Is your British chocolate really made in Britain?
Are your British sweets really British?
Is your British confectionery 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 Tesco own brand chocolate bars are now made abroad too.
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.
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
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. 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
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 Dorchester – www.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.
Almost anything from John Bull Confectioners – http://www.john-bull.com/ – Most of their sweets are made in their Bridlington factory – rock, lollies, seaside sweets, biscuits, sweets, fudge and so on.
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
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 Matlow – http://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.
Walkers butter shortbread biscuits are made in Scotland – http://www.walkersshortbread.com/uk/
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.
Henry Goode’s Soft Eating Liquorice Bar 3 Pk – Manufactured in Pontefract, Uk by Tangerine Confectionery Ltd.
Anything from Rumseys – http://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 Butler – http://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 Thorntons – http://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.
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.
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.
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.
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 – http://www.hotelchocolat.com. Unless the chocolate from Hotel Chocolate says “country of origin UK” on it then I suspect it is made abroad.
Gnaw chocolate is made in Norfolk, England – http://www.gnawfolkchocolate.co.uk
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, bagged chocolate buttons, bagged chocolate footballs, gemstones and mini eggs – manufactured in Preston Lancashire – http://www.beechsfinechocolates.com
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.
Penguin chocolate coated biscuits by McVitie’s (part of United Biscuits) are made in the UK.
Thorntons Easter Eggs – all made in England.
Waitrose Woodland Friends Easter Eggs (possibly all Waitrose Easter Eggs?).
Waitrose Mint Imperials are made in the UK, as are many (all?) other Waitrose own brand bagged sweets.
Waitrose Cook’s Ingredients milk chocolate – made in the UK.
At least some of the other Waitrose own branded chocolate is made in the UK.
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. Made in the UK.
At least some Co-op own brand chocolate is made in the UK.
Some Tesco Finest Easter Eggs (some though are made abroad).
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.
At least some Marks and Spencer chocolate bars, boxed chocolates 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.
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.
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)
Jakemans menthol sweets – it says on the packet manufactured by Jakemans (Confectionery) Limited, Bolton so that strongly implies made in the UK (owned by G.R. Lanes Health Products).
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
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 (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.
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 Haribo though.
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.
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.
Divine Chocolate (it’s made in Europe somewhere).
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.
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).
Toblerone – Kraft (Jacobs Suchard) – made in Switzerland (it used to be made in Bedford too, but not anymore).
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.
Buy British made chocolate.