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Lake Champlain Chocolates, Citizen Cider and Happy Valley Orchard Partner for Delicious New Caramel

Lake Champlain Chocolates releases New Apple Cider Caramels in time for the gifting season

– Vermont chocolatiers Lake Champlain Chocolates are no stranger to collaborations with local purveyors of food and drink. Now, the chocolate company is teaming up with Citizen Cider and Happy Valley Orchard  to create a new apple cider caramel

Apple Cider CaramelsThe use of ingredients from Citizen Cider, an up-and-coming ciderhouse based in Essex, Vt., and Happy Valley Orchardbased in Middlebury, Vt., produces a cider caramel that showcases a harmony of fermented foods — apples into cider and cocoa beans into chocolate. Together in one distinctive confection, this caramel will remind you of your favorite apple crisp or caramel apple and is a delicious way to savor the taste of the Vermont. 

“Apple is such a classic Vermont taste, and we’ve been looking to create a product that celebrates this iconic flavor,” says Lauren Deitsch, Research and Development Specialist at LCC.  “Partnering with Citizen Cider and Happy Valley Orchard provided us with an incredibly flavorful apple syrup which we infused into our popular ‘stand-up’ caramel.  The result is a slow-cooked buttery caramel packed with fresh apple flavor notes, finished with a touch of Unified Press cider, and then covered in milk chocolate.” 

Citizen Cider was founded by three friends — a chemist, a farmer, and a wine salesman. As a result of a partnership with Happy Valley Orchard, a 16-acre apple orchard, in just under two years the company has gone from producing roughly 500 gallons of their flagship cider, Unified Press, to 75,000 gallons.

“Much like Lake Champlain Chocolates, we take great pride in creating something people love from the use of local and sustainable ingredients,” says Justin Heilenbach, Citizen Cider founder. “This is the first partnership of its kind for Citizen Cider, and we’re thrilled to have worked with Lake Champlain Chocolates to create a new product that cider drinkers and chocolate lovers will really enjoy.”

The seven-piece, milk chocolate caramel sleeve can be purchased directly from Lake Champlain Chocolates online at, or at their retail locations on Church Street and Pine Street, in Burlington, and on Route 100 in Waterbury Center, VT. The Apple Cider Caramels will also be available at select outlets in Vermont that currently sell Citizen Cider products.  


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.

About Citizen Cider
Founded in 2011 by three friends — a wine salesmen, chemist and farmer — Citizen Cider is a Vermont ciderhouse committed to sourcing fresh, local ingredients for producing dynamic, clean and fulfilling blends of hard cider. For more information, visit  

About Happy Valley Orchard
Happy Valley Orchard is located on 16 acres of land in Middlebury, VT. The orchard features a farm stand and cider mill. For more information, visit