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Giving Thanks.

Posted on November 21, 2012 9:36 AM by Meghan

Ten reasons we are thankful at LCC.

Lake Champlain Chocolates Company

  1. We make delicious chocolate in Vermont- a beautiful place to live, work and play.
  2. We are a family-owned company.
  3. We work with an amazingly talented group of people.
  4. We love making and selling something that brings such joy and delight to people every day.
  5. Working with local producers here in VT who provide us with exceptional ingredients such as heavy cream, honey, maple syrup and fresh cultured butter.  YUM.
  6. Life-altering lattes and mouthwatering milkshakes from our cafes.
  7. “LCC Day.” A special day off on a Friday in June. How many companies have their own holiday?
  8. When fresh chocolate from the factory randomly shows up in the kitchen for the taking.
  9. Hot chocolate Fridays during the month of December. It gets us through the holiday craziness!
  10. Our loyal customers! Where would we be without you?

What are you thankful for this Thanksgiving?

A turkey at Thanksgiving is more than just a tradition, it’s almost mandatory. Fortunately, we’ve expanded your scope of turkeys and their uses by adding our chocolate versions to the mix. We have milk and dark placesetting turkeys as well as a centerpiece turkey, and they all look lovely on a table setting at Thanksgiving, but we’ve also been able to find a few other ways in which you might also try using our chocolate turkeys this Thanksgiving:

Chocolate Turkeys on a Plate

1. Start the meal off with a chocolate turkey: Instead of getting angry at grandpa for “tasting” the mashed potatoes one too many times, give him a chocolate turkey to tie him over. A little chocolate can go a long way to help to warm your palate before the feast!

2. When you bring out the real turkey, give a chocolate turkey to your vegetarian guests. Nobody should be without turkey on Thanksgiving!

Turkey Dessert Topper

3. Make our turkeys your dessert-toppers! What happier place could there be for a few turkeys than on top of a Pumpkin Pie or in the midst of scaling an ice cream mountain?

4. Can’t be with all of your loved ones on Thanksgiving? Let them know you’re thinking of them: send them a turkey in the mail.

5. Hold a Thanksgiving Turkey Coloring Party (with or without children) with Edible Food Coloring Markers.

Snowman vs Turkeys

6. Stage an Epic Battle Between our Centerpiece Turkey and our 2.5 Pound Santa. Get creative. Make a backdrop and film it. Let us know who wins!

7. Have you been invited to a friend's place for your Thanksgiving feast? Don't bring a bottle of wine or a pumpkin pie! Bring a set of chocolate turkeys to your gathering! It's original and you can be sure it will be a crowd pleaser.

8. Hide a few away for stocking stuffers. Yes, our chocolate snowmen are awfully cute, but I’m sure there are a few animal lovers out there who would rather get a turkey! And pure milk chocolate keeps for 16 months (dark chocolate lasts for 20), so no worries on that front!

Chocolate Turkeys and Chocolate Snowmen

Whatever you do with our turkeys this Thanksgiving, they are a great tradition to have, and infusing a little Vermont (and Turkey, and Chocolate) charm into your Thanksgiving festivities is sure to be a success!

Exhausted from Black Friday shopping? Need a special treat? Come to Lake Champlain Chocolates for a free hot chocolate tasting on Saturday from 12pm until 4pm at our Factory Store & Cafe to sooth yourself back to recovery!

Unwind with a flight of four all-natural drinking chocolate samples from around the world:

Traditional - just like the classic cocoa you were raised on, brought to the gourmet level
Mocha- a delightful coffee flavor with a hint of cinnamon
Aztec - spicy with cayenne, cinnamon, and vanilla
Old World - made with pure dark chocolate shavings (54% cocoa)

Just to recap-

When: Saturday,November 28th 12pm-4pm
Where: 750 Pine St LCC Factory Store & Cafe, Burlington, VT
Why? Because you deserve it! 

So come to our factory and take a break from that holiday shopping. Hope to see you there!

Well, it’s that time again. Halloween has officially ended and it’s time to move on to the next holiday.…Thanksgiving! More so every year, I feel this holiday gets skipped over. I swear Christmas items are placed on store’s shelves leaving Thanksgiving with no fighting chance.

With all that in mind, I decided to take a walk back in the factory to check out our renowned Chocolate TurkeysFor those of you who have not taken our factory tour, I will do my very best to describe the process of making chocolate turkeys which is similar to many of our signature seasonal figures.

First, we hand fill the turkey moulds with our delicious chocolate.

Next, we assemble them on our Magnetic Tumbler (this is what makes them hollow on the inside!)

Once they are dry, we have someone “pop” each chocolate turkey out of their mould (no machine necessary here!)


Then we line them up like turkey soldiers so they can be transferred to packaging


Lastly, they are wrapped up with a festive bow and are ready to eat!

Luckily, we make these cute little birds in milk and dark chocolate so take your pick. They are great for place settings or if you really want to get creative you can turn them into an entire thanksgiving centerpiece scene! There goes my imagination, but seriously the possibilities are endless!

So please, I beg you, don’t forget about Thanksgiving!! It is an extremely important holiday of friends, family, food and giving thanks. Gobbling up our chocolate turkeys is just an added bonus!