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Luxury Valentine’s Chocolate Hampers

Friday, January 29th, 2016

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Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. It seems like only yesterday it was Christmas and New Year’s Eve. Now we are all back to work and enjoying being back to normality – and getting excited for the festivities surrounding Valentine’s Day. What better time is there to show your love and affection for that special somebody in your life than this special day? Here at The Highland Chocolatier we have a great selection of chocolates that would make great romantic gifts for her and him. The most luxurious of all? Our luxury chocolate hampers.

Hampers of Sweets and Love

Each one of our chocolate hampers is filled to the brim with handmade gourmet chocolates and chocolate products to really excite anybody who opens up every one of our luxury black wicker hampers. Every chocolate hamper in our range is chosen to fit each individual price range, giving you the option to choose which hamper suits both you and the recipient of your gift. The black wicker and leather straps holding each hamper closed really add to the luxurious feel of the gift, and there’s no need for more gift wrapping by you – everything is set nicely in the hamper just waiting to be opened for that perfect collection of valentines day presents.

Why Choose our Luxury Chocolate Hampers?

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If your loved one really loves chocolate – or you think they may be quite the chocoholic – why not invest in buying them chocolates for valentines day? Our chocolates are some of the finest in Scotland and we have been recognised at international chocolate awards for our truffle and chocolate range. The same award-winning crafting by our chocolatiers goes into every product in our range, including those inside your gift hamper. Made with fresh Scottish cream from Perthshire and the finest dark Sao Tome cocoa, you have quality craftsmanship and ingredients available right to your – or their! – door.

Small Treats, Big Love

The smallest – yet by no means least value – hamper in our range is the Highland Chocolatier Gourmet Chocolate Hamper. It features a divine selection of our finest artisan chocolates fresh from our kitchens packed straight into your hamper. You will receive not only some of our delicious Dark Hot Chocolate Flakes, a Decorative Tin of Luxury Fudge Dipped in Milk Chocolate, and a Chocolatier’s Selection Box of 9 handcrafted chocolates, your loved one will also get a great Highland Chocolatier mug to enjoy their new warm hot chocolate drinks in. Let them enjoy a taste of luxury in this gorgeous black wicker hamper and enjoy your new treats together for an extra special night in.

Valentines Chocolates to Say ‘I Love You’

Our hampers are a great way to really say ‘I love you’ on Valentine’s Day. Finding that perfect gift is often a struggle, but with each hamper containing the finest chocolates around, you are sure to find what you are looking for here at The Highland Chocolatier. Let your valentine gift indulge your partner with our Highland Chocolatier Indulge Chocolate Hamper. The upgraded hamper to the Gourmet Chocolate Hamper, your gift will include a fine Chocolatier’s Selection Box of 20 individually crafted chocolates to get a real taste of our entire gourmet range in one chocolate box of bite-sized goodness. Think they would like chocolate dipped fruit too? We have that covered with an included pack of strawberries and raspberries rolled in white chocolate for a sweet-and-sour flavour that we cannot get enough of.

The Chocoholic’s Perfect Valentine’s Day Gift

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Not enough in that hamper to satisfy the chocolate lover in your life? The largest and most jam-packed full of chocolate hamper in our range is our Highland Chocolatier Opulence Chocolate Hamper. The biggest and best hamper we have in our range, it is the piece de resistance of all Valentine’s Day chocolate gifts. Not only does your loved one receive a stunning selection that includes 2 Decorative Tins of Luxury Nougat and Dark Hot Chocolate Flakes, chocolate covered cherries, and two different exotic chocolate bars, they will get a full Chocolatier’s Selection Box of 48 truffles. Within it, they will experience our Gold award-winning velvet truffle among our other best-selling chocolates and pralines. Give them the Valentine’s Day gift that keeps on giving with this huge chocolate hamper that will indulge their senses and really make them fall in love with chocolate all over again.

All of our hampers can have substituted products for your needs so do not worry if some items are unable to be consumed for allergy reasons – we will be more than happy to help assist you in creating the biggest and best Valentine’s Day gift possible.

Make your Valentine’s Day Special

We have a variety of other products available from us to you that are made especially for Valentine’s Day and are our most romantic gifts. You can give your loved ones the gift of choice with our Gift Cards, sent electronically to your recipient to choose their own unique selection of chocolates. They will be spoiled for choice and you can feel great about giving them something they will love!

Find out more about our exciting range of gourmet chocolates on our website, or Contact Us for more information about our products.

Upcoming Easter Treats

Friday, January 29th, 2016

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As Winter passes into Spring, we transition towards the next big holiday on the chocolate lover’s calendar: Easter. We associate this holiday with eggs, spring animals, and all things chocolate. That is why at The Highland Chocolatier we know just how important this holiday is for many people, and we have a variety of Easter chocolate for sale – and some that are coming soon! – to get you and your family into the Spring and Easter spirit.

Luxury Easter Eggs for The Whole Family

It’s traditional for us to give Easter eggs to be eaten on Easter Sunday every year. Children especially love the excitement of a chocolate gift to look forward to opening up in the morning. Any excuse to have a bite of chocolate before lunchtime is always a welcomed one! With you and little ones in mind, we have handcrafted our very own luxury easter eggs, available in striped milk and striped dark chocolate varieties depending on your tastes. Each of these eggs come with six milk, dark and white Belgian Praline chocolate eggs wrapped in luxurious foil, all sealed up in a beautiful bag and sealed with seasonal coloured raffia. If you prefer swirls and drizzles in your egg patterns, why not try our Milk and Dark Chocolate Drizzle Easter Eggs? Made with the same delicious chocolate and wrapped with mini Belgian Praline eggs, it is as beautiful a centerpiece as it is delicious. You’ll be so excited to open up your gourmet chocolate egg that you’ll be tempted to have a bite early!

Looking for a suitable vegan alternative Easter egg for you or your family? We also have available our fiery Luxury Chinese Ginger Dark Chocolate Egg that is deliciously tempting and suitable for vegans!  Handmade in our Highland Chocolatier Sao Tome dark chocolate, it is encrusted with pieces of Chinese ginger to give that delicious, hot kick that any ginger lover will adore. It also comes with 6 individual mini milk, dark and white Belgian Praline eggs for a little bit of extra special Easter chocolate gift magic. We also sell these smaller Belgian Praline Eggs individually for an additional Easter gift idea.

Fruits for Spring

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If sweet fruits are more your thing, we offer a great range of chocolate dipped fruit to suit every fruit flavour preference out there. What’s more, we provide beautiful gift wrapping and boxes for every Dipped Fruit Selection Classic box that make it a great Easter gift. We will even be able to wrap up your item in a seasonable ribbon especially for Easter. Within the classic selection box are a small selection of some of our favourite chocolate fruits we have available on our website and in our stores that are gently candied for over a week to give them a great sweet taste and coating that preserves their natural juices and flavours. Including a whole clementine, three pairs of cherries, a pineapple slice and an orange sunrise slice all dipped in our best dark chocolate, you can’t find a more perfect little Easter gift this spring for flavour.

Little Discs of Goodness

We all love a chocolate Florentine here at The Highland Chocolatier and we are proud to offer a delicious selection for you that defines the Florentine as one of our most popular selections to date. For Easter, we would recommend our gift boxes of Pistachio & Almond, and Mixed Chocolate Florentines. These little discs of chocolate make a great post or pre-meal snack giving you and your family a little taste of our finest quality chocolate with every little bite you take. The box of mixed Florentines especially is a great way to sample our various chocolate types in one neat box full of Easter chocolate goodness. They are covered in a selection that includes cranberries, whole nuts, apricot, and even fiery ginger for those who like a bit of heat to their chocolate. They make the ideal Easter gift for anybody who loves chocolate and doesn’t want a traditional Easter egg.

The All-Year-Round Easter Treat

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Want something that lasts a little longer than just the day? Our range of chocolate hampers filled with treasures like our Chocolatier’s Selection Box may be the item that you are looking for. Filled to the brim with some great treats and made to be a beautiful gift, you and your family can celebrate Easter in style with this basket of treats. We are sure a certain Easter Bunny would be quite jealous of these black wicker baskets! Offered in a range of prices to suit any budget with our hand selected range of items, find your perfect Easter treat in our hampers today. From Dark Hot Chocolate Flakes to White Chocolate Coated Strawberries and Raspberries, there is something for everyone to enjoy – and you can keep enjoying your gift long after Easter is over. Take your new hamper for a great Springtime picnic or just sit back and relax with a mug of our hot chocolate. You’ll find something that suits you and your loved ones this Easter with us.

Our full Easter range will be available in the coming weeks and we welcome any questions you may have for us about our products, shipping, or dietary requirements. Contact Us today to find out more about our Easter chocolate range and learn more about all of our ranges. We will be happy to help!

Newsletter – Iain Burnett Aiming to be a Chocolate Millionaire

Wednesday, January 27th, 2016

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The highlight of 2015 was undoubtedly winning Gold at the International Chocolate Awards, recognising Iain as the creator of the Best Dark Truffle in the World.  Of course we all knew this already!  The coming year is no less exciting.  In October the business will be celebrating its tenth birthday and we are aiming to produce one million chocolates in 2016 – quite amazing when you consider that every Velvet Truffle is made by hand.

 

Gems from the Kitchen

We invited visitors to our shops to help choose a new spiced Velvet Truffle.   There was a clear winner and we are happy to introduce a caramelised white chocolate ganache with a touch of liquorice root.  Be one of the first to try this unusual, but undoubtedly popular flavour.

 

The Velvet Truffle – Caramel with a Hint of Liquorice £ 19.95

 

Love is in the Air

Pre-order your Valentines Day gift and we will deliver on the date of your choice, to an address of your choice and it can even be anonymous. A range of adorable boxes have been created fit for the occasion.

 

Romantic Selection in a Heart Shaped Box (20)                   £32.95

 

   
 Velvet Truffle Classic Gold Box Final

All Your Birthdays at Once

Did you know you can purchase E-Giftcards ahead of time? They are valid for a year from the delivery date. Set up all your birthday presents in advance now and give the lucky recipients the pleasure of selecting their favourite chocolates.  [SHOP NOW]

 

20 Guilt-Free Ways to Enjoy Gourmet Chocolate

Tuesday, January 26th, 2016

1It’s no secret that we all crave a little sweet treat from time to time. There is no shame in it either! However, when we are trying to be healthier and living a better lifestyle, we can often see ourselves wanting to find ways to cut these treats out of our lives. Well, we are here to tell you that that is not something you need to do. Madness? Not at all. There are plenty of ways out there for you to enjoy eating chocolate without feeling guilty, especially if you are seeking a little treat of valentines chocolates!

The first step is to have a positive mind-set towards chocolate and yourself. Do you like chocolate? Yes. Do you want to eat chocolate? Yes. Do you deserve a rewarding treat for all your hard work? Absolutely! There is no reason to not allow yourself a little gourmet chocolate treat every so often, and with so many different ways out there for you to use, prepare, and eat chocolate, what’s stopping you?

In this blog, we will uncover just how much chocolate we eat, the variety of health benefits that chocolate offers, unconventional but exciting chocolate beauty treatments, chocolate used with fruit, and chocolate’s uses for working out at the gym alongside fantastic chocolate-based savoury and sweet recipes. Guilt-free enjoyment of chocolate is never too far away!

How much chocolate do we eat?

To fully understand just how much chocolate is a part of our everyday lives, we can look at various studies compiled for the specific purpose of examining how much chocolate we eat. It’s not necessarily a bad thing – we can assume that given chocolate’s popularity on supermarket shelves we eat through quite a lot of it! It’s hard to imagine that something like the cocoa bean has become such a worldwide staple like sugar and milk. Sure enough, however, it has grown to be used far beyond the staple we see as the chocolate bar.

According to a study by consumer analyst Mintel, 17% of the British population eat chocolate 4-6 times every week and only 1 in 20 people claim to never eat chocolate. These figures show the staggering popularity of chocolate in our modern society, and that is only when we consider the consumption of supermarket shelf chocolate bars.

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(Source: TheHappinessInHealth.com)

The above graph demonstrates even further, and without a shadow of a doubt, that the amount of chocolate consumed globally is only on the increase. What may be even more surprising is just how much more chocolate is consumed in Europe than in the United States. Germany leads the way in chocolate consumption, and it may come as unsurprising that Switzerland consumes roughly 23.74 pounds but the United Kingdom is not at all far behind at 22.73lbs per capita. The United States only consumes around 11.22 per capita, probably the most surprisingly statistic of all, given the mass candy market there.

It can be said, then, that Britain truly is a nation of chocolate lovers. With how much we consume and on a near-daily basis, it’s easy to understand just why we struggle to let go of chocolate in our diets. But it doesn’t need to be that way – at least not entirely! We love chocolate as much as you do, and we want you to know that there are actually various ways for you to each chocolate that benefits your mind and body too in moderate portions that saves you on the calories you want to cut. Dieting plus all the goodness of gourmet chocolates? We’re in!

Chocolate Is Healthy!

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Yep, chocolate has been found to actually be rather healthy for you (In moderate amounts, that is). This is dependent upon the type of chocolate you are eating, also. For those of us on a health kick, we don’t recommend eating quite as much as usual – but this goes for almost all treat foods. Be careful what you eat, and be aware of what may be healthy and what could turn out to be a little more harmful.

Health Benefits of Chocolate

You may be wondering just what kinds of health benefits can I obtain from chocolate? I thought they were full of harmful fats and sugars? That may be true for other chocolates, but if you purchase gourmet dark chocolate, or chocolate that has a higher percentage of cocoa, you are far more likely to gain the various health benefits on offer from the cocoa bean itself. Various tests have been conducted to find out just what effect chocolate can have on you.

Cocoa Health Benefits

When we talk about the benefits of chocolate, it mostly refers to the nutrients present in the cocoa bean itself. We are always on the look-out for foods that can provide us with the minerals and nutrients that our bodies need. In cocoa, you can find benefits including:

  • Antioxidants
  • Antidepressants
  • Energy Boosts
  • Weight Loss
  • Heart Health Benefits

Taking a more in-depth look at each property, we can see that there are multiple benefits to the cocoa bean in our lives.

·       Antioxidants

Using cocoa as an antioxidant is quite beneficial to you and your body. Antioxidants are able to help you protect your body from harmful cells and cell diseases such as various cancers. They are also a great way to reduce your cholesterol. Cocoa is renowned for being one of – if not the – best natural sources of antioxidants on the planet with up to 10% of their matter including antioxidant properties. Eating a square (or about an ounce) of mostly cocoa based chocolate every day can potentially lower your harmful cholesterol levels – even more of an excuse for a little daily dose!

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Antioxidants present in Cocoa against other foods, Source: WikiMedia

Be careful, however! According to another study, drinking milk with your dark chocolate will remove the antioxidants, so if you are watching your calories, be sure to have a sip of water instead.

·       Antidepressants

It’s a well-known fact that chocolate is considered to be a great mood booster, especially when you are feeling low or are in need of a non-harmful treat to keep your spirits up. That is because cocoa is full of serotonin and dopamine, known to give a positive effect on the brain. These chemicals can help to reduce the effects of depression and stress in your mind, allowing you to feel more positive and relaxed. You’ll be able to feel those endorphins, and really start enjoying chocolate again. Flavanols present in chocolate have even been linked to improving memory loss. Your head can, quite possibly, feel a little better with just a bite of chocolate.

·       Energy Boosts

When you’re feeling down and tired, don’t reach for the coffee. Caffeine is known to be a rather harmful substance when we are used to the high and then the inevitable crash. Cocoa and chocolate offer a much better and safer solution. The natural vitamins and endorphin-producing minerals allow our bodies to feel much more active and alert, and as we are not consuming anything harmful that drops out of our systems as fast as caffeine does, we are able to avoid that horrible caffeine crash – not bad!

·       Weight Loss

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For some it may seem a little contradictory that eating chocolate could help you lose weight, but in fact, as far as studies show, it is entirely true. For starters, we are known to be prone to overeating when feeling down or suffering with depression. By eating foods with antidepressants within them, the reduced effects of depression could help with eating less when bored or sad. What’s more, there are studies showing that chocolate may help to reduce the amount of sensitivity to insulin our bodies have, the more we may possibly be able to avoid obesity. Thanks, polyphenols!

·       Heart Health Benefits

When considering our health, we should always remember it’s not just what shows on the outside, but the inside. Our heart is the central piece that holds our bodies together and keeps them running like a smooth ship. Polyphenols are, again, good at helping to decrease your chances of high blood pressure, while naturally present levels of magnesium are able to help improve the very stretch of your heart and keep your blood thrumming through your veins.

Not a bad list of benefits for something often considered to be unhealthy!

Dark Gourmet Chocolate is On Top

In terms of health benefits, pure cocoa is undoubtedly the best in terms of nutrients. Given its bitter taste and rough texture however, there is a little bit of processing and cooking required. Supermarket chocolate is also not the best idea. Most top-selling chocolate bars and products are made with lots of additional fats, sugars, and salt that can be harmful for your body. That is why you should consider eating chocolate that you know is crafted with love with no chemicals or additives.

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The Highland Chocolatier specialises in crafting beautiful handmade gourmet chocolates that are as delicious as they are healthy, with a full range of beautiful gifts of valentines chocolate for you and your loved ones. With no preservatives within them, each one of our chocolates is prepared freshly for your enjoyment before we send you our delicious chocolates by post. Made with only fresh ingredients and the best sourced cocoa beans, we are able to give you chocolate that is guilt-free and utterly delicious, and has all the remaining health benefits untouched. We even have ranges in our chocolate boxes that are completely vegan and free of dairy, giving you the chance to consume a product without the fats and lactose present in dairy.

During the manufacturing process for larger companies, many additives become present in chocolate, and this is what makes most shelf-bought milk chocolates unhealthy for you and lacking in vitamins and minerals. Our handcrafted chocolatier-made chocolates, however, are able to be enjoyed guilt-free. If you are looking for all of the health benefits of dark chocolate and pure cocoa, look no further than a delicious piece of our dark chocolate bars or other dark chocolate based products. We even have a bar that is purely 100% dark cocoa – too bitter to eat, but great to use with any recipe that requires or can be improved with a little bit of pure cocoa!

Not for You? Give Chocolate as a Gift!

If you are that 1 person in 20 who does not enjoy chocolate, that’s okay – you can still enjoy giving the gift of chocolate to see it make somebody else smile instead! Now that you know the healthy properties of dark chocolate, why not consider purchasing one of our many gourmet dark chocolate products for somebody special? You can feel good and less guilty about giving them something they not only will love, but will also help to benefit their health.

At The Highland Chocolatier, we have a fine selection of chocolate hampers available to deliver your chocolates by post quickly and efficiently. Packaged to stay fresh with all freshly bought ingredients, and made to ensure that you have the best of all of our chocolate range, you won’t find a better gift for a loved one. Looking for the perfect valentine’s day chocolates or just a great idea for romantic gifts for him or her? Take a look at our great range of valentines chocolates for some amazing ideas for your loved one.

Quirky Chocolate Beauty Treatments

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When talking about health, many of us consider the outside of our body to count – and we agree. Looking after our skin is of as much importance as looking after the rest of ourselves. The body-strengthening properties of cocoa that make it so irresistible for those of us looking to improve our inner bodies can now look to specialist spas for possibly the quirkiest use of chocolate out there.

The antioxidants present in cocoa are undoubtedly good for inside our bodies, but antioxidants are actually very good for our skin. Free radicals, like those that damage us inside of our bodies that antioxidants work to remove and combat, are present around the surface of our skin too, and antioxidants can help to slow down the effects of aging. Anything that has an anti-ageing effect is great for use in spa treatments, and another excuse to eat a little piece of dark chocolate every day is one we can’t resist.

Chocolate Face Masks

Ever tried a face mask? You’ll be familiar with the process of covering your face in an unfamiliar, muddy substance – but how about using a mask that is made with chocolate? You’ll know that cocoa butter is great for your skin, and as it is from the cocoa bean, there is cocoa butter present in specialist cocoa-based face masks that can help to nourish and cleanse your skin while keeping it gloriously soft and smooth and smelling great!

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Body Wraps

You’ve covered your face in chocolate, now it’s time to really get stuck into the chocolate treatments of your dreams! You can be treated to a great body scrub to get your skin beautifully polished, and when that’s done, you can be wrapped up in a tantalising mix of essential oils and pure cocoa butter with the delicious smells of pure chocolate rolling off of your skin. A little taste of heaven? We sure think so!

Chocolate Manicures? Yes please!

Your gourmet experience just got even better – and much more luxurious! A manicure and pedicure can be a great way to rest and relax after a hard week, and adding chocolate to that mix can be ideal! Give your feet a good scrub, indulge in cocoa butter for your skin, and have even more indulgent chocolate scents around your skin.

No matter what treatments you wish to go for, chocolate can really make a huge difference to your body and your skin. Try different combinations to find the best match for you. Always see your doctor if you are concerned with anything like your cholesterol or chest conditions.

Chocolate and Fruit – A Healthy Match Made in Heaven

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Another way that people often seem to enjoy chocolate is mixed with other food items. This doesn’t always need to be something unhealthy like a marshmallow or a biscuit! In fact, at The Highland Chocolatier we are huge fans of chocolate and fruit combinations. It’s not as crazy as it sounds – fondue sets and chocolate fountains have become all the rage at parties and events with different fruits available for dipping, making a great treat – and a great idea for a valentine’s day chocolate gift! Just what kinds of chocolate dipped fruit are the most delicious for the best guilt-free experience? We have those answers right here. (After much delicious trying and testing!)

Chocolate Dipped Strawberries

The classic of all chocolate fruit combinations – the chocolate dipped strawberry. It’s hard to find two more perfect foods that were just made for each other. Given that the strawberry is one of our most favoured fruits in the United Kingdom, it only seems appropriate that we give it the attention it deserves on our list. We have prepared a great recipe list of tips and hints for making your own great chocolate dipped strawberries.

When choosing your chocolate for your strawberries, consider what you are looking for from your snack. If you are wanting something sweet and creamy, then our delicious milk chocolate is a perfect choice for an all-around party favourite. It’s also a great indulgent treat for when you’ve having a nice cheat day with some delicious gourmet chocolate – you’re special, so make sure you feel like it! We would also suggest our delicious 70% dark chocolate as a delicious companion to your strawberries. The sweet taste of strawberry and the dark shell of chocolate make a perfect compliment to one another that you can enjoy with less of the guilt. Did you know that strawberries are great antioxidants too? Go on, treat yourself to luxury chocolate goodness.

Frozen Chocolate Bananas

Another staple in the chocolate dipped fruits world is the frozen banana. This makes a great summer treat, or is perfect if you are craving a little bit of ice cream. With our gourmet chocolate, you can really taste the difference. Bananas have a lot of health benefits of their own, including being packed with potassium and vitamin C.

Frozen chocolate dipped bananas are very easy to make. All you need is a set of kebab sticks to put your bananas on, a freezer, and a melted bowl of our gourmet chocolate. Once you have your bananas ready, simply dip them into the bowl of melted chocolate. Once this has been done, you can add a few little sprinkles or other things if you would like. (We personally love putting little raisins on ours!) Place the chocolate dipped bananas onto a plate, place into the freezer, and wait until the chocolate has cooled and the banana has frozen. There you have it – the perfect summer ice cream alternative that you can enjoy year-round for your own little gourmet chocolate fix!

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Chocolate Dipped Cherries, Oranges, and Pineapple

Stepping into the realms of the exotic, The Highland Chocolatier bring you a taste of adventure, sun, and fun. Our range of dipped fruits go well beyond strawberries and bananas, and if you are looking for a taste adventure with less guilt, our chocolate dipped fruits would be perfect for you.

Maybe you are looking for the perfect fruity treat to share with your partner as great romantic gifts for him or her? Our delicious chocolate dipped cherries could be exactly what you are looking for. Deliciously candied with the stem still included, our packs of cherries are simply divine and moreish, giving you a real taste for our healthier 70% dark chocolate with the natural fruit juices locked inside the bitter-sweet casing. They are also paired with a 30 year old Glenfiddich malt whiskey – for anybody who enjoys a little bite with their favourite drink.

If that doesn’t appeal to you, why not try our unique chocolate dipped whole clementines? Also perfectly candied over days to preserve their natural juices, these whole clementines are wrapped in an exquisite layer of our finest dark chocolate, and given an expertly handcrafted added detail by our chocolatiers. Beautifully delicious, you won’t find anything else like them on the chocolate market and supermarket shelves.

If you are struggling to pick just one fruit, we also offer a variety of selection boxes that would make an even better valentines chocolate gift, or even just a healthier alternative to your traditional chocolate bars that you may be tempted to eat at home. Keep yourself healthier with our Dipped Fruit Selection Classic – a selection of our finest chocolate dipped fruits, candied to perfection, for all the natural goodness of the fruit with the added health benefits of our delicious dark chocolate. You can still enjoy all the natural flavours of the best hand-crafted chocolate without the guilt – go on, treat yourself.

Post-Workout Power

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Chocolate? And working out? Yes! If you can incorporate a little bit of chocolate into your workout routine for that little bit of an energy and sugar boost for your workout, you could feel some really great affects you may not have thought possible at first. Afterwards, you can check out your local spa for some super indulgent chocolate treatments to give your body the ultimate, guilt-free gourmet chocolate treat.

Blended Drinks

Nutrition drinks you buy at the gym can often be a little less than healthy for you. They may offer the protein and nutrients you believe you require, but they are also full of sugars and other unwanted nasties that your body could do without. Why not try making your own blended energy and protein drinks? And why not make them extra special with a touch of luxury chocolate?

For a super-powered shake, try using natural proteins rather than powders – you’ll get additional vitamins and supplements this way. Peanut butter is a well-known addition to these kinds of drinks, but you can also use a little of The Highland Chocolatier’s delicious 70% dark chocolate to add that little bit of a sweet kick you know is filling you with antioxidants and helping you stay wide awake and alert for a good all-over workout with plenty of recovery-filled benefits for the body.

Chocolate Milk Benefits

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A recent study has shown that one of the most effective post-workout drinks that you can have isn’t a type of energy drink or specially crafted protein shake. Nope, it’s something far more delicious – a glass of low fat chocolate milk! You may be thinking this is too good to be true, but in actual fact, there are many benefits to drinking a nice chocolate milkshake after your workout including:

  • Improved recovery and performance
  • Fitness and aerobic adaptation see two-times the improvement of those consuming recovery drinks
  • Better muscle-building, less fat

(Source: Greatist)

By drinking a glass of chocolate milk, you are gaining up to double the protein and carbs that are in other drinks available on the market. The natural properties of milk including calcium and sugar are also extremely useful for the body’s ability to recover and build up muscle. If you needed even more of an excuse to get a little chocolate back into your diet, this is the perfect one for you. For a low-fat chocolate mix, try our dark hot chocolate flakes to mix in with your milk, warmed up and great for those winter gym sessions.

Pain Reduction

There are some days where we just over-do it at the gym and can feel a deal of pain and tenderness in our muscles that we can often struggle to remove. Yet, there are healthy solutions to the alleviation of this. Chocolate itself may not be a great reliever of pain, but studies show that if eaten in moderation over a period of time, muscle pain can be reduced by ginger. At The Highland Chocolatier, we have a tasty, healthy solution for helping to build up immunity to muscle pain with our finest crystallised ginger dipped in dark chocolate. What else can a piece of ginger do for your body? Well, the graph below indicates how ginger can be effective with its anti-diabetic properties.

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(Source: Suppversity)

Reducing blood sugars can have the added benefit on your body of reducing diabetic effects, and alongside this the potential for a lowered risk of heart disease. For this reason, a daily intake of ginger could become a recommendation in the near future. You can therefore enjoy a little bit of ginger in your diet and with the added guilt-free pleasure of some dark chocolate.

Wrapping health-benefit filled fruits and supplements in chocolate is one sure-fire way of being able to enjoy a daily dose of chocolate in your diet without having to feel bad about it – so don’t be afraid to step outside the box when looking for foods you may not have considered before for your health. Why not even pick up a bar of our dark chocolate and melt it yourself to coat other foods in your health cupboards? Chocolate goes with everything – and with all the health benefits it brings, give it a try!

Post-Workout Treats

You’ve just worked really hard to tone and shape up your body – well done! We can be at our most liable to snack after periods of extended activity, which is why it is important for us to keep our bodies full of energy and to replenish what it needs. Keeping an eye on our intakes of fats, sugars, and proteins can make all the difference when it comes to recovery, so when choosing your post-workout treat, don’t be afraid to reach for chocolate – just make sure it is the right one.

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If you are looking for a little boost of protein and natural fat, our dark chocolate covered brazil nuts could be just what you are looking to dive into. Brazil nuts are naturally high in proteins and fats, so they should be eaten in moderation, but one or two as a little treat to yourself can be a great way to establish a healthier snacking routine. Instead of reaching for a caramel, try this alternative. We also have other similar chocolate dipped snack-size items available, including our dried strawberries and raspberries rolled in white chocolate. Not only do they make a much healthier alternative to other snacks, they also make a tantalising little gift. Packed in our own signature bags and sealed with our promise of fresh deliciousness, you won’t be able to resist a touch of luxury with your fruits after your workout.

Don’t be afraid to have a bite of chocolate, no matter what stage of getting healthy you are in. Working out and managing your diet can be a struggle, but you shouldn’t have to remove everything that you love to eat from your diet – it’s all about sourcing the right alternatives and finding solutions that fit both your tastes and your lifestyle. The Highland Chocolatier have plenty of options for you to try that include fruits, nuts, and delicious blends of cocoa to really appeal to your taste buds and your muscles.

Guilt-Free Cooking with Chocolate

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The biggest and best way to get the most out of your chocolate fix is to cook with chocolate. We don’t mean just creating a big chocolate cake – oh, but if you want to, we would love a piece! – but by sneaking chocolate into traditional recipes you otherwise would not consider chocolate to make a considerable difference to.

Savoury Delights

When we think of chocolate, we start to think of sweeter candies and sweets. Rarely do we consider that the raw cocoa bean is far more bitter than it is sweet, and that it can make a great addition to many savoury dishes to give some guilt-free added benefits to any dish. If you are looking for a little something to zest up your dinner dishes, take a look at these amazing options!

·       Tomato & Chocolate Soup

Tomatoes and chocolate are fast becoming more widely known for being a delicious combination when worked together just right. Gourmet chocolate can make a good addition for a richer dish, and sweetness works perfectly alongside the natural tangy flavour of the tomato. At The Highland Chocolatier, we have a fine recipe available for the most amazing tomato and chocolate soup that makes a curious offering at a dinner party, and always gets guests talking.

Recipe:

Chop the onion and sauté in a splash of olive oil.  Add tomatoes, tomato paste, dried basil, chutney and stock.  Simmer for approximately 20 minutes.  Blend until smooth.   Melt the chocolates together with the cocoa powder in a bowl over boiling water. Add to the soup and season to taste.

A little richer in your diet, but full of the antioxidant properties of both tomatoes and chocolate, you can have a great bowl of delicious tomato soup from time to time to give yourself a delicious meal you can enjoy again and again.

·       Chilli Con Carne

Another tomato-based dish that you can enjoy guilt-free. Full of pulses, vegetables, and natural vitamins, there is a lot that can be added to a chilli con carne depending upon what you want. Looking for a good kick? Add in some more chilli powder and add a little touch of chocolate to make your meal that little bit richer. We recommend our dark hot chocolate flakes be added in towards the end, letting you know how much sweetness you would like added in to dull the tanginess of your vegetables. Add to taste, and see what difference you can taste in your meal!

·       Chocolate and Avocado Smoothie

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Avocado is widely known as a superfood, packed with health benefits such as fibre, omega-3 acids, and pantothenic acids that help aid our natural metabolisms. When blended, they made a really creamy alternative to milk in a savoury smoothie, but add in a little chocolate and you can get a really benefit-packed glass full of nutrients that tastes great too! Add in a little of our finest dark hot chocolate flakes or red cocoa powder and you will have a smoothie that is utterly delicious and full of essential nutrients for a great guilt-free snacking option.

Sweet Treats

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Chocolate is known for its sweeter nature, and there is no doubt that it is still the perfect way to enjoy it. With that in mind, it is good to know that there are plenty of sweet alternative recipes out there that are guilt-free and low in non-essential fats and sugars, so that you can really enjoy your treats.

·       Velvet Truffle

We don’t mean to brag, but did you know our velvet truffles are multiple gold award winners at the International Chocolate Awards 2015? Although not a recipe, we believe that each of our delicious truffles can be enjoyed as part of a wider dessert, or even as something sweet on their own! Made with fresh Scottish cream and our finest cocoa, you can’t go wrong with a velvet truffle. Naturally full of cocoa’s vitamins, calcium, and with no additives, there are plenty of reasons to feel guilt-free about adding the best of our range to your dessert plate.

·       Chocolate Chip Cookies

A classic – and one that doesn’t need to pack on any pounds! Try replacing older recipes with a cookie that is made from healthier ingredients. Oat cookies make a delicious alternative to sugar-filled cookies and pack in many fibres and proteins like a bowl of porridge in a biscuit. Add in some dark chocolate chips made from our chocolate buttons and you’ll find yourself falling in love with these old favourites all over again.

·       Choco-Popcorn

You don’t need to just save popcorn for the movies. Why not try making your own at home? Popcorn can be a very healthy alternative to most baked and fried snacks, and making your own means that you can have the purest form of popcorn available to add your own toppings to. Melt some of our dark chocolate in a drizzle over the top of a bowl of popcorn, and stir in some mixed fruit and nuts for protein and vitamins. You’ll have a healthy, guilt-free snack that’s ready for movie time!

Sweet Valentines Chocolate Gifts for Your Loved Ones

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What is the best way to enjoy chocolate? We think it has to be as a gift. What better way is there to put a smile on your loved ones’ faces than with a great gift that you know they will enjoy? Giving the gift of gourmet chocolate to any budding chocolate enthusiast will undoubtedly be the star attraction at any birthday party or add that bit of sparkle to a beautiful valentines chocolate gift.

Whether you are looking to lose weight or just feel great, there are numerous options out there for you to still enjoy gourmet chocolate without the guilt. Chocolate is good for you, makes you happy, and you should always keep what makes you happy close to heart. So go on, treat yourself to The Highland Chocolatier’s finest chocolates, and keep yourself happy knowing all the ways in which you can enjoy a healthier lifestyle while still enjoying our chocolate.

 

 

 

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The Most Romantic Valentine’s Day Presents

Friday, January 8th, 2016

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Many people struggle with finding romantic Valentine’s Day Presents for their loved ones and end up wasting a lot of time and efforts into their search. That is why the Highland Chocolatier decided to help all those desperate romantics who want to give the perfect gift but just do not know what to choose. The answer is simple – Valentine’s Day Chocolate expertly made by the Highland Chocolatier Iain Burnett. We have created an amazing selection of gifts ideal for anniversaries, special celebrations, random romantic gestures and of course everyone’s favourite St. Valentine’s Day.

Woo Her with Salted Caramel Hearts

If you want to seduce your favourite person with a special Valentine’s Day chocolate gift then the Highland Chocolatier’s Dark and Milk Salted Caramel Hearts are ideal for you. This luxury chocolate gift contains a selection of caramel filled hearts. The Sea Salt crystals added to the caramel perfectly match with the intriguing flavour and texture of the 70% Dark São Tomé Chocolate and the Milk Chocolate. These amazing valentines chocolates are beautifully arranged and presented in a red and gold round box with a disk of 70% Dark São Tomé Chocolate at the centre.

The Gentle Touch of Velvet Truffles

anise and strawberriesThe Velvet Truffle Strawberry and Star Anise are a Valentine’s Day Chocolate classic. These expertly made award-winning truffle has the exquisite structure of pure ganache infused with sweet star anise and crushed strawberries. The Highland Chocolatier Iain Burnett has balanced the single-origin chocolate with the natural fruits, leaving out alcohol, additives and artificial flavours. These Valentine’s Day chocolates are presented in a box with eye-catching, hand-tied ribbon and sealed in a foil gold box. The packaging is designed to keep the natural cream truffles fresh until you serve them to your loved one.

Award-winning Luxury Chocolates Just For Her

If the woman in your life is a true chocolate lover then our Award Winners Selection – Box of 20 Chocolates is the ideal gift for her. This extremely popular gift contains a selection of Highland Chocolatier’s award-winning gourmet chocolates. This box contains all our favourite luxury chocolates – the Dark Velvet Truffle, Milk Velvet Truffle, Lime Truffle, Raspberry Truffle, Chai Truffle & Rose Truffle. This selection makes for an unforgettable St. Valentine’s chocolate surprise.

This Valentine’s Day Give Her Your Heartred heart box

The best Valentine’s Day gift you can make to a woman is to tell her you love her. But you should remember that no woman would refuse a box of luxury chocolates. That is why the Highland Chocolatier created the most Romantic Selection – 39 Chocolates in a Heart Shaped Box. This ultimate romantic gift contains 39 beautiful gourmet chocolates presented in a gorgeous red velvet and gold heart shaped box. Because we know that personalised chocolates make the best Valentine’s Day presents we give you the opportunity to indicate your preferences at checkout. You can select from Just Milk, Just Dark, Enrobed Truffles or Hazelnut Praline Selection.

Personalised Chocolates from Highland Chocolatier

If you are looking for the perfect Valentine’s Day presents then you should take a look at the Highland Chocolatier’s Romantic Gifts. Our selected products are ideal for any romantic occasion and make for an unforgettable present. We also offer you the opportunity to get personalised chocolates. Select the product you are interested in and let us know what special preferences you have at checkout. We will make sure that your personalised chocolates gift is exactly what you want. If you have any questions contact us.

The Story of St. Valentine’s Day

Friday, January 8th, 2016

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For many of us St. Valentine’s Day is a day of romance in which we give our loved ones Valentine’s Day chocolates or Valentine’s Day presents. This day is famous for all the flowers, red hearts, romance and luxury chocolate we buy. And truly who could imagine this celebration without Valentine’s Day chocolate or some other romantic gifts for her or him? That is why Iain Burnett Highland Chocolatier has created and outstanding selection of Valentine’s Day Chocolates for any taste. Some of our most popular Valentine’s Day presents include unforgettable romantic gifts for her, such as gourmet truffles, a variety of Florentines, handmade dipped fruits and luxury boxes of chocolate. We also have amazing men’s Valentine’s Day gifts including luxury chocolates for whisky lovers and award-winning chocolatier selections. Our range of romantic Valentine’s Day presents will help you turn February 14 into a truly romantic experience for your loved one. But before we tell you more about our mouth-watering chocolate gifts and introduce you to our best selling products, we want to go back to the story of St. Valentine’s Day and how this holiday originated.

Who was St. Valentine?

One legend says that St. Valentine was a Roman Priest, who lived at the time of Emperor Claudias who was known for persecuting the Early church. Emperor Claudias believed that unmarried soldiers fight better than married soldiers so he did not allow them to get married. St. Valentine, on the other hand, following the church and the Christian faith, started encouraging people to get together and secretly married them. In the year 269 AD he was caught, imprisoned and sentenced to death for his actions, as performing marriage ceremonies was against the command of the Emperor. The story goes that the last words he wrote in a note were “your Valentine” which inspired nowadays romantic missives. Because of his sacrifices Valentine has come to be known as the patron saint of lovers – St. Valentine.

Valentine’s Day Chocolates

The tradition of sending cards, flowers, chocolates and other gifts on Valentine’s Day is considered to have originated in the UK. Since the 19th century handwritten notes, have been replaced with mass produced greeting cards and around £1.3 billion is spent every year on cards, flowers, Valentine’s Day presents and Valentine’s Day chocolate. At the Highland Chocolatier we know how to make the best Valentine’s Day chocolate gifts that make this celebration and unforgettable experience.

The Best Valentine’s Day Chocolates

red heart boxAt the Highland Chocolatier we believe that we have found the secret to making the best Valentine’s Day Chocolate. It is pretty simple – you choose the perfect Valentine’s chocolate present and we make it for you with a lot of love. One of our most romantic luxury chocolates selection is the Red Velvet Heart-Shaped Box. This amazing Valentine’s chocolate gift contains 20 beautiful gourmet chocolates from The Chocolatier’s Selection. They have been specifically selected to give your loved one the unforgettable luxury chocolate experience they deserve. This amazing Valentine’s Day gift can be delivered with your own personal message. What could be more impressive than a romantic gift that was made just for your favourite person? After you place an order through our website you can make any special requests or indicate your preferences at checkout. Then you will receive your luxury chocolates by post.

Check Highland Chocolatier’s Valentine’s Day Presents and Men’s Valentine’s Day Gifts for more ways to make February 14 an unforgettable experience! Surprise the one you love and you can be sure that your efforts will not go unnoticed. If you have any special requirements contact us today and we will do all we can to help you.

Chocolate Gifts for Men for Any Occasion

Thursday, January 7th, 2016

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We all know that “the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach”, but if you are reluctant to spend hours and hours in the kitchen making his favourite dishes then Iain Burnett The Highland Chocolatier has the solution – luxury chocolate gifts for men. Everybody loves chocolate and your beloved man is not an exception. It is all a matter of choosing the right chocolate gifts for him, ordering them, receiving the chocolate by post and then surprising him. The great thing about gourmet chocolate is that it is the perfect gift for any occasion.

Give him the sweetest Valentine’s Day yet

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If you have just met Mr. Perfect and you are preparing for a romantic Valentine’s Day together then it is time to get some expert advice on chocolate gifts for men. Choosing the most appropriate gourmet chocolate gift for the new man in your life could be a challenge, mainly because you do not know what kind of gourmet chocolate he likes. That is why The Highland Chocolatier suggest getting our Award Winners Selection – Box of 20 Chocolates. These acclaimed enrobed gourmet chocolates are one of our most popular gifts and are ideal for your first romantic Valentine’s Day. Each chocolate in the box has won awards for quality and taste, and will not disappoint. The box contains the Dark Velvet Truffle, Milk Velvet Truffle, Lime Truffle, Raspberry Truffle, Chai Truffle and Rose Truffle, each of them expertly prepared form the highest quality products, with no preservatives. These award-winning chocolates are the ideal chocolate gifts for him, when you do not know what kind of gourmet chocolate he prefers.

Choose luxury dark chocolate for his birthday

Whether it is your boyfriend, husband, father or another special man in your life the luxury Just Dark Selection – Box of 30 Chocolates will not disappoint. It is the ideal birthday gift for someone who prefers the bitterness of dark gourmet chocolate to the sweetness of milk chocolate. A selection of award-winning truffles enrobed in single origin São Tomé 70% dark chocolate and presented in an elegant box… What else could he want? The dark chocolate is expertly combined with real fruits, infused with natural spices, mixed with smooth hazelnut pralines and mouth-watering German marzipans. Our Just Dark Selection is available in a range of boxes from 4 chocolates to 48 chocolates and makes for an unforgettable chocolate gift for men.

Sweeten your anniversary with luxury fudge

You have been together for years and for this anniversary you want to surprise him and do something nice? Then the Highland Chocolatiers chocolate gifts for men are the ideal option. If the man in your life likes fudge and sweet milk chocolate then our Decorative Tin of Luxury Fudge is the ideal gift. An all-time favourite, this gourmet chocolate gift contains pieces of smooth luxury fudge that have been hand dipped in milk chocolate and packed in a beautiful decorative tin. It is the ideal sweet gift for your beloved man.

Make him smile with gourmet chocolate and whisky

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If you are looking for the ideal chocolate gifts for men then the Whisky Tasting Box of 20 Chocolates – Gift for a whisky lover should be on the top of your list of ideas. The selection of luxury chocolates includes award-winning truffles, spices, real fruits and pralines that have been perfectly paired with some of the top Scottish whiskies. If the man in your life is a whisky lover then this is the ideal gift for him.

Buy chocolate gifts for men from the Highland Chocolatier

If you are ready to surprise your loved one with chocolate gifts for men all you need to do is contact the Highland Chocolatier. We send our chocolate by post so all you need to do is browse our Chocolates For Men variety and select the best gourmet chocolate for your needs.

Gourmet Chocolates for Kids – The Unforgettable Gift

Monday, January 4th, 2016

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Every child likes chocolates and loves receiving chocolate gifts. However, it is our responsibility as adults to make sure that the chocolates for kids we give to the little ones are of the highest quality. At the Highland Chocolatier we understand how important it is to provide your children with quality food, even when it comes to the boxes of chocolates they love so much. That is why we use only the best quality ingredients and no preservatives to make some of the best chocolates for kids. No matter what age it is, our chocolate gifts will certainly bring a smile to your child’s face.

Our chocolates for kids range includes:

Children’s Chocolate Buttons

The Highland Chocolatier’s Children’s Chocolate Buttons are the ideal little treats for little people. Available in milk chocolate, white chocolate and strawberry flavoured white chocolate these are the children’s favourite chocolates. Shaped like buttons they provide a small dosage of sugar, while the dairy products used ensure that the child receives the so important calcium it needs while growing. With no preservatives added, these chocolates for kids are healthy and tasty chocolate gifts.

Chocolate bars

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Tasty and beautiful the Highland Chocolatier’s chocolate bars make for memorable chocolate gifts. We recommend getting the Blonde Chocolate Bar, with creamy Sao Tome cocoa butter, Madagascan Vanilla and fresh Scottish cream, or the Caramel Toffee Bar, made of quality milk chocolates with caramel notes and expertly covered with toffee pieces. Both chocolate bars benefit from a free delivery in UK with Royal Mail Second Class.

Chocolate button dinosaurs

Are you looking for amazing chocolate gifts for your child? Then the Chocolate Button Dinosaurs are exactly what you needs. The Highland Chocolatier offers a Dinosaur shape filled with milk chocolate buttons or white chocolate buttons. The great thing about these chocolate gifts is that the container could be used as a chocolate mould so you can make your child a chocolate dinosaur! You can make this into a fun family experience in which you learn how to melt chocolate, how to decorate the dinosaur mould and finally produce a cute dinosaur from any type of chocolate you want.

Chocolate pearls

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It is time for chocolate pearls! This is another popular product that perfectly fits in our range of chocolates for kids. These small white marbled chocolate pearls are available in creamy white chocolate or dark chocolate and are a tasty treat for any child!

Chocolate gifts for the grown-up children

For all the grown-up children who love chocolate and dream about receiving luxury chocolate gifts the Highland Chocolatier has a wide variety of gourmet chocolate surprises. Our chocolate hampers are the ideal gift for the chocolate lover. Filled with award-winning boxes of chocolates, dipped fruits, chocolate bars, and a selection of our most popular products, our chocolate hampers are one of the best chocolate gifts anyone can wish for.

If you are looking for a luxury romantic gift for your loved one, then our Romantic Selection of 39 Chocolates in a Heart Shaped Box is exactly what you need. It is the ideal gift for Valentine’s Day, birthdays and anniversaries and is guaranteed to bring a smile to the face of the person you love.

The Highland Chocolatier’s popular gift suggestions

If you are not sure what chocolate gifts to buy for your loved ones, then you should take a look at the Highland Chocolatier’s selection of Popular Gift Suggestions. Our most popular chocolate gifts include Decorated Tins of Luxury Fudge, Candied Dipped Fruits Selection with clementine, cherries, orange and pineapple slices, and award-winning boxes of chocolates. If you have any questions regarding our products range please contact us today.

Gourmet Chocolate for Every Occasion

Monday, January 4th, 2016

There is arguably no better ice breaker at a social event than delicious food and drink to keep a party flowing and natural throughout the course of the day or evening. At The Highland Chocolatier we believe every one of our hand-crafted gourmet chocolates would make a perfect appetiser – or beautiful centrepiece! – for any occasion. Whether you are just looking for the perfect luxury thank you gift, or a great wedding gift, or even a nice bit of a sweet treat for your weekend party, we have everything you could look for in our chocolate lovers’ haven.

Delicious Gourmet Chocolate for Kids

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We all know when we were young that chocolate was a must-have on any party food list, and we can’t agree more with that even today! Kids are the ultimate chocoholics, and a delicious sweet treat never goes amiss at the party food table. If you are looking to give that touch of extra luxury, however, why not try some of our sweets made especially for little ones?

We have created a delicious range of white, milk, and tantilising strawberry chocolates for you and your children to choose from in specially made containers! Does your child really love to make a stomp around their party? Our chocolate button filled dinosaurs would be a real roaring success at their party! Or perhaps they would love a gift that could help them save up for an even bigger box of chocolate? The chocolate button filled piggy bank is both a great treat and a fantastic way to teach your kids about the value of saving their pocket money. If that doesn’t suit, we also have a delicious number of chocolate bars for you to choose from, including our Blonde Chocolate Bar, made with São Tomé cocoa butter, vanilla, and our best fresh Scottish cream. No kid could resist – big or small!

Wedding Gifts for Couples to Share

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Finding the perfect chocolate wedding gift can be quite the challenge if you are looking in the wrong places. Here at The Highland Chocolatier we think that our wide range of delicately made chocolates serve as the ideal treat for any pair of love-birds flying home to their new nest. We have chocolates and truffles available in every flavour for that wow factor in your gift. Choose something different to the rest with us.

Our award winning range of truffles are the perfect wedding gift for anybody who likes both chocolate and a bit of luxury. We specially make every batch of truffles with São Tomé cocoa for a delicious dark chocolate experience unlike any other. With gold awards for our dark truffles from international chocolate award associations, why look anywhere else for your gourmet truffles? Specially for gifting, we have created a range of truffle selection boxes that are purely filled with our truffles. Ranging from 9 to 48 individual truffles, you can find a box within every price range with the same luxurious gourmet chocolate feeling. Not sure what flavours they may like? Not to worry. All of our truffles come in a variety of flavours – and some are even just our delicious gold award winning plain 70% dark chocolate truffles. They also include delicious Lime and Chilli, Raspberry and Black Pepper, Rose, and many other delicious fruit and spice flavoured truffles to pick from. Your giftees will be spoiled for choice and love the thoughtfulness of your gift. (If you’re tempted to pick one up for yourself, we wouldn’t blame you- they’re pretty delicious even if we do say so ourselves!)

We also have on offer our great range of chocolate hampers. They contain a variety of our finest chocolates to bring you the very best of our full range in a great, luxurious, reusable chocolate gift hamper that makes a great gift for anybody. If you want something a little bigger and more eye-popping for your wedding gift, why not look at our hampers for some great gift ideas?

The Best Party Trick – Chocolate!

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We admit it, we all serve chocolate at our parties. There is just nothing better for that quick party treat that impresses everybody and is universally accepted as the best sweet around. Having no chocolate at a party is like a bar without wine, so why not make sure you have the best for your big occasion?

Why not choose chocolate? They make great chocolate gifts for men, women, kids, and everybody. Have some friends who really love Turkish delight? Let them try our great Chocolate Dipped Turkish Delight served in a beautiful decorative tin for that little bit of extra luxury for your guests. Or maybe they would prefer something a little sweet and juicy? There is a great option for them with our range of chocolate dipped fruit. Making a delicious addition to any bowl of snacks or served on their own, try our amazing chocolate coated cherries and orange segments, or even our pineapple slices. There is something for absolutely every fruity flavour preference.

These are only a small handful of the options available for your special occasions listed on The Highland Chocolatier. Every one of our gourmet chocolate products could make the ideal show-stopping piece at a party or the best gift – it’s up to your to find the absolutely perfect one for those special people in your life. Whether you are looking for chocolate gifts for children, or for a partner or friends, you’re sure to find what you are looking for with The Highland Chocolatier.

Highland Chocolatier Set to Hit a Million after Bumper Year

Monday, January 4th, 2016

Iain Burnett the Highland Chocolatier is celebrating a bumper year after hand producing over 800,000 chocolates in 2015 and forecasting over a million to be produced in 2016 as they mark their tenth year of business.  Twelve tonnes of chocolate were produced this year by Iain Burnett and his team – the equivalent of the combined weight of over 156 people.

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Demand for the luxurious chocolate, particularly their specialist truffle range, has grown with strong international demand from around the world due to their partnerships with British Airways First cabins worldwide. The chocolates have been exported as far afield as Japan, India and the Middle East.

Based at Grandtully, Iain Burnett The Highland Chocolatier was founded in 2006 and is now Scotland’s most awarded chocolatier and one of the top three in the UK. This year it won international recognition at the International Chocolate Awards with their Velvet Truffles recognised as The World’s Best Dark Chocolate Truffle. It also won two further silvers for the The Velvet Truffle – Passion Fruit & Mango and The Velvet Truffle – Raspberry & Black Pepper. The awards recognise the finest quality chocolate from around the world and reflect international tastes, offering a level playing field for chocolatiers worldwide.

Julie Collier, Commercial Director said:

“Producing this volume of hand-crafted chocolates is a huge achievement and comes at the end of a landmark year for us. As we enter our tenth year of trading, we’ve received the ultimate recognition on an international scale and I’m delighted that our chocolates are now marked as the finest in the world.

It’s wonderful that people worldwide are becoming increasingly refined in their chocolate tastes. We’ve always used the very best ingredients including cream from a single herd of local cattle, Perthshire honey, Scottish butter and pairings with the finest Scotch whisky. This integrity and natural approach is important for our customers worldwide.

We’re looking forward to celebrating our tenth anniversary in 2016 and sharing our chocolates with even more people!”

Iain Burnett The Highland Chocolatier is based at The Scottish Chocolate Centre, where they run gourmet chocolate tasting tours.  The business is twinned with Legends of Grandtully, a Mecca for locals and tourists who come to enjoy their chocolate and coffee house, gift showrooms and gourmet chocolate shop.  To book tours at the Scottish Chocolate Centre call 01887 840775.

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