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Gobble Up Delicious Deals!

Posted on November 14, 2013 10:51 AM by Amy Lipsitz

Our three retail stores are having sweet deals on all kinds of gourmet chocolate treats including chocolate turkeys, caramels and truffles. It’s the perfect time to stock up on holiday gifts, stocking stuffers and more!

LCC Retail Stores

750 Pine Street
Burlington, VT
Monday-Saturday 9-6pm
Sunday 11-5pm
802-864-1807

65 Church Street
Burlington, VT
Monday-Thursday 10-8pm
Friday-Saturday 10-9pm
Sunday 11-6pm
802-862-5185

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


What is a Truffle?

Posted on October 2, 2012 1:09 PM by Caitlin
Chocolate Truffles

There are many different things that we can do with chocolate to create different chocolate candies. Sometimes, we add homemade caramel to the middle, as in our honey caramels, our caramel five star bar, and of course, in the ever popular sea salt caramels. Sometimes, we cover nuts with chocolate. Other times it’s orange peels. But what our company started with thirty years ago, and what we built our name on is a chocolate confectioner’s tradition: the chocolate truffle.

What is a chocolate truffle?

A chocolate truffle is a chocolate candy in which the filling is made out of ganache. Ganache is a mixture of chocolate and cream, whipped together to create a smooth delicious center. In our ganache, we whip together Belgian chocolate with local butter from Vermont Butter and Cheese Creamery and local cream from Monument Farms. The ganache filling can be coated with any number of items. Traditionally, it was rolled in cocoa powder, but the ganache can also be rolled in nuts, coconut, or anything else you might fancy. We coat ours in a layer of hard chocolate, and hand-decorate the tops.

Why is it called a truffle?

Truffles from the Ground (the Fungus)

You may have heard of a tasty little fungus, rooted out by pigs or dogs, that is so exquisite it can sell for $400 to $600 a pound. Well that truffle bears a striking resemblance to the original, hand-rolled truffles created in Europe in the early 19th century. In fact, those confectioners named their chocolate creation after the fungus, which helped it gain an elite status, to be appreciated by nobles and the higher classes (just like the other truffle).

The History of the Truffle:

There are two competing stories here: the first is a great tale of a mistake that turned into a creation. In 1920, an apprentice for the great French Chef Auguste Escoffier was attempting to pour hot cream into a sugared egg mixture, but somehow mixed up his bowls and ended up pouring it into his broken chocolate instead. Not wanting to waste the ingredients, he waited for the result to cool a little, then rolled the chocolate and cream in cocoa powder. And so the truffle was born.

Peter's Gala Chocolate

The other story goes back to when Milk Chocolate was first invented. In the Swiss Alps, Daniel Peter devoted many years to the incorporation of milk into chocolate, which was a very difficult task, since cocoa contains so much fat that it does not mix well with milk. After years of research, he was finally able to do so in 1887, and his “Gala Peter” chocolate sold across Europe, and eventually the world. It was the foundation for the Societe Generale Suisse de Chocolat, which eventually merged into Nestle-Petr-Cailler-Kohler in 1929, and is now known as Nestle. Many tried to copy his invention, and in the process, they probably poured cream over chocolate, with the result being a ganache (which, by the way, has a much shorter shelf life and a very different taste and feel from milk chocolate!) This in turn led to the truffle, which became its own delicacy. (You can read more about the history of milk chocolate here.)

Where does the chocolate truffle end and other chocolate candy begin?

This question is up for a bit of debate. Generally speaking, any sort of chocolate confection with a ganache filling would be considered a truffle, which means that our revel chocolates are also truffles, even though they are squares. American truffles have a tradition of being shaped like a half egg (as ours are) while European truffles tend to be smaller and round (like our organic truffles.) However, chocolates with cream fillings are not truffles, since they have no ganache. Therefore, our Chocolates of Vermont or the chocolate creams you can get in our selection boxes cannot be considered truffles. That doesn’t mean they’re any less delicious, however!

The joy of chocolate is that it is terribly delicious just on its own, and can be combined with so many other flavors, either by pairing or by creating new treats that it is an inexhaustible resource!


A Slice of Chocolate Heaven

Posted on September 24, 2012 10:54 AM by Meghan

Did you hear that? That was the sound of our catalog dropping.
 
At least that’s the lingo we use around here.

What does that mean to you? 
It means that the new LCC catalog with the luscious sea salt caramels on the cover should be arriving in your mailbox any day, if it hasn’t already.

With all the junk, excuse me, mail, we get, the LCC catalog is a like a little slice of chocolate heaven coming into your day, and I can’t imagine many of you would complain about that.

We’ve talked before about all that goes into creating this catalog- the photoshoot, the food styling, the props, the copy—this is no small endeavor.  And while most people order their chocolate via the web, there is still something so satisfying and delightful about getting a beautifully photographed and designed catalog that you can sit down and leaf through…at least we think so (even though we may be a bit biased).

You’ll see some of your old favorites like our handmade truffles, chocolate gift baskets and chocolate party favors, but there is some new stuff in there you’ll want to check out—like the Chocolate Tower and a stunning new Chocolates of Vermont giftbox and the Revel Chocolates (which you heard about Lauren talk about a couple weeks ago).

So when the catalog arrives, take a moment to savor (or drool, it’s ok) over our chocolates. We’ll be here ready to take your order whenever the mood strikes!  Just give us a call at 800-465-5909 or go online and we’ll have them to you in no time!


Hello, Summer!

Posted on May 4, 2010 2:56 PM by Allison

It’s getting to be that time of year again, I’m afraid.

While we’re all overjoyed to be playing in the dirt, smelling spring’s blossoms and loving the bike rides to ice cream stands after dinner, warmer temperatures and singing robins mark the beginning of a summer shipping schedule at Lake Champlain Chocolates. (In other words: order your chocolates now!)

Here’s the skinny.  From May 10th until June 1st we require that all chocolate shipped outside of New England be shipped via 2-Day Air.  From June 1st until September 30th, we require all chocolate outside of New England to be sent overnight.

Why such strict regulations, you ask?  We would hate for you to pay for an adorable Chocolate Frog, gourmet chocolate truffles or some lovely Mother’s Day Chocolates just to have them melt in transit.  Shortening transit times allows your chocolate to arrive safe and sound (and solid) to be enjoyed in the same high quality condition it leaves our factory in.

So, in a manner of speaking, this is last call and my recommendation is to stock up now.  I’d hate for a Caramel Five Star Bar craving to go unchecked. 

If you do happen to order after May 10th and realize that shipping charges are a little pricier than you were expecting, remember that all of our chocolates are made by seasoned chocolatiers and are carefully packed with tissue paper, ice/gel packs and a personalized card.  We couldn’t bear to send you anything that’s less than perfect.


Mom-Approved

Posted on May 3, 2010 10:49 AM by Erin



Every time a holiday rolls around, I'm always racking my brain trying to think of the perfect chocolate for Mother's Day.  Then after a few days, I usually resort to asking her what she really wants or needs.  If your Mom is anything like mine, the answer is always the same: "Please, save your money.  I don't need anything.  I don't want anything.  Just send me a card".  I'm not sure what it is about motherhood that makes you a martyr.  Or maybe it's that you never stop worrying about your kids.

Well whatever it is, I think a gourmet chocolate gift may be your answer.  Really, it's the perfect Mom gift.  It's practical - she doesn't need to water it, store it, try it on (only to return it later).  Nor does it require batteries or setup.  At the same time, she will be impressed by how extraordinary Lake Champlain Chocolates are. Mom will appreciate the fact that our chocolates are handcrafted in small batches (the old-fashioned way) and made from all-natural, local ingredients.

Mom will also approve that we have chocolate gifts for any budget.  Our Chocolate Truffles are always a hit on Mother's Day, with gift boxes starting at just $12.  Our assorted Chocolate Gift Boxes are also popular, especially the beautiful Spring 15 Piece and Summer 15 Piece Gift Boxes (both $29).  If you're looking for something really fun, my Mom loves the Chocolate Fish!  Or, the Chocolate Flowers are also a great value at $19.

Those are just a few gifts that I'm sure your Mom would be thrilled to receive this Mother's Day...and more importantly won't keep her up at night worrying about how much you spent.  If you'd like any other suggestions, give us a call!




Lake Champlain Chocolates is thrilled to be a participant and sponsor of Vermont Public Television’s live cooking special "VPT Cooks Chocolate" premiering on Saturday Dec 5th from 2-4pm.  Just in time for holiday entertaining, Chef Sean Buchanan of the Stowe Mountain Lodge hosts Vermont chefs and chocolatiers demonstrating their favorite recipes.

Kirk Weed of LCC will be demonstrating how to make a Flourless Pumpkin Ganache Cake, the same creamy ganache used in our amazing truffles! In addition, Allison Hooper of Vermont Butter & Cheese Company will be hosting a chocolate and cheese pairing using Lake Champlain Chocolates.  Chefs from The Belted Cow Bistro, Cafe Provence, New England Culinary Institute and others will also be cooking and sharing their chocolate recipes.

LCC staff will be answering phones during the live show so please call in to show your support of VPT during its winter membership campaign.  The chocolate recipes demonstrated in the show, a gift box of local chocolates and other treats will be offered as thank you gifts for contributions! 

If you miss the live premiere this Saturday, the show will re-air on Dec. 9 at 7:30 p.m., Dec. 12 at noon and Dec. 13 at noon.  It will air on VPT’s broadcast channels, and the premiere will be online at www.vpt.org.  We hope you check it out!

Who are you calling Bridezilla?

Posted on May 11, 2009 10:09 AM by Erin


Bridezilla is the affectionate term many people use for soon-to-be-brides who temporarily loose their minds and become way too obsessed with their own wedding.  Since becoming engaged in November, I have vowed to not let myself become one of "those".  While I haven't thrown any temper tantrums yet or made my bridal party cry (success!), I have realized how easy it is to get swept up in all the details.

Say, for instance with picking out my wedding favors.  Now working at Lake Champlain Chocolates, this one should have been a no-brainer. Since day one, I've known we were going with the Engraved Gold Ballotin Boxes (which, in my opinion, are our most elegant chocolate favor).  An easy one to cross off my to-do list, right?  Wrong!  Despite my greatest efforts to fight her off, Bridezilla seems to have made a guest appearance.  I've become completely fixated on picking out the perfect pair of truffles to go inside the boxes.  Seeing as our wedding is in the fall, hands down one will be the spiced pumpkin truffle (I highly recommend it...it's a favorite around here).  But I've been torn on what would compliment it best?  While many co-workers have kindly put in their own two cents, obviously that's not enough for this over-achieving bride!  Really, would I be doing proper due diligence if I did not create my very own unofficial LCC Wedding Chocolate Tasting Panel?  Of course not, don't be silly.  Hence the ultra-exclusive tasting group, consisting of myself and customer service guru/cubicle neighbor Jason, was born.  With the mission of creating the perfect wedding favor, every week we try a new chocolate truffle and discuss how well it will go with the spiced pumpkin.  So far we've covered Champagne, French Roast, Legendary Dark, and Cappuccino.  Up this week is the Raspberry, then we have just seven more mouth-watering ones to go.  Okay, so I know what you might be thinking right now...is this all really necessary?  Well, ummm all I have to say is that's a completely ridiculous question...I'm not even going to answer!

But seriously, my only point of this story is that you might not always like her and you might try to hide her...but sometimes channeling your inner Bridezilla can actually be a lot of fun.  When you're completely overwhelmed with wedding planning, she might just come up with a few brilliant ideas - like tasting chocolate - for you to focus on instead.


Spiced Pumpkin Truffles - Fall Flavors Abound

Posted on August 25, 2008 10:50 AM by Leann

Labor Day. The definitive sign Summer is over. It’s only 6 days away. Yikes! Here in Vermont, that means it’s time to go apple picking. It’s time to put an extra blanket on the bed. It’s time to figure out where you stuck your fleece vests away last spring. It’s also time for Spiced Pumpkin Truffles.

As you might have noticed, Fall at the chocolate factory is marked very distinctly by the appearance of some delicious seasonal favorites. First it was the Hazelnut Praline Pumpkins. Now it’s the Spiced Pumpkin Truffle – another staff favorite. On Friday morning, coworkers drifting past my work space after having just visited the factory store were sure to inform me that they were now in stock.

And just this morning as I stood in the factory store talking to the retail manager, in mid-sentence, she glanced over and saw half of a truffle sitting on a sample tray. She stopped what she was saying, commented “Oooh, spiced pumpkin” and drifted off to snack on it. What were we saying? Who knows. Who cares. There were truffles to eat.

What makes these truffles so special besides only being available during the Fall? Maybe it’s the blend of flavors – pumpkin, nutmeg, cinnamon and milk chocolate. Maybe it’s the Vermont cream and butter that creates the creamy ganache center. Maybe it’s just that it embodies the essence of Fall and wonderful childhood memories of Halloween and Thanksgivings gone by. I don’t have a clear answer as the truth probably lies somewhere in between but I do know they’re special.

If you’re wondering how you can try these at home, you can stop into one of our three retail locations if you’re in Vermont or visiting sometime soon. Or you can enjoy it in the 5-piece Autumn Truffle Gift Box. Even if you’re not a pumpkin fan, you’ll more than likely be a fan of it’s namesake truffle.


Chocolate and Beer Pairings - Combination #5

Posted on August 7, 2008 10:58 AM by Admin
We’ve come to the final chocolate and beer pairing in our series. Keeping in mind that this will be the most intense pairing in terms of flavor and body of the beer, don’t be afraid. You’ve come through the four previous pairings and you’ve reached the pinnacle. You just need to trust one more time. Here it is:

Pairing #5
Wolaver’s Organic Oatmeal Stout (5.9% ABV) and Dark Chocolate Raspberry Truffle (54% cocoa content)

The Oatmeal Stout is extremely full bodied and very dark. It is a little imposing at first glance but once you taste it, you’ll be met with these wonderful roasted notes reminiscent of chocolate and coffee – very filling and extremely satisfying. It’s in perfect balance with the strong fruity profile of the Dark Raspberry Truffle with it’s rich dark ganache and fresh berry flavors. Combine the comfort of oatmeal and the brightness of raspberry and you have a win-win combination.

So, there you have our final installment. All were very well received at the Vermont Brewers Festival and will definitely make more appearances at other events. Hey, armed with this info, they can certainly make an appearance at your events. While unsure at first, your guests will love you for it and you’ll look like a hero! And if you know of any cool chocolate and beer pairings, please send them along. Slainte!

Chocolate and Wine together. Seriously?

Posted on May 8, 2008 9:56 AM by Admin

Last night at the factory, we hosted a Chocolate and Wine pairing as a fundraiser for a local group, Queen City Police Foundation. At the event, 2 whites and 2 reds were paired specifically with an individual chocolate. Now, I know people are pairing wine with everything these days but I was still uncertain how the flavors were going to match up. I’ve only ever had solid dark chocolate with red wine.

Our local wine experts worked with our chocolate truffles and nuts to find the perfect match and here is what we had –

Prosecco with Milk Chocolate Covered Macadamia Nuts
Riesling with Grande Valencia Truffles
Monastrell with White Raspberry Truffles
Cabernet Sauvignon with 70% Dark Chocolate Truffles

Each wine and chocolate on it’s own was delightful, as one would expect. However, paired together, they were truly delicious. Who knew these flavors would work so well in tandem? So, here’s a tip. Next time you have a special gathering to host – bridal shower, rehearsal dinner, girls night, workplace social – why not try something new like a chocolate and wine pairing. Simply offering one or two of these to your guests will move your event from just another party to something memorable. But watch out, your guests will come to expect it!