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What to get your kids for Valentine's Day

Valentine’s Day is a time to show how much you care for those around you, and that includes all of the members of your family, even the little ones. Fortunately, we have the perfect gift for the children in your life. We have put together a fun little child-friendly box of chocolates. With six chocolate candies, all of which are milk chocolate, you can be sure the young ones will enjoy each piece.

Frog Coloring Page Image

But why stop at chocolate? We’ve created a coloring page based on the box top, which you can download here. Complete the set with a box of crayons, and you have a winning combination!

As an alternative to the box of frog-chocolates, or maybe in addition to it, you could also pick up one of our Chocolate Frogs. Kissing him might not turn him into a prince, but it will certainly taste good!

Whatever chocolate you chose, a little chocolate and a little coloring are sure to go hand in hand for your kids.

Download the Frog Coloring Page

Download the Chocolate Box Coloring Page


Top Ten Lake Champlain Products of 2012

Posted on September 10, 2012 9:17 AM by Caitlin

We have an amazing variety of products here at Lake Champlain Chocolates, from our truffles – the first product we ever created – to our bars, selection boxes, and Chocolates of Vermont, and a lot of it is popular. But we recently saw a listing of the Top Ten Chocolate Trends of 2012, and that made us think. What products do we have that have seen a lot of success in 2012? Here’s what we came up with:

Chocolate Frog

10.Novelties

One item that can always get a reaction from our customers is a novelty. Whether it’s a chocolate turkey, a spooky chocolate cat, or a more conventional chocolate Easter bunny or chocolate santa, the variety of novelty items we make and the specialized way in which we hand decorate every item shows in the oohs and aahs these get when customers pick them up in our stores.

9. Signature Bars

We sell our chocolate through three channels: in our retail stores, online, and by distributing to various stores around the country. Our most popular product for these stores to stock is our bar, and our natural ingredients and high-class Belgian chocolate leave little wonder as to why. With delicious flavors such as Raspberry and Hazelnut Praline, there is a lot to choose from, but our top sellers are our 54% dark chocolate and our milk caramel.

8. Caramel Nut Clusters

Using a variety of different nuts, from almonds to pecans to macadamia nuts, we have created the perfect combination of caramel, chocolate and nut. In fact, since nuts are healthy, and chocolate isn’t bad for you either, our retail staff have been known to eat these clusters for breakfast. They consistently draw the eye of our customers in our retail stores, and demand is strong online as well!

7. Truffles

We made our name with a truffle, and our truffles are still one of our hottest items. The ganache (the inside of our truffles), is handmade with – believe it or not – an egg beater, and there is literally one guy in our factory who makes all of our ganache, blending the Vermont butter and cream into our chocolate, and adding the appropriate flavorings. Our top selling flavors are Legendary Dark and Raspberry.

6. Five Star Bars

We may have started with truffles, but we broke new ground with our Five Star Bars. From mentions in books, to exclamations of pure joy when we give them out as samples on our factory tours, we know and love all five of our flavors. Our hazelnut and caramel bars, however, rule this category.

5. Hot Chocolate

Our hot chocolate goes beyond the “just add water” variety. We create a creamy, smooth and delicious blend that has earned us a place on the Wall Street Journal’s Serious Hot Chocolate article. With a number of varieties, from Spicy Aztec to Mountain Mint, we have more than just liquidized our chocolate – we have created a new genre. Top sellers here include our traditional and our organic blends.

4. Chocolates of Vermont

These were the second set of products we ever made, almost thirty years ago. There are four flavors, each representing a different Vermont season. With close ties to Vermont’s seasons and ingredients, these are big hits for gifts for out-of-state-ers or for anyone who just loves maple toffee, honey caramel, peppermint, and fruit and nuts in delicious chocolate. We sell them in a variety of forms, from gift bags to beautiful gift boxes.

3. Almond Butter Crunch

In our stores, we will frequently have people come in and purchase a whole pound of this, probably because it is very difficult to stop eating after just one piece. The buttery-ness of the toffee topped with almonds that we grind ourselves and a little bit of saltiness all combine to make this an irresistible treat. That’s why we offer it as one of our items in our chocolate of the month clubs and it is why it retains the Bronze position on our top-ten list.

2. Peanut Butter Cups

An all-American treat, it’s no wonder this has the Silver position on our list. We create the inside of our peanut butter cups by mixing peanuts with white chocolate into peanuty, sweet deliciousness, layered on the bottom and on top with our milk chocolate. Once you’ve have one of ours, you’ll never want to go back to any other kind!

1. Sea Salt Caramels

We make all of our caramel in house, and it is truly delicious, and deserving of the Gold spot on our list. The salt on top of these chocolate-coated caramels cuts through the sweetness of the candy, and also helps you to explore all of the flavors within the caramel (that’s why we use salt in baking – it opens up other flavors.) It’s a winning combination, and, as anybody in our retail store can tell you, it means that we constantly have to restock the shelves with more!

That’s what we see as our top-ten, but that’s not all we do. Did we miss something you love? If so, let us know in the comments!


Hello, Summer!

Posted on May 4, 2010 2:56 PM by Allison

It’s getting to be that time of year again, I’m afraid.

While we’re all overjoyed to be playing in the dirt, smelling spring’s blossoms and loving the bike rides to ice cream stands after dinner, warmer temperatures and singing robins mark the beginning of a summer shipping schedule at Lake Champlain Chocolates. (In other words: order your chocolates now!)

Here’s the skinny.  From May 10th until June 1st we require that all chocolate shipped outside of New England be shipped via 2-Day Air.  From June 1st until September 30th, we require all chocolate outside of New England to be sent overnight.

Why such strict regulations, you ask?  We would hate for you to pay for an adorable Chocolate Frog, gourmet chocolate truffles or some lovely Mother’s Day Chocolates just to have them melt in transit.  Shortening transit times allows your chocolate to arrive safe and sound (and solid) to be enjoyed in the same high quality condition it leaves our factory in.

So, in a manner of speaking, this is last call and my recommendation is to stock up now.  I’d hate for a Caramel Five Star Bar craving to go unchecked. 

If you do happen to order after May 10th and realize that shipping charges are a little pricier than you were expecting, remember that all of our chocolates are made by seasoned chocolatiers and are carefully packed with tissue paper, ice/gel packs and a personalized card.  We couldn’t bear to send you anything that’s less than perfect.


For anyone who’s ever kissed a frog, or for someone who’s already met their prince, consider sending Lake Champlain Chocolates famous Kiss Me Frog – the perfect Valentine chocolate to give to just about anyone.  Need ideas for Valentines gifts for the man in your life?  What about your sister?  Son?  Daughter? These little guys are cute yet sassy and will put a smile on your Valentine’s face no matter what.

Venturing into the factory for a peak of our Valentine chocolates being made, I realized that these gourmet little frogs might be the coolest – and most versatile - Valentine candy out there.  How can you go wrong with an adorable frog handmade of chocolate?

 

The mould for the frog’s body is hand-decorated with dark chocolate accents and then filled halfway full with milk chocolate.  A ride on the magnetic tumbler hardens the chocolate and brings it to the outside of the mould, leaving a hollow center. 

The frogs are lined up on a sheet tray while their feet are prepared.

 

A sturdy base of white chocolate and dark chocolate webbed feet will hold up each frog – held together by a generous dollop of white chocolate and proudly standing tall, awaiting a Valentines chocolate kiss.

 

Don’t forget you can include a personalized message.  Chocolate is much better than boys! for that friend who was dumped right before Valentines Day.  You are my Princess if you think you’ve been a little toad-like lately.  And a simple Kiss Me will never go out of style.

 


Happy Valentine's Day

Posted on February 13, 2009 4:17 PM by Jason

From All of us at Lake Champlain Chocolates,

Have A Happy Valentine's Day!

XOXOX