Archive for April, 2014

Easter Egg Competiton Winners

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014

Iain Burnett Highland Chocolatier’s team created two amazing 5 kilo Caramelised Milk Chocolate Easter Eggs – each masterpiece involved two of his chocolatiers limitless creating and crafting and two days to complete.  The final pieces required two chocolatiers to lift it into position for display inside a specially made glass case.

The company ran competitions based in St Andrews and Grandtully shops over several weeks and simply asked entrants to drop their details into the competition box, to have the opportunity of winning the lucky dip. The size of the egg caused quite a stir, attracting a lot of attention from locals and visitors alike, with hundreds of entries and so many people wishing to win it.

2014 Egg Winner Grandtully

On Saturday 19th April a lucky winner was personally presented with the amazing 5 kilo Caramelised Milk Chocolate Easter Egg by owner, Hilarie Burnett at The Scottish Chocolate Centre in Grandtully between Aberfeldy & Pitlochry.

Jacqui  McColl from Edinburgh was thrilled to have won such a wonderful Easter egg and could not believe her luck. She commented “the reason I entered was because it reminded me, when I was a little girl, of a similar size egg which was on display in my doctor’s surgery every Spring. It brought back a lot of memories! I am so surprised and absolutely thrilled, I cannot believe it!” It was also another opportunity to visit the place where Iain and his team of chocolatiers produce all the chocolate goodies in such a beautiful location alongside the banks of the River Tay.

 Egg winner st andrews

Then on Thursday 24th April, the lucky winner of the St Andrews competition was personally presented with the second 5 kilo Caramelised Milk Chocolate Easter Egg by Managing Director, Janice Kennedy, at the new shop on 145 South Street, St Andrews.

 Joanna Hewitt from London was thrilled to have won such a wonderful Easter egg and could not believe her luck, she asked her friends, Graham Warren and Bert Ross, presenters on the Victoria Hospital Radio Network (VRN) Kirkcaldy, to distribute the egg into little pieces so everyone in the Children’s ward at the hospital got a taste.

Iain commented “it was great fun to do something different, it created a buzz within the team and is so satisfying to see the excitement and delight on people’s faces, especially children. The town of St Andrews has responded fantastically and has been so welcoming and hopefully, we can bring a new experience into the town!”


Launch of St Andrews Store and a New Scottish Truffle for 2014

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

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Iain Burnett Highland Chocolatier is unveiling an original and truly Scottish Velvet Truffle specially designed for this momentous year of sporting and cultural events in Scotland’s calendar – The Homecoming, the Commonwealth Games and the Ryder Cup.  This Scottish Velvet Truffle is a taste of Scotland’s finest cuisine and a celebration of the country’s wild food tradition.

Iain Burnett, one of the few truffle specialists in the world, has created a wonderful new Velvet Truffle to add to the international award-winning range, which are all created in the company’s bespoke chocolate kitchen in Grandtully on the banks of the River Tay.   The inspiration for this “Scottish” Velvet Truffle has come from local hillsides covered in purple heather and a fruit that Scotland is famous for – the raspberry.  Crushed raspberries with heather honey have been added to a Madagascan vanilla white Velvet Truffle which has been finished with a unique and very Scottish pattern using Scotland’s iconic thistle, designed by Iain himself.   

The historic town of St Andrews and the Highland Chocolatier’s new retail store on South Street has been carefully chosen to launch – and taste – this amazing chocolate.  It is the perfect venue for one of Europe’s top chocolatiers to share the on-going success and expansion plans.  

Following the recent successes in receiving the prestigious Scotland Food & Drink Product of the Year Award and its contract to supply British Airways, the launch of the new store in St Andrews was a fitting opportunity to outline plans for continued growth and expansion. 

The company’s Managing Director, Janice Kennedy today spoke of the “the company going from strength to strength and continued drive to achieve the highest level of customer experience and product innovation.  Since our chocolates have been flying around the world and tasted by clients on BA First we have seen massive growth through our online shop.   Our sights are now firmly set on expanding our retail offering, and South Street, St Andrews is the ideal location for us to launch our significant retail growth expansion plans which will mean 4 more outlets across the UK. We are actively seeking the right locations.”

To mark the occasion, award winning Michelin Star local chef, Geoffrey Smeddle from The Peat Inn by St Andrews, officially opened the shop by cutting the ribbon alongside Iain Burnett.

Newsletter March 2014 and Easter Competition

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014

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No doubt you’re looking forward to spring as much as we are, more sunshine, longer days and walking without wellies. This year we’re going to be busier than ever. British Airways First has introduced us to customers as far afield as Australia, Russia and Kuala Lumpur. It’s amazing how far our chocolates now travel! We have a new shop opening in St Andrews, South Street very soon, right in the heart of the developing food quarter, so more of you can pop in and pick up your favourites.  At this time of year Iain’s chocolate moulding skills turn to creating giant Easter Eggs! These whoppers stand half a meter tall and can take up to 5kg of chocolate. Our Easter competition promises one lucky entrant a Giant Easter Egg to take home! Visit our shops in Grandtully or St Andrews where the eggs will be on display, or submit an entry by clicking here.

 Gems from the Kitchen

IMG_5795The Cocoa Dusted Velvet Truffle is Iain Burnett’s signature chocolate. With only natural ingredients it may sound simple, but it took Iain three years to perfect the recipe and achieve the exquisitely smooth texture.  The technique he has developed is top secret. Iain tried many sources and combinations before settling on a single variety of cocoa grown on the island of São Tomé and unblended cream from a single herd of Fresian cows grazed in the hills above Crieff in Perthshire. 


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Mother’s Day 30th March

Our suggestions for Mother’s day.  A Selection of 30 Milk or 30 Dark Chocolates (£39.95), Chocolate Florentines (£16.95) or a decadent box of luxury Dipped Fruit (£16.95), each presented in beautiful dusky pink round boxes. We can deliver along with a hand-written gift message.  Or for something different why not bring Mum along for a Chocolate Afternoon Tea at the Coffee House in Grandtully. 

 Offering More

We know how much you adore chocolate and we have started to share ideas of more ways to savour it in the form of food pairing suggestions and recipes such as the wonderful Rich Tomato and Chocolate Soup.  Our Malt Whisky and Chocolate Pairing is evolving fast.  We are proud to be aligned to several distilleries and can recommend the perfect chocolate to match no less than 36 whiskies.   Keep an eye on the Latest News section of the web-site or follow us on Facebook and Twitter for more regular suggestions. There is an update at least once a week.


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