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Archive for June, 2016

The Connection Between Luxury Chocolate and Happiness

Wednesday, June 29th, 2016

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At Iain Burnett Highland Chocolatier we create luxury chocolate using only the finest ingredients. Each special box of chocolates is made in the heart of Scotland and is designed to give each of our customers a chocolate experience they will love.

Chocolatiers have often said that by eating chocolate we can boost our happiness. As pioneers of innovative chocolate tastes we have decided that it is time to explore one of the claims behind chocolate creation.

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Iain Burnett the Highland Chocolatier Sweeps the Board at International Chocolate Awards

Tuesday, June 21st, 2016

Chocolatiers at Iain Burnett the Highland Chocolatier are celebrating after winning three separate awards at the International Chocolate Awards.

Iain Burnett at International Chocolate Awards York 2016

After being awarded Best Dark Truffle in the world in October 2015 at the International Chocolate Awards, the Velvet Truffle has now been named Best Milk Truffle and Best White Truffle in Britain.

The grand jury also awarded gold to the Highland Chocolatier’s milk chocolate Velvet Truffle – Classic and the Velvet Truffle Caramel and Liquorice in the milk chocolate truffle and white chocolate truffle categories respectively, for the British National Competition of the International Chocolate Awards.

A unique additional award was given to the Velvet Truffle Caramel and Liquorice Velvet for the exceptional number of points it was awarded by the judging panel.

Both Velvet Truffles will now compete alongside entries from across the world to win the accolade of the best in the world.

Based at Grandtully in Highland Perthshire, Iain Burnett started working on the now famous Velvet Truffle over 10 years ago and is now Scotland’s most awarded chocolatier.

The chocolatier’s kitchen is situated next to the Scottish Chocolate Centre, which has become a four star attraction for locals and visitors who travel far to enjoy the coffee house, gift showrooms, gourmet chocolate shop and tours of the centre. Another shop operates in St Andrews and the chocolates are delivered to chefs and customers across the UK and internationally.

Iain Burnett, who prizes simple, natural ingredients in his chocolates, said: “Many years of work has gone into the Velvet Truffles so it’s fantastic that such a pure ganache – just rare cocoa and a very particular fresh cream without additives – is recognised by pastry chefs, restaurateurs and members of the international Grand Jury.

pic25The Velvet Truffle- Classic was the one chosen by Albert Roux himself – due to its incredible texture and purity his customers could enjoy just the flavours and textures of the cocoa and cream itself without any hindrance of preservatives or even a hard chocolate shell. With the Velvet Truffle, Caramel & hint of Liquorice, the caramelization of a high cocoa butter white chocolate ganache was one of those kitchen accidental eureka moments – it definitely has been a hit during our tasting trials!”

These pure un-enrobed Velvet Truffles were previously only available to top chefs but Iain Burnett the Highland Chocolatier developed a range for sale to the public as well as the catering trade.

The range includes seven flavours from those with white chocolate, lime with a hint of chilli to fruit based with raspberry and black pepper, to the decadently rich Dark Velvet Truffle made with São Tomé cocoa.

Experience the Taste of Champagne paired with Bespoke Chocolate

Friday, June 17th, 2016

Gourmet ChocolateThe Romans were the first known community to plant vineyards in the French region of Champagne, with the word “Champagne” deriving from the Latin “Campania” a Province in Rome of which Champagne reminded the Romans  of thanks to the rolling countryside hills. Then some years later in 1693, when Bendictine monk Dom Perignon was making wine in the region and couldn’t rid it of bubbles, he tasted his accidental creation and exclaimed, “Come quickly! I am drinking the stars!” and so with the legend, champagne was born. (more…)

Celebrate The Queen’s Birthday With Gourmet Chocolates

Wednesday, June 15th, 2016

Queens 90th Truffle 9 Box with Dark VelvetWith the Queen’s birthday celebrations coming to a close, let’s take a look back at her Royal Majesty’s 90th birthday. We are delighted to be a part of this very special celebration as we have designed a recipe which is devoted to this occasion.

Would you like to be a part of the Queen’s 90th Birthday celebrations with our finest Scottish chocolate?  Our Sandringham Velvet, Blackcurrants and Cream Truffle chocolates are made with ingredients from the 4 corners of her Majesty’s Kingdom – only the best for this Royal event.

Before we unravel our selection of Sandringham truffles let’s have a look back on this historic event.

 

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Father’s Day Luxury Chocolate Gifts for Him

Friday, June 10th, 2016

fathers-day-chocolateOn Father’s day, many of us make a special effort to visit our dads and father figures. This special day was introduced from America where we took inspiration from the Mother’s Day celebrations. Fathers are often showered with cards and and gifts to show them just how much we care. Of course, most of our dads have been subject to the “World’s Best Dad!” mug, or, even worse – socks! So, if this year you’re looking for a unique Father’s Day gift, then why not indulge in some gourmet chocolate hand crafted by the Highland Chocolatier?

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One Month Until National Chocolate Day!

Tuesday, June 7th, 2016

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Be prepared for the sweetest celebration of the year: National Chocolate Day UK! Are you prepared for the 7th July? Chocoholics will spend the day treating themselves to their favourite chocolate bars.

Highland chocolatier creates exquisite chocolate made for the finest of occasions in our Scottish chocolatier.  Do you know a chocolate lover who will be indulging on the 7th July? Here are some special ideas below that will make their Chocolate Day the best yet! (more…)

Iain Burnett’s Award Winning Gourmet Selection and the Academy of Chocolate

Friday, June 3rd, 2016

Highland Chocolatier Ian 1 FinalIain Burnett has been famed as a world class chocolatier and has many awards and accolades to prove it.  The Highland Chocolatier’s latest awards include winning gold in 2015 in “The world’s best chocolate truffle” category for his Velvet Truffle Dark São Tomé. The recipe is so delicious it won without any added flavourings! The winning product was created using the single origin cocoa from the volcanic island of São Tomé. The cocoa flavour is intense and enjoys a subtle spice that compliments the chocolate to perfection.  This has been paired expertly with our specially selected Scottish highland cream in order to balance the richness. (more…)

Taste The History – Rich Praline Chocolate

Wednesday, June 1st, 2016

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Columbus found a whole new world and gifted cocoa to King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella when he returned top Spain but they were not wholly invested in the taste of this foreign bean.

It took a long time after 1502, when Christopher Columbus found the Americas for the rich praline recipe to be created – in fact 410 years!

Our deluxe chocolate pralines make the perfect gift for a loved one!  (more…)