Iain Burnett, whose Highland Chocolatier brand is based in the village of Grandtully in Highland Perthshire, won the gold award for his new Caramel with A Twist of Liquorice Velvet Truffle topped the board - the only UK chocolatier to win such a distinction in the truffle and praline category this year.
Edinburgh-based Chocolate Tree also won a bronze award for its Venezuela Porcelana 85 per cent chocolate bar.
Mr Burnett said: "I’m really pleased that my new caramelised white Velvet Truffle has been selected. Liquorice is a flavour that sometimes gets a bad press but I’ve developed a chocolate that uses a gentle hint of liquorice with white chocolate that has been caramelised to complement it. The balance of chocolate and spices is combined to create a complex chocolate that is above all, delicious."
Iain Burnett - The Highland Chocolatier sources chocolate from the small island nation of São Tomé and Príncipe and uses local ingredients including cream from a single herd of Perthshire cattle, and Scottish honey and Scottish butter.