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Chocolate Euphoria

Posted on December 17, 2009 11:38 AM by Erin

What's sweeter than a box of our chocolates?  Why that could only be a FREE box of our chocolates!

From November 29th to December 31st, exclusively at Macy's, receive a complimentary 15 Piece Assortment of our mouth-watering chocolates (specially-designed for our friends at Calvin Klein) with the purchase of any 3.4 oz fragrance from the euphoria collection.

Isn't it nice when you get two presents for the price of one?

Happy Holidays!

Switchback Dooley’s Belated Porter (5.8%) with Lake Champlain Chocolates 54% Dark Chocolate Square  

 For locals, Switchback’s Unfiltered Ale is what you order.  Walk into a Burlington bar or restaurant, you’ll see 90% of the beer drinkers with a murky, amber colored potion in front of them.

I’ll admit, sometimes I go for a Belgian White Ale (I love how it’s served with an orange slice) or will order a house beer if I’m at a microbrewery, but almost always, I go for the Switchback. 

The Switchback Brewery reminds me slightly of Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory – mysterious, very few people work there, yet they create incredible beer, readily available on tap at restaurants and bars around Vermont.  

Our fourth and final beer paring at Brewfest combined Switchback’s Dooley’s Belated Porter, a 5.8% alcohol by volume porter, with our Signature Dark Chocolate.  The flavor profile for our dark chocolate includes brown fruit (think cherries, dates, raisins), vanilla, baked brownie and brown spice. 

Porters, like stouts, have chocolate undertones, which in this pairing, brought out those subtle flavors in the chocolate, like brown fruit and baked brownie.  Mmm… 

Chocolate & Beer Pairings from Brewfest

Posted on August 5, 2009 10:36 AM by Erin

For those of you who missed out on our Chocolate & Beer Pairing at this year's Vermont Brewers Festival, here are the first of the tasting notes as promised.  The event seemed to be a big hit, even despite the weather.  Gary Coffey, our Retail Sales Director, led a crowd of approximately 100 people first through the steps in how to taste chocolate & beer and then through the actual pairings themselves.

Gary started off by explaining to the crowd the first rule for pairing chocolate & beer is...that there are no rules! What tastes good to you may not to your neighbor, so just go with whatever floats your boat.  Just be sure to take your time and to enjoy the craftsmanship that goes into producing each of the fine beers & chocolates.

So without further adieu, here is the first our chocolate & beer pairings...bon appétit!

Pairing #1
Harpoon Leviathan IPA (9.3%) w/ Dark Chocolate Covered Orange Peel

This big beer by Harpoon has a powerful hop bitterness up front and just enough caramel malt to provide a balance to the hop intensity.  Its generous citrus tropical fruit notes make it a perfect match for our deliciously sweet candied orange peels drenched in 54% dark chocolate.

*This one was a favorite at the Vermont Brewers Festival!

Stay tuned for our other 3 pairings....

17th Annual Vermont Brewers Festival

Posted on July 16, 2009 1:01 PM by Erin

It's finally here!  The Vermont Brewers Festival is one of my favorite Burlington summer events.  If you haven't gone before, it's a definite must.  This year, the Festival will feature 37 craft brewers from all around New England and even one from California.  And because this year marks Lake Champlain's 400th anniversary, a few of our friends up north from the La Belle province, Quebec will also be on hand showcasing their finest brews.  The Festival takes place at the Burlington Waterfront Park, with three beer tasting sessions for you to choose from - one on Friday, July 17th and two on Saturday, July 18th.

Do you still need another reason to go?  Well once again, Lake Champlain Chocolates will be hosting a Chocolate & Beer Pairing during the Friday session (from 7:15-7:45pm).  Gary Coffey, our Retail Sales Director, will be leading the event.  While I can't divulge exactly which chocolates & beers he'll be pairing, I can tell you that all the beers will be from right here in Vermont.

Capacity for this event is limited, so we recommend you get there a little bit early.

Hope to see you at the Waterfront!

P.S. Don't worry, if you can't make it to the event, we'll be posting the pairing notes here on our blog.  Perhaps you can use them to host your own tasting party!

Happy Birthday Lake Champlain!

Posted on June 30, 2009 12:27 PM by Erin

This year marks the 400th anniversary of French explorer Samuel de Champlain's daring expedition to our region and to the Lake that now bears his name (and from which we get our name here at LCC!).  Known as the "Father of New France", Champlain was the first European to ever set foot in Vermont.  And so to help commemorate 2009 as the quadricentennial, special events - celebrating the Lake, the land, and its people - have been planned all year long throughout the state.  Right here in Burlington, the quad's International Waterfront Festival kicks off this Thursday, July 2nd and continues on thru the 14th - 13 total days of fun!  From concerts on the Lake - Tony Bennett anyone? - to theater performances, food festivals, kid's events, and so much more, there is truly something for everyone to enjoy.

As sponsors of the Burlington International Waterfront Festival, you'll find LCC scooping our delicious small batch ice cream at the following events:

July 3rd - Independence Day Celebration Fireworks, Battery Park, 9:30pm
July 4th, 5th, 9th & 11th - Various Performance, Champlain Valley Stage, City Hall Park
July 6th - Dan Zanes & Friends Concert, Waterfront Stage, 3pm
July 8th - Steve Earle & Aimee Mann Concert, Waterfront Stage, 7pm
July 10th - Les Cowboys Fringants & Le Vent du Nord Concert, Waterfront Stage, 7:30pm
July 11th - Ween & Antibalas Afrobeat Orchestra, Waterfront Stage, 6:30pm

We hope to see you in Burlington!

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See you at the Fancy Food Show

Posted on June 25, 2009 9:28 AM by Erin

The Summer Fancy Food Show is happening this weekend, June 28th-30th at the Jacob Javits Center in New York City.  For those of you not familiar with the Fancy Food Show, it's the largest specialty food and beverage marketplace in North America.  With anywhere from 16,000-24,000 people in attendance checking out over 250,000 products from 81 different countries, it's kind of a big deal!  Everyone from retailers to restaurant owners to food distributors to the press will be there tasting & learning about different foods including confections, cheeses, coffee, spices, and much, much more.

If you're planning on attending the Fancy Food Show, be sure to visit Lake Champlain Chocolates at Booth #1650.  Not only will we be unveiling our new Chocolates of Vermont packaging, but we'll be sampling our new Five Star Bar as well!  What's the new flavor you ask?  Sorry, I won't give away the surprise just yet.  But I will give you one small hint...3 out of the 4 current Five Star Bars are made of milk chocolate, so we felt like we needed to even out the playing a field just a little bit.  Okay, I can't resist, how about two hints.  Some might also consider this new bar both healthy and indulgent.

Hope to see you at the Fancy Food Show!

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A Facebook Wedding

Posted on May 18, 2009 1:17 PM by Erin

Today it seems like you can do just about anything on Facebook...share with your BFF's and distant acquaintances "the top 5 things you can't live without", join a virtual Mafia war and work your way up the criminal ranks, find out exactly how many 80's movies you can name, and which Godfather character you are....the list goes on and on.  Well now, just when you thought it couldn't possibly get any better, you can even plan your very own wedding without leaving the comforts of your favorite social networking site!  Wahoo!  Yup, it's a Bridezilla's dream come true.

Our good friends over at The Knot have an application on Facebook called Weddingbook - has anyone tried it yet?  It's great!  With it you can create a wedding profile and share all the details about your big day with your Facebook friends.  You can share as little or as much as you want...including engagement photos, who is in your bridal party, and links to your wedding website and where you're registered.  You can also have friends sign your guest book and (this one could be my favorite) add a wedding countdown clock.  And if you're still in the planning stages (by the way, does anyone know exactly when that ends?  Five minutes before you walk down the aisle?), you can also use Weddingbook to search for vendors in your area (hint hint...look for Lake Champlain Chocolates under "Favors" in Vermont!).

Our buddies over at have also created a Facebook application that allows you to search for local wedding vendors (and yup, you can find us on there too!  Make sure to keep your eye out for the special promotion).  In addition, you can also create your very own wedding blog within Facebook using their application.  WeddingWire has blog categories that will guide your entire wedding story, from the ring to the cake, from the dress to your wedding party.  They've made it pretty simple & fun to share your wedding details with loved ones.

So if you're about to say "I Do", please be sure to check out these two great applications next time you log onto Facebook.  And as long as your there, you might as well head on over to the official Lake Champlain Chocolates page too and become a fan!

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'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 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.

National Chocolate Covered Raisin Day

Posted on March 24, 2009 10:31 AM by Erin

Happy National Chocolate Covered Raisin Day!  What?  You didn't know?  You didn't get me anything?  Well that's okay, there's always next year.

Whenever someone mentions raisins to me, I usually think back to the disappointment I had as a kid when my Mom would sneak a box into my lunch bag.  Or, I remember that one weird house on the block that used to give out raisins every year on Halloween (why did I keep going back?  I guess I'm a glutton for punishment). In all honesty, I really do kind of like raisins...they seem to have a habit though of showing up when I least expect them (usually when I'm anticipating some kind of not-so-healthy wonderfully sugary snack).  I guess it's just bad timing that gives them a bad rap.  But whatever it is, I'm betting you can understand my confusion/dismay on how these sneaky little devils managed their way into Lake Champlain Chocolates.  Surely there are plenty other delicious fruits we could smother in chocolate? Who decided on raisins? (hmm, maybe my crazy neighbors secretly moved up to VT to become chocolatiers?)

Anyways, I think it took me a good three months after I started working here to finally give our Milk Chocolate Covered Raisins a try (in the spirit of full disclosure, I didn't actually seek them out, the free sample bowl in our retail store found me).  All I can say is WOW - was I wrong!  All those months wasted!  The raisins are giants - so juicy, not in the least bit dry (they're actually Franny's Raisins, which also happen to be organic).  And they're covered in just the right amount of milk chocolate to satisfy your sweet craving, but not too much that you can't still kid yourself that you're having a healthy snack.  Really, it's a "dieter's" dream come true!

But seriously, I guess what I'm trying to say here is that some foods you hated as a kid can all the sudden become deliciously grown up.  So you may just want to give them another might surprise yourself!

Next on my list - pimento loaf.  Despite this lesson, I still have my doubts...

Don't Talk With Your Mouth Full!

Posted on March 13, 2008 3:41 PM by Erin
This is my first week at Lake Champlain Chocolates…as a chocolate lover, a dream job come true!  Today I was asked to help cover the phones for a few hours since our receptionist is out sick.  Everything was going smoothly until a tray of Milk Chocolate Pecan Caramel Clusters was put out on the coffee table next to the front desk for visitors to enjoy.  I tried my best to ignore them, but honestly will power is not my middle name.  I rationalized “hey I’m new, I really do need to try all our products” so I quietly tip toed over and took a sample.  DELICIOUS is the only word to describe them!  I did not realize however that these clusters had caramel and just at that moment the phone began to ring.  I ran back over chewing as quickly as I could, but it was too late I missed the call.  A co-worker peered around the corner to see if everything was okay, and there I was evidence in hand still not able to say a word…BUSTED!  I learned a very valuable lesson on my third day – Milk Chocolate Pecan Caramel Clusters and the phone do not mix.  But finding my new Lake Champlain Chocolates favorite was well worth the embarrassment!