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Lake Champlain Chocolates is 2016 Good Food Award Finalist honored for our Apple Cider Caramels

NOV 5, 2015 ::BURLINGTON, VT – Lake Champlain Chocolates (LCC) is proud to announce our Apple Cider Caramels are a 2016 Good Food Award Finalist. The caramels were chosen by a panel of the country’s foremost chocolate experts for their exceptional taste as well as for supporting sustainable agriculture, transparency, responsible relationships and social good.

“Apple is such a classic Vermont taste,”  says Eric Lampman, Director of Innovation and Quality at LCC. “By teaming up with local producers Citizen Cider and Happy Valley Orchard, we were able to create a confection that celebrates this iconic flavor and showcases a harmony of fermented foods— apples into cider and cocoa beans into chocolate.” 

Lauren Deitsch, Research and Development Specialist at LCC, explains the process and flavor profile of the Apple Cider Caramels. “An incredibly flavorful apple syrup is infused into our popular caramel and the result is a slow-cooked buttery caramel packed with fresh apple flavor notes,”  says Deitsch. “We finish it with a touch of Citizen Cider’s Unified Press, and then cover in milk chocolate. It’s reminiscent of apple crisp or biting into a caramel apple, and is a unique Vermont chocolate delicacy. We’re thrilled to be honored among such a diverse group of talented and socially responsible food makers, and share this success with our friends at Citizen Cider and Happy Valley”  says Deitsch. “This was a true collaboration.” 

Lake Champlain Chocolates has been using local ingredients like cream, butter, honey and maple syrup in their chocolates for over 30 years; the partnership with Citizen Cider and Happy Valley Orchard is a continuation of their commitment to working with small agricultural producers in Vermont.

Of the over 1,937 entries, 236 finalists met the Good Food Awards’ criteria for demonstrating excellence in environmental and social responsibility and were recognized for pushing their industries towards craftsmanship and sustainability while enhancing our agricultural landscape and building strong communities.

Winners of the 2016 Good Food Awards will be announced Friday January 15, 2016 at a gala Awards Ceremony in San Francisco, California, followed by the Good Food Mercantile where both finalists and winners will exhibit their full line to 400 industry buyers and media.

The perfect treat to add to your Thanksgiving table, the Apple Cider Caramels are available for purchase at select specialty and natural food stores across the country, LCC’s three company-owned stores in Vermont, and at


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.”  More than 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. As a Fair for Life – Social and Fair Trade Certified company, LCC uses fair trade chocolate and is committed to using only non-GMO ingredients. Lake Champlain Chocolates are hand made by people who are passionate about their work; products include their best-selling Signature chocolate bars, Five Star Bars, Chocolates of Vermont as well as 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 four company-owned stores in Vermont.