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Winter Chocolate Sale

Posted on January 23, 2014 4:53 PM by Amy Lipsitz

We’re having a winter sale January 19-27 featuring our gourmet hot chocolate, handmade truffles and more. It’s a great time to stock up on your favorites or buy some early Valentine’s Day chocolates! We’ll have lots of samples to try as well.

Second, we’re hosting FREE hot chocolate tastings January 22-26 at all three of our retail stores.

This super cold winter isn't looking so bad after all!

65 Church Street
Church Street Marketplace
Burlington, VT 
802-862-5185
Mon-Thu: 10:00am-7:00pm
Fri-Sat: 10:00am-9:00pm
Sun: 11:00am-6:00pm

750 Pine Street
Burlington, VT
802-864-1807
Mon-Sat:  9:00am-6:00pm
Sunday: 12:00-5:00pm

Route 100
Cabot Annex
Waterbury Center, VT
802-241-4150
9:00am-6:00pm daily


Blue Bandana wins Good Food Awards!

Posted on January 17, 2014 11:01 AM by Amy Lipsitz

Blue Bandana Chocolate Maker won two Good Food Awards for 70% Madagascar and 70% Madagascar Wild Pepper chocolate bars at last night's ceremony! The two bars were chosen by a panel of the country’s foremost chocolate experts for their exceptional taste and for supporting sustainable agriculture and social good.

The Good Food Awards recognize truly good food: tasty, authentic and responsibly produced. The seal assures consumers they have found something exceptionally delicious that also supports sustainability and social good. Selected by a panel of leading experts in the chocolate industry, award recipients are recognized for pushing their industries towards craftsmanship and sustainability while enhancing our agricultural landscape and building strong communities.

“Over the past four years, I have completely immersed myself in all things cocoa, from understanding origin, developing relationships with cocoa farmer, to producing the final product,” says Eric Lampman, chocolate maker.  “It is an honor to be recognized alongside some of the best chocolate makers in the country who are dedicated to making great chocolate and connecting with local producers.” 

Follow Eric's journey on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and visit the South End Kitchen for through-the window views of bean to bar production.


Gobble Up Delicious Deals!

Posted on November 14, 2013 10:51 AM by Amy Lipsitz

Our three retail stores are having sweet deals on all kinds of gourmet chocolate treats including chocolate turkeys, caramels and truffles. It’s the perfect time to stock up on holiday gifts, stocking stuffers and more!

LCC Retail Stores

750 Pine Street
Burlington, VT
Monday-Saturday 9-6pm
Sunday 11-5pm
802-864-1807

65 Church Street
Burlington, VT
Monday-Thursday 10-8pm
Friday-Saturday 10-9pm
Sunday 11-6pm
802-862-5185

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


Last year, craft cider was making a name for itself in Vermont. We picked up a bottle of Citizen Cider Unified Press and after a few sips found ourselves wondering how we could incorporate that delicious apple flavor into our caramels. The answer was to boil down apple pressings from Happy Valley Orchard, where Citizen Cider get their apples, and create our own apple syrup. We blended this delicious syrup with our slow-cooked caramel and added a splash of cider then coated it all in 34% milk chocolate. That is how this wonderful partnership began and these caramels came to life.

With one bite you'll be reminded of a chocoalte caramel covered apple, only better! These Apple Cider Caramels are available in our three retail stores and online now. 

Because our apple syrup is only produced two times a year these caramels are in limited supply and high demand. Don’t miss your chance to taste a unique Vermont chocolate!


Fair Trade First Hand

Posted on October 18, 2013 8:44 AM by Amy Lipsitz

Our Director of Sales, Allyson Myers, travelled to the Dominican Republic with Fair Trade USA this week for the World Cocoa Foundation meeting. On her trip she attended a Fair Trade Farm Tour and saw firsthand how fair trade dollars impact cocoa communities.  

Does Fair Trade really make an impact in the lives of farmers?

YES!  Before I saw the results of Fair Trade efforts firsthand in the Dominican Republic, I wasn’t sure how much (or little) impact fair trade really had. The Fair Trade price premiums are paid to the farmer cooperative, not to the individual farmers. Then the cooperative board solicits proposals from the coop farmers (10,000 of them in total!) and considers different ways to spend the fair trade premiums at year end.  The value of the fair trade premiums for a year is $1-2 million annually for the Conocado Coop, which has a huge impact on the community. 

I visited a school in near the Conocado Coop that previously didn’t have adequate space for 300 students and the roof leaked when it rained.  With Fair Trade premium dollars, the community was able to build additional classrooms and reinvest in their community by educating the youth.

I also visited a Mulit-Use Community Center and Computer Center that were built with Fair Trade premium dollars.  The computer center gives children a place to learn and use technology.  Classes are held in the mornings and afternoons, with different children attending each session. The building also included a central multi-purpose room where the coop and community members come together for meetings and functions.

Cocoa growing regions are far from Vermont. What do Vermont & the DR have in common?

Both VT and the DR have strong agriculture roots and communities.  Encouraging young people to stay in farming is a challenge; the pay is low and the work is hard.  The Agriculture Ministry of the DR is working hard to make cocoa farming an attractive livelihood and encourage youth to get into farming.  We seesimilar efforts here in our state, trying to retain young people after graduation. Both Vermont and the DR have strong dairy industries and just as many of

Vermont’s dairy farms are organized into coops so are many of the DR’s cocoa farms.

Does Fair Trade do enough to transform the challenges facing our industry?

No, while Fair Trade makes an impactful difference with price premiums and fair labor practices, there is still much more work to be done in order to alleviate poverty.   I visited with a farm family at their home and asked them, “How much more income would you need in order to make farming attractive to your children, rather than them choosing other occupations in the cities?”  They told me that they would need about double the current income they receive. Food insecurity, education, fair wages, and fair labor practices all must be addressed.   Erradicating poverty is a slow process and Fair Trade demonstrates that measurable results are possible.

Fair Trade dollars are making huge impacts in cocoa communities and beyond but there is still work to be done! Spread the word about fair trade via #befair and prove how fair you are here: http://befair.org/


Chocotoberfest

Posted on October 17, 2013 2:31 PM by Meghan

October is the time of year we come together to share the harvest, carve some pumpkins and celebrate CHOCOLATE

Join us for Chocotoberfest— four wonderful days of special chocolate events from October 24-27.  Enjoy sweet deals on chocolate caramels, truffles, and hot chocolate.

And there’s more….on Saturday, October 26 from 12-4pm at 750 Pine Street, join us for a free Fair Trade hot chocolate tasting to celebrate Fair Trade month.  We’ll have a flight of four hot chocolates- Organic, Mocha, Spicy Aztec and Chai- delicious hot chocolate you can feel good about drinking. 

LCC is proud to carry the Fair Trade Certified label on our full line of hot chocolates.  Stop by one of our three retail stores- Church St and Pine St in Burlington and Route 100 in Waterbury- to learn about our Fair Trade products and how they improve the lives of farming families in cocoa growing regions.

Don’t miss one of the sweetest events of the fall!


There’s a synergy between microbreweries and LCC: the attention to craft, the ingredients, the process. The opportunity to work with these amazing, local brewers is one we look forward to every year.  What chocolate to pair with what beer?  The combinations are endless and as we like to say, there are no rules! The exploration is a lot of fun and the discovery of a perfect pairing is memorable.                                                                                                                                                      

Due to overwhelming demand in past years, LCC hosted two chocolate and beer pairing sessions at this year's Brewer's Fest. While many of these beers are only available locally, you can probably find similar style beers in your area. 

 

 

Here are this year’s pairings:

Chocolate: Caramelized Hazelnuts

Whole Oregon Roasted Hazelnuts candied in copper kettles and tumbled coated in milk chocolate.

Beer: Zero Gravity – The Keeper (7.2%) Aged and blended Biere de Garde.

 

Chocolate: Organic Spicy Aztec

Dark chocolate with a blend of spicy cayenne pepper, pumpkin seeds, and cinnamon delivers big flavors.

Beer: Trapp Lager Brewery – Star Trapp: The Next Collaboration Lager (6.5%)

 

Chocolate: Organic Creamy Coconut Bar

Classic combo of rich dark chocolate filled with a creamy coconut center made with Kimball Brook Farms heavy cream and creamed coconut.

Beer: Fiddlehead Brewing Co. - Hodad Vanilla, Chocolate, Coconut Porter (5.5%)

Paradise in a glass. This beer is brewed using real vanilla beans, cacao nibs, and plenty of coconut which was toasted in a wood fired oven.

 

Chocolate: BeBop Hop Bar

Collaboration brew-bar; a malty caramel sweetened with Long Trail wort and infused with hop oil creates a one-of-a-kind beer and chocolate experience!

Beer: Long Trail Brewing Co. – Cacao Porter, brewed with Belize cacao nibs and a good malty base


Be sure to check out the video above and some photos from the event that really capture the energy and excitement of the brewers, chocolate makers, and fans! We really shouldn’t wait a whole year to do this again!


 

Although the Burlington Discover Jazz Festival ended a few weeks ago, we are still reminiscing on all the fun times we had with our partners at Long Trail! Our limited edition BeBop Hop Bar, created to raise funds for the FlynnArts “LCC Youth in Jazz Scholarship,” was an incredible success!

Festival goers, hop fanatics, and chocolate lovers purchased 1,695 bars, which raised over $4,300 towards the scholarship fund. Our goal was to beat our record from last year’s Boom Bam Bourbon Pecan Bar sales and…we did!  We raised last year’s number by 349 bars, which will help create even more opportunities in performing arts education for young musicians in Vermont. 

We had so much fun creating the BeBop Hop Bar and are already looking forward to next year. Any ideas for an encore chocolate bar that reflects the Burlington Discover Jazz Festival?  Send them our way!


Father’s Day is right around the corner and whether dad prefers to cast a few lines on the lake or brew his own beer, we have the perfect gift. Trust us, he doesn’t want another tie or case of golf balls…he wants gourmet chocolate!

For the Outdoorsman:  Does dad like to fish and enjoy the beautiful outdoors? Our Chocolate Fish are the perfect gift for him. Hand-made with rich, creamy milk chocolate and decorated with decadent white and dark chocolates, dad will love them!

For the Life of the Party:  Is your dad the entertainer? If he loves a great party he'll love our Revel Chocolates. Each hand-made piece reveals a dreamy-smooth ganache paired with inspired ingredients like WhistlePig Whiskey, Vermont creme fraiche, and George Howell Espresso; there's a party in every bite!

For the Five-Star Dad: Does your dad go above and beyond? Has he earned the title of five-star dad? We got the perfect gift for him! Our Five Star Bars are downright decadent; they come in five delicious flavors, hazelnut, fruit and nut, peanut, caramel, and granola, and are the ultimate way to show dad how special he is!

For the Beer Fanatic: Does your dad love a delicious, hoppy beer? Well do we have the chocolate bar for him! Our Be Bop Hop Bar is made of rich milk chocolate filled with hop-infused caramel…that’s right, beer and chocolate!   Act quick, this limited-edition bar is only available until June 9th!


Do you want some more?

Posted on August 17, 2011 10:47 AM by Lauren



Do you want some more? Apparently the answer is always a resounding yes when it comes to graham crackers, marshmallows, and all sorts of chocolates, especially during summertime. Originally, s'mores were invented as a "gather 'round the campfire" sort of snack, and the very first s'mores recipe was published in the 1927 Girl Scouts manual "Tramping and Trailing with the Girl Scouts."

Flash forward to today in Burlington, VT at Lake Champlain Chocolates. We've got handmade s'mores just in time to savor what's left of the glorious summertime! Come down to any of our locations at Pine St., Church St, or Waterbury and pick up some house made graham crackers and marshmallows for your next shindig! Plus, the best part is that you get to select from any of our chocolates. If you are a milk chocolate person, we’ve got it! If you're into the new Grace Potter bar with tons of heat and spice, we've got it! I've also found the hazelnut praline bar tastes particularly good on a s'more. Just sayin'. Either way, create a s'more your way, and enjoy the warmth of friends and summer.



Last Friday we decided in honor of the launch and National S'Mores Day we couldn't resist testing them out. We hauled in the firepit, invited our friends here, and went s'more crazy. With marshmallows caramelizing, chocolate melting, and conversation going, it was simply sublime. I hope these photos inspire you to gather 'round the fire, create your own perfect s'more, and keep eating until you want n'more.