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The New Caramel Velvet Truffles!

Friday, November 23rd, 2018

like you’ve never had it before…

You may remember Iain Burnett accidentally caramelizing one of his Velvet Truffles with a twist of liquorice which, after a little refinement, went on to be awarded the Best Truffle in the World!

Inspired by the incredible response from chefs and customers, Iain has been working for the last 2 years to create, not a common sugary caramel, but a pure caramelized truffle.

He has finally been successful and is somewhat relieved to launch both a Pure Caramelized Ganache Velvet Truffle AND a Sea Salted Caramel Velvet Truffle.  Iain gives the classic fusion of caramel and chocolate his signature artisan spin, resulting in two jaw-dropping, show-stopping taste sensations!

About his latest creations, Iain says, “I really wanted to discover how to caramelize the ganache itself – not just another sugary caramel. I spent so long investigating the science of caramelization and so many old methods.  The breakthrough came by using a fresh cream and a milk chocolate, both containing notes of caramel, then discovering how to caramelize the ganache itself.  I have a feeling that the salted caramel version is going to be very popular, as the way I’ve found to add the sea salt makes it ‘pop’ out beautifully.” 

Just in time for Black Friday, the new Caramel Velvet Truffles are available in mixed enrobed selection boxes, or as unenrobed Velvet Truffles.

Iain can’t wait for you to try them!

 

Spicing Up for the Holidays

Thursday, November 15th, 2018

Christmas Arrives in the Chocolate Kitchen

It’s beginning to taste a lot like Christmas in the Chocolate Kitchen, as Iain Burnett’s Christmas range is ready for order! To start the season, Iain is releasing a Limited Edition Festive Spice Velvet Truffle.

In this delectable seasonal Velvet Truffle, the single-origin chocolate and fresh Scottish cream are expertly balanced, creating a rich yet delicate caramel note flavour. A warming infusion of cinnamon, nutmeg, orange and allspice give it a sensational, flavourful burst on the palate, so evocative of traditional Christmas pudding and fruit cake.

The Festive Spice is available in mixed selection boxes or as a box of elegant unenrobed delicacies. Only available for a short period, these exquisitely smooth chocolate truffles will finish any holiday meal with an unforgettable flair.

More to Unwrap…

In the run up to Christmas, Iain is going to be unveiling more new additions to his range, so watch this space for more World Firsts and world-class gourmet chocolate experiences to enjoy this holiday season!

Highland Halloween: Sweet Chocolate Sorcery

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2018


Eat, Drink and be Scary

Halloween is nearly here, and as the witching hour approaches, it’s a perfect time for unleashing some charming new chocolate additions.

Behold, the limited edition Box of Black Magic!

An enchanting mix of 9 of Iain Burnett’s award-winning chocolates, including the World Gold winning Dark Velvet Truffle and the World’s First Ruby Velvet Truffle, framing a single Dark Sea Salted Caramel Heart. A thrilling selection for lovers of the dark chocolate arts!

 Cauldron Bubble!

Iain is also revealing his new range of artisan Hot Chocolate Stirrers.  Wooden spoons embedded in luxuriously rich gourmet chocolate cubes, ready to dunk into frothy warm milk and sprinkle with fluffy marshmallows. With a range of bewitching flavours, brewing spellbinding cocoa potions has never been easier or more delicious.

Trick or Treat yourself…

For his last trick, Iain is introducing a new box size for the bestselling Mixed Fruit Velvet Truffles.

Now available in a box of 6, including the Raspberry & Black Pepper Velvet Truffle, Passionfruit & Mango Velvet Truffle, and the White Lime & Chilli Velvet Truffle.

Gorgeously packaged and dusted with fruit powder, this new box is the perfect size for a sly October indulgence.

Wishing you a Halloween that’s just like magic!

 

Tea & Chocolate: A Perfect Pair

Monday, October 15th, 2018


Brew up for Chocolate Week…

This week heralds the annual celebration of Chocolate Week in the UK!

To celebrate, Iain Burnett has launched the Tea Pairing Selection Box – for what could be more quintessentially British than a perfect cup of tea with your gourmet chocolate?

Created in collaboration with friends at Wee Tea Company, the Tea Pairing Selection is the perfect Chocolate Week indulgence for tea and chocolate devotees alike.

This fragrant mix of award-winning, handmade Velvet Truffles and pralines has been expertly matched by Iain to beautifully harmonise with a variety of your favourite classic teas, including Breakfast Tea, Earl Grey, Darjeeling, Mint & Green Teas, and Chai.

When enjoyed together, the chocolate and tea emphasise one another’s flavours and aromas, providing a rich, warming experience. Tasting notes are included to help you unravel the subtle compounds playing out on your palate, and to get the most out of your tea pairing adventure.

So, brew a cup of your favourite tea and get cosy for Chocolate Week with this new companion box!

Wishing you a happy Chocolate Week from Highland Perthshire.

 

Gems from the Kitchen

Tuesday, September 18th, 2018

When Autumn Leaves Start to Fall…

Autumn has arrived in Highland Perthshire, and the Chocolate Kitchen is celebrating the changing season with the Autumn Gems box.

20 award-winning, handmade Velvet Truffles and pralines, carefully selected to harmonise with the autumnal season both in taste and colour. Brimming with spice, tang, rippling caramel and crunchy cocoa nibs, this box delivers a well-rounded tour of texture and richness.

This limited edition gourmet chocolate selection notably features the World’s First Ruby Velvet Truffle as well as the Caramel & Liquorice Velvet Truffle, which was awarded the World Gold for Best White Truffle at the International Chocolate Awards.

Wishing you a delicious Autumn season,

New Salted Toffee Dark Bar

Tuesday, August 28th, 2018

Proudly presenting…

Due to popular demand, Iain Burnett is proud to present: the Sea Salted Toffee Dark Bar!
Iain’s Salted Toffee Milk Bar has been a best-seller since its introduction to the range, and Iain is pleased to now offer the same magnificent handcrafted tablet for dark chocolate lovers.

Based on a rare 72% São Tomé Island chocolate, the sparing addition of sea salt accentuates the robustness of the single origin dark cocoa.  The toffee pieces and salt crystals  sprinkled on top of the bar add texture, crunch, and a flavourful interplay between savoury and sweet.

Each of Iain’s artisan chocolate bars are handmade in the chocolate kitchen, and tempered to perfection– giving them a sublime glossy finish and a satisfying snap when broken.

Choose your perfect selection of 4 gourmet chocolate bars for £20.

Iain hopes you’ll enjoy the latest creation!

 

Unveiling the World’s First Ruby Velvet Truffle

Friday, July 27th, 2018

The Fourth Type of Chocolate

Iain is announcing a world first with the unveiling of a Ruby Velvet Truffle!

Recently launched after a decade of development, ruby chocolate is being hailed as the “fourth type of chocolate”. So named for its natural pink colour and fruity flavour, it has so far only had limited release in select countries—making it all the more tantalising for consumers, chefs and chocolatiers alike.

Comprised of a highly unique combination of flavour compounds, naturally present in the beans, ruby chocolate brings a new spectrum of possibilities to Iain’s gourmet chocolate kitchen. Not much has been revealed about how ruby chocolate has been developed, only that there are precursors in some cacao beans that, handled carefully, produce a fruity pink chocolate.

A World of Possibilities

Excited by the arrival of ruby chocolate samples in his kitchen, Iain has been eager to experiment with new tastes and pairings, explaining “Ruby chocolate acts somewhere between white and milk chocolate, with a creamy yet tangy berry note. For a chocolatier, the unique flavour notes are fun to work with and open a world of possibilities.”

Inspired by a recipe he created for the Queen’s birthday using Her Majesty’s own blackcurrants, Iain realised the ruby chocolate would be a perfect match, “The natural creaminess yet acidic fruitiness of the ruby is beautifully accentuated with the tang of crushed blackcurrants for a powerful experience – and a vibrant burst of violet colour! I think it will be awhile until the full potential of the ruby bean is reached. In the meantime, we have just begun to have fun with this, starting with The Ruby Velvet Truffle.

For the culinary craftsman to the consummate chocoholic, this is truly a taste experience not to be missed, order The Ruby Velvet Truffle here!

Strawberry Fields Forever

Wednesday, June 13th, 2018

A Divine Taste of Scottish Summer

Scottish summertime heralds the arrival of many wonderful things — breathtaking landscapes in full bloom, longer days punctuated with lavender twilights, glittering sunshine (fingers crossed), and strawberry season!

What better way to savour this versatile, heavenly fruit than by enjoying it with one of its most consonant companions: chocolate. Iain has meticulously crafted a selection of exquisite products combining crushed strawberries and his signature gourmet chocolate– each a delectable homage to the unfolding summer season.

Limited Edition Strawberry & Star Anise Velvet Truffle

Nothing could be a more decadent celebration of the beloved summer berry than Iain’s signature “naked” edition of unenrobed Strawberry Velvet Truffles. Infused with real strawberries and sweet star anise, and currently on a promotion of 30% off, this award-winning milk chocolate truffle has never been more tempting.

Previously only available to Michelin Star and AA Rosetted Chefs, Iain has made a strictly limited number of his fruit infused pure ganache truffles in box sizes of 6, 12 and 18. They are only available while stocks last, so have your truffle forks at the ready and don’t miss this taste experience!

Strawberries & Cream : A Love Match

With Wimbledon just around the corner,  The Highland Chocolatier is once again serving up the popular Strawberries and Cream selection box.  A beautifully ornate white and gold round box, filled with Strawberry Velvet Truffles and luxurious White Velvet Hearts.

Winner of the Great Taste Gold Award, the Strawberry Velvet Truffle blends pure fruit coulis ganache with a touch of star anise.  For the cream: Iain’s White Velvet Hearts mix rich white chocolate ganache with decadent triple Madagascan vanilla, delicately encased in a heart shaped shell.

A stunning take on the quintessential summer dessert.

Rolling in Berries

Wonderfully textural and pleasingly tart, Iain’s satchels of whole raspberries and strawberries rolled in white chocolate make an ideal treat — a sweet sidekick for rugged summer hikes and serene garden parties alike.

Newsletter – A Second World Gold & Our Birthday Gift to You 

Monday, October 24th, 2016

liquorice_and_caramel_velvet_truffle_box_with_chocs_at_frontAs a truffle specialist, Iain’s highest accolade to date has been the World’s Best Dark Chocolate Truffle which was awarded at the International Chocolate Awards in 2015.  Now, a year later, this has been followed by the World’s Best White Chocolate Truffle.  The Velvet Truffle – Caramel with a Hint of Liquorice was developed as a warming spiced flavour for winter.  The winning recipe was selected as favourite by customers during a taste trial. It’s nice to know that the “people’s choice” is also the choice of the world class chefs, sommeliers and food experts who made up the judging panel.

The Velvet Truffle – Caramel with a Hint of Liquorice
The Velvet Truffle – Dark São Tomé                                           both £19.95

BIRTHDAY SPECIAL – PLACE AN ORDER ON-LINE IN OCTOBER AND WE WILL GIFT YOU A BOX OF FOUR TRUFFLES, INCLUDING THE WINNING CARAMEL & LIQUORICE

Gems from the Kitchen

Caramel with hint liquoriceCaramel with a Hint of Liquorice and indeed the entire Velvet Truffle Range of flavours feature in Selection Boxes in their enrobed form – that is coated in a delicate chocolate shell and decorated.  Either dark or milk chocolate couverture is used to complement the centre.

Award Winners Box (20)                 £28.95
Caramel & Liquorice Butterfly Box (2)  £3.95

Pre-Order for Christmas

5This year our shops in Grandtully and St Andrews will be offering a Call and Collect service for Christmas.  Get organised now and save time queueing later or order on-line anytime choosing a delivery date in the future.
Chocolatier’s Selection (20)        £28.95
Mixed Florentines (14)               £19.95
Dipped Fruit – Classic               £18.95

Healthy Choices

dark-chocolateIt can be hard to get through the long dark winter months. Before resorting to anti-depressants, try chocolate as a mood booster.  It triggers production of dopamine in the brain…..

Newsletter – Nuts for Autumn & Luxury Travel Feature

Wednesday, September 21st, 2016

whisky-chocolateTravel in Style, Arrive to Gourmet Chocolates

The ever-growing list of establishments who serve Iain Burnett Highland Chocolatier chocolates to their guests reads like an exclusive travel directory – ranging, as they do, from cruise ships to vintage car tours, Mayfair hotels to rural luxury B&Bs. We’ve created a page on the web-site to make our introductions, hoping that this might inspire you when planning your next well deserved break.  Click here to visit the Luxury Lifestyle Page

Just Nuts for Autumn

14-Pistachio-and-Almond-Chocolate-FlorentinesThink Autumn.  Think balmy days, golden evenings, falling leaves and woodland walks. Our nut-inspired range includes Hazelnut Praline Selections in boxes from 4 to 48 as well as handmade Almond & Pistachio Florentines,  70% Dark São Tomé chocolate bars studded with whole nuts and Brazil or Cashew nuts rolled in chocolate in either decorative tins or smaller packs.

Just Pralines Selection (Box of 48)   £68.95

Almond & Pistachio Floretines (14) £18.95
Tin of Brazil Nuts (230g)              £14.95
Pack of Cashew Nuts (115g)          £5.95

Gems from the Kitchen

Cocoa Nib Praline

Once fermented, roasted and crushed, cocoa bean kernels are known as “nibs”.  Part way to becoming chocolate, cocoa nibs can be used as an ingredient just as they are, bringing a crunch of intense flavour. In the Cocoa Nib Praline Iain uses a base layer of marzipan incorporating cocoa nibs under gianduja, topped with dark chocolate, feathered with a milk chocolate pattern.

 

 Healthy Choices

pic25Relaxation is a vital part of a healthy lifestyle but busy people can find it very difficult to slow down. Try using chocolate as a focus for mindfulness.  There’s no better choice than the World’s best dark truffle to  hone one’s ability to appreciate the here and now.

The Velvet Truffle – Dark São Tomé (12)            £19.95