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Did someone say chocolate?

Posted on April 3, 2014 11:26 AM by Meghan

Easter is Sunday April 20. And the weather is looking up- maybe we won’t be hiding Easter eggs in the snow after all.  You already know that LCC is where it’s at for all things Easter.  What you might not know is that along with all of our delicious chocolate bunnies, eggs and ready-to-go Easter baskets, we also have a new bunny to add to the pack this year- an Organic Milk Chocolate Sea Salt ‘n’ Almond Bunny and it is A-MAZING. We’re all going nuts (sorry) for it and it takes something special around here to get us talking.  Trust us when we say you need to try this bunny.

You can order online or stop by one of our stores today!

65 Church Street

Church Street Marketplace

Burlington, VT 

802-862-5185

Mon-Thu: 10:00am-7:00pm

Fri-Sat: 10:00am-9:00pm

Sum: 11:00am-6:00pm


750 Pine Street

Burlington, VT

802-864-1807

Mon-Sat:  9:00am-6:00pm

Sunday: 12:00-5:00pm


Route 100 

Cabot Annex

Waterbury Center, VT

802-241-4150

9:00am-6:00pm daily


 


Celebrate the Taste of Vermont!

Posted on April 2, 2014 12:37 PM by Meghan

Liquid gold. Sugaring season. Sap is running. Sugar on snow.  

What does this all mean?  It means spring in Vermont.   We don’t really have a traditional spring in Vermont – there are no daffodils blooming-  but we do have sugaring season, those few precious weeks a year when it’s warm during the days (ok, warm means above freezing this time of year) and cold at night to make the sap drip out of maple trees and into a bucket.  It’s this prized sap that is boiled down into maple syrup, cloyingly sweet and impossible to replicate (as much as Aunt Jemima tries).

At Lake Champlain Chocolates we’ve been using pure Vermont maple syrup in our chocolates since the beginning so it’s a wonder it took us 30 years to create the Maple Caramel bar, but alas, it’s here and will not disappoint.  The caramel almost tastes like sampling syrup fresh from the sugar shack, paired with our signature dark chocolate to soften the sweetness and you have a bar that lives up to its name.

If you’re in the area, stop by our Pine Street store this Saturday.  We’re having two free chocolate sensory tastings featuring the new Maple Caramel bar- with the height of sugaring season upon us, the timing couldn’t be better.

Hope to see you there!


"Flowers of Decadence"

Posted on February 13, 2014 11:09 AM by Meghan

Check out this amazing flower and chocolate arrangement!   Rather than us try and do this justice, we asked the florist herself to share her inspriration for this piece of art.  And here it is....

I'm Jamie Wynne Kales of Jamie Wynne Floral, a San Diego floral designer and concept stylist.  I embrace the strength of flowers to enhance a product's presence in the marketplace; in a word, flowers are all about drama and they bring a product to life.  In my work, contrast is a power player, nothing is off limits, details become new fashion. My floral experience is aimed at lifting the senses to a new level, often with my own witty twists on international trends.   So when I proposed a Valentine's floral design workshop for Whole Foods Market La Jolla--titled "Flowers of Decadence", it was my intent to give people an extra-sensory, pampered experience.  I wanted to 'marry' my talents with their great team, using the workshop as a vehicle to highlight Lake Champlain Chocolate.  Whole Foods gave me full artistic license to do this.  

Chocolate blissfully celebrates exquisite taste and texture and the experience of it changes with the addition of certain flavor profiles.  When Lake Champlain graciously offered their intense chocolate 'member'--the Aztec bar--with incredible and hot nuances, I was delighted to run with this.  The immediate finished arrangement presents itself in my mind.  A hand-woven basket to celebrate the artisanal aspect of the product, woven fabric in rich chocolate hues to reflect the growing role of textiles in world floral design, real copper and gold filigree maple leaf embellishments to name its place of origin and praise the ever-changing color palette of this beautiful state.  The hottest of colors introduced to stage the trilogy of the Dark Chocolate Bar (in red), Azteca (orange) and boxed truffles, bright orange 'Babe' spray roses and gorgeous waxflower sing their chorus!  With incredible floral product donated to this endeavor by one of the greatest floral companies run by Jason Levin and his impeccable staff, Dos Gringos in Vista California, I could not go wrong.  Opting for a smaller variety spray rose (from Passion Roses) rather than a standard-sized hybrid tea and keeping the filler monochromatic, the result is the intense partnership of the two set on chocolate-toned railroad ties (also for texture) and chunks of chocolate, set on the ties around it, changing and melting deliciously in the hot Southern California sun.

Petals, Pollen, Panache, and, of course, Chocolate Always!

We couldn't have said it better ourselves.

Because February is the month for love and chocolate, our R & D team was inspired to create a confection that captures this most romantic of months.  

Start with our super smooth milk chocolate ganache found in our luscious truffles, add in some passion fruit concentrate imported from France (another capital of love!) and a smoky sweet aji amarillo chili for some spice and you have a chocolate that delivers on the promise of passion, sweet and spice!

Only available during the month of February, stop into our Pine Street Factory store to pick up these limited edition chocolates.  This could be just the thing you need to complete your Valentine gift!

Not near our store in Burlington?  We have endless Valentine’s Day chocolates that can be shipped nationwide- you just need to order by Thursday February 13 at 4pm!



Winter Chocolate Sale

Posted on January 23, 2014 4:53 PM by Amy Lipsitz

We’re having a winter sale January 19-27 featuring our gourmet hot chocolate, handmade truffles and more. It’s a great time to stock up on your favorites or buy some early Valentine’s Day chocolates! We’ll have lots of samples to try as well.

Second, we’re hosting FREE hot chocolate tastings January 22-26 at all three of our retail stores.

This super cold winter isn't looking so bad after all!

65 Church Street
Church Street Marketplace
Burlington, VT 
802-862-5185
Mon-Thu: 10:00am-7:00pm
Fri-Sat: 10:00am-9:00pm
Sun: 11:00am-6:00pm

750 Pine Street
Burlington, VT
802-864-1807
Mon-Sat:  9:00am-6:00pm
Sunday: 12:00-5:00pm

Route 100
Cabot Annex
Waterbury Center, VT
802-241-4150
9:00am-6:00pm daily


Blue Bandana wins Good Food Awards!

Posted on January 17, 2014 11:01 AM by Amy Lipsitz

Blue Bandana Chocolate Maker won two Good Food Awards for 70% Madagascar and 70% Madagascar Wild Pepper chocolate bars at last night's ceremony! The two bars were chosen by a panel of the country’s foremost chocolate experts for their exceptional taste and for supporting sustainable agriculture and social good.

The Good Food Awards recognize truly good food: tasty, authentic and responsibly produced. The seal assures consumers they have found something exceptionally delicious that also supports sustainability and social good. Selected by a panel of leading experts in the chocolate industry, award recipients are recognized for pushing their industries towards craftsmanship and sustainability while enhancing our agricultural landscape and building strong communities.

“Over the past four years, I have completely immersed myself in all things cocoa, from understanding origin, developing relationships with cocoa farmer, to producing the final product,” says Eric Lampman, chocolate maker.  “It is an honor to be recognized alongside some of the best chocolate makers in the country who are dedicated to making great chocolate and connecting with local producers.” 

Follow Eric's journey on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and visit the South End Kitchen for through-the window views of bean to bar production.


New Year. New Flavors. New Chocolates.

Posted on January 8, 2014 10:46 AM by Meghan

Our R&D team officially launched the Cocoa Pod Creative today!  What is the Cocoa Pod Creative?  

It’s a way for our amazing team to test new flavors, try different techniques and perfect their culinary skills.  What does this mean for us?  A completely new and delicious chocolate to try each month! 

At the beginning of each month, for the entire year, our team will deliver a new flavor to our Pine Street Factory store, some might be crazy and off the wall and some might be soo delicious they become a regular product that we carry year round.    

Kicking off the year is the Chai Masala.  Our 34% milk chocolate is blended with fresh local cream infused with Vermont Artisan’s Chai Masala, vanilla beans and honey from our own LCC hive creating a smooth and luscious ganache, nestled in a shell of 54% dark chocolate.  The flavor is quite delicate, with the milk chocolate ganache center giving way to subtle hints of the chai.  

Stop in our Pine Street store to try one!  We’re making them in limited quantities, so once they are gone, they are gone.

Stay tuned here as we’ll be announcing a new flavor each month on our blog.   And for those of you too far afield to get to our Pine Street store, you will eventually reap the benefits as our R&D team is sure to come up with some new taste treats we’ll want to share more than just once a year!


 


Vermont Foodie Gift Guide

Posted on December 11, 2013 11:50 AM by Amy Lipsitz

Vermont has long been ahead of the curve in the “good food” department. The best maple syrup on the planet, award-winning beer and cheese, beautiful hand-blown glassware and simply stunning cutting boards are just a sampling of what our home state has to offer. Working at a chocolate company where ingredient and product quality are of the utmost importance, you can bet there’s a lot of LCC employees that could be classified as “foodies.” We asked around the office and compiled a list of our favorite Vermont crafted, food related gifts for the gourmand on your list!

      1. Lake Champlain Chocolates Revel Chocolates- Handcrafted truffles in five unique flavors, sure to please any chocolate aficionado. Paired truffles include WhistlePig Straight Rye Whiskey, Vermont Butter & Cheese Creamery Crème Fraîche, George Howell Espresso, Bergamot & Honey, and Chipotle Cinnamon.

2. Vermont Butcher Block Cheese Board- This cheese board was made with locally harvested Cherry and is just beautiful with the Tiger Maple stripe contrasting against the orange-red of the cherry. It's the perfect piece for a formal spread or even a picnic in the meadows of Vermont.

      3. Apple Cider Caramels- We teamed up with Citizen Cider and Happy Valley Orchard to create luscious, new Apple Cider Caramels!  Each bite will remind you of an orchard-fresh apple dipped in slow-cooked caramel and drenched in milk chocolate.  A classic taste of Vermont! 

4. Vermont Creamery Goat Log Trio- These fresh goat cheeses have earned an honored place among chefs, both home and professional alike. The cheese is made with fresh goat's milk that sets overnight, is drained and then shaped into logs. This cheese is distinguished by a simple, mild, fresh goat's milk favor and is highly versatile as an ingredient or as part of a cheeseboard.

5. New Duds Vegetable Print Tea Towels- Perfect for any kitchen, this set of tea towels is hand drawn and hand printed by our friends at New Duds in Colchester, VT. Set of three Flour Sack Tea Towels in unique vegetable print designs!

6. Lake Champlain Chocolates Peppermint Hot Chocolate- Have a merry, minty holiday season! Our Peppermint Hot Chocolate is a refreshing blend of luxurious cocoa and refreshing peppermint, with hints of vanilla and cinnamon. Just the thing to warm everyone up on a cold day!

Happy Holidays from all of us here at Lake Champlain Chocolates!


A Cider Caramel Celebration!

Posted on December 3, 2013 12:01 PM by Meghan

We are hosting a delicious event this coming Saturday celebrating our collaboration with Citizen Cider and Happy Valley Orchard for the new Apple Cider Caramel—and you are invited!

Come have a taste of these luscious new caramels, it will remind you of biting into an orchard-fresh apple dipped in slow-cooked caramel and then drenched in milk chocolate.  A classic taste of Vermont!

We’ll have tastings of the cider caramels, Citizen Cider’s Unified Press, sweet apple cider for kids, hot mulled cider, our famous caramel apples, Happy Valley Orchard apple syrup and music by none other than the Cider House Boys.  We told you it’s going to be a celebration!

Where: Factory Store & Café, 750 Pine Street, Burlington
When: Saturday, December 7, 2-5pm

Come join us!

 


It’s time to Deck the Halls….with chocolate!

Posted on November 26, 2013 11:08 AM by Meghan

 

You can’t have good cheer without some great chocolate so come celebrate the holidays with us at one of our three retail stores – Church St and Pine St in Burlington and Route 100 in Waterbury.  From chocolate gift baskets and hot chocolate tins to truffles, stocking stuffers, and santas, our chocolates are the perfect gift for family, friends, and colleagues.  It’s just the touch of magic your holidays are looking for!

 

65 Church Street
Church Street Marketplace
Burlington, VT
802-862-5185
Mon-Thu: 10:00am-7:00pm
Fri-Sat: 10:00am-9:00pm
Sun: 11:00am-6:00pm

750 Pine Street
Burlington, VT
802-864-1807
Mon-Sat:  9:00am-6:00pm
Sunday: 12:00-5:00pm

Route 100
Cabot Annex
Waterbury Center, VT
802-241-4150
9:00am-6:00pm daily