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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…

 

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.

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.

Easter & Mother’s Day Inspiration

Friday, March 15th, 2019

 

Easter is coming…

Easter is on its way and Iain Burnett has something for every bunny! Lovingly handmade decorative Easter Eggs, hand-dusted colourful chicks, satchels of mini eggs tied with a flourish and more… the hunt for Easter chocolate is on and you can browse Iain’s full range of Easter creations here.

Mother’s Day Ideas

Mother’s Day is also just around the corner, and Iain is introducing several new products sure to delight the mother you love most! First, Iain brings you the new Mixed Raspberry Florentines box – a beautiful selection of 14 handmade milk, white and dark chocolate Florentines, each scattered with natural raspberries, gently dried and crushed.

The classic box of Iain’s dipped fruits has been re-imagined especially for Mother’s Day — with the same juicy, chocolate dipped fruits you love, presented in a beautiful floral box with decorative ribbon.

With springtime just waiting in the wings, Iain has created the Fruits and Flowers Spring Selection. An ornate gold and white box, tied with a colourful ribbon, and filled with a selection of Iain’s award-winning Velvet Truffles and Pralines, particularly for spring!

Chocolate for Coffee Lovers

Thursday, February 21st, 2019

The Coffee Pairing Box ☕

Calling all coffee-lovers! Iain Burnett has brewed up some marvelous new chocolate creations just for you…

Introducing the new Coffee Pairing Box! A stunning magnetic box of Velvet Truffles and Pralines, expertly paired by Iain to match a variety of favourite single-origin coffees from around the world. 

An ideal gift boxes for those who love to savour a perfectly brewed cup of coffee along with the finest chocolate. As always, tasting notes are included to enhance the experience and unravel the flavours.

With the success of the Tea Pairing Selection Boxes, it was time to offer the same unforgettable gourmet experience to coffee devotees. Iain hopes you’ll enjoy this new pairing experience!

The Mocha Bar

Iain and his team are also excited to bring you the new Mocha Bar. The Highland Chocolatier’s signature caramel-noted milk chocolate, sprinkled with melt-in-your-mouth, roasted arabica coffee. Guaranteed to mocha you happy!

Other News from the Kitchen…

Iain and Chocolatier Jacqueline (below), preparing Velvet Truffles for submission to the international awards at the Academy of Chocolate.  It’s been several years since Iain and his team have submitted a Velvet Truffle for awards consideration. With two World Golds highlighting past years, let’s see what happens this time…

 

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,