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Lake Champlain Chocolates Releases Peruvian Single Origin Dark Chocolate Bars

--Exclusive to Whole Foods Market--

Burlington, VT – Dark chocolate lovers, rejoice!  Lake Champlain Chocolates (LCC) has introduced two new single origin dark chocolate bars: a 70% Peruvian Organic Dark Chocolate bar and a 70% Peruvian Organic Dark Chocolate Cherry bar. Available exclusively at Whole Foods Market locations through June 30, 2012, they are made with organic, single-origin cocoa that is grown sustainably on plantations in the Apurimac Valley of Peru. These two new bars will be added to Lake Champlain Chocolates' line of organic chocolate bars in July 2012.

Both organic chocolate bars feature a custom recipe, creating a deep, complex, dark chocolate characterized by an exceptionally smooth texture, with forward juicy berry notes, slight sourness, and an earthy quality. The Dark Cherry bar is made with organic, tart dried cherries from Northern Michigan, the perfect accompaniment to the fruitiness already present in the 70% Peruvian dark chocolate, adding some tangy sweetness to the flavor. Madagascar Bourbon vanilla, considered the finest and most balanced vanilla bean available, helps meld the complex elements of the Organic Dark Cherry Chocolate bar together.

Peru is quickly developing into a source of exceptional-quality, single-origin cocoa. The remote Apurimac Valley of Peru is currently experiencing an agricultural renewal, recovering its lost heritage of cocoa growing through collaboration with producers and farm support. As a result of this partnership with producers, these small, sustainable growers are protected from volatile market risk.

“We developed these two organic chocolate bars with the Whole Foods customer in mind. The classic flavor combination, the antioxidant benefits of dark chocolate and cherries along with consumers’ desires to indulge while making a thoughtful purchase — it all fits with the future trends we expect to see with chocolate bar sales,” says Allyson Myers, Director of Sales for LCC. “These are the first high-cocoa content bars in our line of organic chocolate bars, and they provide the transparency consumers are looking for in chocolate. In addition, all ingredients are certified organic and the packaging materials are printed locally in Vermont.”

“We’re thrilled to add these two new bars from Lake Champlain Chocolates,” says Steven Pecenkovic, Southern Pacific Regional Bakery Coordinator for Whole Foods Market. “As our largest chocolate supplier, Lake Champlain Chocolates continues to hit the mark in terms of what our customers are looking for: high-quality organic certified products that satisfy and delight coupled with a commitment to sustainable agriculture both locally and throughout the world.”

Those who wish to indulge in these two exceptional organic chocolate bars can currently find them exclusively at Whole Foods Markets in the Northeast, Rocky Mountain, Southern Pacific, Florida, and Northern CA regions. Suggested retail price for the bars is $4.59. 

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 and wedding favors, at three company-owned retail stores in Vermont, and nationwide at specialty food and gift stores and upscale hotels and inns.