Chocolate Wrap Blog

Chocolate and Beer Pairings: 2011 VT Brewer’s Festival

Around early July, people at LCC start getting excited about the VT Brewer’s Festival. There is some sort of synergy between microbreweries and LCC: the attention to craft, the ingredients, the process.  There really are quite a few similarities.  And so, the opportunity to work with these amazing brewers right here in our backyard gets […]

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LCC Takes Over Washington

On July 9th, the LCC team moved into Washington, DC and served up Vermont’s best chocolates to customers not only from the Mid-Atlantic region but from around the world. Washington’s multi-cultural, international spirit was alive and well at the 2011 Fancy Food show. For the first time in LCC’s history of exhibiting at a show […]

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The Best and the Bizarre of Fancy Food 2011

The weekend of July 10-11, I had the privilege of attending the 57th Summer Fancy Food Show in Washington DC. In our line of work, the Fancy Food Show is the trade show of all trade shows. This year it was a three day extravaganza of 6,173 exhibitors booths set up at the Walter E. […]

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Beer & Chocolate Pairings

Here are a couple of the pairings Eric Lampman will review with WCAX‘s Gina Bullard tonight on the :30.  These are just suggestions that we’ve discovered in the past working with local brewers.  The beauty of pairing chocolate and beer is that there are no rules!  Have fun and see what new taste combinations you […]

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Learning How to Taste Chocolate

Have you ever really tasted your food?  I mean really tasted it? While our population has certainly become more sophisticated about food, people are still shoving it in their mouths while texting and tweeting, or driving and talking, that I’m not sure most people really take the time to enjoy what they are eating.  With […]

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The After-School Rush

Wouldn’t it be great to grow up going to school next to a chocolate factory?  The students of Champlain Elementary School on Pine Street in Burlington certainly think so!  Lake Champlain Chocolates’ Factory Store sits right next door to the elementary school, which is very evident at 2:45 every weekday when the students stop by […]

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Flashback Friday: The Original Chocolates of Vermont

  We talk a lot about our truffles here at LCC and how they started it all way back when.  But if you ask founder Jim Lampman, he’ll tell you that truffles sort of got in the way of his original idea: Chocolates of Vermont. After selling the Ice House Restaurant and embarking full time […]

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What do you learn at a Chocolate Academy?

Recently, I had an amazing opportunity to travel to Chicago to take a Chocolate Technology course at the Barry Callebaut Chocolate Academy. Now, you may be thinking chocolate technology, gosh that’s intense and sounds like super science. It is and it isn’t, so I wanted to hop on the blog to try to share just […]

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Friday is LCC Day – what’s that?

A few years ago, we decided to increase our employees’ benefits from 6 paid holidays to 7. At first this seemed like a simple concept – there were plenty of generally observed holidays from which to choose:  Martin Luther King Jr. Day, President’s Day, Good Friday, Columbus Day, Veterans’ Day, Town Meeting Day, or even […]

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End of the Year Teacher Gifts- The Secret is Out!

As an elementary school teacher, I have secret knowledge of my “families”.  I know parents’ ages, secret family vacations coming up, who has a crush on whom and even whose baby brother is famous, within their household, for throwing sweet potato across the room.  But there is one secret I can not hold any longer.  […]

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