Ocelot Chocolate is a small business, based in Edinburgh, Scotland, and is owned and run by us – Matt and Ish. In 2013, two weeks after getting married, we started making chocolate in the back kitchen of our apartment, which we wrapped in cellophane and sold at local farmers markets. Eight years on we have our own micro chocolate factory, and an amazing little team who help us send our chocolate all around the world. We use only what we believe to be the most ethical produce, and aim to mirror this in our business practices in every way we can. Our outer packaging is made in the UK from FSC certified paper stock. The inner film is 100% home and industrial compostable.
We draw and design the majority of our packaging and artwork ourselves – Ish studied illustration at art school, and Matt has always loved art and graphic design – so this is a hugely important part of our business. We take great pride in coming up with designs that have a meaning beyond the aesthetic.
We are obsessed with good chocolate – to us it’s in a food group all of it’s own, and cannot (and should not) be compared to a regular chocolate bar. High-grade dark chocolate – like a fine wine or a specialty cheese – is up there with the most special things in the world and it is an experience to savour, with flavour notes that come in waves and linger long after you finish.
Our tip for experiencing our chocolate to it’s full is to firstly make sure your mouth (and body) is warm – chocolate is wasted in a cold mouth – so if it’s frosty outside have a warm drink first, and make sure you’re wrapped up and cosy. Then take a piece in your mouth and let it slowly melt on your tongue… Close your eyes and imagine the country it came from. Enjoy and picture each flavour as it comes – whether it be a damp hot jungle floor, a ripe blackberry, a tart cherry, or a whiff of pipe smoke on a windswept beach. When you open your eyes you’ll feel like you’re just back from an adventure!