The Nyimdzi Foundation for Community Learning

August 20th, 2021

We are excited to share with you news of a charity that we are able to support on a regular basis – the Nyimdzi Foundation for Community Learning.  The Highland Chocolatier has already signed a Deed of Participation with Cocoa Horizons www.cocoahorizons.org to ensure our cacao is traded ethically by supporting environmental sustainability and community development. But we are well aware that more could be done to give back a portion of our income every year to a cacao growing country that is vicariously supporting all our own livelihoods.

For several years we have been looking for a charitable organisation supporting the education of children and youth which had sufficient longevity and organisation to ensure safe use of funds, while being grassroots enough for the funds to go where the local community really wants it.  After a long investigation into opportunities in various countries we received a recommendation for the Nyimdzi Foundation in Ghana, one of the world’s largest cacao growing nations.  In fact it turns out that Iain met one of the founders and stayed in that area 2 decades ago!

The Nyimdzi Foundation for Community Learning is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to releasing the potential of young people to contribute to the betterment of society. The Foundation facilitates the establishment of community and school-based educational activities that enrich academics and give youth the practical skills and understanding to undertake initiatives aimed at improving their communities. Its main line of action involves partnering with public K-9
schools in Gbawe, near Ghana’s capital city, to deliver a programme aimed at the empowerment of young adolescents.

A Trip to the Tropics

June 28th, 2021

While many of us may still only be able to dream of exotic journeys to tropical lands, Iain Burnett serves another way to be transported to paradise, all from within a chocolate box…

The Exotic Selection

A blissful selection which showcases Velvet Truffles made with real crushed fruits from the tropics, bars of 70% single origin São Tomé chocolate, crunchy Cocoa Nibs, and triple Madagascan vanilla white chocolate ganache.

Dipped Fruit Box

 A delicious selection of juicy fruit, gently candied for over a week to preserve the natural flavours and juices. Finished off with ribbon.

South Asian Tea Pairing Selection

An aromatic mix of 20 award-winning Velvet Truffles and Pralines, expertly matched by Iain Burnett to pair with some of the most beloved South Asian teas.

Brazil Nuts Rolled in Chocolate

Ornate keepsake tins filled with premium whole Brazil nuts rolled in dark chocolate and milk chocolate.

You’ve Been Stars!

January 8th, 2021

As a small family business, I would like to thank all of you for such an incredible outpouring of support during 2020.  Your continuing patronage has meant 20 local families could weather this storm together and continue to be here for you.  It has been a privilege to fulfil your orders – so often accompanied by heartfelt messages to those dearest to you.  It has made our work more than just that of an artisan chocolatier – it has made our team feel like a conduit for uplifting hearts and sending love when you couldn’t be there to do that yourself.  In such uncertain times it is heart-warming and encouraging to experience the generosity, love and kindness that binds people together.

As a small token, I’d like to offer 20% off a limited edition batch of the Winter Spice Selection, and a Winter Spice Velvet Truffle which has been so popular.  Delivery will need to be before 14th February and only for online orders while stocks last.

With gratitude,

A Tribute to Albert Roux

January 6th, 2021

Iain had made the Velvet Truffles for proteges Gordon Ramsay, Andrew Fairlie and Martin Wishart, but when Albert Roux himself asked to visit Iain’s Chocolate Kitchen back in 2010, Iain was somewhat nervous!  Little did he know it would be the beginning of a decade-long relationship with the Godfather of Cooking.  Mr. Roux and Iain spent hours together in the kitchen tasting and discussing chocolate, while Mr. Roux decided which of the Velvet Truffles he would serve at his distinguished tables.  Upon tasting the plainest and simplest of the Velvet Truffles he exclaimed excitedly, “This is the ONE!”  His desire to have customers appreciate the flavours of just the local fresh cream itself and the rare island cocoa itself – without any additives or exotic embellishments – was perfectly suited to Iain’s approach to chocolate.  What an honour it has been.

Mary Berry Visits the Highland Chocolatier

December 7th, 2020

A Berry Mary Christmas!

Iain Burnett and his team were honoured by a winter visit from British chef and icon, Dame Mary Berry, during her visit to the Scottish Highlands.

Mary and Iain met in Grandtully for the exciting ‘Winter Woodland’ themed episode of Mary’s show, ‘Mary Berry’s Simple Comforts.’

Mary and Iain went behind the scenes at the Highland Chocolatier, spending some together in Iain’s Chocolate Kitchen, getting a glimpse of the world of gourmet chocolate – and of course, had Iain’s signature hot chocolate together in the Chocolate Lounge.

Iain reflected on their meeting saying, ‘A true delight to have Dame Mary Berry visit and get hands on in my Chocolate Kitchen. We had lots of chocolate talk, tastings, and some good laughs!’

Dont Miss it!

You can enjoy the full episode of Mary Berry’s visit to the Highland Chocolatier on 21 December, on BBC TWO.

Watch here!

Christmas in the Highlands

December 3rd, 2020

See Iain on the Big Screen!

If you’re looking for some festive fun, there’s a chance to see The Highland Chocolatier on the big screen this Christmas.

Tune in to Sky’s Christmas 24 channel for ‘Christmas in the Highlands’, and see Iain’s cameo appearance – as well as other local faces and places! 

Sweet Scottish Summer

August 20th, 2020

Sweet Scottish Summer

With Iain Burnett’s gourmet chocolate at hand, Scottish Summer evenings reach perfection!

The Highland Summer Selection
A carefully selected box of 20 Velvet Truffles, celebrating the quintessential flavours and aromas of Scottish summertime.

Whole Strawberries & Raspberries rolled in white chocolate
A gorgeous keepsake tin filled with the most Scottish of fruits…

Strawberry Milkshake Bar
Give your taste buds the full summer experience with Iain’s latest edition to the chocolate bar range.

Trio of Satchels of your choice
Choose your top 3 chocolate-covered treats for curling up on lazy evenings.

Celebrate Father’s Day Sunday 21st June

June 10th, 2020

“Classic Malts from across Scotland”…
Velvet Truffles and Velvet Pralines specially selected to pair with 9 favourite malts from across Scotland, complete with tasting notes for pairing.  Fathers everywhere will appreciate this sensory experience. £33.95

The Velvet Truffle Classic…
The definitive truffle for the definitive father.  The original award-winning handmade truffle of exquisite texture dusted in cocoa powder and served naked as pure ganache.  Single-origin chocolate and fresh Scottish cream expertly balanced for a rich yet delicate flavour.  Presented in a beautiful gift box, sealed for freshness in a gold foil bag with an embossed bow.

Satchel of Dipped Cherries or the Dipped Fruit Box
For the father with a fruity sense of humour!  Whole Spanish cherries candied perfectly to keep all the natural juices in, then dipped in 70% dark São Tomé chocolate. Or, a selection box of juicy candied fruits presented in a gold gift box with black satin and gold embossed ribbon.

The Artisan Chocolate Bar Library…

For the adventurous father, who likes to explore new flavours and discover a new story behind every cover!  Included in this delicious library of bars:  Sea Salted Toffee on milk, Chinese Ginger on dark, Raspberry on dark, Milk Chocolate Bar,  Dark São Tomé Bar, Blonde White Chocolate Bar, Toffee Caramel on milk, Candied Orange on dark, Peppermint on dark, Almonds & Pistachios on milk.

Offers from Artisans in British Luxury

June 10th, 2020

I want to thank you for your support during these extraordinary times.

It has taken many years to develop the skills and craftsmanship in myself and my team to reach a world class level.  At the end of the day, we are simply a cluster of local people working together in a family business and times like these remind me of how fragile it is for artisans.  Genuine luxury and artisan skills set the bar high and the constant investment and improvement has a high cost base.

In support of such artisans and luxury businesses, a few of us have gathered together some special offers for you to try or share.  I look forward to seeing you in person again.

Best wishes,

Johnstons of Elgin. Experts in cashmere & fine woollens. Made in Scotland, since 1797.
Discount code: GBE30 (30% off) www.johnstonsofelgin.com
A business of tradition, Halcyon Days offers the finest English-made luxury gifts and accessories.
This exclusive code GBE10 offers 15% off your purchase with Halcyon Days via www.halcyondays.co.uk.
Experience at home – audio-guided Chocolate Tasting Flights delivered worldwide from the award-winning Master Chocolatier. GBE10 offers 10% off your purchase via www.highlandchocolatier.com.
From specialist hand-engraved artistry to personalised gifts, anything in possible for this second generation engraving business.
Please use GBE10 for 10% OFF www.gileslawsonjohnston.com
Designed for you, exquisite jewellery re-invented from your old unworn pieces, expertly created in the UK.
Offer 10% from in-stock lines only until end May, GBE10 www.denzil-skinner.co.uk
LTR provides private client concierge travel services and is a destination management consultant for the UK and Ireland.
Code: GBE10 (10% off)  www.ltrcastles.com
Award-winning, third generation, family-owned nursery and plant centre. Specialising in growing hardy perennials, shrubs and trees.
Code: GBE10 (10% off)  www.rvroger.co.uk
Noble Macmillan has been the home of British Leather Goods for over 30 years.
Code: GBE10 (10% off)  www.noblemacmillan.com
Robert Mackinnon is a purveyor of 1st Grade Framed Caviar and Terrine de Foie Gras de Canard de la Maison Frais Foie Gras D’oie Truffe en Croute & Alba White Truffles (when in season).
Code: GBE10 (10% off)  Please call 01747 858791 or email: robertmackinnon99@gmail.com
Fresh Oak Smoked Trout. Prepared, smoked, sliced and packed by hand.
Use code: GBE10 10% discount on www.charliestrout.co.uk
Beautiful luxury products which all emanate from our magnificent Walled Garden. Gin and Alcohol, Bath and Body, Food and Gifts.
Please use the code GBE10 for 15% off all purchases via gordoncastlescotland.com.
Cambrook bake, season or caramelise nuts and supply top hotels in the UK and beyond.
GBE30 (30% discount on all) www.cambrookfoods.co.uk
Somers Fishing Tackle, Aberdeen’s leading fishing tackle specialist since 1950. For all your fishing essentials.
Code: GBE10 (10% off) www.somersfishingtackle.co.uk
Shotgun cartridges delivered nationwide.
A family firm since 1890 retailing Fine Handmade cigars for over 120 years.
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All codes are unique to each company and not GB Essentials. Please see individual companies terms and conditions for more details.

Keep Your Spirits Up!

March 20th, 2020

I would like to reach out to you during this unprecedented time and let you know that we are indeed open and have some ideas to keep your spirits up.

Iain Burnett Highland Chocolatier is a family business supporting a local team.  We’re based in a single rural location, with good logistic connections and we have been able to work with ingredients suppliers and manufacturers to ensure a steady supply for the coming months.  I’ve trained my team following the latest WHO guidance, and multiple extra hygiene procedures are in place to give them and you optimum protection.

Tough times are ahead for all of us, but there is a heartening spirit of unity among my team and in the local community which will surely help us find the best way through together.  Like many, we are all brainstorming ideas to support each other.

I’ll keep you updated with any changes on social media channels, but we are standing by to take your orders in person, via the website or by phone.

I wish you, your family and community good health and safety,

Here are some new offers to make you smile and support anyone feeling isolated:

FREE delivery:
Free delivery (up to £5.95 off) all orders over £50, placed either via the website or over the phone with code DELIVERY50. This is a temporary offer and full terms are on the website.

Guided Chocolate Tastings at Home:
This is a truly brilliant way to have an interactive experience in your own home, alone or with family.  More than a box of award winning artisan chocolates, it also comes with tasting mats and an online audio guide so I can personally introduce you to a world of artisan gourmet truffles and help you discover, one by one, unique flavour combinations and incredible textures.

Shop for Gifts from Home:
My wife Rachel and members of her team are offering to be your “Personal Shopper” for the gift shop of greetings cards, fashion, homewares and gifts.  Call 01887 840775 to book a phone appointment and let them  take you on a virtual tour.  You can then collect from the door or have them delivered, with or without any chocolates!  Click here to see short videos of the ranges.

Drive Thru Hot Chocolate & More:
For those of you who can’t come in, just phone in your order for the famous Hot Chocolate, coffee & cake, or Velvet Truffles and we’ll have it ready to bring out to your car.  Click here to see the Chocolate Lounge menu.

Easter Eggcitement is Here!

March 10th, 2020

Milk and Dark Chocolate Chicks

Milk or Dark chocolate Easter chicks dusted in pink and perched on a nest of milk chocolate mini eggs with a crisp shell.
An eggsellent choice for Easter gifting!

Shop All Chocolate Chicks Here.


Large Handmade Chocolate Easter Eggs 

Unique, handmade chocolate Easter Eggs – presented with 6 colourful, foil wrapped praline eggs. Hunt for your perfect Easter Eggs in this beautiful range…

View the full range of Large Chocolate Easter Eggs.



Ornate Belgian Eggs 

Elegant box of 42 ornately decorated white Chocolate Eggshells and foil wrapped milk, dark and white chocolate Belgian Praline Eggs.

Learn more here.



Satchels of Belgian Praline and Mini Crisp Shell Eggs

A bag of colourfully foiled Belgian Praline Eggs, in dark, milk and white chocolate.

Buy Praline Egg Satchels here.

Valentine’s Day – 14th February

February 6th, 2020

The Romantic Selection

Isn’t it romantic?
Award-winning handmade chocolates, gorgeously packaged in a velvety red heart box.

Put the ‘sweet’ in Sweetheart…

The Sweetheart Selection, a vibrantly colourful Velvet Truffles infused with fresh flowers and fruits.  A bouquet in a box!

 Unenrobed Velvet Truffles

The unique Velvet Truffles offering a unforgettable experience.  The handmade truffles will ensure a melt in the mouth moment.

Celebrating Burns Night

January 10th, 2020

Burns Night – 25th January

January 25th is Burns Night – where Scotland’s National Bard is celebrated all over the world.  Iain Burnett offers a range of peerless petits fours to add a truly elegant touch to the occasion.  Namely, The Robert Burns Collection, created in honour of Scotland’s most-loved poet…

Robert Burns Collection Boxes

This special collection showcases the Cranachan Velvet Truffle – inspired by the traditional Scottish dessert – made with local Scottish heather honey, crushed raspberries and white chocolate ganache.  Available in various box sizes and lyrically presented with three other award winning flavours. See all box sizes here.

Whisky Pairing Boxes

Iain has carefully curated his chocolate pairing boxes to beautifully enhance the flavour of your favourite single malt whiskies.  Rabbie Burns would certainly approve. Browse all Whisky Pairing Selections here.

Hosting Burns Night?

There are a few traditional elements to every Burns Supper – stemming from the first ever Burns Supper held in 1801. Visit Scotland has a helpful guide to assist you in hosting your own Burns Night, wherever you are celebrating in the world. Learn more here!

What to give for Chinese New Year…

January 7th, 2020

Welcoming in the Year of the Rat… 

2020 is the Chinese Year of the Rat- the first sign in the Chinese Zodiac, seen as a sign of wealth and surplus, and representing the beginning of a new day. Iain’s ornate magnetic boxes tie seamlessly into the colours of Chinese New Year – red for good fortune and joy, and gold for beauty and prestige – making them a stunning gift option for those celebrating the occasion around the world!

Chinese Tea Pairing Box

A bold mix of Velvet Truffles and pralines, meticulously matched by Iain Burnett to pair with some favourite Chinese teas – jasmine, lapsang, green tea and more! As always, the Tea Pairing box comes with tasting notes from Iain to guide you through the experience and help unravel the flavours.

Find all box sizes here.

Chinese Ginger…

Iain has a range of products for the ginger lover – considered a healing and warming root in Chinese medicine. Single origin dark chocolate bars and florentines sprinkled with fiery, crystallised Chinese ginger.

See more here.

The Spice Trail Selection

A colourful and exotic box of  Velvet Truffles and pralines, curated especially to showcase the flavours and spices of the Asian region – clove, cinnamon, ginger, star anise and more!

Travel the Spice Trail here.

The Year of the Rat

As the story goes, the Jade Emperor decreed that the order of the zodiac would be determined by the order in which the animals arrived to his party. The Rat tricked the Ox into giving him a lift, and just as they arrived at the finish line, Rat jumped down and landed ahead of Ox, becoming first.

A Master Chocolatier’s Christmas Gift Guide 🎁

December 3rd, 2019

Elegant chocolate solutions for all Christmas occasions…

Ornate Gift Boxes 

Choose from a wide range of selections, or make your own ideal selection. Box sixes vary from 2-90 chocolates – see the full range here.

Unenrobed Velvet Truffle Selection

Originally created only for Michelin Starred and AA Rosetted Chefs, these pure, naked Velvet Truffles have become Iain’s signature chocolates. Unenrobed, silky smooth ganache made with single origin chocolate and fresh Scottish cream. Available in box sizes from 6-36.

View the full range here. 

Chocolate Pairing Experiences

Iain has expertly paired his gourmet chocolates with an extensive range of Scottish malt whiskies, gins, champagnes, teas and coffees.  The result is a dance of carefully balanced flavours that complement the unique characteristics of the cocoa beans and the drinks with which they’re paired.

Shop all Pairing Boxes here.

Chocolate Tasting Experiences

Offering a fun and informative insight into the varied tastes and textures of top-quality artisan chocolate, Iain’s bespoke tasting flights are available for chocolate lovers to enjoy at home via an audio link – with shipping anywhere in the world!

Choose from the Dark Velvet and Fruit Tasting or the Milk Velvet and Caramel Tasting here.

Chocolate Lovers Gift Bags

Iain Burnett has created the ultimate gift bags for the Chocolate Lover. This ornate gift bag includes a selection of award-winning Milk or Dark Chocolate products and a pair of bespoke Iain Burnett fine china mugs. This truly is an unmissable offer- saving you over £25! 

Learn more about Chocolate Lovers Gift Bags here!

Christmas Inspiration is Here! 🎄

November 26th, 2019

That Festive Feeling…

It’s beginning to taste a lot like Christmas in the chocolate kitchen,  as Iain Burnett’s Christmas range is ready for order!
To start the season, Iain is releasing his limited edition Festive Spice Velvet Truffle, available in mixed selection boxes or as a box of exquisite unenrobed delicacies.
From offering holiday party petits fours, to unique gifts for family and friends, the Highland Chocolatier is delighted to share in your Christmas celebrations…

The Festive Selection 

Set in an ornate, round red and gold box, Iain presents a selection of 20 gourmet Velvet Truffles and Pralines, including one Festive Spice Velvet Truffle as the centerpiece.

Festive Spice Velvet Truffles

Decadent, unenrobed edition of the limited edition seasonal favourite!
Iain’s award-winning dark chocolate ganache, with a warming infusion of cinnamon, nutmeg, orange and allspice. A chocolate homage to traditional Christmas pudding and fruit cake.

The Winter Selection 

A beautiful blend of rich, warming spices, this box also includes the new Pure Caramelized Ganache Velvet Truffles & Sea Salted Caramel Velvet Truffles.

Classic Dipped Fruit Selection

A selection of hand-dipped candied fruits is ideal for Christmas gifting or as a stunning finish to any holiday meal. Presented in a sophisticated gold box and finished with a branded ribbon.

Behind the Christmas Curtain

Always the sign that Christmas has arrived in Grandtully! Chocolatier, Jacqueline, dusting the Festive Spice Velvet Truffles.