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The Splendor of Vermont

Posted on August 22, 2012 4:08 PM by Meghan

I’m in denial that summer is almost over.  We’ve had an amazing one here in Vermont this year, I’m not sure Lake Champlain has looked more beautiful than it has lately.  Case in point below (taken last night!)


We are lucky; however, that fall in Vermont also tips the scales in the beautiful department.  And I have to say that I do love curling up with a cup of hot chocolate after being outside in the cool, crisp air.

So with the coming of fall, comes our stunning new autumn graphics.  We spend a lot of time (almost as much as making the chocolates themselves) on our packaging—it must live up to the quality of the chocolates!  I thought it might be nice to share some words from the designer herself and hear the concepts behind our handsome designs.

These designs mimic a linocut technique that is more “folksy” but yet retains a contemporary feel. This is achieved through color and shape and pattern of the interior (“veins”) of the leaves as well as the repeat patter in the bottom portion of the box.
We all expect the traditional hot bright saturated hues of autumn- the reds, oranges, and yellows.  This color palette explores the intermediate colors- ginger oranges, muted teals, olive yellow greens and stormy grey purples- that are also present in this transitional season.
The decorative patterns on the leaves depict the multi-faceted framework and unique structure that each leaf possesses and takes it to a purely graphic level.  They became art.
Fall is a tapestry of color that is not only visual but tactile and both the leaf graphics and the repeat pattern of leaves and seed pod reinforce that proposition.


Here’s to fall- the splendor of Vermont.


A Citrus Bomb!

Posted on August 2, 2012 11:20 AM by Meghan

Alchemist Heady Topper (8.0%ABV) with Dark Chocolate Orange Peel and Dark Chocolate Covered Almond.

 Last but not least, here is our final pairing from the Brewer’s Festival. 

We admit, it took us awhile to find a chocolate that could handle this double IPA; but once we hit upon our dark chocolate orange peel, it created a citrus bomb! 

Alchemist’s Heady Topper carries a huge aroma and even bigger flavor. A variety of citrus (orange & grapefruit), bitter and a sweetness of pineapple are led by a piney aroma.  Coupled with the orange peel, there is a cohesive play of sweet and sour.

The chocolate almond’s bitterness complements this big beer, meanwhile roasted almond is boosted when tasted after a gulp of the Heady Topper.

While many of the beers we pair with are local to the Vermont area, we hope this encourages you to try your own local craft brews with some chocolate.  It’s an experience that will literally change how you think about beer AND chocolate!


Cucumber Sriracha Pops

Posted on August 1, 2012 11:17 AM by Meghan


As delicious as our chocolate truffles are, they just can't cool you off like one of our refreshing ice pops.  Here is a super cool and spicy treat that will keep you as cool as a cucumber this summer.

Cucumber Sriracha Pops
Yields: 10 – 3 oz. Pops
1.5 lbs.     cucumbers
1/4C     honey
1/3C    sugar
1/3C    water
1 tbsp    lime juice
1 tsp    sriracha hot sauce

1.    Put empty pop mold in freezer to chill, and submerge 10 pop sticks in water to soak.

2.    Bring water, sugar, and honey to a boil to dissolve the sugars. Set aside to cool.

3.    Cut cucumbers into ½-1 inch pieces and puree in blender until smooth. Strain through a fine mesh strainer to get mostly juice and some puree.

4.    Combine strained cucumber, lime juice, sriracha sauce, and sugar/water/honey mixture.

5.    Pour mixture into pop molds, leaving about ¼  inch space at the top for expansion when freezing.

6.    Put lid on pop mold. Insert pop sticks. Put in freezer to freeze until solid (about 2-4 hours).

7.    To remove pops from mold, remove the lid, dip the bottom part of the mold in lukewarm water bath for a few seconds to release. Then, pull each pop out individually.

8.    Eat immediately or place in airtight plastic bag to store for later.

*The pops will keep for about a week in the freezer.


Chocolate Beer: A Vermont Partnership

Posted on July 31, 2012 10:39 AM by Meghan

 

Without further delay, here is beer and chocolate pairing number two from the Brewer’s Festival.

Last spring our friends at VT Pub & Brewery gave us a call and said they wanted to try brewing a chocolate stout and wondered if we would be interested in providing them with our gourmet chocolate.  We spent, oh about, one second thinking about it before we said “of course!”

And so the Lake Champlain Chocolates Stout was born.  Brewed with Madagascar cocoa nibs roasted here at LCC, this stout is the Pub’s first beer to go through the experimental line three times and move to 14BBL production!  Rich, dark, smooth and sweet, this is a full-bodied milk stout.  We’ve been a big fan of this beer since we first tasted in April 2011, but we had yet to try a pairing until this year’s Brewer’s Festival.

We found the organic butter and heavy cream in our Organic Vanilla Truffle was the perfect complement this milk stout and the deep, roasty, chocolate flavors blended nicely with the Madagascar bourbon vanilla. 

A chocolate beer and a chocolate truffle: this pairing proves you can never have too much chocolate!


What a Pair: Sour Wheat & Salted Caramel!

Posted on July 25, 2012 4:22 PM by Meghan


The scene on Saturday at the Burlington Waterfront.

We take beer and chocolate pairings very seriously here at LCC.  Long nights of hard work, tasting, pouring, tasting, pouring some more, it can go on and on.  Someone has to put in the hours, right?

Well, we can finally share all that hard work with you!  This year’s pairings at the VT Brewer’s Festival did not disappoint.  In fact, it seems to get better and better every year.  And the rest of you must think so too since we had a standing room only for both sessions! 

Without further ado, here is the first pairing: 
Zero Gravity ,a local brewer located at American Flatbread, collaborated with Otter Creek to create the Berliner Weisse (3.0%ABV) paired with our Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Caramel.
This sour wheat beer, with traditional brew relevance to Northern Germany, is very light with a tartness resembling champagne. The sea salt caramel has complex cooked dairy and caramelized sugar flavors. A touch of sea salt highlights the dairy and lactic sour. When tasted together, the beer’s high sour lifts the cooked dairy flavors of the caramel.

Give it a try! 
Look for the rest of the pairings in the next few days.


BOOM! BAM! We did it!

Posted on July 16, 2012 3:28 PM by Meghan

While we are missing the sweet and soulful sounds of the Burlington Discover Jazz Festival, it is still a time to celebrate!  Our limited edition spicy chocolate bar, BOOM! BAM! Bourbon Pecan Chocolate Experience Bar, created to raise funds for the FlynnArts “LCC Youth in Jazz Scholarship,” was an incredible success!

Festival goers and chocolate fans helped sell 1,361 bars, which raised over $3000 towards the scholarship fund.  The funds will go towards creating more opportunities in performing arts education for young musicians in Vermont. 

We are so proud, not only to be a sponsor of the Jazz Festival for 15 years running, but for the opportunity to give back to the community in such a meaningful way.

We had so much fun creating the BOOM! BAM! bar and are already looking forward to next year.

Any ideas of a new and crazy flavor that reflects the Burlington Discover Jazz Festival?  Let us know!!

 


100% Vermont!

Posted on July 11, 2012 11:52 AM by Meghan

Our small batch premium ice cream just got better.

I know, we didn’t think it was possible either. 

We’re now using 100% Vermont dairy from our new friends at Kingdom Creamery, a third generation dairy farm in East Hardwick, VT.

It’s not summer without enjoying an ice cream cone, a milk shake, a sundae— or all three!

We have the perfect recipe for cooling off with flavors like Almond Butter Crunch, Chocolate Hazelnut and Mocha Chocolate Chip; chocolate-dipped waffle cones, malted milk shakes, sundaes with Tanzania dark chocolate sauce, sorbets…..should we go on?

Just stop by one of our three stores-
Church St and Pine St in Burlington and Route 100 in Waterbury Center.

We promise, you won’t be disappointed!



(Photos courtesy of the Church Street Marketplace)


One more day until the 29th Burlington Discover Jazz Festival descends on our home city of Burlington, VT—and we could not be more excited!  The energy and positive vibe that flows through the city for 10 days is unlike anything else that happens here. 

We like to think of the Jazz Fest as the official kick-off to summer.  And so you’ll start seeing our ice cream cart popping up all over town— City Hall Park, Waterfront Park, Church Street and who knows where else…. (There may be some surprise appearances- follow us on Facebook and Twitter to find out more).  

And we are also thrilled to present the BOOM BAM Bourbon Pecan Chocolate Experience Bar.  This limited-edition bar, whose flavor celebrates the heritage of jazz, is available during the festival to support a newly established Youth in Jazz Scholarship.  Everyone needs at least one BOOM! BAM!  And you only have until June 10 to get one.

Ice cream.  Chocolate. Live music. June in Vermont.  Life doesn’t get much better.

See you out there!


Chocolates for Mom!

Posted on April 26, 2012 2:59 PM by Meghan

Give your mom as gift as sweet as she is- luxurious, gourmet chocolates!  Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 13 so stop by one of our three retail stores and we’d be happy to help you select the perfect gift for Mom. We have clusters, caramels, truffles, chocolate flowers, gift baskets— everything to show mom how special she is.


LCC Retail Stores

750 Pine Street
Burlington, VT
Monday-Saturday 9-6pm
Sunday 12-5pm

802-864-1807
65 Church Street
Burlington, VT
Monday-Thursday 10-8pm
Friday-Saturday 10-9pm
Sunday 11-7pm
802-862-5185

Route 100 – Cabot Annex
Waterbury, VT
Monday-Sunday 9-6pm
802-241-4150


PS- Don’t forget to enter our Chocolates for Mom Contest!


Do you know the Easter Bunny?

Posted on April 6, 2012 9:23 AM by Jordan

Here at Lake Champlain Chocolates, we know the Easter Bunny has many personalities. Everyone recognizes that big, white bunny that sneaks around hiding eggs – but why? And how?

It all started way back in the 13th Century in Germany, when people celebrated the beginning of spring by honoring the goddess Eostra. Eostra symbolized fertility, and soon became associated with rabbits (who are known for being very fertile). The first Easter Bunny legend, though, wasn’t published until 1680.  The tale about a rabbit carrying around eggs and hiding them in gardens really took off when it was brought to the United States in the 1700s, and the tradition of making nests (or baskets) for the rabbit to hide the eggs in became very popular, leading to the Easter traditions that we’re familiar with today!

At LCC, we have lots of different chocolate bunnies to help you hide eggs in the garden (or around the house) – and each one has a different way of doing it. If you believe that bunnies can deliver eggs, why not on a motorcycle? Or in a hot rod? Or on a tractor?

The Gardening Bunny likes to take her time and find all of the best egg-hiding spots among the tulips and daffodils.



Mr. Goodtime Bunny spends his morning searching for the biggest hiding spot (for his really big egg!).


Tractor Bunny doesn’t mind put-put-putting along slowly through the fields – he’s just excited that it’s springtime.


Crusin’ and Cycle Bunny go as quickly as they can and race to hide the most eggs.

No matter which bunny fits your style (and your imagination), they’re all delicious and they’re all available at our retail stores! In fact, Gardening Bunny, Tractor Bunny, and Cycle Bunny are ONLY available in our retail stores. Stop by and pick out your perfect bunny, and let our staff give you their hints for the perfect egg-hiding spot!