconfectionery.co.uk

Arthouse Meath is a UK social enterprise creating artworks and products, with images on their products being created by adults living with severe epilepsy and learning difficulties. They have a shop in Godalming. Products are available from their website and from Unique and Unity. Among their products are a few British made ones including chocolate bars, candles and soap – http://www.arthousemeath.com

Milk Chocolate, 100g, Abstract by Arthouse Meath. Made in England.

Milk Chocolate, 100g, Abstract by Arthouse Meath. Made in England.

Gwynedd Confectioners is the largest independent chocolate manufacturer in Wales, specialising in gift chocolate. Trade only.  There chocolate all appears to be made in the UK although you should check as no country of origin information is given on their website – http://gwyneddconfectioners.com

Nessie Luxury HAnd Made Milk Chocolate Bar. Manufactured in the UK by Gwynedd Confectioners.

Nessie Luxury Hand Made Milk Chocolate Bar. Manufactured in the UK by Gwynedd Confectioners.  Photograph by author.

County Confectionery are makers of Private Label chocolates, fudge & confectionery for leading brands in UK, Europe & worldwide, in St Ives, Cornwall, UK. As far as I know they only make in the UK and they may be British owned. Their website does not seem to work unfortunately (as of 13/3/16). They are on twitter though – www.countys.co.uk

CHOKABLOCK Easter Egg by made in the UK County Confectionery (left), Thorntons Easter Bunny made in the UK (centre) and a made in the UK Help for Heroes Easter Egg in Tesco Flitwick 13/3/16

CHOKABLOCK Easter egg made in the UK for Tesco by County Confectionery (left), Thorntons Easter bunny made in the UK (centre) and a made in the UK Tesco Help for Heroes Easter egg (right) in Tesco Flitwick 13/3/16.

ChokABlock Caramel Ylkie. Produced in the UK for Tesco stores. Photograph by author 16 Feb 2017.

ChokABlock Caramel Ylkie. Produced in the UK for Tesco stores. Photograph by author 16 Feb 2017.

Moo Free was founded at the end of 2010. All of Moo Free chocolates are dairy free, lactose free, casein free, gluten free, wheat free, soya free, and are both vegetarian and vegan friendly. Their products are made with rice milk instead of cow’s milk. On their website they say “All of our chocolates are made in our UK factories” – the use of the word ‘our’ suggests they have their own factories, but that may not be the case. Products include Easter Eggs, chocolate bars (small and large), chocolate advent calendars, chocolate santos and selection boxes – http://www.moofreechocolates.com

Moo Free Organic Dairy Free Easter Egg. Made in the UK.

Moo Free Organic Dairy Free Easter Egg. Made in the UK.

The Grown Up Chocolate Company make their chocolate bars in the UK – https://thegrownupchocolatecompany.co.uk

The Grown Up Chocolate Company Dark Chocolate Smoothy. Made in the UK. Front of box view.

The Grown Up Chocolate Company Dark Chocolate Smoothy. Made in the UK. Front of box view. Photograph by author.

The Grown Up Chocolate Company Dark Chocolate Smoothy. Made in the UK. Rear of box view saying “Handmade with love in the UK”.

The Grown Up Chocolate Company Dark Chocolate Smoothy. Made in the UK. Rear of box view saying “Handmade with love in the UK”. Photograph by author.

Cocoa Loco chocolate is made in England – http://www.cocoaloco.co.uk

Thorne’s Confectionary sugar free sweets are labeled as made in Great Britain on the packets. I saw these sweets in a shop in a hospital in Bedford during January 2016. I can’t find a website for this company but their sweets are available from retailers and online. The company appear to be based in Heckmondwike, West Yorkshire.

Thorne’s Sugar Free Pear Drops. Made in Great Britain.

Thorne’s Sugar Free Pear Drops. Made in Great Britain.

Stockley’s Sweets have a factory in Blackburn. Among the many sweets they make is Coltsfoot Rock. Other suppliers sell them as own label, but Stockley’s Sweets is the only manufacturer of Coltsfoot Rock in the world. Stockley’s are manufacturers of boiled sweets like pear drops and barley sugars, toffees, chews, fudges and honeycombe sweets in both traditional and sugar free ranges, own brand and branded for others. You can find their sweets in shops or via their website or elsewhere online. Ade Edmondson visited their factory in the video below in around 2013. I assume all their sweets are made in their Blackburn factory but do check before buying – http://www.stockleys-sweets.co.uk

Churchill’s Confectionery Ltd, as far as I can gather, make all their beautifully embossed tins containing sweets, chocolates or biscuits, in the UK. However, this is not absolutely clear from their website. On the tins that I have seen it says “Made in the United Kingdom” or “designed and made in the UK”, which I assume to mean both the tins and the confectionery inside are made in the UK. When I asked them (4/11/14) they said “all the confectionery is made in the UK and packed within our facility in Hertfordshire” and that the tins are “manufactured under agreement by various factories”. The fact that did not specify where these factories are suggests that the tins themselves may be foreign made. I asked for clarification about where the tins are made and that have not got back to me, so disappoiningly it does appear the tins themselves are foreign made  – http://www.churchills-confectionery.co.uk

Churchill's Confectionery (English Toffees) London Bus tin. Made in the UK.

Churchill’s Confectionery (English Toffees) London Bus tin. Made in the UK. The tins may be foreign made though.

Stewart’s Tins (pretty embossed tins containing fudge or shortbread biscuits) are made in Scotland. Available in department stores. I got a tin in Boswells Oxford. Stewart’s Tins are part of the Muircroft Group. I assume both the tins and the content are made in the UK, but it would be worth checking. When I asked (in November 2014) them they were able to confirm that “all the confectionery is made in the UK and packed within our facility in Hertfordshire” but they said their tins were made in various factories and did not state if these factories were all (if indeed any of them) in the UK. – http://www.stewartstins.com

Aphrodite Chocolates specialise in luxury chocolates, which are made in Derbyshire, England – http://www.aphrodite-chocolates.co.uk

Eat Natural cereal bars are made in the UK – http://www.eatnatural.co.uk

The “Real Easter Egg” by The Meaningful Chocolate Company are made in the UK – http://www.realeasteregg.co.uk

Anything from House of Dorchesterwww.hodchoc.com – boxed chocolates, chocolate bars, and so on.  Gorgeous chocolate!  Available online and in stores.

House of Dorchester Luxury assortment 200g. Made in England.

House of Dorchester Luxury assortment 200g. Made in England.

Almost anything from John Bull Confectionershttp://www.john-bull.com/ – Most of their sweets are made in their Bridlington factory – rock, lollies, seaside sweets, biscuits, sweets, fudge and so on.

John Bull rock shop in Scarborough.

John Bull rock shop in Scarborough. Photograph by author.

Lees Foods (Lees confectionery bars, teacakes, snowballs, etc; the Carousel Wafer Company; Waverley Bakery ice cream cones and wafers), are as far as I know all made in Scotland, UK, for example their Lee’s Scottish Fudge 60g bar is made in Scotland – http://leesfoods.co.uk

Lee's Scottish Fudge 60g bar, made in Scotland

Lee’s Scottish Fudge 60g bar, made in Scotland

From what I can gather from their website, William Curley chocolate is all British made but it is not clearly stated as such on their website so you will need to check – http://www.williamcurley.com

Anything from Swizzels Matlowhttp://www.swizzels-matlow.com – I think all their sweets are made in their factory in Derbyshire, England. Love Hearts, Drumsticks, Refreshers, Fizzers, Rainbow Drops, Parma Violets and so on.  Available in larger quantities online or individually in stores.

Swizzels Sweet Shop Favourites tin. Made in the UK.

Swizzels Sweet Shop Favourites tin. Made in the UK. Photograph by author.

Swizzels Sweet Shop Favourites tin. Made in the UK. Rear of tin label view.

Swizzels Sweet Shop Favourites tin. Made in the UK. Rear of tin label view. Photograph by author.

Walkers butter shortbread biscuits are made in Scotland – http://www.walkersshortbread.com/uk/ 

Walkers Snack Pack Shortbread Finger 2's. Made in Scotland.

Walkers Snack Pack Shortbread Finger 2’s. Made in Scotland.

Anything from Tangerine Confectionery Ltd.  Barratt Dip Dab, Barratt Sherbert Fountain, Butterkist Popcorn, Trebor Basset Mints,  Liquorice Allsorts, Mojos chews, Taveners fruit drops, Wilkinson’s Mint Imperials, Wilkinson’s Pontefract Cakes, etc.  I think some of their brands such as Anthon Berg might be made abroad so do check before buying.  Wholesale.  Available in stores. Tangerine Confectionery also owns Craven’s.

BARRATT NOUGAT BAR. Made in the UK.

BARRATT NOUGAT BAR. Made in the UK.

Henry Goode's Soft Eating Liquorice Bar 3 Pk - Manufactured in Pontefract, Uk by Tangerine Confectionery Ltd.

Henry Goode’s Soft Eating Liquorice Bar 3 Pk – Manufactured in Pontefract, Uk by Tangerine Confectionery Ltd.

Anything from Rumseyshttp://www.rumseys.co.uk/ – chocolate (and two coffee shops). I think all their chocolates are made in Thame, England.

Ella Riley toffees are made in Bridgend, South Wales – http://www.ellarileysweets.com

Feather’s chocolates and chocolate bars are hand-made in North Yorkshire. Whilst the chocolate is imported from Belgium and other ingredients such as chillies from India, the cream and butter used is produced locally to Helmsley where the chocolates are made. Available at the market in York and at Ryeburn of Helmsley cafe (where they also make ice cream, using Italian flavours).

Anything from British Butlerhttp://www.BritishButler.co.uk – made in Bristol, England (the same city where Kraft have recently closed a Cadbury factory) – Lash Wafer Bars and Snapper Biscuit Bars.

Anything from Montezuma’s – http://www.montezumas.co.uk – they manufacture all their own products at their factory in West Sussex, England – Easter Eggs, drinking chocolate, chocolate sweets, chocolate bars, boxed truffles, gift chocolate, etc.

Anything from Charbonnel et Walker – http://www.charbonnel.co.uk – Founded in 1875, all their chocolates are made in the UK – boxed chocolates, chocolate truffles, sugar confectionery, after dinner chocolates, drinking chocolate, chocolate bars, gift chocolate, Easter Eggs, etc.  They have a shop in the Royal Arcade on Old Bond Street, London and their factory is in Tunbridge Wells.

10 British chocolate and sweet makers are listed in this excellent article on the Best of British website – http://www.thebestof-british.co.uk/chocolatiers-c501.html

Anything from Thorntonshttp://www.thorntons.co.uk/ – In answer to my question about whether all of their products are made in the UK they responded “All of our products are made in Derbyshire, UK”. Good to hear that all Thorntons chocolate is made in Britain. Boxed chocolates, Easter Eggs, chocolate bars, toffee, fudge, chocolate models, sweets and so on.  Available in their shops and in other stores.

Thorntons Chocolate Truffle / Choc Nut Crunch Bars. Made in the UK.

Thorntons Chocolate Truffle / Choc Nut Crunch Bars. Made in the UK.

Thorntons Classic Collection. Made in England.

Thorntons Classic Collection. Made in England. Photograph by author.

Thorntons Classic Collection. Made in Derbyshire, UK. Rear of boc view.

Thorntons Classic Collection. Made in Derbyshire, UK. Rear of box view. Photograph by author.

Anything from Tunnock’s – http://www.tunnock.co.uk/ – Tea Cakes, Wafers, etc.  Made in Scotland.

Anything from Quiggins  – http://www.quiggins.co.uk – Kendal Mint Cake, Rum & Brandy Butters, Truffles & Marzipan, Fudges, Chocolate Creams, Herbal Punches, etc.  Wholesale.

Anythings from Creative Confectionery [J E Wilson and Sons (Kendal)] – http://www.funchocs.com.  Wilsons – Kendal Mint Cake, fudge, toffee, gift products, Beatrix Potter gift foods – http://www.wilsonsofkendal.co.uk.  Duncans – Chocolate Bars and traditional Chocolates.  Creative Confectionery – Gift Confectionery.  Wholesale.

Anything from Romney’s – http://www.kendal.mintcake.co.uk – George Romney Limited are manufacturers of Romney’s Kendal Mint Cake, Wipers Kendal Mintcake, Hand Made Fudge, Romneys Sugar Free Sweets and also make Bespoke Wedding mint cake and fudge. Romneys are also a Confectionery Wholesaler for some other foreign made brands and these are not made in the UK.  Wholesale.

The National Trust Shops also sell some British made Kendal Mint Cake. You may also find a few more British made items in National Trust shops, including cushions, oven gloves, greetings cards, diaries, calendars, and foodstuffs – http://shop.nationaltrust.org.uk

National trust Kendal Mint Cake. Made in England.

National Trust Kendal Mint Cake. Made in England. Photograph by author.

Fisherman’s Friends – http://www.fishermansfriend.com – made in Fleetwood, Lancashire, England.  Wholesale but widely available.

Lofthouse's Fisherman's Friend 45g. Made in England.

Lofthouse’s Fisherman’s Friend 45g. Made in England.

Anything from Audrey’s Chocolates – http://www.audreyschocolates.co.uk – all made in England.  Boxed chocolates (including select your own), chocolate bars and gift chocolate and Easter Eggs.  Audrey’s Chocolates also make the Easter Eggs for Fortnum and Mason.

Fortnum and Mason Hand Decorated White Chocolate Egg 227g made in England

Fortnum and Mason Hand Decorated White Chocolate Egg 227g made in England

Some confectionery in Fortnum and Mason is made in the UK – https://www.fortnumandmason.com

Some chocolate from “Hotel Chocolate” is made in the UK, but not all of it.  Unless the chocolate from Hotel Chocolate says “country of origin UK” on it then I suspect it is made abroad. Much of their chocolate though is made in the Uk and shows the country of origin as the UK on the packaging – http://www.hotelchocolat.com

Gnaw chocolate is made in Norfolk, England – http://www.gnawfolkchocolate.co.uk

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Demarquette – hand-made chocolate – boxed and bagged chocolates, chocolate bars, truffles, soya chocolates, chocolate coated nuts and fruit drinking chocolate, etc. – developed and produced in Britain in North Kensington, London. Commitments on sourcing as many ingredients as possible from local producers and the provenance of ingredients  – http://www.demarquette.com

Davenport’s Chocolates – boxed hand-made chocolates from Newcastle, England – http://www.davenportschocolates.co.uk

Beech’s Fine Chocolates – Boxed chocolates, chocolate bars, chocolate mints, chocolate gingers, chocolate brazils, chocolate creams, vegetarian and vegan chocolates, bagged chocolate buttons, bagged chocolate footballs, gemstones, mini eggs, etc – manufactured in Preston, Lancashire since 1920, where they have their own factory. Beech’s make chocolates under their own brand, Beech’s, and for selected other “own label” brands. Available from their website and from retailers – http://www.beechsfinechocolates.com

Beech's Milk Chocolate Salted Caramel Bar 60g. Made in England.

Beech’s Milk Chocolate Salted Caramel Bar 60g. Made in England. Front view.

Beech's Milk Chocolate Salted Caramel Bar 60g. Made in England. Rear of packaging view.

Beech’s Milk Chocolate Salted Caramel Bar 60g. Made in England. Rear of packaging view.

Whitakers Chocolates – made in Skipton, North Yorkshire – wholesale retail & catering markets and online – Branded and generic Neapolitan chocolates, chocolates and truffles, boxed Neapolitan chocolates, boxed chocolate crisps and wafers, fondant cremes, chocolate selections boxes, foiled chocolates – http://www.whitakerschocolates.com

Burgers of Marlow – Bakery, patisserie, continental style confectioners and tea room in Marlow, Buckinghamshire, England – made on the premises – pronounced “Bur-jer” with a soft ‘g’ – purchase in the shop – http://www.burgersartisanbakery.com

Cadbury Mini Rolls are manufactured in the UK by Manor Bakeries (part of Premier Foods).  Cadbury themselves are American owned now.

Thorntons Easter Eggs – all made in England.

Waitrose Woodland Friends Easter Eggs (and possibly more Waitrose Easter Eggs?) are made in the UK. Waitrose Mint Imperials are made in the UK, as are many other Waitrose own brand bagged sweets. Waitrose Cook’s Ingredients milk chocolate is made in the UK. At least some of the other Waitrose own branded chocolate is made in the UK.

You can even find some British made chocolates and a few other British made products in Poundland, for example Ashley’s Family Treats pictured below (which I assume are private label chocolates produced for Poundland).

Ashley's Family Treats Dark Chocolate Mint Cremes 150g. Produced in the UK. Photograph by author.

Ashley’s Family Treats Dark Chocolate Mint Cremes 150g. Produced in the UK. Photograph by author.

Ashley's Family Treats Dark Chocolate Mint Cremes 150g. Produced in the UK. Rear of packaging label detail. Photograph by author.

Ashley’s Family Treats Dark Chocolate Mint Cremes 150g. Produced in the UK. Rear of packaging label detail. Photograph by author.

At least some Sainsbury’s own brand chocolate is made in the UK and they give country of origin details for their own brand products on their website. For example this Sainsbury’s Easter Egg (which was just £1 in 2015).

Sainsbury's Milk Chocolate Easter Egg with Chocolate Caramels 155g

Sainsbury’s Milk Chocolate Easter Egg with Chocolate Caramels 155g. Made in the UK.

Sainsbury’s Easter Eggs for 2017 are clearly labelled. All 4 here are packed in the UK and the eggs are made in the UK. But the gummy mix with one egg is made in Germany and the chocolate caramels for another are also made in Germany. Label view. Photograph by author.

Sainsbury’s Easter Eggs for 2017 are clearly labelled. All 4 here are packed in the UK and the eggs are made in the UK. But the gummy mix with one egg is made in Germany and the chocolate caramels for another are also made in Germany. Mixed view. Photograph by author.

At least some Co-op own brand chocolate is made in the UK.

Some Tesco Easter Eggs are made in the UK (many though are made abroad). The Tesco CHOKABLOCK Easter egg made by County Confectionery and the Tesco Help for Heroes Easter egg (both pictured above) are made in the UK, as is the Tesco Milk Chocolate Golden Egg Hunt Adventure Easter egg pictured below.

Tesco Milk Chocolate Golden Egg Hunt Adventure Easter egg. Made in the UK.

Some Tesco chocolate is made in the UK (for example Tesco White Chocolate 150g) but other chocolate (for example Tesco Value chocolate) is made abroad, so please check whether Tesco chocolate is made in the UK before buying before buying.

Tesco Jelly Babies and Tesco Mint Imperials. Produced in the UK.

Tesco Jelly Babies and Tesco Mint Imperials. Produced in the UK. Photograph by author.

Tesco Jelly Babies and Tesco Mint Imperials. Produced in the UK. Rear label view of Mint Imperials.

Tesco Jelly Babies and Tesco Mint Imperials. Produced in the UK. Rear label view of Mint Imperials.

Tesco All Butter Scottish Shortbread tin. Produced in the UK.

Tesco All Butter Scottish Shortbread tin. Produced in the UK. Photograph by author.

Tesco All Butter Scottish Shortbread tin. Produced in the UK. Rear of tin label view.

Tesco All Butter Scottish Shortbread tin. Produced in the UK. Rear of tin label view. Photograph by author.

Tesco Fruit and Nut Milk Chocolate large bar. Produced in the UK. Photograph by author.

Tesco Fruit and Nut Milk Chocolate large bar. Produced in the UK. Photograph by author.

Tesco Fruit and Nut Milk Chocolate large bar. Produced in the UK. Rear label view. Photograph by author.

Tesco Fruit and Nut Milk Chocolate large bar. Produced in the UK. Rear label view. Photograph by author.

At least some Marks and Spencer chocolate bars, boxed chocolates, sweets and Easter Eggs are UK made.  For example their Walnut Whip, giant Walnut Whip and 36g marzipan bar are made in the UK. Check though because some Marks and Spencer chocolates and sweets are made abroad, for example Marks and Spencer Percy the Pig sweets are made in Germany.

Marks and Spencer Star Wars R2D2 Easter Egg. Made in the UK. Front view.

Marks and Spencer Star Wars R2D2 Easter Egg. Made in the UK. Front view. Photograph by author.

Marks and Spencer Star Wars R2D2 Easter Egg. Made in the UK. Rear of packaging label view.

Marks and Spencer Star Wars R2D2 Easter Egg. Made in the UK. Rear of packaging label view. Photograph by author.

Marks and Spencer foiled Union Flag design solid milk chocolate discs. Made in the UK. On display at Marks and Spencer Luton Airport arrivals. Photograph by author.

Marks and Spencer foiled Union Flag design solid milk chocolate discs. Made in the UK. On display at Marks and Spencer Luton Airport arrivals. Photograph by author.

M and S Mint Crumbles. Made in Derbyshire. Photograph by author.

Marks and Spencer Mint Crumbles. Made in Derbyshire. Photograph by author.

At least some Happy Shopper (Booker Group convenience stores) chocolate, such as their Chocolate Honeycomb and their Chocolate Raisins, are “produced in the UK”.

Boots Shapers Bars are made in the UK, or at least the ones I have seen.

http://www.themarshmallowists.co.uk – made in London I think.

http://www.hopeandgreenwood.co.uk – at least some of their traditional type sweets are made in the UK I believe.

Willie’s Cocoa – http://williescacao.com or http://www.willieschocolateshop.com – their factory is in Uffculme, Devon, in South West England and all their chocolate is made here as far as I can tell – selling chocolate bars for cooking and to a lesser extent for eating.

Willie’s Cacao Easter Eggs on display in Waitrose Amptill. Made in the UK. Photograph by author 29 March 2017.

Paul A. Young – http://www.paulayoung.co.uk – chocolates hand made in their shops in London, using ingredients sourced from all over the world.

Walls Magnum chocolates are made in the UK by KCL Limited (under licence from Unilever, an Anglo–Dutch company). Some other Unilever products, including as far as I know Walls ice cream sold in the UK, are made in the UK too.

Jakemans menthol sweets – it says on the packets manufactured by Jakemans (Confectionery) Limited, Boston, so that strongly implies made in the UK (owned by G.R. Lanes Health Products). No country of origin information is given on their website, although there is a news article about how Jakemans are the proud winners of a 2016 made in Lincolnshire Award. The company were established in 1907. Their sweets are marketed as throat & chest soothing lozenges.

Anything from Royal Warrant holders Prestat – they have told to me that all their chocolates are made in London – chocolates, truffles, wafer thins, chocolate bars. Mind, I think this only applies to the chocolates they make themselves. Some of their chocolates do not say made in England on the packaging only made for Prestat and I cannot be sure these are made in England.

Anything from Creighton’s chocolates is made in England, but note they use Belgium chocolate as their raw ingredient.

The Cocoa Mistress – Follows me on Twitter – Handmade in Kent, England – Chocolates boxed and bars, lollies, novelties, sweets.  These look nice but I haven’t tried them.

Coco Pzazz (formerly known as Rural Foodies) chocolates are made in Wales, as far as I can gather from their website.

Not Before Tea – Founded by 10yr Henry Patterson, NBT sweets are all made in Britain – http://notbeforetea.myshopify.com

Revolution Chocolates, the home of the ‘Ration Bar’ range & other WW2-themed chocolates, are made in England – http://www.revolutionchocolates.co.uk

Oh So Scrummy flapjacks, gingerbread men, muffins, cupcakes and cake slices might all be made in Britain. The Oh So Scrummy yoghurt flavoured flapjack I had today (23 Oct 2015) was labeled on the back “Produced in the UK”. Their website seems to be under construction – http://www.ohsoscrummy.co.uk

British Made

Penguin chocolate coated biscuits by McVitie’s (part of United Biscuits) are made in the UK. United Biscuits (UB) is a formerly British multinational food manufacturer, and the makers of McVitie’s biscuits, Jacob’s Cream Crackers, go ahead bars, Carr’s water biscuits, Crawfords biscuits, Twiglets and other well-known brands. In November 2014 it was acquired by Turkish company Yıldız Holding and the company is now marketing itself as “pladis”. The company retains some manufacturing in the UK currently with factories at Tollcross, Carlisle, Aintree, Manchester, Halifax, Wigston, and Harlesden. pladis has manufacturing sites all over the world, but mostly manufactures in Turkey.

Mars Bar (American owned) – made in Slough (according to Mars 1.5.13).

Galaxy Ripple, Galaxy Minstrels, Galaxy Counters, Galaxy Smooth (Mars) – no country of origin label but made in Slough.

Maltesers, Maltesers Teaser Bar– Mars – no country of origin label but made in Slough.

Snickers (Mars) – no country of origin label but made in Slough.

Mars Celebrations – no country of origin label but made in Slough.

Revels – Mars – no country of origin label but made in Slough.

Tracker – Mars – no country of origin label but made in Slough.

All other Mars chocolate except those listed above is produced in Europe.

Wriggley’s (Mars) Extra chewing gum – no country of origin label but made in the UK (according to Wriggley’s 2.5.13).

Wriggley’s (Mars) Hubba Bubba chewing gum – no country of origin label but made in the UK.

All other Wriggley’s (Mars) chewing gum is made abroad.

All Cadbury Easter Eggs.  No country of origin label, but made in the UK (according to Kraft on 30.4.13).

Cadbury’s (Kraft; American owned) Crème Eggs. No country of origin label, but made in the UK.

Cadbury Mini Crème Eggs. No country of origin label, but made in the UK.

Cadbury Dairy Milk with Crunchie. No country of origin label, but made in the UK.

Cadbury Dairy Milk Turkish. No country of origin label, but made in the UK.

Cadbury Wispa. No country of origin label, but made in the UK.

Cadbury Caramel Freddo. No country of origin label, but made in the UK.

Cadbury Roses. No country of origin label, but made in the UK.

Cadbury Miniature Heroes. No country of origin label, but made in the UK.

Cadbury Caramel Eggs. No country of origin label, but made in the UK.

Cadbury Caramel Nibbles. No country of origin label, but made in the UK.

Cadbury Buttons & Giant Buttons. No country of origin label, but made in the UK.

Cadbury Snack Shortcake. No country of origin label, but made in the UK.

Cadbury Snack Sandwich. No country of origin label, but made in the UK.

All Cadbury Drinking Chocolate Range. No country of origin label, but made in the UK.

Nestle products are made all over the world, including in the UK. For example there has been a Nestle coffee production factory in Hayes since 1913 (it originally made chocolate when it first started and moved over to coffee production in 1939, having been purchased by Nestle in 1919) but during 2015 it was closed. Nestle’s Tutbury plant in Derbyshire and the Dalston plant in Cumbria continue to make coffee. Nestle still have factories in Girvan, Dalston, Fawdon, York, Halifax and Tutbury, Buxton, Welwyn Garden City, Bromborough, Sudbury, Wisbech, and Aintree; producing coffee, chocolate, water, pet food, etc. Unfortunately for the consumer Nestle have a policy of not labelling country of origin on their products, so you will not know where your chocolate / coffee / water / pet food was manufactured or if it was made in the UK – http://www.nestle.co.uk

Nestle (Mackintosh’s) Rolo – Made in UK (and unusually for Nestle labelled as such). Mackintosh’s purchased Caley’s of Norwich from The African and Eastern Trade Corporation in 1932 and Rolos were made in Norwich from 1937 up until the 1990s when Nestle closed the Norwich factory. There is a short history of Caley’s here. Rolos are now made in Fawdon, Newcastle upon Tyne.

Nestle Blue Ribbon Bar – Made in Fawdon, Newcastle upon Tyne (according to Wikipedia – Nestle will not confirm where any of their chocolate is made). No country of origin label. As of April 2017 Nestle plans to cut 300 UK jobs and is moving production of the Blue Riband chocolate biscuit to Poland as part of these planned UK job cuts.

Nestle Breakaway Bar – Made in Fawdon, Newcastle upon Tyne (According to Wikipedia – Nestle will not confirm where any of their chocolate is made). No country of origin label.

Nestle (Mackintosh’s) Caramac – Made in Fawdon, Newcastle upon Tyne (According to Wikipedia – Nestle will not confirm where any of their chocolate is made). No country of origin label.

Nestle (Rowntree’s) Fruit Pastilles – Made in Fawdon, Newcastle upon Tyne (According to Wikipedia – Nestle will not confirm where any of their chocolate is made). No country of origin label.

Nestle (Rowntree’s) Munchies – Made in Fawdon, Newcastle upon Tyne (According to Wikipedia – Nestle will not confirm where any of their chocolate is made). No country of origin label.

Nestle (Mackintosh’s) Toffee Crisp – Made in Fawdon, Newcastle upon Tyne (According to Wikipedia – Nestle will not confirm where any of their chocolate is made). No country of origin label.

Nestle Yorkie bourbon biscuit – Made in Fawdon, Newcastle upon Tyne (According to Wikipedia – Nestle will not confirm where any of their chocolate is made). No country of origin label.

Nestle (Rowntree’s) Kit Kat – Made in York according to Wikipedia. Nestle will not confirm where any of their chocolate is made. No country of origin label.

Yorkie Bar (Rowntree’s; now Nestle) – Made in York according to the internet. Nestle will not confirm where any of their chocolate is made. No country of origin label.

Aero Bar (Rowntree’s; now Nestle) – Made in York according to the internet. Nestle will not confirm where any of their chocolate is made. No country of origin label.

Haribo sweets (German owned).  In 1972 Haribo bought the majority of shares in the English firm Dunhills (Pontefract).  In 1994 they took complete control.  The Dunhills factory in Pontefract remains and produces Haribo sweets and other confectionery like Pontefract Cakes for the UK market. No country of origin labelling on their Haribo or MAOAM brands though and production also takes place abroad for example in Germany. The UK factory in Pontefract
West Yorkshire, now known as HARIBO Dunhills (Pontefract) PLC, also has a factory shop – https://www.haribo.com/enGB/home.html

Kinnerton Confectionery is Britain’s largest manufacturer of chocolate and novelty confectionery specialising in character merchandising.  For example they made Hello Kitty Easter Eggs in 2013, produced in the UK.  They produce own label and bespoke confectionery for retailers and other brands.  Wholesale.  Operating across three manufacturing sites in the UK and one in Ireland, many of their products are made in the UK.  Gilchris Confectionery was purchased and subsumed by this company.  Horsley Hick & Flower, with a factory just outside York – who make Foiled Balls and Eggs, sugar panned eggs, jazzies and snows, candy coated buttons, chocolate coated dragees (wholesale) – are owned by Kinnerton Confectionery and Kinnerton Confectionery themselves are owned by German company Zertus.

Kinnerton Star Wars advent calendar 2015. Made in Great Britian.

Kinnerton Star Wars advent calendar 2015. Made in Great Britain. Photograph by author.

Cadbury Fingers are manufactured in the UK by Burton’s Foods Limited.  Cadbury themselves are American owned now, as indeed are Burton’s Buscuits.  Burton’s also make Wagon Wheels, Maryland Cookies, Dodgers and Lyons Biscuits, in the UK.

Boxes of Nestle (was Rowntree) After Eight Mint Chocolate Thins (After Eight Mints) (Swiss owned).

Paynes Poppets – made in the UK by Foxes Confectionery – Foxes are now owned by the Finnish Raisio Group.  Foxes biscuits are also made in the UK.

At least some Harrods own brand chocolates are made in the UK.

Rivington Biscuits, best known for their Pink Panther wafers, were founded in 1996 having taken over a wafer biscuit manufacture in Wigan, Lancashire that had been established for 20 years. Primarily they produce private label biscuit products for others. Owned by dutch company Van Delft Biscuits, who put the company into administration in December 2016 – http://www.rivingtonbiscuits.co.uk

Foreign Made

Divine Chocolate – it’s made in continental Europe somewhere – Divine chocolate is made in a factory in Germany, as per this article on their website – http://www.divinechocolate.com/uk/good-stuff/news/2010/12/divine-chocolate-factory-snow

Terry’s Chocolate Orange (made in Slovakia or Poland).  No country of origin labelling.

Anything else from Terry’s (Terry’s of York).

Sesame Snaps (Anglo-Dal) – made in Poland.

Some chocolate from “Hotel Chocolate” is made in the UK, but not all of it – http://www.hotelchocolat.com.  Unless the chocolate from Hotel Chocolate says “country of origin UK” on it then I suspect it is made abroad.

Green and Black’s products (made in the EU – i.e. made abroad).

Green and Blacks Easter Eggs.

Panda Liquorice – all made in Finland.

All Mars chocolate products, except those listed above as being made in Slough, are produced in Europe.

Bounty (Mars).

Twix (made in the Netherlands) – Mars.

All Mars chocolate drinks are made in Europe.

All Wriggley’s (Mars) chewing gum is made abroad, except for the 2 products listed above.

Wriggley’s (Mars) “5” chewing gum.

Airwaves chewing gum (Wriggley’s – Mars).

Altoids (Wriggley’s – Mars).

Wrigley’s Doublemint chewing gum (Mars).

Wrigley’s Juicy Fruit chewing gum (Mars).

Lockets (Wriggley’s – Mars).

Orbit chewing gum (Wriggley’s – Mars)

Skittles (Wriggley’s – Mars).

Tunes (Wriggley’s – Mars).

Wrigley’s Spearmint chewing gum (Mars).

Starburst (originally called Opel Fruits) – Wrigley’s (Mars) – made in the Czech republic – No country of origin labelling.

Impact Mints (made in Germany).

Starbucks mints and chewing gum – made in the Netherlands.

Smarties (Nestle) – made in Poland – No country of origin labelling.

Werther’s Original sweets (made in Germany).

Peppersmith chewing gum and mints (but the mint used in their products is grown in Hampshire).  No country of origin labelling.

Cadbury’s Double Decker.

Cadbury Dairy Milk (except with Crunchie or Turkish) – made in the EU (whatever that means!).

Cadbury’s (Fry’s) Crunchie – made in Poland according to Wikipedia.

Cadbury’s Bassetts Jelly Babies.

Curly Wurly (Cadbury’s – Kraft).

Fry’s Peppermint Creams (Cadbury/Kraft).

Fry’s Turkish Delight (Cadbury/Kraft).

Cadbury’s Picnic (states made in EU on packaging which can be taken to mean made abroad).

Cadbury Time Out (made in the Republic of Ireland – ROI).

Cadbury Twirl (ROI).

Cadbury Flake, Dipped Flake, Praline Flake (ROI).

Cadbury Snack Wafer (ROI).

Cadbury Boost (ROI).

Cadbury Star Bar (ROI).

Tobleroneowned by US confectionery company Mondelēz International, Inc., formerly Kraft Foods, which acquired the product from former owner Jacobs Suchard in 1990 – made in Switzerland – it used to be made in Bedford too, but not anymore. Toblerone chocolate was produced in Bedford at the Meltis factory in Miller Road until 1996. The factory there was originally opened by Peek Frean and Co in 1913 and after a merger with Meltis in 1967 Toblerone bars were produced in the factory. Meltis eventually became part of German company Hosta International. Meltis Newberry Fruits are now made in Germany. Mr Tom peanut bars are made in Germany too I think. In 1970, Suchard merged with Tobler to become Interfood. Interfood merged with the Jacobs coffee company in 1982, becoming Jacobs Suchard. Kraft Foods acquired Jacobs Suchard, including their Milka brand, in 1990. Milka is made in Germany rather than Switzerland. Peek Freans is the name of a former biscuit making company based in Bermondsey, London. The company was broken up and sold off in the 1980s, and after various ownerships the UK and European parts of the company ending up as part of BSN (now known as Groupe Danone). The UK factories were subsequently closed down, including the Bermondsey factory, and the brand dropped from the UK market. In September 2004 United Biscuits bought what was by then known as the Jacob’s Biscuit Group for £240M from Groupe Danone. The Peek Freans brand is owned but not marketed in the UK and Europe by United Biscuits, and in the United States and Canada the brand is owned by Mondelēz International, whilst in Pakistan the brand is owned by English Biscuit Manufacturers (EBM). EBM continue to use the name Peak Freans and to manufacture in Pakistan, where Peak Freans, along with another of their popular brands Sooper, remain well known in Pakistan.

An article about the former Peek Frean / Meltis Toblerone factory in Bedford in the Bedfordshire on Sunday newspaper 13 November 2016.

An article about the former Peek Frean / Meltis Toblerone factory in Bedford in the Bedfordshire on Sunday newspaper 13 November 2016. Photograph by author.

Some Tesco Finest Easter Eggs (some though are made in the UK).

At least some Tesco own brand chocolate is made abroad.

At least some Marks and Spencer chocolate and sweets are made abroad, for example Marks and Spencer Percy the Pig sweets are made in Germany.

Anything from Milka (Kraft – Jacobs Suchard).

Anything from Lindt.

Anything from Guylian.

Anything from Ferrero Rocher.

Tic Tacs.  No country of origin labelling. Made in Dublin, Southern Ireland or Italy.

Ovaltine Options chocolate drinks – made in Switzerland.

Bendicks, which owned by a German company, August Stork, and manufactured in Germany (their Winchester production ceasing in 2011).

No country of origin labelling

Nestle Easter Eggs.

Polos (Rowntree’s; now Nestle).

Nestles Milky Bar.  The British pronunciation of the company’s name seems to have changed from “nessuls” to the Swiss “ness-lay” by the way.

Rowntree’s Fruit Gums (Nestle).

Cadbury Bournville Cocoa powder (for drinking and baking).

Walls ice cream (part of Unilever, an Anglo–Dutch company) – Walls, Magnum, Cornetto, etc.  As far I know Walls ice cream sold for the UK market is made in the UK.

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31 thoughts on “British Chocolate? Or is it? Is your British chocolate really made in Britain? British made chocolates and sweets (including The List of which confectionery is still British made)

  1. lisa allen

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  2. Kelly

    I realise this is a while ago now, but was searching to find where Cadbury’s is now made. I live in New Zealand and miss UK chocolate, I was sent a bar of the ‘new shape’ cadbury dairy milk and became suspicious as it said made under license rather than where it was made, and to be honest, it wasn’t very nice.

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    1. ukmade Post author

      Thanks for your comment. Made under licence presumably means made for Cadbury by an outsoucing partner (i.e. made for them by someone else). Even in the UK there are Cadbury bars that say this. Cadbury still manufacture chocolate in the UK but they also have factories in places like Poland whose chocolate is then sent back to the UK. In New Zealand Cadbury have their own factory too (or at least they used to). It would be helpful if Cadbury labelled their products with country of origin.

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  3. ukmade Post author

    A note on the takeover of Cadbury’s by Kraft. In 2010, within a week of the takeover of Cadbury plc by Kraft Foods, the closure of Cadbury’s (Fry’s) Somerdale plant near Bristol plant was confirmed and production moved to Warsaw, Poland. This despite promises made by Kraft during the take over bid to keep the Somerdale factory open. The factory closed on 31 March 2011, after which machinery was shipped to Poland. Cadbury have other factories in the UK still.

    http://www.bathchronicle.co.uk/Chocs-away-staff-leave-time/story-11352890-detail/story.html

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Somerdale_Factory

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  4. Fred Sticks

    Another brand you could note as foreign-made is Bendicks, which are now ultimately owned by a German company, August Stork, and manufactured in Germany (their Winchester production ceasing in 2011). It’s particularly egregious because they still have a Royal Warrant. If you look through the Bendicks website, you would not realise there was the slightest German connection.

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    1. ukmade Post author

      Hello. Thank you for the info on Bendicks. I had forgotten about the brand. I agree with you that it is galling that the Bendicks site emphasises its Britishness and does not mention that production is in Germany. And as a Royal Warrant holder their chocolates should be made in the UK!

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  5. Stuart Crisp

    I just bought Cadbury Fingers biscuits (16/02/2015) in Brisbane, Australia and was surprised to find ‘Made in Poland’ on them. It looks as though not just British but antipodean chocolate is drifting towards Polish shores. BTW I used to like British chocolate better than the Aussie versions as it had a better mouthfeel and was more ‘melty’ but it hasn’t survived the trip to Poland intact; the Fingers were bland tasting and overly sugary/sweet.

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  6. Althea

    OMGOSH. I had no idea. I just assumed ALL the chocolate bars had been made in the UK. I always stocked up when visiting from CA. I will definitely be checking the small print going forward.

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    1. ukmade Post author

      Hi. A good tip for all of us who want to buy products made in our home countries. Read the small print. Enjoy your British made chocolate next time you visit.

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  7. zebraphile

    Divine chocolate is made in a factory in Germany, as per this article on their website. http://www.divinechocolate.com/uk/good-stuff/news/2010/12/divine-chocolate-factory-snow

    Divine currently produce my favourite milk chocolate, and I’ll still sometimes buy it as it’s part-owned by the Ghanaian cocoa growers.

    I had noticed recently that it says “made under licence” on the Dairy Milk bars, and had no idea it had been going on for so long that it was made abroad. I will be looking at the labels to try and buy British at least some of the time.

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    1. ukmade Post author

      Hi. Thank you for the information about where Divine chocolate is made – I just knew it was made abroad but I was not sure where. I think it’s important to support British jobs by buying British made products.

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    1. ukmade Post author

      Many thanks for your comment. MAOAM is popular in Germany and probably made there by what was the Edmund Münster company and is now Haribo, although Haribo do make some of their products in the old Dunhills (Pontefract) factory still as well as making sweets for other companies there. I have updated my write up on Dunhills (Pontefract) / Haribo thanks to your input and I have also added Candyco / Monarch Confectionery who have a factory in Scotland. Thanks again.

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  8. stewart evans

    the Cadbury dairy milk current advert states it’s made with REAL BRITISH MILK. are they trying to scam people.

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    1. ukmade Post author

      Well Cadbury maintain some production in the UK, so the chocolate it refers to in the advert you mention might be made in the UK or British milk might be sent to Poland so it can be made there. The trouble is Kraft / Cadbury (and indeed Nestle too) do not write country of origin on their products so you’ll never know.

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  9. Rob LAREN

    I always check labels and it’s becoming increasingly frustrating how much information is not being displayed regarding place of manufacture. This was an extremely interesting and informative website. thank you.

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    1. ukmade Post author

      Thank you for your comments. Checking the label is the best way to determine where something is made, although not all companies bother to provide this information as you say. If it does not say it is made in Britain, then I usually assume it is foreign made.

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    1. Philip royle

      Thanks for this information. The loss of jobs in the U.K. due to the actions of Neslte by moving production of ‘Blue Riband’ to Poland, no doubt with the help of Brussels, was the last straw. I have always tried to buy British, sadly it’s increasingly difficult, but enough is enough. If I can’t find confection made in the U.K. and owned by a U.K. Company I’ll just do without. I would add that the ball is now fairly in the British manufacturers court, advertise your product more widely and say ‘made in the UK’

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      1. ukmade Post author

        Yes, indeed. It’s increasingly difficult to find UK made confectionary but some manufacturers do label country of origin and it is the that I choose.

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