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How Big, Really, is Our Giant Easter Bunny?

Posted on February 26, 2013 10:00 AM by Caitlin

Lake Champlain Chocolates Giant Chocolate Easter BunnyEaster is coming up quickly, and nothing celebrates Easter better than our giant Easter Bunny, affectionately called Mr. Goodtime Bunny, who is made with over three pounds of chocolate. In fact, when the chocolate is poured into the molds to make him, the molds have to be left for several hours before he dries. But, without seeing one in person and picking one up, it’s hard to conceptualize exactly how much he weighs or just how big he is. To give you a better idea, we've come up with a list of things that weigh the same as our Mr. Goodtime Bunny:

  1. An average broiler chicken – think of all the leftovers you have when you roast a chicken for your family, and convert that in your mind to chocolate.
  2. 590 pennies – If you have 590 pennies in a jar somewhere, you’ll know that it is not an insignificant weight!
  3. A human brain – yes, Mr. Goodtime Bunny weighs the same as an average human brain, but unless you have the taste preferences of a zombie, he is much more delicious!
  4. Half a gallon of milk – our giant Easter bunny is made with milk chocolate, so if you remove the chocolate and sugar, and keep the weight the same, you would end up with half a gallon of milk.
  5. An Ostrich Egg – just like the one our Easter Bunny is holding, except from an Ostrich.
  6. Three Guinea Pigs – Not one, not two, but three guinea pigs weigh the same as our bunny (who probably causes less damage, although he may not be quite as soft to pet.)
  7. A dozen filled donuts – as delicious as filled donuts are, they cannot compare to joy of making your way through over three pounds of Belgian chocolate.
  8. And here’s a bonus: Our huge Easter Bunny is 16 ¼ inches tall, which is approximately the same length as an average newborn baby.

So get one while it lasts, and when you pick it up, remember to bend with your knees, not with your back!


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!

 

 

 


The Hunt is On.

Posted on March 29, 2012 4:42 PM by Meghan


Cars are honking.  No, not in a bad, “I’m so annoyed” kind of way (this is Vermont after all). These honks sound happy.   Yes, even honks can have personality.  Ok, so why are all these cars honking so much?  I’ll give you one guess.  The Easter Bunny!

Everyone loves the Easter Bunny.  He dances. He waves.  He wears a bowtie.  Ok, sometimes kids may want to keep their distance, but absolutely everyone loves what the Easter Bunny brings in his basket each year.  A chocolate bunny, some chocolate Easter eggs, jelly beans, and some green grass and you’ve got yourself a perfectly filled Easter basket.

And then there’s the Easter egg hunt.  Even though it can be cold, and even snowing some years, there are some great easter egg hunts to choose from in Vermont.  One of our favorites is down the street from us at Oakledge Park, on the shores of Lake Champlain.  It’s the Eggstravaganza!    The LCC Bunny is there along with 10,000 eggs, food, activities, music— you name it, this Easter egg hunt has got it.


What sort of Easter egg hunts happen in your neck of the woods?


Be quick as a bunny!

Posted on March 26, 2012 10:15 AM by Meghan

Our stores have everything you need to fill your Easter basketchocolate bunnies, cream-filled eggs, all-natural jelly beans and even chocolate carrots!

Stop by one of our three retail stores and be sure to say hello to the LCC Bunny!

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 10-7pm
Friday-Saturday 10-9pm
Sunday 11-6pm
802-862-5185

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


What Bunny Personality are you?

Posted on April 15, 2011 1:53 PM by Meghan

At Lake Champlain Chocolates we have lots of different chocolate bunnies to choose from so sometimes it can be hard to decide which one is right for you.  Here is quick personality guide to help make your decision easier. 

Only the Best

The Cruisin’ Easter Bunny:  This bunny is driving a race car.  Do we need to say more?  Fast and furious, when it comes to Easter, this bunny means business.  Ahead of the pack with his cool car and decorative egg, this bunny has a competitive edge, is goal oriented and enjoys being in control.  The Cruisin’ Bunny loves a challenge but can be intense and is very persuasive about getting his own way. Watch out!

Center of Attention

Mr. Goodtime Bunny- Another aptly named chocolate bunny, this guy loves to be the life of the party.  A true extrovert, Mr. Goodtime lives in the moment but is also always in search for new and exciting experiences.   Bring him home to your house and he won’t disappoint with his hand-painted dapper jacket, egg and flowers.  Full of energy, he loves meeting different people and starting conversations.   Mr. Goodtime will get your Easter party started!

Altruistic & Agreeable

Organic Hopp’n Bunny- The organic bunny is new to the LCC Easter bunny family this year.  A compassionate little guy, this bunny enjoys helping others and highly values the quality of his relationships.  Considerate, friendly, helpful and generous, the Hopp’n bunny has a soft heart that makes people feel at ease.  Somewhat of an idealist, this bunny is created from certified organic chocolate making him right at home in a child’s Easter basket.

The Traditionalist

Classic Easter Bunny-  Old school to the core, this bunny has been around the block more than a few times, yet still holds strong year after year.  Every Easter he is prepared, organized and ready to act when needed. Not one to like surprises, he wants to know the details and specifics and is exacting in his work.  This must be why he continues to be our best selling bunny.  Looking proud and handsome in an Easter basket, the Classic is the gold standard to which all bunnies strive to achieve.

So tell us, which bunny personality are you?


Bunnies and Eggs and Carrots, Oh My!

Posted on March 23, 2011 11:43 AM by Lauren

Bunnies, bunnies, and more bunnies! Now that spring is upon us, the production of our chocolatey friends is in full swing. The more I walk by our fancy chocolate bunnies, from Mr. Goodtime all the way down to the little placesetting guys and gals, the more I realize I know almost nothing of their origin. Why do we make gourmet chocolate bunnies and eggs to fill baskets? How did that ever become such a widespread tradition? As a kid, I took it for granted that a bunny was just what you received at Easter. I knew on Easter morning I would wake up to a colorfully boxed milk chocolate bunny, an array of gold foil-wrapped chocolate Easter eggs nestled with a few packs of new baseball cards in a pretty chocolate Easter basket. I carefully unwrapped the chocolates, savored every morsel (well, not the baseball cards), and moved on with the year.   Maybe I was so preoccupied with the chocolate that I didn’t care about the bunny. Quite honestly, it could’ve been a cat, fish, or kangaroo, and I wouldn’t have cared in the very least! It was chocolate – a rare treat in my family.

So really then, what is the story behind the chocolate bunny and what does it have to do with the Easter holiday? Since ancient times the rabbit has been known as a symbol of fertility and growth. Ever heard of things “spreading like rabbits”? Over time this became associated with spring and the growth of a new season. As Christianity spread, Easter started to become more of a widespread holiday. Soon, the springtime symbols and the holiday itself became synonymous with one another. The first written record of a bunny associated with Easter was in 1500’s Germany, and the first chocolate bunny was made in the 1800’s. German settlers have since brought the tradition to America where we still practice it today.

 

Eggs became associated with Easter for a similar reason since they have always indicated an abundance of life and rebirth. Since Easter is celebrating Christ’s resurrection, the life in eggs makes a lot of sense. Plus, during the Catholic season of Lent, eggs are not to be consumed, therefore leaving tons of eggs for use other than eating. Traditionally, they were colored and decorated in creative ways and placed in a nest handmade by children. Today, the chocolate or flavored eggs are a loose take on those hand-decorated eggs.

 

So, as we delve head-first into Easter and you’re choosing from Lake Champlain Chocolates wide array of bunnies and eggs and chocolate carrots (oh my), think about how far the tradition has come. Since it’s my first spring at Lake Champlain Chocolates, it has been an absolute joy to watch our tempered chocolate transform into Easter’s famous symbols. Each of our bunnies authentically honors the Easter tradition. Every single one is handmade the old-fashioned way with dark, milk, or white chocolate by the love and care of our chocolatiers’ hands. After learning the story behind them and witnessing firsthand the time and effort put into all of our Easter chocolates, I certainly have a deeper appreciation for that little guy I used to bite into every Easter morning.

 


Easter Bunny Update!

Posted on March 30, 2010 1:36 PM by Peter Cottontail

Hey everyone- I’m back for another entry!   Phew, it was a busy weekend but the Egg-Stravaganza chocolate Easter egg hunt went off without a hitch and the Lake Champlain Chocolates Factory store was hopping (sorry, I can’t resist) with people buying chocolate bunny rabbits, frogscarrots and all sorts of delicious treats to fill their gourmet chocolate Easter baskets. So now we’re into the home stretch. Yes, Easter is THIS Sunday.  Don’t be caught at the drugstore buying up the last lonely piece of Easter candy on the shelf Saturday night.  You can still order Easter chocolates by this Thursday, April 1st (no joking!) and have it arrive on Friday, April 2nd.

Oh, before I forget I want to mention- if you’re in Vermont and near one of Lake Champlain Chocolates’ stores (Pine St or Church St in Burlington or Rte 100 in Waterbury), be sure to buy a raffle ticket to win the Ha ha Bunny.  This is no ordinary bunny and being a bunny myself, I know.  With 23 pounds of semi-sold milk chocolate and 2 feet tall, this bunny is impressive!  And how about those teeth?!  I’m a little jealous of the teeth. The best part is that all the proceeds go to the Burlington, VT Ronald McDonald House.

I think that’s all from this busy bunny for now.  I’ve got lots of Easter baskets to fill between now and Sunday!  I've been eating those Granola Breakfast Eggs like crazy to keep my energy up! And after that, you’ll find me relaxing on a beach somewhere enjoying something perhaps a bit stronger than chocolate.....


Hop on by for Easter!

Posted on April 6, 2009 1:58 PM by Meghan

 

He's here! The Lake Champlain Chocolates Easter Bunny is making his rounds outside our Pine Street retail location. In sunshine, rain or snow (because in April in Vermont, all three can happen in one afternoon), the Easter Bunny tirelessly waves at passers-by and offers high fives to anyone who is willing.  We all look forward to the day when he finally makes his grand appearance.  

Easter is a really fun time at Lake Champlain Chocolates. We have tons of cute and delicious chocolate bunnies turning up all over the place, our spring chocolate flowers are starting to sprout up along side our chocolate carrots and Easter eggs, creating an irresistible garden of all-natural chocolate confections. To celebrate the holiday, Emily Watson and Kirk Weed, Lake Champlain Chocolates’ resident chocolate sculptors, have also handcrafted some beautiful Easter themed pieces, featuring exquisitely painted chocolate eggs.

 

Emily created this wonderful Chocolates of Vermont sculpture as well. Each of the four flavors celebrate a different season in Vermont chocolate, with Easter marking the beginning of Honey Caramel season!  Locally harvested honey paired with creamy caramel and dark chocolate- can you think of a better way to start Spring?

 

So if you’re in the neighborhood, why not hop on in and check out all the wonderful Easter Chocolates on display.

   


Less than three weeks until Easter and then I’m back on vacation - skiing, snowboarding and living it up. It sneaks right up on me some years. And this year, since Easter is March 23, it really surprised me. It looks like I’ll be delivering even more chocolate bunnies this year than last year and the Easter baskets are piling up. If I had to pick one item that’s becoming my favorite, I’d have to go with the milk chocolate carrot. Check it out, it's wicked cute. Hey, I’m a rabbit. I like carrots.

It always gets so busy for me this time of year but I'm not complaining. Besides delivering easter baskets and hiding colored eggs for the easter egg hunts, I also have a lot of appearances to make. In fact, I’ll be in the Lake Champlain Chocolates Factory Store Saturdays in March. I love that part because I get to be the star and all the kids love me. Hey, if you’re around, stop in and say hello to an old rabbit.


Hearts begone! Bunnies beware!

Posted on February 15, 2008 10:57 AM by Leann

It’s done. Valentines Day has made its swift appearance and even swifter departure and all that’s left is the chocolate wrapper carnage. But no time for tears. It’s on to that delicious chocolate easter bunny. Those sweet little hoppy things with the oh-so-tempting ears just waiting for a nibble. I can’t wait to get my hands on one. As soon as they have swept the factory store of the pink and red ribbons and bows, I’m certain they’ll make their appearance.

Along with their arrival will be the far-too-delicious filled chocolate easter eggs. Yes, another weakness I’m willing to admit. Come by my office during spring and you’re sure to find a few wadded up colored foil wrappers here and there. Sure, Easter isn’t just about chocolate easter bunnies, chocolate easter baskets and easter eggs but it’s part of what makes up my childhood memories and I can always rely on them to transport me back to those days. And it also means we’re just that much closer to Spring and all it’s joys!