A Scottish chocolatier has been named the creator of the world’s top dark chocolate truffle at the International Chocolate Awards.
Iain Burnett, known as The Highland Chocolatier, melted the competition at the awards in London last weekend with tens of thousands of sweets from over 40 countries entered into the worldwide contest.
Created in his specially designed chocolate kitchen in Grandtully, on the banks of the River Tay in Highland Perthshire, his signature velvet truffles scooped three awards at the event in Kensington on October 17.
Scooping the title for The World’s Best Dark Chocolate Truffle, the recipe for the unflavoured truffles took Iain three years of development to perfect and uses intense cocoa carefully selected for its fruity, aromatic and spicy characteristics and fresh cream from a particular herd of cows in Scotland.
Iain also received further recognition for his signature chocolates, receiving two silver awards for his passionfruit and mango white velvet truffle and raspberry and black pepper velvet truffle.
He said: "After a decade of striving for excellence, it is exciting that this recognition is given to the velvet truffle in its purest form – fresh cream from a single herd of Perthshire cows meticulously combined with a rare chocolate from the island of São Tomé.
"In front of the world, the judges have identified the dedication of a small team of artisans in Highland Perthshire who create a unique truffle of unparalleled texture and purity."