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Celebrating Burns Night

Friday, January 10th, 2020

Burns Night – 25th January

January 25th is Burns Night – where Scotland’s National Bard is celebrated all over the world.  Iain Burnett offers a range of peerless petits fours to add a truly elegant touch to the occasion.  Namely, The Robert Burns Collection, created in honour of Scotland’s most-loved poet…


Robert Burns Collection Boxes

This special collection showcases the Cranachan Velvet Truffle – inspired by the traditional Scottish dessert – made with local Scottish heather honey, crushed raspberries and white chocolate ganache.  Available in various box sizes and lyrically presented with three other award winning flavours. See all box sizes here.

Whisky Pairing Boxes

Iain has carefully curated his chocolate pairing boxes to beautifully enhance the flavour of your favourite single malt whiskies.  Rabbie Burns would certainly approve. Browse all Whisky Pairing Selections here.

Hosting Burns Night?

There are a few traditional elements to every Burns Supper – stemming from the first ever Burns Supper held in 1801. Visit Scotland has a helpful guide to assist you in hosting your own Burns Night, wherever you are celebrating in the world. Learn more here!

What to give for Chinese New Year…

Tuesday, January 7th, 2020

Welcoming in the Year of the Rat… 

2020 is the Chinese Year of the Rat- the first sign in the Chinese Zodiac, seen as a sign of wealth and surplus, and representing the beginning of a new day. Iain’s ornate magnetic boxes tie seamlessly into the colours of Chinese New Year – red for good fortune and joy, and gold for beauty and prestige – making them a stunning gift option for those celebrating the occasion around the world!

Chinese Tea Pairing Box

A bold mix of Velvet Truffles and pralines, meticulously matched by Iain Burnett to pair with some favourite Chinese teas – jasmine, lapsang, green tea and more! As always, the Tea Pairing box comes with tasting notes from Iain to guide you through the experience and help unravel the flavours.

Find all box sizes here.

Chinese Ginger…

Iain has a range of products for the ginger lover – considered a healing and warming root in Chinese medicine. Single origin dark chocolate bars and florentines sprinkled with fiery, crystallised Chinese ginger.

See more here.

The Spice Trail Selection

A colourful and exotic box of  Velvet Truffles and pralines, curated especially to showcase the flavours and spices of the Asian region – clove, cinnamon, ginger, star anise and more!

Travel the Spice Trail here.

The Year of the Rat

As the story goes, the Jade Emperor decreed that the order of the zodiac would be determined by the order in which the animals arrived to his party. The Rat tricked the Ox into giving him a lift, and just as they arrived at the finish line, Rat jumped down and landed ahead of Ox, becoming first.

A Master Chocolatier’s Christmas Gift Guide 🎁

Tuesday, December 3rd, 2019

Elegant chocolate solutions for all Christmas occasions…

Ornate Gift Boxes 

Choose from a wide range of selections, or make your own ideal selection. Box sixes vary from 2-90 chocolates – see the full range here.

Unenrobed Velvet Truffle Selection

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. Available in box sizes from 6-36.

View the full range here. 

Chocolate Pairing Experiences

Iain has expertly paired his gourmet chocolates with an extensive range of Scottish malt whiskies, 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 Pairing Boxes here.

Chocolate Tasting Experiences

Offering a fun and informative insight into the varied tastes and textures of top-quality artisan chocolate, Iain’s bespoke tasting flights are available for chocolate lovers to enjoy at home via an audio link – with shipping anywhere in the world!

Choose from the Dark Velvet and Fruit Tasting or the Milk Velvet and Caramel Tasting here.

Chocolate Lovers Gift Bags

Iain Burnett has created the ultimate gift bags for the Chocolate Lover. This ornate gift bag includes a selection of award-winning Milk or Dark Chocolate products and a pair of bespoke Iain Burnett fine china mugs. This truly is an unmissable offer- saving you over £25! 

Learn more about Chocolate Lovers Gift Bags here!

Christmas Inspiration is Here! 🎄

Tuesday, November 26th, 2019

That Festive Feeling…

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 his limited edition Festive Spice Velvet Truffle, available in mixed selection boxes or as a box of exquisite unenrobed delicacies.
From offering holiday party petits fours, to unique gifts for family and friends, the Highland Chocolatier is delighted to share in your Christmas celebrations…

The Festive Selection 

Set in an ornate, round red and gold box, Iain presents a selection of 20 gourmet Velvet Truffles and Pralines, including one Festive Spice Velvet Truffle as the centerpiece.

Festive Spice Velvet Truffles

Decadent, unenrobed edition of the limited edition seasonal favourite!
Iain’s award-winning dark chocolate ganache, with a warming infusion of cinnamon, nutmeg, orange and allspice. A chocolate homage to traditional Christmas pudding and fruit cake.

The Winter Selection 

A beautiful blend of rich, warming spices, this box also includes the new Pure Caramelized Ganache Velvet Truffles & Sea Salted Caramel Velvet Truffles.

Classic Dipped Fruit Selection

A selection of hand-dipped candied fruits is ideal for Christmas gifting or as a stunning finish to any holiday meal. Presented in a sophisticated gold box and finished with a branded ribbon.

Behind the Christmas Curtain

Always the sign that Christmas has arrived in Grandtully! Chocolatier, Jacqueline, dusting the Festive Spice Velvet Truffles.

St. Andrew’s Day Offer!

Thursday, November 7th, 2019

St. Andrew’s Day

The 30th of November is St Andrew’s Day – a day when Scots and Scots-at-heart pay homage to the patron saint of Scotland, and celebrate their national day.  Iain invites you to enjoy the occasion with gourmet chocolate from the Scottish Highlands…

20% OFF
All Unenrobed Velvet Truffle Boxes

For orders sent out between 6th-13th November only.
Full terms on website.

Halloween – 31st of October

Friday, October 18th, 2019

Wickedly Delicious

The witching hour is approaching and Halloween is nearly here! It’s the perfect time to unleash some charming treat ideas for the tricksters in your life – sure to hypnotise, mesmerise and enrapture. Whether you’re braving the eerie night, or warlocking your doors and curling up against the cold, Iain and his team wish you a very Happy Halloween!

NEW LIMITED EDITION Toffee Apple Bar

Iain’s spin on the classic Halloween treat – the Toffee Apple bar. Tangy apple and toffee pieces crumbled together and scattered on caramel-noted milk chocolate, add a dash beguilingly delicious twist for your taste buds. 

Caramel Recipes Selection

Few flavours could be more autumnal and enchanting than caramel! Iain’s Caramel Recipe selection gives you caramel and chocolate at their most bewitching. The selection features three award-winning caramel Velvet Truffles, including the World Gold Winning Caramel & Liquorice Velvet Truffle, and the Silver winning Pure Caramelized Ganache Velvet Truffle and Sea Salted Caramel Velvet Truffle. Prepare to be spellbound! Search all box sizes here. 

Classic Dipped Fruit Selection

A delicious selection of gently candied, outrageously juicy fruits. Presented in a dazzling gold box, with a branded ribbon and special wooden pumpkin ornament for a festive touch!

Salted Toffee Bars

Two of Iain’s best-sellers – the Sea Salted Toffee bars! Toffee pieces scattered on milk or dark chocolate, and sprinkled with sea salt to add a beguilingly delicious twist for your tastebuds.

Try them here!

Halloween Party Potion

For the ultimate Halloween hot chocolate, use some of Iain’s Dark Hot Chocolate flakes mixed with hot milk. Add in some chili or cinnamon to taste, and a dash of black food colouring for a bewitching brew.

Or, combine some of Iain’s White Hot Chocolate with pumpkin spice mix, if available, or mint. Stir in some green or orange food colouring for a wickedly warming and colourful Halloween treat.

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…