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.