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An Entry from a Chocolate Intern

Posted on January 25, 2008 3:30 PM by Tracy
Once again during my college experience, I am doomed to revisit the “freshman fifteen.” Well, to put it lightly, as the newest intern for Lake Champlain Chocolates, I am destined to the “chocolate fifteen.” First indication of destination “chocolate fifteen” came from my mother, who instead of congratulating me for my new position exclaimed “be ready to gain weight this semester.” Gee, thanks Mom. 

However, unlike my “freshman fifteen,” which directly resulted from the consumption of unpleasant microwavable macaroni and late night snacking, my “chocolate fifteen” weight gain will result from a mouth-pleasing experience of over-indulging in Vermont’s finest chocolates.  Mmm Chocolate. My first experience with Lake Champlain Chocolates occurred at the internship fair held by my college. I can still remember the perfect packaging that held that beautiful piece of dark chocolate. It was love at first sight!  And yes, after the first bite I was hooked.  I am proud to report that I have become a full-blown chocoholic who truthfully could not care less about the “chocolate fifteen.” 

I mean who has the opportunity to work in a chocolate factory every day?  Not many!  It’s a childhood dream, a fantasy.  I have never been more pleased with the opportunity to indulge in so many tasty concoctions as available at Lake Champlain Chocolates. The delicious cappuccino filled milk chocolate truffles are to die for.  I am also impressed with the delightful taste of the Aztec Chocolate Squares. 

So that brings us back to where am I on my “chocolate fifteen” gain?  Nowhere!  I am somewhat happy to report that when I bring home any form of Lake Champlain Chocolate, it does not last long.  I am able to enjoy a reasonable couple of pieces each day before yet another new chocolate enthusiast, my boyfriend, comes home only to soon reveal the bottom of my candy jar.  (Like me, he also indulges without fear of the “chocolate fifteen.”)

At last thought, my boyfriend’s love for chocolate will inevitably make my Valentine’s Day shopping extremely easy.  I mean, what guy does not enjoy great tasting chocolate?  My dilemma no longer is choosing a gift he will love, but rather deciding which of the satisfying choices of Lake Champlain Chocolate to give him.  He likes them all. 

Goodbye Halloween - Helloooooooo Thanksgiving!

Posted on November 8, 2007 12:05 PM by Tracy

Well I must say, Halloween was fun but Thanksgiving is on its way and I’m excited. Who can deny this wonderful holiday of food, friends and family. I LOVE taking a break from school (and work!) to travel home for the long weekend.  There is nothing better than going home to a house filled with smells of holiday baking. Not to mention eating all that holiday baking. That filling stuffing,  those sweet, sweet potatoes, garlic biscuits, that spinach casserole grandma makes me eat, and that delicious main course!
However, this year is going to be different. My family knows I am interning for an exquisite chocolate company and of course they are going to make sure I come home with great chocolate. There is no telling if they will attack me at the door or wait until after dinner to eagerly ask me what I brought home. Either way I am sure there are huge expectations for me this year. I might just have to settle on bringing home place setting Chocolate Turkeys in addition to my favorite New World Hot Chocolate. I feel the turkeys will go over the best because they are pleasing to the eye and would be extremely fun to eat at the end of dinner. Also, how can I go home without my hot chocolate? I seriously have an addiction to that stuff and it is not a bad one I must say. Regardless, I am excited to be home with family and friends, and of course.. .  the food!

Halloween Festivities Are Coming to Town!

Posted on October 24, 2007 11:30 AM by Tracy

Interning here at LCC has gotten very exciting. I have just been asked to film some of the October 27th Halloween activities down on Church Street.  For a girl who loves Halloween I must say, I am thrilled to be a part of this! On the other hand I must say I just heard most of our Halloween chocolates are gone, so get them while there are still some left! Ok, back to the event; from 10:30am to 11:45am kids can go trick or treating in stores that have an orange pumpkin in the window. At around 12pm the Halloween Parade will start and I have heard our LCC Bunny will be making an appearance! What I am really looking forward to is the magic, balloon animals and obviously the CHOCOLATE SAMPLES! I really hope they have some samples from the autumn chocolates leaves, chocolates of Vermont, or any of their amazing hot chocolate that I have become so fond of. Even if they don’t, I’ll most likely go into the store and get some to hold me over. This event sounds like it’s going to be a lot of fun and I’m happy I’m going to be a part of it. So look for me in the crowd of the LCC “Wizards of Chocolate,” I’ll be the one with the camera. Remember to smile and wave, see you there!
PS - The image above is a chocolate sculpture done by our chocolate artist Emily Jones. Come see it at the event!

What’s going on in the Factory?

Posted on October 22, 2007 1:04 PM by Tracy

As of a week ago, I have a new assignment. I’m going to be filming what goes on here at the factory down on Pine Street. Many people might not know, but we are way ahead of the seasonal chocolate making. Some might think we are getting ready for Thanksgiving, but think again.  I’m going into the factory on Thursday to film some Christmas creations (Santa’s is what I’ve heard).  All of our specialty chocolates are hand painted, yup Santa himself gets his fluffy white beard hand painted on (what service).  That must be why they taste so good, now that is quality! So be sure to check back in for a detailed description of how they are made and what I saw in the factory.

Behind these Chocolate Walls

Posted on September 20, 2007 5:34 PM by Tracy

Well, here I am. I’m sitting in the office of Vermont’s well known chocolate factory, Lake Champlain Chocolates. This is seriously a dream. I still don’t know how the staff even let me in the door let alone allowed me to eat their chocolates. But hey, long story short I’m the new intern and I love it.

First, let’s get things straight. I’ve never been one of those ‘chocoholics’ as they’re referred to. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy chocolate but I didn’t take this internship just so I could eat chocolate until I got sick. To be honest, I have lived without chocolate before and have been fully functional. I did however; take this internship because all chocolate aside, this company is absolutely amazing. The staff is friendly, the work environment is great and hey, you can’t go wrong with a little chocolate. Let me tell you something. When I first went for my interview I was worried about what I was getting myself into. The factory location on Pine Street is getting a bit of a face lift so offices are moving and well, things are kind of everywhere. (Which is shocking because the company is still so organized!) Being a first time intern, I only imagined tedious paper work, heavy lifting of boxes, and pretty much any grunt work that people often pass on to interns. This was not the case at all.

My first project was getting to know the company. I was giving a factory tour, had some chocolate tasting, (I know, this all sounds so horrible doesn’t it?) and met the wonderful staff. I was assigned to a computer and I was off. Now don’t get me wrong. I fully take advantage of my chocolate relationship with the company. If I’m working on something and need to clear my head, I’ll take a walk down the hall to the factory and taste something. The amazing girls that run the tours even make me a drink when they have a chance. The Old World Hot Chocolate gets me through the morning.  I feel so bad asking, but they’re all so nice and don’t mind filling me in on what’s fresh off the product line. I’m really into the Dark Chocolate Truffles. Like I said, I’m not a chocoholic but I imagine by the holiday season I’ll be taking in chocolate straight through the veins.