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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.

Highland Chocolatier Iain Burnett

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.


The World’s Best Dark Chocolate Truffle is Scottish!

Monday, October 26th, 2015

São Tomé Velvet TruffleThe Velevt Truffle Dark Sao Tome Gold WInner


Iain Burnett Highland Chocolatier, Scotland’s most awarded chocolatier, has been credited as creator of The World’s Best Dark Chocolate Truffle without any added flavourings!  Tens of thousands of chocolates from over 40 countries were judged by world class chefs, sommeliers and food experts to decide on this Gold International Chocolate Award.  A further two of Iain Burnett’s Velvet Truffle flavours received Silver Awards for The Velvet Truffle – Passion Fruit with a Touch of Mango and The Velvet Truffle – Raspberry & Black Pepper.

The International Chocolate Awards held their World Finals at The Chocolate Show in London, Olympia, Kensington to bring Chocolate Week 2015 to a close.

Already a winner of three awards for his unique Velvet Truffles in the UK finals earlier this year, Iain’s exquisite Velvet Truffles have now received this crowning recognition in the elite world of the very finest chocolate. The entire Highland Chocolatier team are thrilled about the achievement and are proud to receive such an amazing accolade.

“After a decade of striving for excellence, it is exciting that this recognition is given to the Velvet Truffle in its purest form – fresh cream from a single herd of Perthshire cows meticulously combined with a rare chocolate from the island of São Tomé” Iain said. “In front of the world, the judges have identified the dedication of a small team of artisans in Highland Perthshire who create a unique truffle of unparalleled texture and purity”.

The International Chocolate Awards recognise the finest quality chocolate from around the world. The awards reflect international tastes, offering a level playing field for world-wide entries overseen by a Grand Jury who travel to each competition.  The judging panel is made up of a cross section of experts, food journalists and pastry chefs. Prizes are separated according to category with one Gold and a number of Silver awards available in each. The categories, which range from truffles to bars, are designed to reflect current tastes and exquisite offerings within the chocolate industry.



More International Awards for Scotland’s Top Chocolatier

Monday, June 8th, 2015

International Chocolate Awards 2015 - Gold - British RGB

In the unique historical setting of The Merchant Adventurers’ Hall, York (the UK’s ‘Chocolate City’), Iain Burnett Highland Chocolatier added yet more accolades to the already burgeoning trophy cabinet.

The company based in Grandtully, Highland Perthshire was delighted to be awarded two Gold awards for the amazing The Velvet Truffle – Dark Sao Tome and for the exciting new The Velvet Truffle – Passion Fruit with a Touch of Mango – the latest to their Truffle Collection – along with a silver award for the The Velvet Truffle – Raspberry and Black Pepper – all “naked” Velvet Truffles.

Shortlisted to the British Regional Final, the company scooped top prize and was presented with a crystal trophy in the White Truffle Category for The Passion Fruit & Mango Velvet Truffle. Iain said “This Passion Fruit & Mango truffle is the result of a long search through 80 different fruits and recipes for the ultimate natural tang – I believe the passion fruit delivers, balanced in a velvety white chocolate ganache and rounded out with the fullness of ripe mango.”

Held every two years, the International Chocolate Awards is an independent competition recognising excellence in fine chocolate making. As the World’s only fully independent international fine chocolate competition, the aim is to support companies producing fine chocolate and chocolatiers, small companies and artisans working with fine chocolate.  By helping these markets to develop, the aim is to support the farmers who grow fine cacao.

Competitions are held in a growing number of countries and regions around the world, including Italy, the UK, USA, Germany, Scandinavia and other locations, with more competitions being held each year. Winners of the regional competitions are judged together at the World Final, which celebrates the best entries of the year. Judges include a wide range of experts, tasters, pastry chefs, food journalists, bloggers, sommeliers and chefs.


Amazing Year for Scotland’s Top Chocolatier

Wednesday, December 17th, 2014

The team at Iain Burnett Highland Chocolatier are delighted to have added a significant haul to the growing trophy collection in 2014 which has been a phenomenal year.

The most amazing award was won in the international arena where the Highland Chocolatier’s hot chocolate won Best Hot Chocolate in The International Chocolate Awards held in Germany (awarded jointly with an Austrian Chocolatier).  A tremendous feat given the world stage and competition!
As if that was not stunning enough, a brand new award was launched in London back in November to mark the ever-growing popularity of salted chocolates and caramels.  The “Great British Salted Chocolate Challenge” set out to find the best salted chocolate product in the whole of the UK.  Iain, competing alongside 9 other chocolatiers – mainly from London – scooped top prize with his entry of the Salted Raspberry with Szechuan Pepper Salt.   He said “it was great fun to move beyond the common salted caramel – we experimented in the kitchen with Smoked Habanero Salt on lime truffle, Espresso Salt in mocha truffle and  the citrus of the Szechuan Pepper Sea Salt was a gastronomic hit with the Raspberry and Black Pepper Velvet Truffle.”

There can be no doubting the fact that this business is staking a claim on the world stage!

Significantly, The Perth Chamber Star Awards saw the business pick up The Independent Retailer of the Year trophy at its awards event at Crieff Hydro – also being a shortlisted finalist in Food & Drink category.  The Independent Retailer award highlights the success of the business and the team behind the scene at the Highland Chocolatier.  The lead judge described the winner stating “the judges felt that the people at the heart of this business set it apart from all others – the journey, passionate involvement, communication, ownership and delivery was outstanding. It was the level of involvement that the staff had and the extent to which information was shared that had most impressed.”  Surprised and delighted, Janice Kennedy, Managing Director of the business added “this is a significant award for the team and makes me feel immensely proud.  Those behind the scenes are often forgotten so this award celebrates the entire team who have worked so hard to provide a warm welcome and excellent service to every customer and in the process make this growing business a huge success.”
Perth Chocolate Festival entered its second year and marked the occasion with The National Chocolate Awards, and Iain was pleased to be asked to judge chocolate products.  In one of the few categories he did not judge, the company won Best Bar for their Salted Toffee Bar.

These awards follow on from the coveted Scotland Food and Drink Foodservice Product of the Year as well as five stars in the Great Taste Awards – making it quite a year and MD Janice Kennedy said “We have just enjoyed our best year in every conceivable measure – supplying British Airways First all round the world, creating a brand new online shop and our first store in St Andrews, launching The Velvet Truffle range which is a fantastic new retail offering – our turnover, profit and customer reputation is growing enormously,  and it is pleasing that it should also be recognised on the awards front.  However, we never lose sight of the fact that it is our customer who is the real judge and our objective is to offer a truly outstanding customer service and world-class product excellence.”

Scotland’s Top Chocolatier Launches a New Retail Range

Friday, November 7th, 2014

Velvet Truffle Classic Open Box 3November 2014 has been truly momentous for Iain Burnett Highland Chocolatier at Grandtully, Highland Perthshire as we introduce The Velvet Truffle Range of pure naked truffles with no hard chocolate shell.  Previously only available to Michelin Star Chefs, the un-enrobed range will include the Velvet Truffle – Classic, dusted with cocoa, the award-winning Velvet Truffle – Raspberry and Black Pepper  and the Velvet Truffle –  White Lime with a hint of Chilli.  It is easy to understand how these truly sublime truffles are Iain’s signature chocolates – now you are able to appreciate this world class product.

The pinnacle has been achieved thanks to a technology breakthrough.   The naked truffles are now presented in a sealed foil gold pack with an oxygen-absorbing smart food tag to keep the fresh cream truffles natural and free from artificial sugars and preservatives. So now everyone can enjoy them!

Velvet Truffle Classic Gold Box FinalIain Burnett Highland Chocolatier uses a uniquely flavoured single-origin cocoa from the volcanic island of São Tomé.  This intense cocoa is carefully selected for its exceptional range of fruity, aromatic and spicy characteristics, and painstakingly matched with unblended Scottish cream from a particular herd of cows in Perthshire.  With no artificial additives or preservatives, only the best ingredients and exotic spices are infused to create flavours and textures to delight the palate.

Award-winning artisan chocolatier Iain Burnett trained under Master Chocolatiers of the Belgian, Swiss and French schools, and creates the multiple awarded Velvet Truffle as well as an internationally renowned range of fresh cream truffles and spiced pralines.  It took over 3 years to create his unique truffle, using only natural and fresh ingredients – the now famous Velvet Truffle.   Iain and his team provide top chefs with gourmet truffles of an artisan quality unavailable elsewhere. The small dedicated team of chocolatiers are trained in-house to meticulously hand-craft chocolates.    The ganaches can be elegantly enrobed in chocolate, or experienced in its purest form without a chocolate shell, as seen in this new range!

The Highland Chocolatier works with businesses and a range of corporate clients to create customised gourmet chocolates. We are proud to have won international and national awards and to have supplied British Airways First, as well as some of the best hotels and several Michelin Star chefs throughout the UK.     The products are available to purchase through their shops in Grandtully and St Andrews, by ordering on-line or by telephone for delivery worldwide.

For more information, please contact: Julie Collier clients@highlandchocolatier.com, telephone 01887 840775 or Contact via the website.

Scotland’s Most Awarded Chocolatier

Monday, May 26th, 2014

SF&D Foodservice 2014 

Iain Burnett Highland Chocolatier at Grandtully, Highland Perthshire has won the Scotland Food & Drink Excellence Award for Food Service Product of the Year 2014, presented at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre, in front of a record audience of 700 guests.   Managing Director Janice Kennedy, Commercial Director Julie Collier and Production Director Iain Burnett collected the prestigious award.

Iain was deeply proud to win the award for a second time especially in such talented company, alongside well established producers. The judges commented “cannot wait to try them……… delivers with passion and enthusiasm!” and feedback from the tasting session “really good quality chocolate made with care and attention…….an excellent product……. clever and unconventional flavours………Strawberry & Star Anise – beautifully matched, a touch of genius.”  Managing Director, Janice Kennedy was thrilled for the whole team and commented “caps an excellent year for our rapidly expanding business.  We plan to retail the dusted Velvet Truffles and create the same wow for the retail customer as chefs have already appreciated.”    Try Cocoa Dusted Velvet Truffles Now!

The company’s trophy cabinet now boasts Food Service Product of the Year 2014 alongside last year’s Product of the Year, Best Food & Drink Destination, Confectionery & Snacking, not to mention 5 Gold Stars in Great Taste and International awards from The Academy of Chocolate.

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Easter Egg Competiton Winners

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014

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

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

2014 Egg Winner Grandtully

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

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

 Egg winner st andrews

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

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

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


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

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

Highland Chocolatier to Fly First with British Airways – Press Release November 2013

Wednesday, November 20th, 2013

Iain Burnett’s award-winning chocolate truffles and pralines will be flying in First with British Airways in time for Christmas!

Iain Burnett Highland Chocolatier is delighted to announce a partnership with Gate Gourmet, to supply a luxurious selection of Velvet Truffles & Spiced Pralines into all British Airways First cabins, commencing December 1st.

British Airways provides the very best of British products on board, associating with like-minded brands that offer the highest level of quality and service.

Following the success of Iain Burnett Highland Chocolatier at the Scotland Food & Drink Awards, where the company received the prestigious ‘Product of the Year 2013’, the launch of the contract with British Airways is the latest in a series of achievements, positioning Iain Burnett as a world-leading artisan chocolatier.

Mark Tazzioli, British Airways Menu Design Manager said “We are delighted to welcome the Highland Chocolatier on board with their excellent truffles and pralines.

The quality of their products is first class, exactly what our customers flying in First expect, and in keeping with the exceptional standards for which our in-flight service is renowned”

Iain Burnett Highland Chocolatier Managing Director, Janice Kennedy, is delighted with this new venture: “This is a major achievement for our company, we too are “Proud to Serve” our artisan gourmet product to a discerning audience. Our award-winning truffles are made with the finest ingredients without additives or preservatives, using a single origin cocoa combined with fresh cream from our very own Scottish Highlands.

“Our goal was to create more brand awareness, reach out to customers who appreciate the very best in British produce and tempt them with something truly unique.  We felt there was no better platform to launch global awareness than the First clients of British Airways – and, with many of them hopefully visiting Scotland for the Homecoming year of the Ryder Cup, we think the timing is good.

“We have doubled our chocolatier team and trebled our production capacity to meet the increased demands, without in any way changing the artisan techniques.  This is a major achievement for our whole team and a solid base for the business to flourish.  The past year has already seen us open  a new outlet in Aberdeen’s Bon Accord Centre – the first outside of our four star Chocolate Centre in Grandtully – and  the imminent grand opening of a  St Andrew’s outlet in the town’s South Street ” she says.

Five More Great Taste Award Stars – Press Release

Tuesday, October 8th, 2013

Iain Burnett Highland Chocolatier and the team in Grandtully, Highland Perthshire win yet more awards for their trophy cabinet.   In the past few weeks, they have achieved 5 Gold Stars in the Great Taste Awards with the unique un-enrobed Cocoa Dusted Velvet Truffle, the deliciously rich Dark Velvet Truffle and the absolutely exquisite, number one seller in the range, fresh Raspberry with a hint of Black Pepper.  All of these fabulous truffles are created using the single origin cocoa from Sao Tome mixed with the sweetness of Scottish cream.

The Great Taste Awards are organised by The Guild of Fine Foods and are acknowledged as the benchmark for speciality food and drink.   The judges were very impressed with the texture, taste and presentation of this unique truffle and said, “Stunning colour, melt-in-the-mouth texture that is creamy but not cloying, perfect amount of bitterness, beautifully made and just the right size, very attractive and a wonderful taste”.

Iain Burnett Highland Chocolatier have a small but very high end clientele including 3 Michelin Star chefs from fine dining establishments across the UK, including some of the very best award winning restaurants.  Other clients are The Hebridean Princess, Harvey Nichols, Claridge’s and the prestigious Renaissance and Loch Lomond Golf Clubs.

 Further details at www.HighlandChocolatier.com

For more pictures and information please contact Julie Collier at clients@HighlandChocolatier.com

Tel: 01887 840775

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