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Highland Halloween: Sweet Chocolate Sorcery

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

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

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

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

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!

Celebrating World Chocolate Day!

July 6th, 2018

Chocolate, We Think The World of You!

While every day is Chocolate Day at Iain Burnett Highland Chocolatier, the 7th of July marks the annual celebration of World Chocolate Day.  A day when we can all joyfully doff our caps to one of the most beloved foods on the planet. Of course there are countless ways to enjoy the day, but here are a few suggestions from Iain’s corner of the world.

Simply the Zest!

Coinciding with World Chocolate Day, Iain is offering a new Summer Selection Box. A tantalising medley of fruit and floral Velvet Truffles. A wonderful complement of flavours for the long, hot summer days.

Encircled in a white and gold box, these brightly coloured gourmet treats are certain to make your taste buds sparkle like sunshine!

Take A Dip

In this hot weather, let your palate do the travelling, with pineapples, clementines, lemons and cherries.

Iain’s selection of dipped fruit is the ultimate way to savour summer.  Fine fruit, delicately candied over days to retain their natural sweetness and juiciness, then hand-dipped and dressed in Iain’s gourmet chocolate.

Paint the Town Red…

With Iain’s luxury Red Cocoa!

100% cocoa powder, crafted through a careful process of fermentation, roasting and grinding.

Rich and robust, red cocoa adds an aromatic, bittersweet punch to both savoury and sweet recipes.  Wonderful for those on the lookout for more ways to integrate chocolate flavours into their lives–on World Chocolate Day and every day!

Happy World Chocolate Day from Highland Perthshire,

 

 

 

Strawberry Fields Forever

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.

Joining the Ranks of British Excellence

April 27th, 2018

A Prestigious Alliance

Iain Burnett Highland Chocolatier has received the honoured invitation to join Walpole, the prestigious alliance of Britain’s leading luxury brands.

Walpole boasts an impressive tradition of supporting excellence in British craftsmanship, innovation, design, style, and impeccable service, and includes such illustrious names as Rolls Royce, Mulberry, Wedgwood, Claridges, Jimmy Choo, Bentley, The Savoy, The Dorchester, Tiffany, Harrods, Selfridges and Fortnum & Masons among others.

Walpole CEO, Helen Brocklebank, said “I’m delighted to welcome the Highland Chocolatier as a member of Walpole. Walpole represents the finest luxury brands in the British Isles, and Iain’s quest for perfection and his attention to detail in chocolate making, from sourcing the finest cream from a single herd of Perthshire Friesians to tracking down rare cocoa from São Tomé, demonstrates a remarkable commitment to the pursuit of excellence.

Striving for Excellence

Among such distinguished creators and brand leaders, Master Chocolatier Iain Burnett is a natural addition. Twice winning the World Gold at the International Chocolate Awards for his unique Velvet Truffles, Iain is Scotland’s most awarded chocolatier. As a truffle specialist, Iain has carved a unique niche with other culinary masters, supplying Michelin Star chefs with world class petits fours, Master Distillers with chocolate pairings, and some of Britain’s must luxurious hotels with stunning bespoke chocolates for their guests and clients.

Walpole’s devotion to excellence could not be more in keeping with Iain’s personal ethos. Asked for his definition of luxury, Iain replies “I think striving for excellence on a daily basis is a route to creating genuine luxury – far above average and something an artisan is proud of.”

Love Affair with British Luxury

On receiving the news Iain responded “Becoming a Walpole member is a tremendous honour. I greatly value the opportunity to learn from association with such like-minded members, many of whom started as family businesses themselves.”

As Walpole’s Member Guide explains, “The world’s love affair with Britain’s luxury brands shows no signs of abating, and Walpole’s 200 members have never been more valued or desired… Walpole supports the luxury sector through a strategic programme of events, mentorship, thought leadership, communications and political and media engagement.”

Read Iain’s full interview with Walpole about the life of a Master Chocolatier here.

 

Taste of Christmas at The Highland Chocolatier

November 30th, 2017

Cold Makes Us Nostalgic and Nostalgia Makes Us Warm

Christmas and New Year for me has always been the priceless time when family and friends get together and bask in the glow of the season. How many priceless memories centre around this time of year for each of us–the atmosphere, the anticipation, and the joy. Since my family opened the business 12 years ago, Christmas has become the one week of the year when I close the chocolate kitchen, and that I get to be on holiday at the same time as my brother, Calum, who is my Senior Chocolatier.

For me it is also a particularly beautiful and jovial time in Scotland— especially with the colourful celebration of Hogmanay to brighten up the bleak winter weather. Above all, the season offers a poignant chance to laugh, reflect, and share from the heart—and in that spirit, I offer some Christmas selections, and my warmest wishes for a lovely holiday.

Make It a December to Remember

With such heartfelt nostalgia surrounding it, winter and the holiday season inspires the evocative limited edition Velvet Truffle—The Festive Spice. 

The Festive Spice Velvet Truffle is the chocolate equivalent of a Christmas Pudding. Whether in an exquisite selection box of enrobed Velvet Truffles and pralines, or in an ornate box of unenrobed cocoa-dusted Velvet Truffles, the Festive Spice makes the perfect petits fours for after Christmas dinner, adding an unforgettable sparkle to the taste of Christmas. 

 

 

St. Andrew’s Day with Scotland’s Most Awarded Chocolatier

November 29th, 2017

St. Andrews Day at Iain Burnett The Highland Chocolatier

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 our national day.

St. Andrew’s Day is usually commemorated with special events and celebrations honouring Scottish heritage, history and culture.

What better way to mark the day than by indulging in artisan chocolate, handmade by Scotland’s most awarded chocolatier.

The White Raspberry Velvet Truffle was crafted by Iain as a tribute to his Scottish roots, and is modelled after the traditional Scottish dessert, Cranachan.

Typically this classic dessert is a mixture of whipped cream, whisky, honey and fresh raspberries, with toasted oatmeal.

The White Raspberry Velvet Truffle blends only fresh Scottish ingredients, combining crushed raspberry and creamy white chocolate ganache, and sweetened with Scottish heather honey.

While none of Iain’s chocolates contain alcohol, they are expertly matched to pair beautifully with a number of favourite whiskeys and gins.

Iain recommends the Ledaig 15 Year Old malt whisky as the companion to The White Raspberry Velvet Truffle.

Slàinte mhath!