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Chocolate Santas!

Posted on November 10, 2008 1:27 PM by Leann

 

The holiday season is here and with that, I share with you another little glimpse into the chocolate factory as the production crew is hard at work making milk chocolate Santa Pops. Oddly, they are one of the few holiday chocolates we don’t sell online but you can most likely find them at Whole Foods. (We do have other chocolate santas online, though.) I like to tie them to packages for a little extra treat.

Hope you enjoy the video. Ho Ho Ho!

PS - don't forget to comment on any and all entries before Nov 18 to be entered to win. Win what, you ask?

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Warning, this video and blog entry may induce severe hot chocolate craving. Watch at your own risk!


The weather keeps calling for snow here in VT and the sky is so dark at 10am that it makes you almost shiver. I guess that’s why the folks working at our factory store café are making tons of hot chocolate for people. And lucky for me, my desk is literally just yards from there so I can easily slip out for a nice little warmer and pick me up anytime. And that’s exactly what I did yesterday. A cup of hot chocolate just sounded yummy.

As I stood there waiting my turn, I watched as they made cup after cup for customers. Now, usually I order the Traditional or the Aztec but when a few people in a row ordered the New World Hot Chocolate, I took notice. I never realized how much chocolate goes into it or just how rich and thick it is. See, the New World Hot Chocolate is our darkest at 70% cocoa content. And what’s more is it’s actually pure ground chocolate as opposed to cocoa so it’s incredibly chocolatey.

So, while I watched them make up these cups of steaming hot chocolates, I realized they only offer them in a smaller size. When I asked why, they explained that it’s so rich, a small is really the perfect amount. After a few cups being made, I thought this might be something you’d like to watch. Seeing them steam the milk and chocolate, pour it out and add the homemade whipped cream just looked so good. With that, I pulled out my handy little video camera and taped it just for you. And if you aren’t craving a cup of hot chocolate after watching, you are superhuman.

By the way, for those of you on a diet or just simply watching your caloric intake, you can make any of our hot chocolate with skim milk and reduce the calories a little. Enjoy!

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After all the giggles I heard from my co-workers as they watched the last I Love Lucy clip, I felt I needed to share one more. It's from the same episode and not as well known but since we make chocolate here as well as wrap it, I felt it appropriate. Some of you may remember it. It's pretty funny. I get a kick out of Lucy's body language as she makes her candy.

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Here at the Chocolate Factory, it’s impossible to give a tour and not reference Lucy and Ethel in the infamous scene where they work as candy wrappers. For those of you who, like me, are old enough to remember watching I Love Lucy (first runs and reruns, both) I’m sure you recall that episode with fondness. It was one of my favorites and became even more relevant after I started working at Lake Champlain Chocolates. 
 

Well, it has come to my attention that there is an entire generation (perhaps two) that have no idea what I’m talking about. When that reference is made during the tour, the parents laugh and the kids stare at us with blank faces. With that being said, I feel it is my duty to enlighten the youth of our nation with a clip from said episode. For the rest of us, it’s just a fun few minutes to giggle. Enjoy!

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How Your Chocolate is Packed for Shipping

Posted on October 17, 2008 11:33 AM by Leann


Quite often, visitors to our website, www.LakeChamplainChocolates.com, are looking for a chocolate gift to send to their friends and families so a question we are frequently asked is if we gift wrap. We try to convey to our customers that while we don’t gift wrap in the traditional sense, we do take great strides in designing our packaging to be as beautiful as the chocolate is delicious. That goes right down to our shipping materials – colorful, monogrammed tissue, neat and recyclable packing paper and even subtle but decorative shipping boxes.

With that being said, we created this short video to give you an idea of what your friends and family receive when you send them a gift from Lake Champlain Chocolates. (Note - In the summer, we ship with cooling packs and a little extra insulation but the premise is the same.) It’s important to us that your gift arrive safe, secure and in beautiful condition.

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Each day I come to work and I’m met with the wonderful smells that exist only in a chocolate factory. It’s heaven for the olfactory but as for sharing it on a blog, no dice until they come up with smell-o-puters or e-smell. So, I’m going to do the next best thing and give you a visual from the factory.

Just imagine beautiful, shiny liquid chocolate pouring, oozing and churning at every turn, waiting to become yummy truffles, chocolate bars and even a chocolate frog or fish. But be warned, I will not be held responsible for any chocolate-craving, diet-ruining behavior that results from watching this video. Carry on.

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I promised video of the Lake Champlain Chocolates’ chocolate fashions and here you are. While it doesn’t show the behind the scenes making of these fashions (that video will need a little extra work I’m sorry to say) it does give a more comprehensive picture of just what chocolate fashion can look like.

These pieces, created by our chocolate sculptor Emily Walton Jones, are made entirely of 100% edible chocolate – the exact same chocolate you find in our chocolate bars and confections. In fact, the milk chocolate is the same as our 34% cocoa content Signature Milk Chocolate Bar and the dark is our 54% cocoa content Signature Dark Chocolate Bar. There is no molding chocolate and there are no inedible pieces holding them together. Amazing, no?

While no one has actually attempted to don one these outfits, I can’t help but think how fun it’d be to try. Come on. Admit it. You were thinking the same thing!


"Do You Really Make White Chocolate Ghosts?"

Posted on September 4, 2008 2:05 PM by Leann


Booooooooo! Chocolate ghosts are scary! But yet, so tasty! Warning - For those of you who don’t like white chocolate or suffer from spectrophobia (fear of ghosts), stop here and don’t even think about watching the video. You’ve been warned.

But, for those of you who can’t get enough white chocolate and just love ghosts, ghouls, and goblins, carry on. Only around for the season, our white chocolate ghosts are hauntingly sweet, devilishly good but quick to vanish. So fast, in fact, you might wonder if they ever really existed.

For another glimpse into the chocolate factory, watch and see how they’re made by our wonderful chocolate makers. Since we don’t make a lot in white chocolate, this is definitely one of my favorite novelties.


People often forget that we’re not a mass manufacturer of chocolate and that most of our chocolates are, in fact, still made by hand. While our chocolates are available nationwide, it’s only due to our incredibly knowledgeable and talented production crew.

So, with that being said, I thought I’d share with you a peek into the factory where you can see how the magic happens. A really fun item to watch being made that everyone asks about are our chocolate pumpkin faces. It takes a lot of patience, a steady hand and a fair number of skillful crew members to complete. Luckily for you they’re so easy to eat! Enjoy!

The Cutest Chocolate Bunny Video - Ever!

Posted on June 26, 2008 7:55 AM by Leann
People do some pretty neat things with chocolate, be it cooking, sculpting, photographing, etc. And once in a while, I find things that are just too irresistible to not share. This video of chocolate bunnies is one of those things.

Now, in the second part of this video (Act II), I debated if I should post it because someone might not like it but I decided that all together, it was just so darn cute. I hope you enjoy these adorable chocolate bunnies and to whoever was clever enough to create it, thank you. It made me smile. So sweet - no pun intended!