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Might it be fair to say that traditionally it has been men who buy chocolate for women? Let’s think about that – does it have to be so? Are we implying that chocolate is inherently feminine? Now let’s change those stereotypes and start to think about what types of gifts us ladies can get for our husbands and boyfriends.

If chocolate is associated with women, beer is more often associated with men. When we put the two together, we create the kind of perfection you have your heart set on for Valentine’s Day. Fortunately, we have a page of our website dedicated to beer and chocolate pairing. You can also find more pairing options listed in other blog articles. Buying a gorgeous bottle of specialty ale and a nice box of chocolates is a great way to play to both sides of Valentine’s Day, and who knows, he might even share! In addition to the ones listed in the links above, here are a few more pairing ideas:

Peak Organic Ale and Chocolate Caramel Hearts

A New England Organic favorite, Peak Organic Nut Brown Ale, is widely available and has a light smooth and nutty flavor with hints of caramel and toasted malt. For Valentine’s Day, give him a bag of our Caramel Hearts to go along with it. The caramel tones in the beer itself along with its slightly sweet aftertaste complement the hearts well, and the lightness of the beer will stop it from overpowering the milk chocolate covering on these hearts.

Hobgoblin Beer and Spicy Chocolate

Stepping further afield to a foreign land, try Wychwood’s Hobgoblin, a British Beer and a great example of an ESB (Extra Strong/Special Bigger.) This dark, roasty beer has aromas of toffee and chocolate with a buttery finish. Package it along with our 5-piece truffle box and see how well the smooth ganache in the dark chocolate truffles works with the beer!

Wine and Chocolate

But it isn’t all about beer: you might want to heat up your evening with an organic spicy Aztec chocolate bar. To top off your gift, give him a few of those bars along with a nice bottle of red zinfandel, perhaps from the Ridge Lytton Springs or Geyserville. The 55% chocolate rounds out the acidity in these wines and counterbalances the tannins, while the pumpkin seeds enhance the wine’s roastiness and the cayenne spice in the chocolate balances the wine's fruity tones.

WhistlePig Whiskey and Chocolate Truffles

Finally, our newest style of truffle, the revel, features the Vermont-made WhistlePig Whiskey in one of the chocolates included. Get your guy a bottle of this fine rye whiskey (which has earned the highest marks from whiskey aficionados around the world) along with our chocolates. What could be more manly and yet more seductive?

The choice is yours, but whatever you decide to get your husband, boyfriend or good guy friend (with maybe the potential for more), don’t be intimidated by tradition.

Happy Valentine's Day!

Posted on February 14, 2011 9:29 AM by Erin

Wishing everyone a sweet Valentine's Day!

Valentine's Day $5 Shipping!

Posted on January 26, 2010 3:03 PM by Allison

The season of love is upon us, and you know what that means...chocolate!

Since Valentine's Day is on a Sunday this year, we have a couple suggestions and one big incentive to make sure Valentine's Day chocolates are part of the day. You will have no excuses!
Shall I start with the incentive?

Lake Champlain Chocolates is offering $5 flat-rate shipping for any orders between now and February 8th (click on any of the links in this blog for the discount).  So you can splurge and get the biggest box your honey deserves, 'cause shipping will be $5 no matter how much chocolate you buy! 

Now for some suggestions to make this year's Valentine's Day amazing (we know, not all of you need help).

Let her co-workers think you're the greatest and have chocolates sent to her at work.  Being early never hurt anyone.  She'll know you didn't run to the grocery store on the way to pick her up.

Send a heart-shaped box of chocolates to you and hand-deliver it on the fourteenth.  Better yet?  Make it a surprise visit.  I'm sure she'll be much happier to see you than the delivery guy at the front door.

With a card that reads "You deserve an extended Valentine's Day", you can definitely get away with having chocolates sent to her the day after.  Don't worry; we'll take care of the card!

So there you go!  With $5 shipping, you really can't afford to miss this Valentine's Day.  Make it extra special with gourmet chocolates from Lake Champlain Chocolates.

What to do for Valentine's Day this Year?

Posted on January 14, 2010 10:08 AM by Meghan

Your Choice:

A Dozen Red Roses (that have been sitting in a cooler for who knows how long)

Dinner out (with everyone else in the world)

Lingerie (that you know will be worn once- maybe, if it even fits)

Fresh, all-natural chocolates from Lake Champlain Chocolates

Ok, I know I may be biased, but come on!  What would you rather have for Valentine’s Day this year?  Granted most of those items listed above go quite well together- chocolate hearts & flowers, chocolates in a heart-shaped box & lingerie, chocolate truffles after dinner out- but if you want to make sure you get it right, go for the chocolates no matter what. This way you are covered in case the flowers are dying, all the restaurants in town are booked and you’re not quite sure what size lingerie to get (you’re taking a big gamble on that one).

You do have to act soon though if you want to be sure to have your first choice.  Yes, there are some people out there who plan ahead- even for Valentine’s Day.

And what choices we have for Valentine Chocolates!  The Grand Heart Assortment is the ultimate in a heart shaped box of chocolates, perfect for the romantic.  The Sweetheart Assortment couldn’t be sweeter with its two trays of chocolate and a hand tied bow.  Or how about our adorable and delicious Kiss Me Frog? The perfect gift for friends, siblings or children.   

Make it easy on yourself, go online and place your order to guarantee a sweet Valentine’s Day this year. It will even come with a personalized gift card if you don’t have time to make it to the card store. 

And if you can pull off the flowers and dinner too, more power to you!