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Winter Chocolate Sale

Posted on January 23, 2014 4:53 PM by Amy Lipsitz

We’re having a winter sale January 19-27 featuring our gourmet hot chocolate, handmade truffles and more. It’s a great time to stock up on your favorites or buy some early Valentine’s Day chocolates! We’ll have lots of samples to try as well.

Second, we’re hosting FREE hot chocolate tastings January 22-26 at all three of our retail stores.

This super cold winter isn't looking so bad after all!

65 Church Street
Church Street Marketplace
Burlington, VT 
Mon-Thu: 10:00am-7:00pm
Fri-Sat: 10:00am-9:00pm
Sun: 11:00am-6:00pm

750 Pine Street
Burlington, VT
Mon-Sat:  9:00am-6:00pm
Sunday: 12:00-5:00pm

Route 100
Cabot Annex
Waterbury Center, VT
9:00am-6:00pm daily

Vermont Foodie Gift Guide

Posted on December 11, 2013 11:50 AM by Amy Lipsitz

Vermont has long been ahead of the curve in the “good food” department. The best maple syrup on the planet, award-winning beer and cheese, beautiful hand-blown glassware and simply stunning cutting boards are just a sampling of what our home state has to offer. Working at a chocolate company where ingredient and product quality are of the utmost importance, you can bet there’s a lot of LCC employees that could be classified as “foodies.” We asked around the office and compiled a list of our favorite Vermont crafted, food related gifts for the gourmand on your list!

      1. Lake Champlain Chocolates Revel Chocolates- Handcrafted truffles in five unique flavors, sure to please any chocolate aficionado. Paired truffles include WhistlePig Straight Rye Whiskey, Vermont Butter & Cheese Creamery Crème Fraîche, George Howell Espresso, Bergamot & Honey, and Chipotle Cinnamon.

2. Vermont Butcher Block Cheese Board- This cheese board was made with locally harvested Cherry and is just beautiful with the Tiger Maple stripe contrasting against the orange-red of the cherry. It's the perfect piece for a formal spread or even a picnic in the meadows of Vermont.

      3. Apple Cider Caramels- We teamed up with Citizen Cider and Happy Valley Orchard to create luscious, new Apple Cider Caramels!  Each bite will remind you of an orchard-fresh apple dipped in slow-cooked caramel and drenched in milk chocolate.  A classic taste of Vermont! 

4. Vermont Creamery Goat Log Trio- These fresh goat cheeses have earned an honored place among chefs, both home and professional alike. The cheese is made with fresh goat's milk that sets overnight, is drained and then shaped into logs. This cheese is distinguished by a simple, mild, fresh goat's milk favor and is highly versatile as an ingredient or as part of a cheeseboard.

5. New Duds Vegetable Print Tea Towels- Perfect for any kitchen, this set of tea towels is hand drawn and hand printed by our friends at New Duds in Colchester, VT. Set of three Flour Sack Tea Towels in unique vegetable print designs!

6. Lake Champlain Chocolates Peppermint Hot Chocolate- Have a merry, minty holiday season! Our Peppermint Hot Chocolate is a refreshing blend of luxurious cocoa and refreshing peppermint, with hints of vanilla and cinnamon. Just the thing to warm everyone up on a cold day!

Happy Holidays from all of us here at Lake Champlain Chocolates!

Last year, craft cider was making a name for itself in Vermont. We picked up a bottle of Citizen Cider Unified Press and after a few sips found ourselves wondering how we could incorporate that delicious apple flavor into our caramels. The answer was to boil down apple pressings from Happy Valley Orchard, where Citizen Cider get their apples, and create our own apple syrup. We blended this delicious syrup with our slow-cooked caramel and added a splash of cider then coated it all in 34% milk chocolate. That is how this wonderful partnership began and these caramels came to life.

With one bite you'll be reminded of a chocoalte caramel covered apple, only better! These Apple Cider Caramels are available in our three retail stores and online now. 

Because our apple syrup is only produced two times a year these caramels are in limited supply and high demand. Don’t miss your chance to taste a unique Vermont chocolate!

5 Tips for Your Autumn Weddings in Vermont

Posted on September 19, 2012 10:37 AM by Caitlin
Autumn Wedding

Vermont is a beautiful place to get married at any time of year, but this is especially true in the fall. In fact, autumn is a very busy season for Vermont weddings, because the setting, complete with rolling hills that are alive with red, orange and yellow hues, creates a stunning backdrop for any special celebration.

With Autumn Vermont weddings in mind, we thought we would suggest a few tips to help you plan the perfect event here:

1. Favors: Of course, you’ll want to make sure you have the right favors to give your guests, and what could be better to show your guests what Vermont is really about than Vermont chocolate? We have a selection of favors for you, from truffles to chocolate hearts. If nothing there sings to you, try reflecting the autumn colors around you by using some of our foil-wrapped peanut and caramel chocolate leaves?

2. Venues: When looking for venues, remember to find places that have contingency plans for rain or cold weather. Vermont in the fall is lovely, but it can also rain (or even snow!) so if you are planning on an outdoor ceremony, make sure that you either find someplace that also has an indoor space you could use, or hire a tent. If you’ve found the perfect location but need some covering, have a look at VT Tent.

3. Weather: Speaking of Autumn in Vermont, it can be cold up here! Make sure to tell your guests to dress appropriately, and if you are looking at an outdoor venue, maybe think about having a basket of blankets or shawls for people to use if they get chilly.

4. Colors: Choose colors that will match the scenery around you. Reds, oranges and browns will surround your venue of choice, so a bright pink or neon green might begin to clash a little. Try keeping your colors muted and natural. Perhaps use a burgundy or a dark brown, and maybe an ivory or a sage green.

5. Local: Vermonters are all about local products, and there are a lot of great food producers and craftsmen within the state. Find a caterer who is part of the Vermont Fresh Network, use products from local farms, and give bridesmaid and groomsmen gifts from a somewhere local. Frog Hollow is a great place to look.

Finally, if you’re looking for vendors, or for help planning your wedding, be sure to check out Vermont Vows, and the Vermont section of wedding wire.

Fall is in the air, we're reflecting that in our stores. We've started seeing the leaves turn in the trees as we drive by them...

Vermont Autumn Trees

...but now you can get that feeling in our stores as well. You've already heard about our artist's vision for our fall collection, and we've decorated our stores to match:

Lake Champlain Chocolates Autumn Store Decorations

To echo the changing seasons, we've brought out a number of exclusive fall chocolates of Vermont. In addition to our peanut butter and caramel leaves, we also have some specialty autumn gift boxes. In the true spirit of fall, we are offering a unique truffle flavor that is only available this time of year: the pumpkin truffle. If you like all things spiced, be sure to taste this one. Made with real pumpkin and seasoned with cinnamon and nutmeg, this truffle is the chocolatier's answer to the perfect pumpkin pie. Want to try one? We have them in our autumn collections, or you can stop into one of our stores and find them behind the counter.

Pumpkin Truffle

Although the weather is helping us start to think about autumn here in Vermont, you can get yourself in the mood for fall anywhere! Maybe a little of our chai gourmet hot chocolate would help?

And if you're in the area, stop by our factory store for a factory tour! The summer rush is over, and the tours are becoming much more intimate. Plus, as we gear up for our busy season, we're making more and more cool chocolate confections in our factory.

However you decide to celebrate, have a great end-of-summer.

Stranger in a strange candy land…

Posted on December 7, 2010 4:48 PM by Lauren

Hello everyone! I’m Lauren, the new research and development assistant here at Lake Champlain Chocolates. I just recently graduated from The Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY with a degree in baking and pastry arts and moved north to help create some new chocolately deliciousness for all of you! It was a long process to get here, but when I walked through the front doors of our Pine St. factory location for the first time I couldn’t believe it. I think it finally sunk in. I get to make candy for a living! Are you serious? Yes, I’m fairly certain this is real. As a chocolate geek with quite possibly serious addiction problems, this is a dream job, and I am grateful to have such an amazing opportunity.

Moving to Vermont by way of Tennessee, I didn’t really know what to expect. Everyone I spoke with asked why I was moving to a land so cold. I usually responded, “I’m doing it for the chocolate!” Honestly, though, all I had heard were vague descriptions of the landscape or a few comments about how cold it really gets, but I did not know that much about this small state. For those of you who have never been, it is absolutely beautiful here. You can be standing on the shore of Lake Champlain staring out over the water at the Adirondack Mountains with a breathtaking blue sky filled with rolling clouds, and the next minute you can be downtown Burlington with its vibrant culture, shopping, and activities. It really is a tremendous place. I know it will be great inspiration for new chocolates and candy. And sure, it is cold – pretty darn. They weren’t lying. Trust me. I’m working on developing my thick winter skin as we speak.
So, I am here, ready to brave the winter weather and hopefully make some pretty amazing stuff. Every once in a while I hope to stop by to let you know a little bit of what goes on behind the scenes at Lake Champlain Chocolates.