Chocolate Wrap Blog

Last but not least… Chocolate & Beer Pairing No. 4

Switchback Dooley’s Belated Porter (5.8%) with Lake Champlain Chocolates 54% Dark Chocolate Square    For locals, Switchback’s Unfiltered Ale is what you order.  Walk into a Burlington bar or restaurant, you’ll see 90% of the beer drinkers with a murky, amber colored potion in front of them. I’ll admit, sometimes I go for a Belgian White […]

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Beer Pairing No. 3

American Flatbread's Zero Gravity Extra Stout with Lake Champlain Chocolates' Organic Mango Truffle American Flatbread epitomizes Vermont’s general food ethics – use local ingredients, keep it simple – yet inventive – and always delicious.  And of course, brew good beer to go with it.  A trip to the Burlington restaurant will offer you literally hundreds of […]

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Beer Pairing No. 2

Wolaver’s Organic Brown Ale (5.7% ABV) with Lake Champlain Chocolates Organic Dark Chocolate Spicy Aztec Wolaver’s is one of my favorite local microbrews.  Ok, I think I would call all Vermont microbrews “one of my favorites”, but I’m really impressed with Wolaver’s commitment to sustainable and organic brewing methods.  All of their boilers are powered […]

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The Top Ten Reasons Why We’re Crazy About Our Ice Cream

 …and how we’ve established such a fervent following  Ten:  We’re a part of the Vermont Fresh Network, which means we strive to build innovative partnerships among farmers, chefs and consumers to strengthen Vermont agriculture. Nine: Because it’s made in super small batches by one person in one five-gallon ice cream maker.    Eight: Our Maple […]

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Chocolate & Beer Pairings from Brewfest

For those of you who missed out on our Chocolate & Beer Pairing at this year's Vermont Brewers Festival, here are the first of the tasting notes as promised.  The event seemed to be a big hit, even despite the weather.  Gary Coffey, our Retail Sales Director, led a crowd of approximately 100 people first through […]

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Vegan Baking with Lake Champlain Chocolates

There are few things I love more than baking.  Eating good food is one of those things, but a recent interest in a vegan diet has altered my food intake a bit and now the things I bake usually end up on the doorsteps of my friends and family.  (For example, a couple weeks ago, […]

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Select Origin 101

Apparently cacao trees don't like snow. They do like hot, humid equatorial regions such as Central and South America, Africa, Indonesia and even Hawaii.  You probably knew this. What you may not know is that where the cacao tree grows is going to influence the flavor of the chocolate that is produced from it.  It’s […]

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17th Annual Vermont Brewers Festival

It's finally here!  The Vermont Brewers Festival is one of my favorite Burlington summer events.  If you haven't gone before, it's a definite must.  This year, the Festival will feature 37 craft brewers from all around New England and even one from California.  And because this year marks Lake Champlain's 400th anniversary, a few of […]

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Happy Birthday Lake Champlain!

This year marks the 400th anniversary of French explorer Samuel de Champlain's daring expedition to our region and to the Lake that now bears his name (and from which we get our name here at LCC!).  Known as the "Father of New France", Champlain was the first European to ever set foot in Vermont.  And […]

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See you at the Fancy Food Show

The Summer Fancy Food Show is happening this weekend, June 28th-30th at the Jacob Javits Center in New York City.  For those of you not familiar with the Fancy Food Show, it's the largest specialty food and beverage marketplace in North America.  With anywhere from 16,000-24,000 people in attendance checking out over 250,000 products from […]

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