Oh How Sweet in Forres is more than just a confectionery store – it is a whole experience of sweetness!
It has all the charm and grace of an olde-worlde shop but with a modern twist and a product range that spans sweet treats from all decades.
The family-owned business, which opened its doors December, 2013, stocks all the favourite childhood treats as well as a comprehensive range of chocolates, traditional Scottish sweets, locally made products and a sugar-free and vegan range of treats.
In addition, Lynda Fraser and her daughter Samantha Fraser also make their own sweet creations such as chocolate-covered strawberries, chocolate lollipops, handmade personalised marzipans and, coming soon, cupcakes and tray bakes.
“As well as being a traditional sweet shop we wanted to have a strong emphasis on Scottish-made products and delicious treats that are made locally,” Lynda explained. “We have an eye for tradition and values and aim to bring sweetness to everyone, regardless of dietary requirements.”
What makes Oh How Sweet even more special it its range of bespoke services to cater for big occasions such as weddings and birthdays.
Whether it is party bags, favours or a whole cart of sweets hired out for an event, Lynda and Samantha will make sure they hit the sweet spot to make your event truly unique.
“We don’t sell set packages,” Samantha explained. “We work with our customers to create exactly what they want and are all about adding that extra-special sweet touch.”
In store, Oh How Sweet also holds chocolate-tasting experiences to allow chocolate lovers a taste of indulgence whilst learning more about chocolate and its various flavours.
Chocolate-making adds a further educational take, giving budding makers a hands-on chocolatey experience.
“Learning about flavours, tastes and making techniques of chocolate is both fun and educational,” Lynda said. “It is also the perfectly sweet medium through which to enjoy a special occasion or hold a team-building exercise.”
Oh How Sweet believes strongly in the value of knowing its products and enjoying sweetness in moderation, and throughout the summer months it has on offer deliciously sweet soft fruits that are grown locally.
“Enjoying sweetness is about balance. Chocolate and sweets make everyone smile but the natural sweetness from soft fruits shouldn’t be overlooked,” Samantha said. “Offering strawberries and raspberries, for example, complements our product range of sweetness nicely.” Lynda added: “It is just another way to let people know that we are more than your average sweet shop.”