Our Story

The Cocoabean Company is a family run chocolate factory and visitor attraction with locations in Dumfries & Galloway, and Glasgow. Children’s Chocolate Workshops are at the heart and soul of what we do but there is much more to our story…

Where It All Started

The company was founded in 2005 by Claire Beck. With a passion for chocolate and a background in new product development, she began making chocolates in her kitchen, using her AGA to melt chocolate. Due to Claire’s innovative and refreshing approach to chocolate making, coupled with the quality of the chocolate used in all the products, what started as a hobby soon became a business in its own right.

Purpose Built Site

Due to growing poularity of the chocolate workshops, the business started to outgrow the family home in the village of Twynholm. In April 2010 we moved to a brand new, purpose built site, just along the road! Which is still to this day our head office location. The spacious area allowed us to create extensive play areas both inside and outdoors, large café area and purpose built chocolate workshops complete with glass viewing walls.

As well as the visitor areas, The Cocoabean Company is also home to a fully functioning factory. We produce a wide range of luxury chocolates and confectionery; all hand crafted using traditional methods, to the highest standards. We never compromise on the quality of the ingredients and use only the finest chocolate available. As a result, The Cocoabean continues to grow and improve and we now supply some of the largest retailers in the UK with our handmade chocolates. New product development is at the forefront of all we produce, continually bringing new flavour formats and attractive packaging ideas to our customers.

We pride ourselves on producing excellent quality, not volume – no high speed production lines, just an experienced and dedicated team skilled in their craft, producing the finest chocolates for you, our customers, to enjoy.

Expanding In To The Big City

In September 2017, The Cocoabean Company stepped into the bright city lights of Glasgow. We opened our doors in the popular activity centre Soar @ Intu Braehead (formally known as X-Scape). Cocoabean Braehead may be a  miniature version of the original site in Dumfries & Galloway however it is still decorated in our signature candy-centric design, with plenty things to do. It houses chocolate workshops for children and adults, and a Cocoabean Cafe. There is a modest sample of our in-house confectionary available to buy, and we are also becoming a popular destination for birthday parties and corporate events!


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