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Strawberry Fields Forever

Wednesday, 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

Friday, 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

Thursday, 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. 

 

 

Cooking for Chocoholics: Gourmet Recipes and Gifts

Wednesday, March 30th, 2016

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One of the things we love the most about chocolate is how versatile it is. If you are perusing a restaurant menu, you can be sure that chocolate will feature on it somewhere – even in some of the savoury dishes! At the Highland Chocolatier, we always promote the use of cocoa and chocolate in recipes both healthy and a little more indulgent. If it is time to give yourself a little treat, why not consider using our cocoa ingredients for your next luxurious recipe? Or maybe you are unsure which recipe to try out? We have some great ideas to really tickle your taste buds and bring a touch of luxury chocolate to your table.

Our Chocolate Ingredients: Perfect Chocolate Gifts

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You simply can’t start to think about the process of cooking your new treats without contemplating which ingredients you are going to be using. Iain Burnett’s Highland Chocolatier promote the use of only the best ingredients to ensure that you are creating a meal that is removed of unnatural preservatives and other harmful nasties so often present in our store-bought ingredient packages. Selecting the chocolate that you will be adding to your recipe takes some careful consideration.

For savoury dishes, it is often better to use pure cocoa for the rich, bitter flavour of the bean itself. Cooking is better suited to our smooth 100% Cocoa Bar. Use it for melting in a sauce or grate it directly into other recipes for the desired chocolate flavours that you wish to have. We highly suggest you try it in a delectable meat roast for rich flavours that will surely make your meal taste that little bit more special.

If pure cocoa is a little too strong for your tastes and you are looking for something that is a little softer, smoother and sweeter, we also have White and Dark Hot Chocolate Flakes. These finely grated flakes of chocolate contain all the great tastes of our gourmet chocolate bars, while being easy to spoon into a warm mug of milk for a delicious hot chocolate, or to be added to any number of desserts, savoury dishes, or sauces.

Could your meal get any better than with the addition of chocolate? We think there is no better all-round ingredient for those extra special Sunday dinners and desserts. Our chocolate ingredients make great gifts of chocolates by post, and are even great chocolate gifts for him. Why not give them a try?

Delicious Home-Made Truffles

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Looking for something that you can make while you await your next delivery of our finest award-winning velvet truffles? We have everything you need to create your own delicious rustic truffles at home with this simple, easy to follow recipe, featuring our delicious dark Sao Tome gourmet chocolate bars.

Gather up 350g of the dark chocolate bar and finely chop it into a pot over medium heat. Stir in around 5 tablespoons of double cream, gently stirring as the chocolate melts. (Trust us, you’ll be wanting to eat it as soon as it all starts to melt and blend together!) Once the chocolate has melted and has blended into a smooth liquid with the cream, remove the pan from the heat. If you want your truffles to have a flavour of their own, why not try mixing in your favourite liqueur or flavouring at this point? The dark chocolate envelopes each flavour perfectly.

Pour the mixture into a shallow container or dish, and leave to set in the fridge for around 1 ½ hours until semi-firm but set. Spoon out a small amount, and roll gently into a ball. Be careful, as it will melt all over your fingertips here – but that means some deliciously messy clean-up. Once rolled, simply coat in some cocoa powder, and you are ready to serve. We recommend trying these truffles with our dark chocolate and no flavouring to get the full taste of our delicious single-origin chocolate in every bite.

Haggis and Chocolate: The Unexpected Pair

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You may be wondering if you read that header right, but you certainly did. At the Highland Chocolatier, we have created a delicious recipe for a chocolate sauce that works well with some of the most delicious haggis bonbons around. This exact recipe was in fact served at the launch of our velvet truffle range and turned out to be a huge hit among our gathered guests.

Our dark chocolate Sao Tome 100% Bar is the staple of the chocolate sauce. Simply break up the chocolate bar in a bowl above a pan of boiling water, stirring until melted. Adding cream is optional, but we suggest adding at least a little to take some of the bitter edge away if that is more to your taste. Add as is necessary for you. That is all there is to this delicious dipping sauce! Cook the bonbons for dipping as noted, and watch as your dinner guests are amazed by the traditional, surprising and rich flavours of your chocolate creations.

Combine Chocolate with your Favourite Recipes

It is known that chocolate can make almost any meal taste richer and far more delicious. Even adding chocolate to savoury dishes such as chilli, or even a rich and delicious tomato soup, can make your meals that little bit more desirable. Make chocolate your secret ingredient!

Visit us at the Highland Chocolatier for more of our gourmet chocolate selections, including our luxury chocolate wedding favours, chocolate hampers, and delicious chocolate gifts for him and her.