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Celebrating Success of Limited Edition Bar for 2012 Burlington Discover Jazz Festival

All Profits to Benefit Performing Arts Education for VT Youth

Burlington, VT
– Vermonters all around are missing the sounds of another sweet and soulful Burlington Discover Jazz Festival, but for local chocolatiers Lake Champlain Chocolates (LCC), it’s a time for celebration. LCC’s limited edition spicy chocolate bar, the BOOM! BAM! Bourbon Pecan Chocolate Experience, which was created to raise funds for the FlynnArts “LCC Youth in Jazz Scholarship,” was an incredible success in its inaugural year. The bar’s sales surpassed the company’s goal of 1,000 units during a span of just under 30 days, ending with the closing of the Festival.

“For 15 years we have been a supporter of the Burlington Discover Jazz Festival; the BOOM! BAM! bar was the perfect way for us to celebrate that partnership and give back to the community .  It also gave us the chance to have some fun and engage with festival goers throughout the 10 days,” stated Catherine Wisloski, Director of Marketing at LCC. “We can proudly say that with the help of jazz and chocolate fans everywhere, we have sold 1,361 chocolate bars, totaling a profit of $3,484, all of which will benefit the scholarship fund!”

Those who perused the Church Street Marketplace the week of the Festival were sure to catch some fun and lighthearted entertainment from the gourmet chocolate makers. Featured entertainment included a crowd-drawing BOOM! BAM! beanbag toss and chocolate giveaway, as well as 150 free scoops of LCC ice cream – 150 scoops for the 150 hours of free music during the Festival.

“How lucky the Flynn is to have an extremely generous partner in Lake Champlain Chocolates on so many levels,” said John Killacky, Executive Director of the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts.   “What a fun and novel idea for them to create a special limited edition candy bar to celebrate Burlington Discover Jazz Festival and to have proceeds benefit the young people in our community to learn and perform American’s indigenous art form.”

Lake Champlain Chocolates will present the check to the Flynn at the Summertime Jazz Camp Concert on July 27 at 4pm, which will go towards creating more opportunities in performing arts education for young musicians in Vermont. The company plans to annualize the campaign and continue to build the scholarship fund surrounding the Burlington Discover Jazz Festivals.

For information about Lake Champlain Chocolates, the Vermont chocolate maker known for small-batch gourmet chocolates, please visit: www.lakechamplainchocolates.com.

About Lake Champlain Chocolates:

Preservative-free and Kosher-certified, Lake Champlain Chocolates are crafted in small batches from the finest quality chocolate and select natural ingredients including local Vermont cream, sweet butter, maple syrup and honey. The company offers a variety of gifts including super-premium chocolate covered fruits and nuts, chocolate truffles, chocolate gift baskets and its ever-popular Chocolate of the Month Club. Lake Champlain Chocolates are available online, by calling toll-free at 800-465-5909, as corporate gifts & wedding favors, at three company-owned retail stores in Vermont and nationwide at specialty food & gift stores and upscale hotels & inns.