Originally started by my grandmother, Agnes McCandlish and my father, Allan McCandlish in 1962, the business grew to become renowned throughout Scotland and across many continents and was even backed by the Scottish Parliament to bring back our world famous brand Creamola Foam.
Allan was the driving force behind many of the product creations and was known for his love of confectionery and his knowledge of not only confectionery but the industry and was sought out by individuals and companies in Scotland and around the world for his expertise. He was passionate about teaching the next generation and ensuring the traditional “secret” recipes and techniques were handed down to his family through the generations.
The business is now run by Agnes and Andrew – daughter and son of Allan McCandlish and continues to grow both in Scotland and around the word. Our head chocolatier, Agnes is the daughter of Allan and worked alongside him for many years until his death in 2020. Four generations are currently working in the business.
Many of the products we now sell were the creation of Allan and have been passed down through the generations. Agnes has inherited his passion for creating or reviving the old traditional confectionery and we continue to bring these much loved old sweets and confectionery back to the market.
In march 2022 we moved to a larger premise after 60 years of producing at our farm which was converted into a factory. This has allowed us to produce many more of the tradtional Scottish sweets we keep getting asked for.
We hope you enjoy our delights as much as we do.
What we believe in
Even after 60 years after we started we are still making our confectionery by hand – this gives our confectionery that made in teh kitchen by Granny taste.
We have recently upgraded to some spangly new flow wrapping machines but stay true to our roots by making everything by hand.
We ahve never used preservatives in our recipes and intend to never use these. This does mean that our shelf life may be shorter than those who do use them but the taste difference is worth it.
We source all our ingredients from Scotland where possible and work closely with our suppliers – many of whom have supplied the business for many years.
Our recipes have been handed down through 4 generations and continue to be a closely kept family secret. New products that have been brought on are original recipes that have been handed down tthrough generations.
We pride ourself on producing old retro style confectionery made to old recipes, just like your granny made!!
FAMILY RUN BUSINESS
Started in 1962, the business has always been owned and run by family members and this is still the case.
Alex – our Head confectioner is the 4th generation to be in the business and we all have great expectations that the next 4 generations will be involved with the business
WHERE WE SUPPLY
As a family run business we believe that we should help the many thousand of corner shops and small businesses who are family run.
We do not supply through supermarket chains to help preserve the “corner shop” and will continue this.
During COVID-19 we built this site to enable people to get hold of our products as so many shops had to close. We do not try to compete with our shops and will support the local shop as much as we can.
In 2020 we made the decision to change our packaging and settled on two sizes of boxes that fit across our complete product range.
We had discussions with many suppliers and chose a family run recycling plant to ensure we can guarantee our boxes are 100 recycled and we can help do our bit towards teh reduction of global warming.