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Your New Year Party with Champagne and Whisky Chocolates

Monday, December 28th, 2015

Your New Year Party with Champagne and Whisky Chocolates

If you are organising a New Year Party for your family and friends and you want to give them a very special, unforgettable experience or you are simply looking for a luxury thank you gift that will leave them speechless then the Highland Chocolatier can help you. No New Year Party is complete without a bottle of malt whisky shared with friends and a glass of champagne at midnight, but what can make the evening even better is adding luxury gourmet chocolates expertly paired with some of the best whiskies and champagnes in Scotland. Put these boxes of champagne and whisky chocolates on the table five minutes before midnight and you might not find them ten minutes later!

Gourmet chocolates and champagne

Expertly matching champagne and gourmet chocolates is Iain Burnett Highland Chocolatier’s specialty. Working together with Laurent Perrier we have created a range of luxury gourmet chocolates that contain no alcohol or preservatives but make for an amazing treat when combined with premier champagnes.

MLT9LME_SOne such product is the Strawberry and Star Anise Velvet Truffle containing fruit coulis ganache infused with star anise and coated in milk chocolate with caramel notes. Pair this magnificent velvet truffle with Laurent Perrier Cuvée Rosé Champagne for a perfect New Year celebration. Or why not try the sophisticated taste of White Lime and Chilli Velvet Truffle? This fresh infusion contains tangy limes crushed over white chocolate and complemented with a hint of chilli. For an unforgettable finish the white lime and chilli velvet truffle has been coated in 70% Dark São Tomé chocolate. Perfect to pair with Laurent Perrier Ultra Brut and Laurent Perrier Demi-Sec Champagnes. These boxes of chocolates contain 9 velvet truffles each and are ideal to share.

The sophisticated whisky companions

The Highland Chocolatier has a mouth-watering selection of whisky chocolate for any taste. Our range of whisky companions was created to match some of the top Scottish malts, which makes them the perfect luxury thank you gifts for the whisky lover.

MLT9ORG_SSo how about our All Orange Truffles Box? This amazing whisky chocolate companion contains dark chocolate ganache of orange and clove covered with 70% Dark São Tomé chocolate. It can be paired with seven different whiskies including Mortlach 18 Year Old, Glenfiddich 15 Year Old and Singleton 12 Year Old. Or maybe you need something more refreshing? Then the All Lemongrass Praline Box is the ideal choice. This selection of hazelnut pralines infused with lemongrass citrus and coated in 70% Dark São Tomé chocolate can be paired with Macallan Amber, Bunnahabhain 12 Year Old, Glenkinchie 12 Year Old and Caol Ila Moch.

Do not forget to check the full range of whisky chocolate products to find the most suitable whisky companion for your New Year Party!

Refreshing chocolate dipped fruits

4-Whole-Clementines_LWhisky and champagne do not always need to be paired with boxes of chocolates, whisky chocolate or luxury chocolate bars. They are also exceptional when paired with chocolate dipped fruits. That is why the Highland Chocolatier created São Tomé 70% dark chocolate dipped Whole Clementines. The fruits are carefully candied over days and expertly decorated by hand serving as a real treat for the connoisseur. This luxury chocolate dipped fruits are perfectly paired with Laurent Perrier Vintage 2004 Champagne.

Another all-time-favourite are the Highland Chocolatier’s São Tomé 70% dark chocolate Dipped Cherries. These juicy cherries have been candied and dipped in gourmet chocolate to create the perfect whisky chocolate treat. Pair with Glenfiddich 30 Year Old malt to bring out the subtle flavour notes of the whisky.

The Highland Chocolatier’s Gourmet Chocolates by post

If you are looking for luxury thank you gifts the Highland Chocolatier has a wide range of gourmet chocolates for any occasion. Our luxury chocolate hampers are the perfect present for the chocolate lover and our luxury chocolate bars are the ideal chocolates for kids and adults alike. We deliver our chocolates by post directly from Scotland in just a few days, just remember to check our luxury chocolate range before you place your order. If you have any questions, simply contact us and we will respond as soon as possible!

Unforgettable Luxury Thank You Gifts This Festive Season

Monday, December 28th, 2015

Unforgettable Luxury Thank You Gifts This Festive Season (1)

The festive season is that time of the year when we relax, enjoy ourselves and spend time with our loved ones. It is the time to appreciate everything you have and all the people who care about you and love you. That is the main purpose of giving gifts – to show people what they mean to you and to say a big “Thank you for being a part of my life!” The Highland Chocolatier Iain Burnett has the ideal luxury thank you gifts for you. In our festive range of gourmet chocolates you can find the perfect gift – from whisky chocolate for your dad to tasty chocolates for kids that are ideal for the little members of the family!

Whisky and Truffles – The perfect pair!


MLT9SEL_SIn every family there is at least one dedicated whisky lover who has invested in discovering the magic of malt whiskies. And there is no better place for whisky lovers than Scotland! The whisky chocolate selection available from the Highland Chocolatier has been created with the whisky and chocolate lover in mind. Our gourmet chocolates are the
perfect whisky companions expertly paired with the Top Fifty Malts from Scotland.

If you are looking for the ideal luxury thank you gifts for the whisky lover we recommend our Whisky Tasting Box of 20 Chocolates. This gourmet chocolates selection contains the award-winning Velvet Truffle, natural spices and real fruits perfectly enrobed in 70% single origin cocoa chocolate or milk chocolate. It is perfect to pair with a range of whiskies. So why not order this gift and get a nice bottle of malt whisky to accompany it? We send our chocolates by post and you can get them on the next working day.

Luxury chocolate hampers filled with joy

indulge hamperJust like the whisky lover the dedicated chocolate lover has probably tried almost every type of chocolate and it is getting harder and harder to surprise them. Well, not anymore! Our luxury chocolate hampers will get them speechless and will keep them happy and fulfilled during the festive season. Available in 4 different variations the Highland Chocolatier’s luxury chocolate hampers contain award winning gourmet chocolates, expertly paired boxes of chocolates, luxury chocolate bars, decorative tins filled with luxury chocolate treats and packs of traditional favourites dipped in chocolate. If you want your luxury thank you gifts to have an expert selection of the Highland Chocolatier’s gourmet shop products then the chocolate hampers are exactly what you are looking for. Any product in our luxury chocolate hampers can be substituted with an equivalent one, so if you want some extra customisation of your gift simply let us know.

Luxury chocolate bars for every taste

TST100_SLooking for a classic gift with a sophisticated taste? Then our luxury chocolate bars are waiting for you! Glossy in appearance, smooth in texture and amazing in taste, our luxury chocolate bars are available in 12 different combinations. Are you ready for São Tomé 70% dark chocolate infused with cranberries and pistachio in our Cranberry and Pistachio Dark Chocolate Bar? Or maybe you prefer a Salted Toffee Bar of caramel noted milk chocolate with toffee pieces and sea salt? You choose the perfect luxury thank you gifts for your loved ones, but do not forget to check our luxury chocolate bars range for some more surprising gourmet chocolate combinations.

Show your love with chocolates for kids

Milk-Chocolate-Buttons-Dinosaur_LChoosing gourmet chocolates for the kids in your life might not be an easy task as the little ones can easily destroy whole boxes of chocolates during the festive season. That is why the Highland Chocolatier has created some special chocolates for kids that are nutritious and tasty, but can be portioned according to your preferences. One such product are the Strawberries and Raspberries Rolled in White Chocolate. These chocolates are ideal for kids and contain real fruits that have been expertly coated in white chocolate. Or maybe a Chocolate Button Dinosaur is even a better gift? Our dinosaur shape is filled with chocolate buttons so it makes for a tasty treat, but it can also be used as a chocolate mould. What child wouldn’t be impressed by a chocolate dinosaur?

This is the Highland Chocolatier’s selection of luxury thank you gifts. Our chocolates by post are delivered promptly and make for an unforgettable present for everyone – from whisky lovers to children. If you have any question or requirements simply contact us.

Boxes of Chocolate and Festive Cheer

Tuesday, December 15th, 2015

There is no better way to start your Christmas party in style than with some sweet treats to tickle your guests’ taste buds. (Besides a glass of something sparkly, that is!) With friends and family having multiple different tastes, what else makes a great suggestion that boxes of chocolates and chocolate hampers? With our finest gourmet chocolate contained in every one, you’ll be guaranteed a quality box of chocolates that will win over even the fussiest of guests and bring some good old festive cheer to your party.

Classic Christmas Box of Florentines

ROUNDREDMIXEDFL14_SFlorentines are arguably one of the most popular treats available over Christmas, and with good reason. Made with delicious chocolate and given so many flavours, there’s a lot to choose from for your perfect Florentine. At The Highland Chocolatier we offer a very festive Christmas box of Cranberry and Pistachio Florentines that will make even the pickiest of guests’ mouths water. With 14 individual Florentines contained in a beautiful red and white patterned box ideal for the holidays, your table will really shine with the winter flavour of cranberry mixed with delicious pistachio wrapped up in a disc of our ‎São Tomé 70% dark chocolate.

Also available in our range of chocolate boxes are Mixed Milk and Dark Chocolate Florentines and fresh-tasting Peppermint Florentines (which come in a specially-made Christmas designed box for that extra bit of Christmas magic!). The milk chocolate Florentines have a delectable caramel note to their taste and are scattered with cranberry and apricot pieces, while the dark chocolate Florentines contain either a fiery Christmas warmer of Chinese root ginger or the tamer almond and pistachio. The peppermint option is a spark of delicious genius, a delight for anybody who loves the cool taste sensation. The perfect boxes for that range of tastes you want to appeal to at your party.

A Christmas Taste Adventure

The Velevet Truffle - Festive SpiceThere are flavours that all of us can associate with the Holiday season and winter. Around the dinner table, thousands of us tuck in to a delicious slice of Christmas pudding. Even talking about it brings back memories of the spices used so often in their creation, the smell of them warming up the kitchen, and making even the fullest of bellies rumble.

We have taken those warm memories and flavours as inspiration and created something luxuriously different for this Christmas season. The Highland Chocolatier’s dark chocolate truffle is winner of the Gold Award at the World Finals of International Chocolate Awards 2015 for unflavoured dark chocolate truffle. Taking our professional techniques, we created our sister truffle that has Christmas at its heart; the Velvet Truffle Festive Spice. A box containing more festive spirit than Santa’s sleigh, this tray of truffles is made with fresh Scottish cream and infused with the tempting flavours of cinnamon, nutmeg, orange and allspice that subtly replicates the taste of Christmas pudding. Dusted in red cocoa powder to make it even more festive, you won’t want to pass up this option to wow your guests (or keep them all as an extra special treat for yourself when the party’s all over!).

Traditional Boxes of Chocolates for Sharing and Caring

Festive Chocolatier's SelectionWhen we think of boxes of chocolates we often think of a little decorated box filled with chocolates with different flavours and fillings to tempt all of our palettes. The Highland Chocolatier have created boxes of chocolates especially crafted to be enjoyed and shared over Christmas for you and you’re the people closest to you.

Our Christmas Selection Chocolates and Florentines in a Round Box is the perfect box of 20 gourmet chocolates to break the ice at any social gathering. At its heart there are 3 of our cranberry and pistachio dark chocolate Florentines. Surrounding them are the other stars of the show: 27 individual chocolates ready to be plucked from the box. These include cinnamon and clove pralines, milk and dark chocolate covered German marzipans topped with a whole almond, Garden Mint truffle, cocoa nib, and orange crush praline. You have a real box of chocolates full of traditional Christmas flavours and more. Why not make it your table’s centrepiece this Christmas for a real touch of gourmet luxury in your home?

Festive Spice Velvet TruffleAnother option we have includes one of our special edition Velvet Spice Truffles – too tempting to resist! The Festive Chocolatier Selection in a Round Box makes for the perfect gift or for sharing at a party. Slightly smaller, featuring 20 individual chocolates, this box makes for a great gift to that special somebody with that little extra spark of magic from the truffle at the heart of this box. Featuring our finest chocolates and award-winning excellence, this makes for another great option in chocolate box gifts.

(You can make special requests by indicating any preferences at the checkout for your box, too, to make this gift truly special.)

Chocolate Hampers for the Big Day

Looking for the best in our range in something a little bigger than a traditional box of chocolates? We have the additional great option of our finest selections of chocolates stored in beautiful chocolate hampers of varying sizes for you to choose from. With four pre-selected hampers filled to the brim with different chocolates, there’s a hamper for everyone at The Highland Chocolatier. We even are able to substitute products in the hampers on request to make your chocolate hamper feel even more special.opulence hamper

Our range spans over four sizes and prices: Gourmet, Indulge, Deluxe, and Opulence. Each is lovingly packed with a specially selected choice of our gourmet chocolate products, ranging from chocolate dipped Turkish delight and dark hot chocolate flakes to dipped nougat and cherries. Sealed in a stunning black wicker hamper sealed with leather straps, your luxury Christmas chocolate hampers are here!

You can see our full range of Christmas chocolate gifts here. For more information on any of our products or with any other queries, Contact Us and we will be happy to assist you.

Chocolate Hampers for the Holidays

Friday, December 11th, 2015

Remember the old favourite selection boxes you used to get gifted as a child? Remember the excitement of opening it up to pick from a range of your favourite chocolates all in one handy little package? At The Highland Chocolatier, we wanted to stay true to this festive tradition in our own, more luxurious way: our luxury chocolate gift hampers especially made for you and your friends this Christmas. If you can’t find a singular item to choose for that special chocolate gift this Christmas, why not take a look at our full range of chocolate gift hampers? Lovingly made with the very best selection from our kitchen delivered straight to your door, there is something for everyone in each hamper.

Chocolate hampers are the perfect way to incorporate all different tastes without having to worry about the gift wrapping. Each of our hampers comes fully packed in a beautiful black woven hamper sealed with black leather straps for that little extra special touch you expect from us. So what do we have to tempt you with in our Christmas gift range?

The Luxury Budget Chocolate Hamper

gourmet hamperLooking for a Christmas hamper packed with our award winning chocolates by post on a budget? We have the smallest hamper in our range that could really whet your appetite – the Highland Chocolatier Gourmet Chocolate Hamper. Small in size, big on value. This hamper packs in chocolate and more to give your gift that extra special touch this Christmas.

This chocolate hamper gives you a great selection from our range that covers all different tastes. If you love hot chocolate, you’ll really get a kick out of our included Decorative Tin of Dark Hot Chocolate Flakes, giving you the perfect warm drink to enjoy when winding down at the end of Christmas Day. It may be hard to keep the kids away from if you top it off with some marshmallows! Enjoy it in your very own special Iain Burnett Highland Chocolatier mug included with this hamper for the ultimate Highland Chocolatier experience!

The hamper also includes 1 box of 9 of our finest chocolates – The Chocolatier’s Selection, and 1 pack of Luxury Chocolate Fudge Dipped in Milk Chocolate. The hamper measures 30cm across and can be reused once your chocolates have been eaten. Maybe you could even fill it with more Highland Chocolatier chocolates to re-live the gift box experience. The possibilities are simply endless.

Indulge Your Senses

indulge hamperIf you are looking for a little more in your gift hamper, the next option up in our range is the Highland Chocolatier Indulge Chocolate Hamper. With 5 items included, this chocolate gift hamper is great value for you and a great gift idea.

The Chocolatier’s Selection Box includes 20 of our award winning luxury chocolates in this hamper, giving you even more bite sized pieces of tempting flavours to indulge your senses in.  For those with a taste for white chocolate and fruit, we also offer 1 pack of delicious Strawberries and Raspberries rolled in white chocolate to really make their mouth water. Add in a unique Highland Chocolatier chocolate serving plate to place your new delights on to really get a feel for the luxury experience we offer. Two deluxe chocolate bars top off the chocolate selection in this gift hamper; 1 Salted Toffee Chocolate Bar and 1 70% Bar. Delicious, delectable, and utterly irresistible, your gift receiver won’t be able to resist diving right in!

Make It Deluxe-ury

deluxe hamperContinuing on with our chocolate gift hamper range and next up in size is the Highland Chocolatier Deluxe Chocolate Hamper – a black wicker hamper choc-full of our favourites, carefully selected to make you smile. Eight featured products give even more options to pick from, and your present will have that wow factor with how much is included!

The products in this hamper include The Chocolatier’s Selection of 30 different award winning chocolates, ideal for the chocolate lover. Also included are 1 Decorative Tin of Luxury Fudge, 1 Decorative Tin of Dark Hot Chocolate Flakes, 1 Pack of Turkish Delight Dipped in 70% Dark São Tomé and Milk Chocolate, 1 Pack of Cinder Toffee Honeycomb Dipped in Milk Chocolate, 1 70% Dark São Tomé Chocolate Bar, and 1 Raspberry encrusted 70% Dark São Tomé Chocolate Bar. Enjoy your new treats with a warm beverage with a friend with the two included Highland Chocolatier mugs. Perfect for a cosy night in together enjoying your new chocolate treats. This chocolate hamper is the deluxe option that will make them smile.

Our Finest Luxury Chocolate Hamper

opulence hamperTop of our range and the ultimate gift for any chocolate lover is our Highland Chocolatier Opulence Chocolate Hamper. This is our most tantalising gift option yet, and with what is included, we can’t be more proud of it! What is included in this huge chocolate hamper, you ask?

Starting with The Chocolatier’s Selection Box which includes 48 of our finest chocolates – more than enough to share, or just to indulge in by yourself! The list goes on, with 1 Decorative Tin of Luxury Nougat, 1 Decorative Tin of Dark Hot Chocolate Flakes, 1 Pack of Juicy Cherries Dipped in 70% Dark São Tomé Chocolate, 1 Pack of Brazil Nuts Rolled in Milk and 70% Dark São Tomé Chocolate, 1 Cranberry and Apricot Milk Chocolate Bar, 1 Almond and Pistachio 70% Dark São Tomé Chocolate Bar, and an additional Iain Burnett Highland Chocolatier serving plate. Phew!

This is the ultimate in your chocolate hamper gift ideas out there. At The Highland Chocolatier we take great pride in every item we place in our beautiful hampers and hope that whether you are buying for somebody else or are just looking for a great treat for yourself, you enjoy our best selections of chocolates. Have a wonderful, chocolate-filled Christmas!

Festive Luxury Chocolates By Post From Scotland

Wednesday, December 9th, 2015

Christmas is drawing closer by the day and at The Highland Chocolatier we have the finest selection of chocolate gifts to deliver straight to your door from the heart of Scotland. Whether you are looking for a delicious treat to serve at your Christmas party or looking for that perfect gift, we have the best selection of specially crafted luxury chocolates for you to choose, from tins of chocolates to gourmet chocolate gift hampers and more.

Limited Edition Festive Flavours

We strive to create products that really grasp the feeling of the season in their flavour and presentation. With this in mind, we have a great selection of seasonal products specially created with Christmas in their heart.Peppermint Florentines

Nothing says Christmas quite like the cool, refreshing taste of mint. Pair it with chocolate and you have the recipe for a distinctive festive taste. Our 17 Peppermint Florentines come in their own beautiful Christmas decorated box, making them either a beautiful – and delicious! – gift, or as part of your post-dinner snack menu. These thin disks are made from our special 70% dark São Tomé chocolate and are sprinkled with peppermint crystals, looking like little pieces of ice to capture the image and cool taste of winter. We also have this product available in a further festive flavour combination – cranberry and pistachio – if you or your gift receiver prefer a warmer, fruitier taste to their chocolate.

Spice Up Your Christmas With Award-Winning Truffles

The Velevet Truffle - Festive SpiceThe sister to our award winning World’s Best Dark Chocolate Truffle is our limited edition Festive Spice Velvet Truffle. This is one of our favourite flavour combinations we have created for Christmas to give you a new seasonal twist on our same world renowned truffle collection – all free from artificial preservatives.

What is more symbolic of the warmth of Christmas than that of traditional spices and the lovingly made blend of flavours in Christmas pudding? The Festive Spice Velvet Truffle is created with an expert blend of chocolate and fresh Scottish cream infused with the warming flavours of cinnamon, nutmeg, orange and allspice. For that extra special touch, each box is carefully hand tied with ribbon and sealed in a gold foil bag to keep your gift beautiful and fresh, straight from our expert hands to yours.

Something For Everyone

At The Highland Chocolatier we have products that appeal to every taste. With both visual appeal and your preferences in taste at the forefront of our minds, we have created a variety of gourmet chocolate options for you to indulge in this Christmas.

Chocolate StarAmong our list of great stocking fillers, we have our special limited edition Chocolate Star. Hand-crafted, this chunky chocolate delight is made with delicious creamy blonde and caramel noted milk chocolate, swirled together to create a beautiful pattern and flavour combination. Decorated with a pretty chocolate snowflake, tiny sugar stars, and glistening pearl sprinkles, this treat is a winner for young tykes and big kids alike.

Enjoy the taste of fruit in your desserts? The Highland Chocolatier has a tempting range of chocolate dipped fruits for you to choose from made especially for the holidays. Featuring the best of our different types of juicy candied fruits available, we have the Dipped Fruit Selection Classic Christmas Box. Sealed in a beautiful seasonal designed box, this makes the ideal gift for somebody who loves a little bit of everything in their selection boxes.

The Ultimate Luxury Chocolate Hamper

Wanting to go all out for that special somebody who just loves chocolate? We’ve got just the thing – our Highland Chocolatier Opulence Chocolate Hamper. This is the largest hamper in our collection, and you can be sure to find something everybody will love in this lovingly crafted black hamper of chocolate gifts. The piece de resistance of this luxury hamper? The delicious Chocolatier’s Selection Box of 48 Chocolates; a stunning collection of award winning chocolates for you to dig right in to.

opulence hamperBut that is not all! Alongside it you will find many other gifts to really wow them: 1 Decorative tin of luxury nougat and another of dark hot chocolate flakes; 1 Pack of juicy chocolate dipped cherries; 1 Pack of brazil nuts rolled in milk and 70% dark chocolate; 1 Cranberry and apricot milk chocolate bar; 1 almond and pistachio 70% dark São Tomé chocolate bar, and 1 special Highland Chocolatier serving plate. All of your luxury chocolate needs rolled into one hamper!

This is truly our best value chocolate hamper yet and we can’t wait for you to see the love put into every product included within.

Looking for something specific?

We have recommendations for all sort of specialised requirements. Looking for a traditional Scottish twist for the chocolate lover who is fond of boozy treats? We have a selection of chocolates with whisky lovers in mind that may interest you! Or perhaps you need a great, delicious festive gourmet chocolate box in mind as a gift? We have it all here at The Highland Chocolatier.

Delivering Luxury Chocolate To You

Do you dread the feeling of facing the busy high street for Christmas shopping? We feel you. On our website we have made it easy for you to purchase your Christmas gifts from the comfort of your own home and be assured your delivery will be with you safely. With flat rate shipping by courier delivered to your door the very next day, your chocolates will be delivered to your door packaged with care. If you wish to deliver elsewhere than your own home, we can include a personalised message in your gift for that extra special touch.

Please note that we recommend ordering for delivery close to Christmas to ensure delivery of our fresh luxury chocolates by post remain in the best condition for the big day. Contact Us today with any queries you may have.

The Christmas Magic of Chocolate Florentines

Wednesday, December 9th, 2015

A box of Florentines is a Christmas classic and no one could argue that they make an amazing present for a loved one. Florentines are definitely some of the most famous cookies in the world, with hundreds of recipes on how to make them, however, these sweet treats also bring a sense of mysticism with them with regards to their origin. As their name (Florentines) suggests that they were first made in Florence they were considered an Italian dessert, but there were also claims that the recipe originated in Tuscan. Things get even more complicated as others claim that Florentines, as they are made nowadays, are actually a French dessert that was created in the late 17th century as a treat for French royalty. Nevertheless, Florentines are indeed a treat worthy of a royal.

Whether they are French or Italian is a matter we will leave to the experts, because for the team of The Highland Chocolatier the best Florentines are actually Scottish! Made according to our own special recipe, with the best possible ingredients and luxury chocolate our Chocolate Florentines presented in beautiful chocolate gift boxes make for an amazing Christmas present for your loved ones.

When Cranberries Meet Pistachio Nuts

FDCP17XMAS_SAt The Highland Chocolatier we create a festive range of luxury chocolate treats every winter, but some of them become all-time favourites – just like our handmade Cranberry & Pistachio Florentines. These disks of São Tomé 70% dark chocolate are filled with whole cranberries and pistachio nuts making for an unforgettable experience for the taste buds and for a lovely present. Beautifully arranged and presented in a festive round box these handmade Florentines are ideal for the lover of exotic chocolate combined with fruit and nuts. Each of the chocolate gift boxes contains minimum 17 Florentines which makes it an ideal treat to share with the whole family. We deliver our chocolates by post so all you need to do is place an order and we will take care of the rest.

Peppermint and Dark Chocolate

FDM17XMAS_SAnother classic chocolate combination famous all over the world is peppermint and dark chocolate. Who would refuse a piece of refreshing minty chocolate in front of the Christmas tree or while cuddling on the couch? At The Highland Chocolatier we have perfected the Peppermint Florentines. Using São Tomé 70% dark chocolate we hand-make the Florentine disks and sprinkle them with tangy peppermint sugar crystals. A box of peppermint Florentines is one of our amazing chocolate Christmas gifts.

 

Milk Chocolate or Dark Chocolate?

ROUNDREDMIXEDFL14_SIf you are a dark chocolate lover, but your loved ones prefer milk chocolate choosing chocolate treats to share becomes a challenge, especially if you are looking for something luxurious. Luckily for you with The Highland Chocolatier chocolate Florentines you do not have to choose. Our selection of 14 Mixed Milk and Dark Chocolate Florentines, presented in a beautiful red and gold round box will excite your senses and bring the Christmas spirit to your home.  The milk chocolate Florentines in this selection come with a caramel note and are filled with juicy cranberries and apricot pieces. The dark chocolate Florentines, on the other hand, expertly combine 70% single origin cocoa with whole pistachio nuts, premium almonds and Fiery Chinese ginger to give you the exquisite experience of The Highland Chocolatier’s luxury chocolate gift boxes.

Luxury Chocolate Christmas Gifts

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Our Florentine boxes make for an amazing surprise and are just one of the products in our Chocolate Christmas Gifts range.  At The Highland Chocolatier we also offer Chocolate gifts for the whisky lover that have been expertly paired with some of the top UK whiskies. Our Chocolate hampers are an ideal gift combining some of our most popular products including our Decorative filled tins of chocolates and Dipped fruit for Christmas. These chocolate gift hampers offer an unforgettable experience for the luxury chocolate lover. For more information on our chocolate gift hampers and tins of chocolates visit our Christmas range. We deliver all our chocolates by post so after you place an order our luxury chocolate products will be delivered directly to your home. If you have any questions simply contact us.

Say thank you with chocolate gifts this Christmas

Monday, December 7th, 2015

 

‘Tis the season for gift-giving, and at The Highland Chocolatier we have everything you need for the perfect Christmas with our lovingly crafted range of chocolates this holiday season. Whether you are curling up on the sofa watching that Christmas film the kids never tire of, or are settling down for a toast with friends, Christmas chocolates are never out of reach for a little treat. It is with friends and family in mind that we enjoy this season, and we want to help you say thank you to the people that make it special with our range of chocolate hampers and gifts.

The All-in-One Christmas Hamper Gift

Wanting to find the perfect gift to give that says it all in one glance? Has somebody been extra special and you want to give them a little bit of everything chocolatey to say thank you? A luxury chocolate hamper could be the way to go. Combing a range of gourmet chocolate gifts in one basket, hand selected by us, there is something for everybody to enjoy.

gourmet hamper

The Highland Chocolatier Gourmet Chocolate Hamper is the most inexpensive in the range, and doesn’t lack in its’ luxury quality in the slightest. As with all our hampers, your gift is sealed beautifully in a stunning black wicker hamper and is full to the brim with delicious, gourmet Christmas chocolate gifts. This hamper includes a Decorative Tin of Dark Hot Chocolate Flakes (200g), The Chocolatier’s Selection – Box of 9 Chocolates (88g) , 1 pack of Luxury Fudge Dipped in Milk Chocolate (115g) , and a special Iain Burnett Highland Chocolatier mug for them to enjoy their new gift in style. The hamper itself is reusable too for all those future picnics and lunches.

Our full selection of hampers can be seen here.

Fill their heart with Choco-love

There’s that special someone in your life; you know who we’re talking about! With your loved one in mind, there is a fine selection of treats to choose from that would make any budding romantic blush. With the help of The Highland Chocolatier, say thank you this Christmas with one of our more romantic options.
chocolate truffle giftOur award-winning range of luxury chocolate truffles are the ideal gift for that person you just can’t keep out of your mind. You know you’ll be giving a gift that is internationally recognised as the best in the world for that person who is the best in yours.

The Velvet Truffle Dark São Tomé is our world renowned jewel in our chocolate crown, and we think it is the perfect way to say thank you. Winner of the Gold award at the World Finals of International Chocolates Awards 2015 for Unflavoured Dark Chocolate Truffles, and made with fresh Scottish cream, this Christmas gift is nothing short of exquisite. We’ve even included a set of truffle forks in a beautifully presented gift box to truly give the gift of luxury. We also offer a Strawberry and Star Anise truffle option for the more sweet-toothed person, and a delicious White Chocolate, Lime and hint of Chilli option for the adventurous gourmet.

The romantic will be positively bursting with affection, and we hope to help you along the way with our Chocolate Christmas gifts. Come take a look at more of our romantic options here.

Kids’ Christmas Candies

Chocolate is arguably part of every child’s favourite list of Christmas treats, and ours too! If there is one way to say thank you to the little tyke in your life that they’ll really love, it’s got to be chocolate. At The Highland Chocolatier, we offer a range of children’s chocolates that will really impress and delight. Give them a little taste of luxury as a stocking filler, or as a way to say a special little thank you with something they’ll really love.

chocolate button snowman

Our yummy Childrens’ milk chocolate buttons are lovingly made with little ones in mind. Small in size, they’re perfect for a little treat while watching that same movie or waiting for Santa to arrive, and are melt-in-the-mouth good. For the kids who prefer white chocolate ours is top quality with no additives and there’s milk or strawberry too. Why not try eating all three together and see what flavours they create together?

If you’re looking for something even more special and memorable, we also offer delightful shaped containers. Our Strawberry Chocolate Piggy Bank is full of our luxury, delicious chocolate buttons, and when it’s finished it can be used as a real piggy bank – two gifts in one! Specially for Christmas, why not try our Chocolate Button Snowman too? Or maybe they prefer dinosaurs to little piggies? The big bad wolf – er, Chocolate button dinosaur! – is here to huff puff and blow them away. Choose from the option of milk, white, or strawberry chocolate buttons to really give them something to love.

Spoil them with Luxury

Your co-workers have been working hard this year and you want to say thank you – but how? Your family love chocolate, but you want something different to give them at Christmas? We have just the thing – our luxury range of Chocolate dipped fruits.

dipped fruit selection classicExotic and tasty slowly candied fruits, covered in our stunning Dark São Tomé Chocolate, make the ideal Christmas chocolate gift and a luxury thank you gift too. Sealed in our special seasonal boxes, these are truly a delicious way to give a gift of luxury to those who deserve it. We have a range of different fruits to choose from – cherries, oranges, and lemons – but to really give them a taste of the range, we offer the Dipped Fruit Selection Classic.

Boasting fruits that have been candied in syrup for over a week to really seal in their juices and flavours, and in a beautiful box, you can’t go wrong with this for the fruit and chocolate lover! Featuring 1 whole clementine, 3 pairs of cherries with their natural stalks, 1 whole orange sunrise slice, and 1 pineapple slice, all dipped in our beautiful 70% São Tomé dark chocolate, this is truly a great value gift box.

You can find our full range of Christmas chocolate gifts this season available on our website.  To truly customise your gourmet chocolate gifts you can add Special Instructions at checkout. Why not browse our range of chocolates for him, her, and the kids too! We even have a fine selection of chocolates for the whisky lover in your life for the ultimate Scottish chocolate flavour. Go on, say thank you with chocolate this Christmas.

Creating the Special Edition Festive Spice Velvet Truffle

Thursday, December 3rd, 2015

Festive Spice Velvet Truffle

This is the story of how Iain Burnett Highland Chocolatier went about creating a special edition spiced chocolate for Christmas to sit alongside his Award-winning range of Velvet Truffles and Spiced Pralines.

As winner of the 2014 Great British Salted Chocolate Challenge, with his Szechuan Pepper Salt Velvet Truffle, Iain was invited to return to judge the Great British Spiced Chocolate Challenge at the 2015 Chocolate Show in London in October.   Being the judge meant that the Highland Chocolatier was not allowed to enter himself, but the concept of a new spiced truffle inspired the team in Grandtully to start working on the recipe for a really special spice chocolate for Christmas.
Leaving no spice unturned a short list of recipes was prepared in time for Chocolate Week and customers in our shops in St Andrews and Grandtully, as well as attendees at the London Chocolate Show, were invited to vote and comment on the various flavours, created around
*    Ras-el-Hanout – North African meaning ‘top of the shop’ this mix can contain up to 100 expensive ingredients

*    Advieh – a warm Persian spice mix with dried rose petals
*    Liquorice – yes this aromatic root is designated as a spice
*    Festive Spice – familiar spices used for centuries in Christmas Pudding and fruit cake recipes.

Just to reach this stage many trials were made using white, milk or dark ganache centres, dusting with spices or cocoa or enrobing with milk or dark chocolate which might then complement or contrast with the centre.  Some spices were rejected completely.  Then there was the texture to consider.    Iain Burnett is famed for his exquisitely smooth signature Velvet Truffles and as some spices can tend to be gritty this also had to be refined.

Our customers chose two clear leaders; the Festive Spice with a warming  infusion of cinnamon, nutmeg, orange & allspice and one other, which will be released in the New Year – something to look forward to.

After settling two then the real detailed process of refining began.   Iain had to ensure the perfect balance of flavour before allowing the Festive Spice to sit alongside the others in his multi Award Winning range.

This delicious Christmas gourmet chocolate is available in two options
The Velvet Truffle - Ferstive SpiceAs sister of the World’s Best Dark Chocolate Truffle, Gold winner at the International Chocolate Awards, The Velvet Truffle – Festive Spice is dusted in red cocoa.  Velvet Truffles come in luxury black boxes, wrapped in gold foil and tied with a ribbon.  No gift could be easier or more topical.  Only available for a short period, these chocolate truffle petit fours will round off a festive meal perfectly.

 

 

 

 

Festive Chocolatier's Selection

To allow inclusion in our gourmet chocolate selection boxes, the same ganache centre has also been enrobed in a delicate shell of Dark Sao Tome Chocolate decorated with a star  design.  True Christmas artisan chocolates they are available in boxes from 2 to 20.  If you would like to substitute them to any of our regular selection boxes just add Special Instructions at check-out.

 

 

 

 

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Stocking Fillers for Chocolate Loving Kids

Thursday, December 3rd, 2015

Chocolate is such a wonderfully nostalgic treat, and it played a big part in many of our childhoods. How many children still rush downstairs on Christmas morning to unwrap the first hanging chocolates from the tree! Luckily, Highland Chocolatier has a range of award-winning sweets to delight any child this festive season. Why not give them an extra treat this Christmas or pad out their stockings with our range of delectable chocolates, crafted specially with little ones in mind?

Classic chocolate buttons

Brighten up any snowy morning with a cone of our classic buttons in strawberry, milk or white. Slip them under their pillow, into their stocking, or hang on the tree for extra festivity. Gran and Grandad can earn some extra points by turning up with these in hand, or simply mix together in a big bowl with some fruit for the kids to munch on while they watch their favourite Christmas movie. Guaranteed to put a smile on their faces, their nostalgic packaging and moreish taste may prove an excellent appetiser for the turkey – if Mum and Dad don’t eat them all!

Prehistoric treats

Is there a budding palaeontologist in your family? How about that one nephew who watches Jurassic Park on repeat? Little tyrannosaurus fans will be delighted with our amazing Chocolate Button Dinosaur, available in milk, white and strawberry flavours (pictured right). Gourmet buttons packaged in a sweet reusable dinosaur-shaped container which can be used later to store treasured fossils, be painted like a real T-rex, or even as a mould to make your own chocolatey dinosaur treat!

Penny sweets

A loveable dinosaur isn’t the only chocolate creature creation on our Christmas list. Many a mickle macks a muckle, as we say in Scotland, and you too can help your child save for rainy days with our adorable and delicious Piggy Bank. Full of our beautifully made buttons, the container slips easily into a stocking, makes an excellent last-minute gift and also doubles as a real piggy bank to carefully store away coins.

Milky Bar Kid

Who remembers the old adverts? Most likely not the young ones in your life, which is a crying shame! Before you start searching around on YouTube for that catchy jingle, introduce them to the joy of white chocolate with our Blonde Chocolate Bar. A classic white chocolate bar with a smooth, creamy flavour, it’s good enough to squabble over, so make sure you stock up on enough! Its irresistible combination of São Tomé cocoa butter, Madagascan vanilla and fresh Scottish cream is likely to appease even the pickiest sprout at the table.

A treat before bedtime

When it all winds down on Christmas Day, what’s better to top off the evening than with a hot, steaming mug of real hot chocolate? Get the kids involved and let them customise their own creations with marshmallows, sprinkles and lashings of cream, all resting on a base of our incredibly tasty Dark Hot Chocolate Flakes (pictured right) for a real winter’s feast. Simply mix into hot milk for a beautifully smooth mug of hot chocolate, or cater for milder tastes by mixing in some of our White Hot Chocolate Flakes too. Endless combinations can be made with orange, vanilla or mint essence – don’t forget to sprinkle some more on top!

Christmas and chocolate go hand in hand. Some children are notoriously difficult to buy for, but rest assured any sweet-toothed youngster will be delighted with our range of chocolates. If you also need something for the man in your life, we have a range of gifts for him as well!

Chocolate gifts for men this Christmas

Tuesday, December 1st, 2015

It’s commonly accepted that chocolate is a women’s indulgent food of choice, and there are no shortage of chocolate gift sets wrapped up for Christmas ready to be opened by the female population come the morning of December 25th.

But when selecting the perfect hamper for your mum, maybe stop to think whether there is a man in your life who might appreciate something chocolaty under their tree on Christmas day. We have a wide range chocolate gifts for men and below we’ve highlighted some of our masculine gift packages if you’ve got a guy with a bit of a sweet tooth (or one who likes whiskey or coffee, because that’s covered within our range too).

For the whisky drinker

Whisky chocolate gift set for menWhilst snuggling up on the sofa with a bar of chocolate is an image associated with women, relaxing with a dram of whiskey is a pastime more largely associated with the male population. If you have a whiskey connoisseur in your life, then one of our Whiskey Tasting Hampers is sure to be up their street. Our two boxes contain some of our signature flavours but also comes complete with expert advice on which famous whiskey to pair it with. If you know a man who has a whiskey cupboard with some of the finest whiskeys available in Scotland, then this chocolate gift set is perfect to accompany him as he sits down for his Christmas day celebratory drink.

Or the coffee enthusiast

For someone with more masculine taste buds, there’s the gift of chocolate coffee beans this Christmas.  Use them in the same way as regular traditional beans and allow your guy to create the aroma of a luxury coffee shop on Christmas morning. The luxury coffee beans are rolled in 70% rich dark chocolate and are also non-alcoholic, making them the perfect hot drink to waken him up on Christmas morning.

Something fudgy

Coffee beans are not the only thing we have been rolling in our luxury chocolate. If your man isn’t a coffee person, there’s also the option of fudge covered in milk chocolate to leave under his tree this Christmas. Our tin of luxury fudge contains 200g worth of fudged dipped in milk chocolate and also comes in a decorative tin to create that extra feel of luxury.

Dark chocolates for masculine tastesJust Dark Selection Box

When it comes to men and chocolate, the secret to buying chocolate for men is to avoid the sweeter varieties of chocolate and head towards the darker and slightly more bitter end of the chocolate scale. Our Just Dark Selection Box is the selection box of choice for Christmas shoppers trying to select something for the men in their life. The selection box contains 30 chocolates which are all created using 70% dark chocolate such as our award-winning Velvet Truffle, as well as German marzipan and hazelnut pralines.

The big gift of all the Chocolates

If you have a man to buy for in your life who just loves chocolate and doesn’t need it paired with whiskey to enjoy it, then we have our Chocolatier’s Selection Box. Containing 48 chocolates, this selection box is one of the best ways to sample some of the finest chocolates in our range. The chocolates in this box ranges from milk chocolate onto something at the darker end of the scale. There is our award-winning Velvet Truffle alongside a wide range of other varieties of chocolates from Heart of Gold with its caramel centre as well as the White Hearts and Langue de Chat mini bars which comes in dark, milk and blonde varieties.

Award winners selection boxOr a smaller box of our award winning chocolates

If a box of 48 chocolates sounds like a bit too much for the man you have in mind, then a smaller box containing 20 of our award-winning chocolates might be more to their taste. This is a very popular gift, so much that it was honoured at the Scotland Food and Drink Awards 2013 with the prize for Excellence Product of the Year. Some of the delicious flavours to dip into are the Chai Truffle, Dark Velvet Truffle and Lime Truffle.

And something small for the Christmas stocking

We have a range of small gifts which are perfect for sneaking into a guy’s Christmas stocking on the 25th of December. We have our mini Chocolatier Christmas box with just four chocolates from the gourmet range and also a bar of cranberry and pistachio dark chocolate, both the kind of chocolate for men we’d recommend.

We have the perfect chocolate gifts for men, and anyone else you’re buying for too

Whether the man you are buying for is your whiskey-loving father, your espresso-appreciating husband or sweet-toothed male best friend we have a wide range of products with plenty of chocolates for men on offer.

And for the men reading, if you’re sneakily looking for yourself then carry on and treat yourself. But if you’re needing to purchase chocolates for either the children in your life or a special woman then we have gift ranges perfect for their stockings too.