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Chocolates of Vermont: A Facelift

Posted on October 12, 2009 11:46 AM by Allison

Our legendary Chocolates of Vermont are perhaps our most signature line, created early on in Lake Champlain Chocolates’ history.  The moulds were designed especially for us, each of the four pieces depicting a Vermont landscape – to represent the four seasons.  With extraordinary Vermont ingredients laced into these fine creations, they’ve become a top-seller over the past two decades.

You’ll notice something a little different about them these days though.  Sure, our packaging changes from time to time, but this year the whole line got a facelift. 

Wrappers that used to be gold now vary, offering an assortment of rich earthy hues that look lovely in the new clear bags of Chocolates of Vermont.  We now have an Assorted Twelve-piece Bag, an eight-piece Honey Caramel Bag and an eight-piece Maple Crunch Bag

Our year-round box of Chocolates of Vermont now depicts an artistically rendered black dog in a red truck.  The box is smaller and uses less packaging than our previous boxes, in an effort to continue our commitment to eco-friendly business practices. 

Not only packaging, but the chocolate is improved as well.  We’ve upgraded the Green Mountain, adding more delicious roasted almonds and dried currants to the sweet milk chocolate.

In case you’re not too familiar with this exceptional line, I’ve borrowed text from our new eight-piece assorted box

Honey Caramel After shedding their snowy winter coat, Vermont’s hillsides and meadows celebrate the coming of spring with an outburst of wildflowers.  Bees are drawn to the banquet, and we pair the harvested honey with creamy caramel and dark chocolate.

Evergreen Mint On crisp winter mornings you can feel the air crackle around you, heightening each sensation.  We captured that feeling in a sweet peppermint crunch wrapped in dark chocolate, and imprinted with the beauty of the moon rising serenely over the Green Mountains.

Green Mountain When you look out on some of the world’s most picturesque mountains every day, you can’t help but be inspired.  Some artists express themselves on a canvas; we use rich milk chocolate, roasted almonds, and dried fruit.  Creativity never tasted quite this good.

Maple Crunch In March, when the Vermont nights are cold and the days are warm, maple trees yield thousands of gallons of sweet sap, which is patiently distilled into the world’s finest maple syrup.  We flavor buttercrunch with this liquid gold, and contrast its sweetness with dark chocolate.

Let us know what you think of the new design!


My Love Affair with Chocolate & Mint

Posted on February 19, 2009 10:50 AM by Allyson

For those who don’t know, today is National Chocolate Mint Day. To me, chocolate and mint is a natural pairing – as classic as chocolate and peanut butter!  My love affair with chocolate and mint began at an early age when I got my start selling Thin Mint cookies as a Girl Scout in the 1970s. We’d buy extra boxes, put them in the freezer and enjoy the coolness of chocolate and mint in the summer long after everyone else’s cookies were gone.

Junior Mints were my coveted Halloween treat – I’d try to trade with my younger brother to get as many as possible.  When it came to choosing ice cream from Howard Johnson’s 28 flavors, Peppermint Stick always was my top pick. And, when Ben & Jerry developed Mint Chocolate Cookie ice cream, I became a regular at the Montpelier scoop shop after school (which sold factory seconds – loaded with either too many cookies or none at all).

I discovered Lake Champlain Chocolates and the Evergreen Mint in the mid 1980s at a small specialty food store in Montpelier, called The Country Store. I would save up my money (I was a high school student) and purchase one single piece out of the Countertop dispenser, savoring as long as I could.

As you can imagine, it was a dream come true when I joined LCC in 1993. Endless supply of the Evergreen Mint, which remains one of my all time favorites! I’ve been a champion over the years, as we’ve added more items like the Mint Crunch Coin, Square, Heart, and Peppermint Crunch Signature Bar.   

Today, I love to bake and find King Arthur Flour’s recipes phenomenal, especially when paired with LCC’s baking chocolates.  Here is a link to their Thick Mint Brownie recipe:

http://www.kingarthurflour.com/shop/RecipeDisplay?RID=1146493248892

So, go ahead, indulge in all things mint and chocolate as you celebrate Chocolate Mint Day!