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We’re going to let you in on a secret.  Why are our handmade truffles so creamy, decadent and downright delicious?  

It’s the butter
.  

OK, it’s also the irresistible chocolate we use, but the European-style cultured butter from our good friends at Vermont Creamery really sends them over the top.

What is European-style cultured butter?  It sounds fancy, but really it’s quite simple. Vermont Creamery uses the freshest, high quality cream from the local St. Albans Cooperative, a coop of 500 family farms in Northern Vermont.  The cream is naturally cultured before it’s churned in small batches to become a rich, European-style butter with 86% butterfat content and a unique farm-fresh taste.

The silky-smooth butter is responsible for the creamy texture of our truffles, and its slightly nutty flavor is the perfect balance for the sweet chocolate. (It's also heavenly when spread on a fresh baguette.)

Vermont Creamery is like family to us.  LCC and Vermont Creamery both got their start in the early 80s and have grown to have a reputation far beyond the borders of Vermont; yet both companies still operate in the same place where they started over 30 years ago and are committed more than ever to supporting local farmers and producers to bring you the best products possible.  The fact that this exceptional butter is made just a few miles down the road from us is nothing short of amazing!

Having partners like Vermont Creamery is just one of many reasons why we love making chocolate in Vermont.



Our namesake: Lake Champlain.

Posted on July 8, 2014 10:44 AM by Meghan

We like to talk about Vermont and why we love living here.  And Lake Champlain is a big part of what makes this place so special —which is why over 30 years ago Jim Lampman decided to make this great lake the namesake of his growing chocolate company.

So what is it about Lake Champlain?  While technically not a “great” lake, it’s pretty darn big: 125 miles long, 14 miles wide and 400 feet deep in some places.  It’s also home to Champ, our very own lake monster- first spotted in 1609 by Samuel de Champlain,  he still gets quite a bit of attention- we even have a t-shirt in our stores that says “Champ ate all the chocolate!”

The lake runs between Vermont and New York and much of the shoreline on both sides is undeveloped, making the lake look almost the same as it did when it was first discovered over 400 years ago.

In the end, just looking out our window is what inspires us each day.  Don’t you agree?


Retailer Spotlight: Plum Market

Posted on June 19, 2014 9:50 AM by Meghan

One of the most common questions we get here at LCC, either on the phone or when people visit us for a chocolate factory tour is “can I find Lake Champlain Chocolates near where I live?” and luckily the answer is usually YES!  There are over 1500 stores across the country that carry at least some of our delicious, gourmet chocolate.  

This month we’re featuring Plum Market with stores in Chicago, Ann Arbor, Bloomfield and West Bloomfield.   With three generations of retailing in their blood, the Jonna brothers opened Plum Market in 2007 to “create a grocery experience like no other.” Trust us, this is not your neighborhood supermarket; it is much, much more.  Plum Market carries the very best in organic, specialty and local products, including all of our chocolate bars, plus some favorites like our sea salt caramels and coin gift bags.  

The Jonna brothers want nothing less than "to revolutionize the way your family shops for food.”  And to that we say, bring it on!


 


Yogurt and Honey Cocoa Pod

Posted on June 3, 2014 10:55 AM by Meghan

Yogurt and honey are a natural pairing, but seldom seen in chocolate.  For this month’s cocoa pod creative, we’ve blended yogurt and honey with a white chocolate ganache and surrounded it with a 54% dark chocolate. Notes of tangy yogurt and a subtle peak of honey are accented by the brown spice of the dark chocolate- a taste experience that is both original and delicious!

They are only available for the month of  June in our Pine Street store, stop in today and give it a try!



Taste the Soul of Latin American Jazz!

Posted on May 27, 2014 11:51 AM by Meghan

It’s the moment we’ve all been waiting for- this year’s Burlington Discover Jazz Bar, ¡Cocoa Con Brío!, is now for sale!   

Meaning literally, ‘chocolate with spirit,’ ¡Cocoa Con Brío!, is inspired by Latin American jazz and takes a cue from the traditional dish, molé.  Beginning with a note of tropical lime, each taste reveals a blend of cinnamon, spices and a trio of chilies that hits the palate as a warming back note (hot, but not too hot!), while raisins and pepitas add a bit of sweet, chewy satisfaction.  The bar finishes with vibrant flavor and lingering lime.

We’re proud to be in our 17th year of sponsoring the Burlington Discover Jazz Festival, and this year we are excited to dedicate this bar to our community.  The proceeds of each ¡Cocoa Con Brío! bar will support the Artist-in-Residency program

This program invites a celebrated jazz musician to explore their practice within the Burlington community, conducting performance workshops and spreading the importance of jazz history to schools and social service agencies. The program emphasizes the importance of meaningful and multi-layered cultural exchange and immersion into another culture. This year, famed New Orleans saxophonist Donald Harrison will continue the Artist in Residency tradition, which is now in its second year.

Only available until June 8, make sure to pick one up at one of our three retail stores, at the South End Kitchen, online or at the Flynn lobby during the festival.  And let us know what you think!  #cocoaconbrio

 

 


It’s Time to Party!

Posted on May 20, 2014 10:52 AM by Meghan

Party season is upon us.  Graduations, showers, weddings, barbeques— we can finally be outside without hats and mittens and this alone is something to celebrate (at least for us in Vermont.)

And no celebration is complete without some Lake Champlain Chocolates.  How about a chocolate buffet?  Let guests mix and match to create their own chocolate assortment- from gourmet truffles and chocolate hearts to honey caramel and dark mint, - everyone will find a favorite and have fun doing it!

Looking for other fun party ideas?  Check out our recently updated Pinterest Board “You’re Invited” for lots of inspiration!   This is one of our favorites- 


Happy Celebrating!!


Our friend Jamie Wynne Kales outdoes herself again with an amazing arrangement of flowers and chocolate for Mother's Day!  Read below to learn more about her inspiration.

Jamie Wynne Kales of Jamie Wynne Floral brings her exclusive bespoke floral design to the table!  Want a bright idea?  Tell your mom she's the light of your life with sweet gratitude from Lake Champlain chocolates!  Flowers and chocolate are the perfect partnership to mark life's great moments; what better way to tell her how special she is to you than to enrich her day with a selection of Vermont's finest handcrafted chocolates...smooth truffles that are blissfully delicious or an adorable fashion statement of a floral tote.  What are Mom's favorite colors?  Choose chocolates wrapped in colored packaging from floral print, to light blue to brightly-foiled individual bags of delicious morsels...create a chocolate story for Mom!  Life's filled with stories, right?

Here, San Diego floral designer and featured designer for the San Diego Museum of Art's "Art Alive", Jamie Wynne, known for her intricately-threaded textures and mindfully orchestrated color palettes, creates a floral inspiration based on Lake Champlain's gorgeous packaging.  Always image-saavy and leaving no nuance unnoticed, she creates the caption of "Want a bright idea..." by integrating a tad of industrial chic to the blend.  Lightbulbs!  The arrangement itself houses 14 highly unique floral varieties from English David Austen garden roses to Italian heather.  As Jamie Wynne would say herself..."It's ALL in the details!"  And, of course, what was the starting point for such inspiration?  Chocolate of course!  Seize the chance to get creative this year...celebrate Mom this year with a sweetness she'll never forget!

Flowers and chocolate in a single pairing...or, can't choose?  Get them all!  Create a medley of many chocolate varieties in different packaging to really pop! Create the ultimate chocolate arrangement! 


Mom deserves the best!

Posted on May 5, 2014 3:43 PM by Meghan

Give your mom as gift as sweet as she is- luxurious, gourmet chocolates!  
Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 11 so stop by one of our three retail stores and we’d be happy to help you select the perfect gift for Mom. We have clusters, caramels, truffles, orange peels, gift baskets— everything to give mom the sweet recognition she deserves.

LCC Retail Stores

750 Pine Street
Burlington, VT
Monday-Saturday 9-6pm
Sunday 12-5pm
802-864-1807

65 Church Street
Burlington, VT
Monday-Thursday 10-8pm
Friday-Saturday 10-9pm
Sunday 11-7pm
802-862-5185

Route 100 – Cabot Annex
Waterbury, VT
Monday-Sunday 9-6pm
802-241-4150


 


The LCC Mother’s Day Gift Guide

Posted on April 30, 2014 1:40 PM by Meghan

This year we asked the moms right here in our office what’s on their wish list for a Mother’s Day gift.  And it turns out; Lake Champlain Chocolates’ moms are a sentimental bunch.  Granted they can get their hands on a dark chocolate sea salt caramel or one of our chocolate truffles pretty much whenever they want; but still, there are some material things that might be nice.   Say maybe this or this if you like to entertain.  Green thumb moms? This is our go-to place.  Or do you need a full day away from it all? There’s no better escape than here.

But no, more than anything else, our moms want to be with their kids—imagine that?!

And so, here is what the LCC matriarchs want for their Mother’s Day.

A bouquet of tulips and a handmade card with my son’s handprint . Getting to sleep until 7:00 (instead of the 5:45 wake up hour that seems to happen on the weekends!) Homemade chocolate cake with mocha frosting, made by my 5 year old baker (he makes a killer chocolate cake, with a little help from his dad!)- Allyson, Director of Sales, Will, age 5

I want a no work, all fun day!  No cleaning, grocery shopping or house projects.  Brunch somewhere (mimosas wouldn’t hurt…I hear they have fresh-squeezed ones at the South End Kitchen) and maybe Shelburne Farms.  - Erin, Email Marketing, Kate, 20 months

A really great photo of both of my children smiling, maybe even playing nicely together!- Cathy, Director of Marketing, two boys 17 months apart!

Where did the time go? It seemed like only yesterday my son Ian was playing with Legos and now we’re visiting Engineering schools! All I want for Mother’s Day is to be able to truly appreciate each day we have together before he leaves the nest. That, and a breakfast of my husband’s blueberry buttermilk pancakes.  – Christine, Receptionist, Ian, age 17

Spending time with my son - anytime, anywhere! – Fran, HR Director

As a mother of three young boys (ages 7,5, and 11months), I would love to spend a fun day biking together as a family along the Lake Champlain bike path, with a mandatory ice cream stop.  But first, they would need to buy me this.  

Happy Mother’s Day!



Celebrating Earth Day, Every Day

Posted on April 22, 2014 11:48 AM by Meghan

As a locally-owned Vermont company that sources ingredients from all around the globe, we are focused on continuous improvements and recognize that the choices we make affect people, our products and our planet. 

We are committed to making a positive impact on our local and global communities by:

Seeking out the best and freshest ingredients and sourcing non-GMO ingredients and using organic ingredients whenever possible

 

Respecting the labor right of our employees and fostering long term partnerships 

Acting as good citizens, enhancing opportunities within communities and practicing environmental responsibility.

Looking back over the past year, there is a lot to celebrate on this Earth Day.   In March 2013, LCC achieved Fair for Life Social and Fair Trade Certification- a huge accomplishment involving people at every level of our company.   We’ve also completed efforts to source non-GMO ingredients and 95% of the chocolate we use is now fair trade certified.  

While our work is never done, today is a good day to look back and see all that has been accomplished by our team of people here and what exciting opportunities lie ahead!  Happy Earth Day!