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Did someone say free Hot Chocolate Tasting?

Posted on November 25, 2013 11:34 AM by Meghan

Here at Lake Champlain Chocolates, we know how to kick off the holiday season.  You will find no Black Friday craziness here.   In fact, our stores might be the best place to escape all the holiday frenzy.

On Saturday, November 30, from 12-4pm our Pine Street store will be sampling four (yes, four!) different flavors of our delicious hot chocolate.  It’s become something of a tradition on the Saturday after Thanksgiving and it’s the perfect way to kick off the holiday in a civilized and soul-southing way!  Who doesn’t need a little soul-southing this time of year?

We’ll be offering Traditional, Peppermint, Spicy Aztec and Old World for your tasting pleasure.  Come by with your friends and enjoy a sip or two!  Trust us; you’ll be happy you did.  


 


Move over Martha Stewart. 

Emily McCracken, Lake Champlain Chocolates’ resident artist and chocolate sculptress extraordinaire, will be sharing her talents next Saturday November 16 at 2pm at our Factory Store and Café located at 750 Pine Street.

Emily will show you how to make handcrafted chocolate treats like these pilgrim hats using simple household items.  This is your chance to learn how to dress up your Thanksgiving table and really impress your guests!

This event is free and no registration is required.  We recommend you arrive early as seating is limited.  Sit back and watch how you can expand your dessert repertoire, sculpt with chocolate and create delicious and distinctive Thanksgiving-themed chocolates.

See you there!


Chocotoberfest

Posted on October 17, 2013 2:31 PM by Meghan

October is the time of year we come together to share the harvest, carve some pumpkins and celebrate CHOCOLATE

Join us for Chocotoberfest— four wonderful days of special chocolate events from October 24-27.  Enjoy sweet deals on chocolate caramels, truffles, and hot chocolate.

And there’s more….on Saturday, October 26 from 12-4pm at 750 Pine Street, join us for a free Fair Trade hot chocolate tasting to celebrate Fair Trade month.  We’ll have a flight of four hot chocolates- Organic, Mocha, Spicy Aztec and Chai- delicious hot chocolate you can feel good about drinking. 

LCC is proud to carry the Fair Trade Certified label on our full line of hot chocolates.  Stop by one of our three retail stores- Church St and Pine St in Burlington and Route 100 in Waterbury- to learn about our Fair Trade products and how they improve the lives of farming families in cocoa growing regions.

Don’t miss one of the sweetest events of the fall!


Ice cream! You scream!

Posted on May 21, 2013 10:57 AM by Meghan

We all scream for ice cream!!

We LOVE it when ice cream season rolls around.  Here in Vermont, we crave green grass, blue skies and the long days of summer.  And of course LCC ice cream! 

Not only will our stores be serving up your favorite flavors like classic chocolate, vanilla, chocolate hazelnut, almond butter crunch and more…but keep an eye out for our ice cream cart around town. 

If there is a festival or event happening around Burlington, chances are you’ll find us scooping up our small-batch 100% Vermont dairy ice cream.  Burlington Discover Jazz Festival, Summervale, Burlington Food & Wine Festival, and the new South End Truck Stop, right down the street from our chocolate factory, are a few highlights of what’s to come this summer.  Stop by and grab a cone- summer only lasts so long!!

PS- Our Pops will be back again this summer too!!


The Bebop Hop Chocolate Bar!

Posted on May 15, 2013 11:20 AM by Meghan


Chocolate. Beer. Jazz.  What happens when you combine all three?  The Bee-Bop Hop chocolate bar!  To celebrate the 2013 Burlington Discover Jazz Festival,  we joined forces with fellow sponsor Long Trail Brewing Company to create this year’s limited-edition chocolate bar.  

Here at LCC, we are continually inspired by the local food and beverage producers in Vermont and are always looking to combine ingredients in new ways to create something truly distinctive.

The Bebop Hop chocolate bar certainly achieves this with a hop-infused, deep malty caramel covered in a silky blend of milk and dark chocolate. Honestly, this is like nothing else you’ve ever tasted before.

LCC’s Research and Development Specialist Lauren Deitsch and Long Trail Brewmaster Dave Hartmann explain the process of using Long Trail’s raw ingredients for making beer to create a finished chocolate confection.


Pouring the malt syrup into the caramel.

“While touring the LCC factory, we observed the caramelizing process,” says Hartmann.  “And I thought it would be interesting to try caramelizing some concentrated malt extract, what we brewers call ‘wort,’ a house-made ingredient used in making our beers.”

Making the caramel.

“By boiling down the malt extract into a syrup, we were able to use this as a sweetener in our caramel,” explains Deitsch. “Add in Cascade hops and the result is a chocolate bar with a heady aroma reminiscent of Long Trail beers.  This was a true collaboration and the end product, with flavor notes of citrus fruit, grassy herbs and malted caramel, balanced with a sweet blend of chocolate, is incomparable.”

“Malt and hops are the basic building blocks of beer,” continues Hartmann. “We concentrated the best part of the malt (the sweet extract) and the best part of the hops (the wonderful aromas) to create an intense burst of malty, hoppy, chocolaty deliciousness.”


The wrapped bar coming off the moulding line.

All profits from the sale of the bar will benefit the FlynnArts “LCC Youth in Jazz Scholarship,” providing performing arts education for young musicians, as well as the FlynnArts Jazz programs.  Priced at $4.00, the Bee-Bop Hop Bar is non-alcoholic and will be available for purchase from May 20 to June 9. It can be found at Lake Champlain Chocolates’ retail locations on Church Street, Pine Street and in Waterbury Center, online at www.lakechamplainchocolates.com and at the Long Trail Visitor Center in Bridgewater Corners, VT.  


 

 

 

 

 

 


Chocolates for Mom!

Posted on April 30, 2013 11:44 AM by Meghan

Give your mom as gift as sweet as she is- luxurious, gourmet chocolates! Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 12 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, chocolate 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 daily
802-241-4150


How to Give a Gift Your Mom Will Love!

Posted on April 15, 2013 12:01 PM by Meghan

Wondering what to get your mom for Mother’s Day?  We have a lot of amazing chocolates from milk to dark, fruity to nutty, spicy to sweet, solid to filled… the list goes on.  So how do you choose the right Mother’s Day chocolates?

Here’s a guide of sorts that might be able to help— we think you’ll find at least some hint of your mom lurking in the personalities below.

Caramel Queen:  She knows what she wants.  And you better not deprive her.  Whether it’s getting her nails done, going to the gym or enjoying a glass of wine, this mom will not let anything- or anyone- get in her way.  Make sure to buy her exactly what she wants- and only that.  No assorted chocolates here.  Strictly milk and dark chocolate caramels.  And don’t expect her to share.

 

Traditionalist:  A modern day June Cleaver, this mom bakes homemade cookies, volunteers at the school, coaches the soccer team and insists on family dinners.  In sticking with tradition, our gourmet truffles will provide her with plenty of classic flavors to enjoy like Legendary Dark, Milk Hazelnut and White

 

Iconoclast/Rebel: She picks up her kids wearing sunglasses (no matter the weather) and refuses to engage in gossip with the other moms on the playground.  Somehow she manages to keep up with the latest trends in art, film and music.  And this goes for chocolate too- so give the Revel Chocolates  or the Wild Pepper Madagascar Chocolate Bar so she can maintain her too cool for school status.

She Does it All: Super mom to the max.  Successful career, quality time with her kids, home cooked meals every night- how does she do it?  No one really knows, but you better be sure to say a big thank you come Mother’s Day. The Mother’s Day Chocolate Gift Basket should do the trick.

 

 

“Love is All I Need”: Ok, so she’s been known to do a drop-off or two at school in her pajamas and her kids desperately need a haircut, but she’s as happy as can be and so is her family.  Love makes her world go ‘round so why not shower her with some dark chocolate hearts?

Vermonter: Whether she lives in Vermont or just pines for our beautiful state, this mom would never be caught buying anything but pure maple syrup for her kidlet’s pancakes. Fresh, natural and beautiful, this mom embraces the truly good things in life so give her some chocolate that does the same with our Vermont Country Gift Basket or our Chocolates of Vermont.

 

“Oh, Just Get Me A Little Something”: Always thinking of others and never comfortable with too much attention, this mom is happiest with a homemade or thoughtful card.  But she still deserves something a little extra- special.  Try our assorted Chocolate Flowers or an elegant box of Spring Chocolate Truffles- just enough of a decadent treat without her thinking you “over did it again.”


Free Chocolate Tasting & Mud Season Sale!

Posted on April 15, 2013 10:33 AM by Meghan

It’s been over a month since we offered one our free chocolate tastings and we so we are thrilled to announce two tastings this coming weekend!

Come by our Factory Store on Pine Street in Burlington at 2pm or 3pm on Saturday April 20 to learn how chocolate is made, desirable qualities in chocolate and the six steps to tasting chocolate.

We will have our knowledgeable staff guide you through the session while tasting LCC’s single origin chocolates.  Dark chocolate lovers- this one is for you!

There is no need to register for either session, but seating is limited so it is recommended to arrive early.

And while you’re here, enjoy some great savings during our Mud Season sale with discounts on hot chocolate, truffles, chocolate bars, plus lots of factory seconds!  As always, the café will be serving hot chocolates, cappuccinos, lattes, ice cream, gourmet coffee & teas and cold beverages.


Super Fresh Chocolates

Posted on April 2, 2013 2:14 PM by Meghan

Over the years we’ve shared our tips on how to store your chocolate so it stays fresh.  You might ask- who stores chocolate?  Isn’t it for eating?  Well, maybe the Easter Bunny went overboard this year, or perhaps you’d like to stock up on your favorites so you always have a Five Star Caramel bar at your fingertips.  Whatever the reason, we’re thrilled to say that Lauren Deitsch, our resident chocolatier, wrote up such great tips on how to keep chocolate fresh that she was a featured blogger on Huffington Post!  Go Lauren!

Check out her super fresh tips here.


That’s One Big Bunny.

Posted on March 26, 2013 12:07 PM by Meghan

We’ve been making what has to be one of the bigger chocolate Easter bunnies in the country (world?) for a long time.  Just take a look at this picture of owner Jim Lampman holding what we endearingly call the Ha Ha Bunny.  It tells us two things:  1. We’ve been making this bunny at least since the early 90s when this picture was taken. 2. He needs two hands to hold the bunny. 


It’s big.  Really big.  And kind of heavy.

What does one do with such a big bunny?   Well, this year (like all years) we raffle off a couple of these bunnies to one of our favorite non-profits in the area.  This year we decided to help our friends at the Sarah Holbrook Center.  You may have heard us talk about them before—they’ve been helping families in the Old North End of Burlington for 75 years through social development, education and recreational opportunities.
To enter the raffle, stop by one of our company stores (Pine St or Church St in Burlington and on Route 100 in Waterbury) and buy some tickets to win!  With 23 lbs of chocolate and 2 feet tall, this is all the bunny you’ll need!