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Celebrating 20 years in the South End

Posted on September 6, 2012 9:58 AM by Meghan

One of our favorite events of the year is this weekend- The South End Art Hop!  It’s hard to believe they are celebrating their 20th year!   The south end of Burlington is a special place for LCC—it’s where Jim Lampman started the company and where we still are today (just in a slightly bigger building).

lake champlain chocolates building

art hop posterLikewise the art hop has grown from a grassroots movement to show some experimental art to a full-blown, amazing celebration of over 400+ artists at nearly 100 locations.   And like every year, we will be displaying some chocolate masterpieces created by resident sculptress Emily McCracken.  She usually likes to keep her creations under wraps until the big reveal tomorrow night, but the poster below should give you a hint

blue bandanaWe are also highlighting another type of craft for this year’s art hop—the art of making chocolate from bean to bar.  It is a sub-brand evolving at Lake Champlain Chocolates that sources, roast, winnow (separates shell from nib), grind, conche, and refine cacao beans into chocolate from scratch.
Blue Bandana Chocolate Maker will be making its debut with three amazing new chocolates:  70% Madagascar, 70% Guatemala and Madagascar Wild Pepper.  Get in here and be one of the first to taste this first batch of exceptional chocolates.

And last but not least, if you’re doing the kids art hop, don’t forget to hop into LCC, complete your passport and collect your prize!

We have a feeling this is going to be a hop you don’t want to miss!

I promised video of the Lake Champlain Chocolates’ chocolate fashions and here you are. While it doesn’t show the behind the scenes making of these fashions (that video will need a little extra work I’m sorry to say) it does give a more comprehensive picture of just what chocolate fashion can look like.

These pieces, created by our chocolate sculptor Emily Walton Jones, are made entirely of 100% edible chocolate – the exact same chocolate you find in our chocolate bars and confections. In fact, the milk chocolate is the same as our 34% cocoa content Signature Milk Chocolate Bar and the dark is our 54% cocoa content Signature Dark Chocolate Bar. There is no molding chocolate and there are no inedible pieces holding them together. Amazing, no?

While no one has actually attempted to don one these outfits, I can’t help but think how fun it’d be to try. Come on. Admit it. You were thinking the same thing!

Chocolate Fashion Show

Posted on September 8, 2008 11:07 AM by Leann
Last year, I told you about the Art Hop which is a neighborhood art celebration where folks can tour local galleries, meet artists, enjoy a variety of art-related events and gain a better appreciation for this wonderful artistic community we live in.

This year, Lake Champlain Chocolates added a new layer - a fashion-themed chocolate exhibit and demo at our factory location. It tied in nicely to the Art Hop fashion show held just across our parking lot. Our own in-house chocolate sculptor Emily Jones and chocolatier Kirk Weed created some incredibly beautiful fashion pieces that are currently on display. The image above is just one piece of the amazing work they did. To see more, visit our photostream on Flickr.

Hopefully, in the coming weeks, I will have a short video of a little behind-the-scenes making of the fashions as well as the finished products. And as always, if you’re in our neck of the woods, stop in to see what great sculptures are currently on display.

Hey, we're 25 this year! But guess what?! So is the Burlington Discover Jazz Festival so we're teaming up with them as a Marquee sponsor and taking part in the 10 days of live jazz in the Queen City! So cool!

Now, if you're not from the area or you don't like Jazz, perhaps this post is lost on you but we're pretty darn excited. Jim, LCC's Founder, has always been into supporting music and the arts in the community but it just seemed this year there was such a natural marriage that we're even more involved and what an awesome year to do it. We've got Joshua Redman Trio, Dave Brubeck, Paquito D'Rivera, and so many more artists performing in our little ol' city for the next ten days. Each year the festival grows so if you can't make it in '08, check it out in '09. But if you happen to have some free time, hop in the car (gas prices be darned) and head on up. We'll be at a number of events scooping ice cream and handing out chocolates so not only do you get great music but a sweet treat too!

The sculpture above is from one of our chocolate sculptors, Emily Jones, made especially for the event. And it's 100% solid chocolate, edible from top to bottom. Why not come see us?! It's a great time to be in Burlington. For more info on the schedule of event (ticketed and free alike) check out the festival online at