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Each winter, Burlington hosts a WinterFest where everyone gets out and celebrates the season. Why not? It beats being stuck inside all day and quite honestly, it’s right about now that Cabin Fever starts to set in. Hosted over the course of the weekend, activities include snow sculpting, ice carving, jumping in the freezing cold lake, music, food and lots of other family activities.


As part of the festivities, Lake Champlain Chocolates will be hosting a bit of  indoor fun where families and friends can come to warm up and have a good time. So, if you’re in the area Saturday, February 7 from noon until 4pm, stop in and say hello. There will be chocolate demonstrations, chocolate samplings, a hot chocolate bar and even Valentines crafts for kids.


One of the highlights of the day will be with Chocolate sculptor Emily Walton Jones hand crafting and personalizing Heart Throbs – large dark chocolate hearts filled with raspberry truffle ganache. You can also see her latest Valentine-themed chocolate sculptures. It’s fun, it’s free and it’s warm so stop on by when you’re out and about enjoying Winterfest.

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What's Your Pet Name?

Posted on February 12, 2008 1:45 PM by Admin

It’s coming down to the wire for those looking to send chocolate gifts for Valentines Day and the staff is starting to feel it! The phones are ringing off the hook and we’re running out of Valentines Chocolates left and right. With various filled hearts already out of stock and our Valentines Chocolate Gift Basket about to run out, folks are turning to the traditional signature big heart box of chocolates. You can’t go wrong with that though, so no problem.

With all the orders that are being taken, it’s fun to hear the messages that people are including in with their shipments. When we ask “ Would you like to include a message?” many folks are pretty sheepish with their reply. But, once we get them over their self-consciousness about their pet names and inside jokes, the result is usually very sweet! We could probably write a book about it. Sure, you get the occasional weird sounding message and for a moment, I wonder what the recipient will think when they get it but as long as it’s tempered with some wonderful Valentine’s Day truffles  or chocolate hearts , no big deal, right? So far to date, my favorite pet name has been “Your little Zip”. I have no idea what it means but I think Zip is a pretty funny little nickname.

So, Happy Valentines Day to all the Little Zips out there! I hope you all get lots of tokens of love!

Who's YOUR #1 Valentine?

Posted on February 6, 2008 11:09 AM by Admin

The other day, a woman called about a change to her order. She had placed it a few days earlier but scheduled it for later shipping, just in time for Valentine’s Day. Once I pulled her order up, I realized it was not too late to make a change and asked what she would like me to do.

 “Can I change where it’s going?” she asked.

No problem. I thought maybe she had entered the wrong address or perhaps the recipient was going to be somewhere else when it was time for delivery.

“Where would you like me to send this?” I asked.

“I’d like to change the recipient from the current name to my mother. The shipping address is the same as my billing.”

“Is it safe to assume you’d also like to change the message?”

“Yes, please. Just put Happy Valentine’s Day. And can you change it from Dark Chocolate Hearts to Milk Chocolate Hearts? My ex boyfriend liked dark but my Mom prefers milk.”

So, I happily made the changes but felt a little sad for her that she apparently is no longer dating the chap she had originally intended the chocolate for. But hey, nice score for Mom which is fitting since it’s probably Mom that’s consoling her over the break up.

And really, when you think back, wasn’t Mom our first Valentine? Didn’t she give us cute chocolate Valentine Candy treats when we were little and bake the cupcakes for the kindergarten party? Didn’t she take us to the store to buy those corny but lovable little paper Valentines we had to give everyone? And she’s probably even saved one for our scrapbook.

So, with that being said, don’t forget you’re very first Valentine this year. Happy Valentine’s Day, Mom!

Be My Valentine...

Posted on February 4, 2008 1:10 PM by Admin

Working at a Chocolate Factory, your list of Valentines quickly grows. Let’s see – there’s my significant other, my parents, my siblings, my nieces and nephews and my closest friends. Then there are my daily acquaintances, the folks I see on a regular basis for services and have a friendly working relationship with. For all of those folks, I’m expected to give Valentine’s Chocolates whether it’s a bag of foil-wrapped chocolate hearts  or a colorful Valentine’s Day gift box . . Phew! That’s quite a list.

But what about me? Will I get Valentine gifts from everyone? Will they be indicative of what these folks do for work? Will my Dad give me free gasoline? Will my sister give me free golf? Will my friends give me jewelry? I should assume it won’t work that way and just find joy in the giving. It is nice to see people’s faces light up when they pull out a heart shaped box of truffles or some type of Valentine Candy.

The true gift is in the giving, I suppose. And I really do enjoy shopping the shelves filled with pink and purple foils, colorful heart shaped boxes and all the red wrapped stuff. It’s pretty and it’s fun and it makes me smile. But what ever happened to the days of kindergarten when everyone gave valentines and everyone got valentines? I miss those days. With that being said, I think I’ll go give myself a valentine right now – some yummy milk chocolate caramel hearts. Why don’t you do the same? Give yourself something special and don’t worry about the calories.  They don’t count on Valentine’s Day, right?