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Cocoa Con Brío: A Taste of Latin Jazz

Limited-Edition Chocolate Bar Benefits 2014 Burlington Discover Jazz Festival

APRIL 16, 2014 :: Burlington, VT – Lake Champlain Chocolates (LCC) is excited to announce this year’s limited-edition chocolate bar in support of the Burlington Discover Jazz Festival (BDJF): Cocoa Con Brío, a tropical blend of spices, fruit, and dark chocolate inspired by Latin jazz. 

Cocoa Con Brío Chocolate BarLCC has been a proud sponsor of the BDJF for over fifteen years. “It’s our third year creating a unique bar for the festival and it really represents a moment of celebration for us and our continued partnership with the BDJF,” says Cathy Wisloski, Marketing Director at LCC. “To push the boundaries of exploring different flavors with chocolate, this year we created a bar that tells a story rooted in the heritage of Latin American jazz.”

Taking its cues from traditional mole, the bar’s flavors release slowly, resolving in a harmony of complementary notes. Each bite begins with tropical lime, followed by cinnamon, spices, chewy raisins, crunchy pepitas, and a trio of chiles that hits the palate as a warming back note. Meaning chocolate “with spirit,” Cocoa Con Brío finishes the same way it starts, with a lingering note of bright lime citrus.

All profits of the Cocoa Con Brío bar will support the BDJF’s Artist-in-Residence program. This program invites a celebrated jazz musician to explore his or her practice within the Burlington community, conducting performance workshops and spreading the importance of jazz history through schools and social service agencies, with an emphasis on meaningful cultural exchange and immersion. This year, famed New Orleans saxophonist Donald Harrison will continue the Artist-in-Residence tradition, which is now in its second year.

Priced at $4.00, the bar will be available for purchase from May 30 to June 8. It can be found at Lake Champlain Chocolates’ retail locations, on Church Street, Pine Street, and in Waterbury Center; at the South End Kitchen, on Pine Street; and online at www.lakechamplainchocolates.com. Cocoa Con Brío will also be available at Flynn Center concessions during the festival. 

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About Lake Champlain Chocolates
A pioneer in the American chocolate movement, Lake Champlain Chocolates is a family-owned company located in Burlington, Vermont. In 1983, Jim Lampman declared he would create upscale American chocolates that would “rival the Belgians.”  Almost 30 years later, the Lampman family has done just that, by introducing European flavors and tastes using local, Vermont ingredients and by taking a craftsman’s approach to chocolate: creativity, patience and mastery. This level of care and craft leads to chocolates that win high praise, year after year, from customers and industry experts alike. Lake Champlain Chocolates are hand made by people who are passionate about their work; products include chocolate bars, as well as the best-selling Five Star Bars, truffles, caramels, gift assortments and gourmet hot chocolate and are available online, nationwide at specialty food and gift stores, such as Whole Foods Market, upscale hotels and inns, and at their three company-owned stores in Vermont.