Stranger in a strange candy land…
Hello everyone! I’m Lauren, the new research and development assistant here at Lake Champlain Chocolates. I just recently graduated from The Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY with a degree in baking and pastry arts and moved north to help create some new chocolately deliciousness for all of you! It was a long process to get here, but when I walked through the front doors of our Pine St. factory location for the first time I couldn’t believe it. I think it finally sunk in. I get to make candy for a living! Are you serious? Yes, I’m fairly certain this is real. As a chocolate geek with quite possibly serious addiction problems, this is a dream job, and I am grateful to have such an amazing opportunity.
Moving to Vermont by way of Tennessee, I didn’t really know what to expect. Everyone I spoke with asked why I was moving to a land so cold. I usually responded, “I’m doing it for the chocolate!” Honestly, though, all I had heard were vague descriptions of the landscape or a few comments about how cold it really gets, but I did not know that much about this small state. For those of you who have never been, it is absolutely beautiful here. You can be standing on the shore of Lake Champlain staring out over the water at the Adirondack Mountains with a breathtaking blue sky filled with rolling clouds, and the next minute you can be downtown Burlington with its vibrant culture, shopping, and activities. It really is a tremendous place. I know it will be great inspiration for new chocolates and candy. And sure, it is cold – pretty darn. They weren’t lying. Trust me. I’m working on developing my thick winter skin as we speak.
So, I am here, ready to brave the winter weather and hopefully make some pretty amazing stuff. Every once in a while I hope to stop by to let you know a little bit of what goes on behind the scenes at Lake Champlain Chocolates.