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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!

Chocolate Ties for Father's Day

Posted on June 11, 2009 3:18 PM by Jason

Don’t buy Dad another tie this year. Buy him a chocolate tie instead!

This year Emily Walton, Lake Champlain Chocolates’ famed chocolate sculptor, is again whipping up our chocolate take on this traditional Father’s Day gift. I spoke with Emily to find out some of her sculpting secrets and to learn about the process.

“The process starts with our tie molds which come out but once a year. The molds are filled by our chocolatiers with either dark or milk chocolate, and then moved into the cold room held at a constant 50 degrees. What’s the difference between a cold room and refrigerator? Unlike a refrigerator, a cold room has zero humidity. Humidity is a natural enemy to chocolate storage and can easily affect the stability of the chocolate often times leading to bloom (the term for the white crystals that can form on the surface of chocolate). It takes about 30 minutes for the chocolate to set.  Once this is complete, the chocolates are removed from the mold and are ready for the last step, designing the pattern.  This is the hardest step of all! Coming up with new designs each year for tie patterns can be a struggle”.   Each tie is personally handcrafted by Emily using Milk, Dark and White chocolate highlights. A pastry bag filled with 90 degree chocolate is her paintbrush. I asked Emily if she needed to draw out the designs before she attempts to paint them. Impressively Emily responded “I just do it by eye”.

Emily’s one piece of advice “you need a steady hand.” 

Emily really nailed it this year!  There are many different ties to choose from, including sail boat ties, golf ties, fishing ties, tool ties, money ties, paw print ties, traditional #1 Dad ties, and numerous graphic patterns. Also, new for this year and Emily’s favorite is the grilling tie, featuring a couple of burgers on the grill with white chocolate smoke rising above.

Still don’t see one your Dad will like?  Post a comment here, and I’ll pass it along to Emily…who knows, maybe yours will be her new favorite!

Right now, Emily is showcasing/selling her creations at our Pine St, Church St and Waterbury locations.  Each tie is about 8 oz of chocolate and can be bought for $18.  And best of all, these ties won’t end up in the back of Dad’s closet!

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Last month, I was stuck with the question of what to get my Mother for Mother’s Day. Oddly, I have no concerns over what to get my Stepdad for Father’s Day. Chocolate. No question. The funny thing is, even if I didn’t work at a chocolate factory, I’d still be getting him chocolate. And there’s no question about what kind of chocolate. It’s the dark-chocolate covered apricots. They’re delicious, he loves them and we’re done.

But the ease of this selection made me wonder why it was so much easier to pick a gift for Dad than it was for Mom. Is he less important? Is she fussier? Do I bring him less chocolate during the year in general so it seems like more of a treat? Well, quite honestly, no to all. I think it’s just that he really really likes chocolate. Sure you can say no matter what a child gives their parent, the parent will love it because that’s the way the dynamic works between parents and children but not here. My Stepdad loves chocolate. And he especially loves really good chocolate. So, chocolate it is. No dilemma. No frustration.

So if you’re stuck wondering what the ideal gift is for your Dad, surely he must have some decadent treat he indulges in once in a while. Just give it a few moments thought and I’m sure it’ll come to you. It might even be chocolate! Almond Butter Crunch. Peanut Butter Cups. Mmmmm!

Happy Father’s Day to all the Dads out there. I hope you get that little bit of decadence we all need to feed our souls.