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Celebrating Diwali – 27th October

Tuesday, October 8th, 2019

The Festival of Lights

Diwali, the Festival of Lights, will be observed by millions of Hindus, Sikhs and Jains across the world starting on 27th October.  The 5 day festival coincides with the Hindu New Year, and celebrates new beginnings and the triumph of good over evil and light over darkness. Victorious ideals truly universal in their nature. Iain Burnett pays tribute to the occasion with luxury chocolate gift offerings, inspired by some of the tastes and traditions of the region.

South Asian Tea Pairing Selection

Inspired by his popular Classic and Chinese Tea Pairing Selections, Iain brings you the South Asian Tea Pairing box. Artisan handmade chocolates, expertly matched with some of your favourite exotic brews – the perfect gift for devoteas!

 

The Spice Trail Selection

A colourful and exotic box of  Velvet Truffles and pralines, meticulously curated to celebrate the flavours and spices of the Asian region.

Orange Offerings

With its original roots in Asia, Iain pays chocolaty tribute to the orange in several forms. Dipped candied orange slice, whole clementines, candied orange peel sprinkled on dark chocolate bars and more…

Inspired by India…

Iain’s award-winning Chai Velvet Truffle is inspired by the spicy Indian tea known in the West by the same name.  Caramel-noted milk chocolate infused with Assam team and warming fresh ginger, ground cloves, cinnamon and green cardamom.

Chocolate Ode to Autumn

Wednesday, October 2nd, 2019

Chocolate Inspiration for Autumn

Today is the first day of our Scottish Autumn – and there’s nothing more beautiful – a living watercolour of breathtaking red, orange and gold. The nights start to draw in and few things feel more heavenly than your favourite hot drink paired with rich, warming chocolate.
It comes as no surprise that Iain Burnett has all the ingredients you’ll need when Autumn leaves start to fall…

Autumn Gems Selection

Back by popular demand and now including Iain’s award-winning Pure Caramelized Ganache Velvet Truffle and Sea Salted Caramel Velvet Truffle.  A textural tribute to the season – with crunchy Cocoa Nib Pralines and rippling golden caramel- filled hearts.

Buy a box of Gems here.

Classic Tea Pairing Selection

An expertly paired selection of chocolates, perfectly matched with some of the most cherished classic teas. What could be a cozier tribute to Autumn than gourmet chocolate and a perfect cup of tea? Shop all tea pairing selections here.

Satchels of Hot Chocolate 

Satchels filled with gourmet flakes of Iain’s signature hot chocolate – with options for dark and white fans alike! Or spice up your Autumn recipes with a dash of robust red cocoa…

Autumn in the Neighbourhood

Lonely Planet recently named Pitlochry as one of the world’s best places to see Autumn colours. For the ultimate Autumn experience, walk along the Rob Roy Way from Pitlochry to Grandtully and break your journey at the Chocolate Lounge.

Loving Our Environment 🌍

Thursday, September 12th, 2019

Loving Our Environment …

There are few things more crucial than preserving and protecting our beautiful planet and its resources. Iain Burnett strives to make his sourcing of products and packaging sustainable, and socially and environmentally conscious. Iain would like to share a bit about what this looks like in practice, and some of the goals for the future.

Conscious Collaboration

While many chocolatiers use cheap and easy UHT cream or sour blended supermarket creams for their production,  Iain uses a sweet fresh cream from a single herd of Scottish Friesian cows. Think of it as the “single malt” of the dairy world. Iain sources this cream from a local, family-run dairy here in Perthshire, which focuses strongly on the welfare of their animals.

Bee Neighbourly

The Scottish Heather Honey used in some of Iain’s recipes comes from a local, small-scale apiarist. The Scottish government and the Scottish Beekeepers’ Association work closely with individual and commercial beekeepers throughout Scotland to implement The Honey Bee Health Strategy – an initiative to achieve a sustainable and healthy population of honey bees for pollination and honey production in Scotland.

From Bean…

Iain uses gourmet grade, single-origin cocoa beans from the island of São Tomé. Iain has been scrupulous to ensure that his source of cocoa in São Tomé is indeed fairly traded. 
Iain and his cocoa providers are committed to promoting a sustainable cocoa industry. This includes protecting worker conditions from abusive labour practices.

…To Box and Bag

Great effort is made to use eco-friendly packaging whenever possible.
All packaging and utensils are either plant-based, compostable or recyclable. Iain’s Chocolate Lounge only uses paper straws and his red plastic gift bags are bio-degradable. 
For those in the Grandtully neighbourhood, a 10% discount is given to customers returning to the Chocolate Shop with a pre-loved red magnetic box for refilling.

Discerning Diets

As many people choose their diets with a view to environmental conservation, it is valuable to know that the full range of Iain’s Velvet Truffles and Pralines are suitable for vegetarians. All of Iain’s dark chocolate bars, florentines, and dipped fruits are ideal for those with a vegan diet.

Green Goals 

Iain’s team are constantly reviewing ingredients and packaging sources and shifting to environmentally friendly alternatives whenever possible.

Celebrating Scottish Food & Drink Fortnight

Sunday, August 25th, 2019

31st of August- 15th of September

The 31st August – 15th of September marks the annual Scottish Food & Drink Fortnight. Two weeks to showcase the spectrum of Scotland’s impressive food and drink artisans, its local produce and unique contribution to global gastronomic culture.

There’s no more fitting way to celebrate Scotland’s world-class culinary craftsmanship than with Iain Burnett – Scotland’s most awarded Chocolatier…

Unenrobed Velvet Truffles

Originally created only for Michelin Starred and AA Rosetted Chefs, these pure, naked Velvet Truffles have become Iain’s signature chocolates. Unenrobed, silky smooth ganache made with single origin chocolate and fresh Scottish cream.

Various sizes and selections available here.

Whisky and Chocolate Pairing Boxes

Truly inspired companion chocolate selections to enjoy with Scotland’s most iconic and beloved spirit!
Iain has carefully curated chocolate his pairing boxes to beautifully enhance the flavour of your favourite single malt whiskies.

Browse the full range here.

Award-Winning Selection Box

Iain’s best-selling box, and the ideal selection for a supernal taste tour of Iain’s Velvet Truffles.  A symphonic range of fruits, spices, caramel and infused chocolates.

Various boxes sizes are available here.

 

A Quick Trip To Grandtully

Take a quick look behind the scenes at The Highland Chocolatier and what goes into making Iain’s artisan products…

 

Elegant Summer Gift Guide

Wednesday, August 7th, 2019

Memorable Gift Inspiration for Meaningful Occasions 

Summer is often brimming with events – from weddings and anniversaries, to family reunions and exotic getaways. It can be a challenge to think of fresh and unique gift ideas to suit each special moment.
Master Chocolatier Iain Burnett provides renewed gift inspiration for diverse summer occasions – bringing you refined chocolate experiences that continue outside the box…

NEW Box of 36 Velvet Truffles 

Iain’s signature award-winning pure ganache is now available in a large box size of 36 Unenrobed Velvet Truffles.
Ideal for gifting, events, parties or simply sharing with friends (or not, we won’t tell.)

See the range here.

Dark or Milk Chocolate Lover Gift Bags

The definitive gift idea for any chocolate aficionado! Filled with a carefully selected range of Iain’s creations – these ornate gift bags are tailored to either milk or dark chocolate lovers and include two branded mugs and audio-guided milk or dark Chocolate Tasting Flights for 2. This truly is an unmissable offer- saving you over £25!  

Chocolate Pairing Experiences

Iain has expertly paired his gourmet chocolates with an exclusive range of Scottish malt whiskies, as well as gins, champagnes teas and coffees.  The result is a dance of carefully balanced flavours that complement the unique characteristics of the cocoa beans and the drinks with which they’re paired. Shop all Chocolate Pairing Boxes here. 

Gift Cards

It’s a matter of taste! Iain Burnett giftcards let your loved ones choose their own chocolate gifts to be delivered. Gift Cards are sent electronically within hours of purchase, 365 days a year. Buy a Gift Card here.

Chocolate Tasting Flights

Let Iain Burnett, Master Chocolatier guide you through a flight of award winning Velvet Truffles. You will receive a beautiful red and gold magnetic box of chocolates, complete with tasting notes and a link to an audio guide in which Iain introduces you to the world of artisan gourmet truffles. Choose between Dark Velvet & Fruits or Milk Velvet & Caramels. Learn more here.

Insights from Iain

Why are Iain’s Tasting Flights unique? What makes a Chocolate Experience? Iain explains in his recent interview with BBC Scotland…

New Edition of Chocolate Tasting Flights

Saturday, July 27th, 2019

From the Chocolate Kitchen to Your Door

Following the success of his acclaimed Dark Velvet & Fruits Tasting Flight, Iain Burnett is pleased to announce the unveiling of a new Tasting Flight – the Milk Velvet & Caramels!
Add a whole new branch to your cocoa-tree of knowledge, with this latest chocolate experience, offering an audio-guided voyage into some of the tastes and textures of Iain’s award-winning milk chocolates.

As always, this Tasting Flight can be enjoyed in person at The Chocolate Lounge in Grandtully, or sent straight from Iain’s Chocolate Kitchen to your door with an online audio link.

Milk Velvet & Caramels Tasting

Iain’s latest audio-guided Chocolate Experience, exploring the delicious and intriguing nuances of his multi-award-winning Milk Chocolates. Sure to take your chocolate appreciation to a whole new level! Learn more here.

 

Mixed Caramel Velvet Truffles

12 celestial caramel Velvet Truffles! Three flavours of Iain’s internationally award-winning caramel

chocolates: Pure Caramelized Ganache Velvet Truffle, Sea Salted Caramel Velvet Truffle, and Caramel & Twist of Liquorice Velvet Truffle. Also available in a box of 6 Velvet Truffles. Try them here.

 

Just Milk Selection

A rhapsody of milk chocolate, no chocoholic will want to miss. A selection with something for everyone – with Velvet Truffles infused with real fruit, spices, freshly ground coffee, marzipan and more! Buy here.

Highland Summer Magic

Wednesday, July 10th, 2019

Take your taste buds to the Highlands

While summertime in Scotland can be elusive, sweeping from sparkling sunshine to somber storms, the need for unbeatable chocolate is certainly a constant. Gather inspiration from the season and take your taste buds to the Highlands this summer…

The Highland Summer Selection

A box of 20 award-winning Velvet Truffles, carefully selected to celebrate some of the quintessential flavours and aromas of Scottish summertime, and teeming with colours reminiscent of highland heather in full bloom.

Buy here.

 

 

White Chocolate Rolled Strawberries & Raspberries

A gorgeous keepsake tin filled with the most Scottish of fruits — gently dried for a splendid crunch and covered in Iain’s creamy white chocolate.

Buy here.

 

 

White & Dark Raspberry Chocolate Bars

Delightfully aromatic and delicious dried raspberries, sprinkled on lavishly creamy white chocolate, or bold and robustly dark.

Buy here.

 

Summer in Grandtully

The upside of a changeable summer is that hot chocolate can always be on the menu — all the better if it’s made with Iain Burnett’s signature chocolate. Did you know Iain’s hot chocolate has been awarded Best in Europe by the Academy of Chocolate?
Have some delivered to your doorstep…

Shop the range here.

Browse more Summer Chocolates.

 

Father’s Day – 16th of June

Thursday, June 6th, 2019

For the Dad You Love

Although your full appreciation for the Dad you love can’t fit into any box – chocolate comes awfully close! Iain Burnett is happy to be part of your Father’s Day celebrations with a sweet range of limited edition chocolate gifts –  crafted especially with Dad’s in mind.

Fruit Box with Father’s Day Ribbon

A delicious selection of gently candied, outrageously juicy fruits.  Presented in a sophisticated black box, with a decorative ribbon and gift tag. Perfect for vegan, gluten-free, and dairy-free shoppers.

Buy here.

 

Limited Edition Hand-Decorated Star Bar

A cheerful star of caramel-noted milk chocolate, sprinkled with whole almonds and toffee pieces.  A new stratosphere of tasty…

Buy here.

 

Father’s Day Custom Selection Box

Filled with your choice of 20 of your Dad’s favourite chocolates. This keepsake box is finished with a flourish with a gift tag and ribbon fastened like a necktie.  Just specify the 20 chocolates you would like in the “Special Product Requests” box at checkout.

Buy here.

 

Browse the full Father’s Day Range here.

 

From One Father to Another…

Iain learned many of his skills from his own father, who inspired him to use more exotic ingredients and experiment in the kitchen. Today, his acclaimed skills are thoroughly enjoyed by his own daughter – particularly the tasting part! Wishing you a memorable Father’s Day with your loved ones.

Scottish Chocolate Flights Take Off

Wednesday, May 29th, 2019


A New Idea in Tourism

Iain Burnett Highland Chocolatier has unveiled a sweet new development in Scottish tourism, with the launch of chocolate tasting ‘flights’.

The first experience of its kind in the UK, Master Chocolatier Iain Burnett has developed a unique new range of interactive, audio-guided tastings as an introduction to his award-winning range of handmade chocolate truffles.

Offering a fun and informative insight into the varied tastes and textures of top-quality artisan chocolate, Iain Burnett Highland Chocolatier’s bespoke tasting flights will be available for chocolate lovers to sample in his Chocolate Lounge in Grandtully, Perthshire, or to take home to enjoy via an audio link.

Already popular in the wine and whisky industries, tasting flights offer a unique way to sample a range of different varieties and flavours in one session.

As visitors sit down to sample a ‘flight’ of Iain Burnett’s award-winning chocolates skilfully presented on a tasting mat, the listener is given an informative view of the Master Chocolatier’s experience as an acclaimed truffle specialist, followed by staged insights into five very different artisan chocolates.

Iain, who established his eponymous family business in 2005, hopes the uniqueness of his Chocolate Tasting Flights will help to boost tourism in Highland Perthshire.

Iain says:  “I’m delighted to announce the launch of our new ‘Chocolate Tasting Flights’, and I believe we are the first gourmet chocolatier in the UK to offer this unique experience. We’ve been trialling this over the past year, improving and refining the guided experience in response to feedback from our customers, so that when we officially launched them, they would be amazing.

“More and more people are now looking for an experience rather than a transaction, and the new Chocolate Tasting Flights bring together the special tastes and textures of the Velvet Truffles, combined with the educational experiences that we are trying to share through our Chocolate Lounge, exhibition, shop and kitchen viewing window. It’s a natural evolution that gourmet couverture chocolate, itself like fine wine, should have its own pure chocolate flight.

“I love to see people’s reactions when they first experience the Velvet Truffles and share with them why and how they are made. While I can’t meet every visitor, these Tasting Flights create a new window of enjoyment – people taste a selection I have chosen specially, and hear the reasons why, in my own words. It’s delicious, educational and, hopefully, fun!”

Iain’s new Chocolate Tasting Flights can be enjoyed in Grandtully, priced at £15 per person, or ordered online to be enjoyed at home for £21.95 based on two people sharing. Chocolate Tasting Flight sets include Velvet Truffles, a tasting mat and audio guide link.

To book a Tasting Flight call 01887 840775, or order online here to experience a tasting at home.

Stay in Touch

Keep up to date with the latest news and offers from Iain Burnett Highland Chocolatier on social media:
Twitter: @HighlandChoc
Instagram: @IainBurnettChocolatier
Facebook: www.facebook.com/IainBurnettTheHighlandChocolatier
LinkedIn: uk.linkedin.com/in/iain-burnett
YouTube: www.youtube.com/channel/UCepL-4HJLF14Xv14D_zHR3A

Highland Chocolatier Awarded Hat Trick by Academy of Chocolate

Thursday, May 2nd, 2019

3 More Awards for the Highland Chocolatier 🏆

Iain Burnett Highland Chocolatier, working from his specially designed chocolate kitchen in Grandtully, Highland Perthshire, has received an outstanding three awards from the Academy of Chocolate for his unique Velvet Truffles.  The Academy of Chocolate received record entries from over 46 countries, with Master Chocolatier Iain Burnett gaining the highest award in Scotland, with only one other Scottish chocolatier receiving an award.

Iain Burnett spent two years developing his latest two creations.  The Pure Caramelized Ganache with its uncommonly smooth texture is Iain’s ganache tribute to classic caramel – with creamy notes, evocative of perfectly browned butterscotch.  And the Sea-Salted Caramelized Velvet Truffle introduces an added dimension to the caramelized ganache as it finishes distinctively with small lingering bursts of sea salt.  Both received awards together with one of his first ever chocolates, the Cocoa Nib Praline.

Iain said, “it’s really encouraging that years meticulously selecting the right ingredients and best methods have been recognised on such an international level.” About his latest work, 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 unique milk chocolate which both contain natural notes of caramel, then discovering how to caramelize the ganache itself.  From the excited responses I’ve had from testing it on some of the UK’s top chefs, I have a feeling that the salted caramel version is going to be very popular. I’ve found a way to add tiny sea salt crystals to make it ‘pop’ out beautifully.”

How to buy

Iain has created the new Limited Edition 2019 Award Winners selection, which can be purchased here.
Also available to try is the Mixed Caramel Velvet Truffles in their pure, unenrobed form here.
Or in a red magnetic box of enrobed Velvet Truffles here.