Lake Champlain Chocolates is 2016 sofi Award Finalist
May 26, 2016:: BURLINGTON, VT – Lake Champlain Chocolates (LCC), is proud to announce that its Apple Cider Caramels are a 2016 sofi Award Finalist. The caramels were chosen from 3,200 entries by a national panel of culinary experts in a blind tasting. A sofi is the top honor in the $120.5 billion specialty food industry. “sofi” stands for Specialty Outstanding Food Innovation and represents the best of the best from members of the Specialty Food Association.
“It’s an honor to have this unique Vermont chocolate delicacy recognized,” says Allyson Myers, Director of Sales and Marketing at LCC. “In Vermont, the farmer’s market is the week’s highlight, food is a serious craft, and working with our neighbors is the norm in how we do business. This confection celebrates ingredients from Citizen Cider(CC), Happy Valley Orchard, and Monument Farms, and showcases a harmony of fermented foods— apples into cider and cocoa beans into chocolate.”
“A few years ago, craft cider was just emerging as a phenomenon in Vermont and our curiosity was piqued,” says Eric Lampman, President and second generation owner of LCC. “Apple is such an iconic Vermont flavor and after a few sips of CC’s Unified Press, we were determined to incorporate this flavor into our caramels.” A fruitful collaboration began and the Apple Cider Caramels are the delicious result. The hand-cut caramels are made in small batches and then covered in luxurious milk chocolate, delivering the taste of Vermont in every bite.
“We’re thrilled to be honored among such a diverse group of talented food makers, and share this success with our friends at Citizen Cider and Happy Valley” says Lampman. “This was a true partnership.”
The Apple Cider Caramels were one of six finalists in the competitive chocolate category and will be honored in an opening ceremony at the Summer Fancy Food Show in New York City on June 26. LCC’s Caramel and Hazelnut Five Star Bars are both previous sofi Award honorees. Since 1972, the sofi Awards have helped the Specialty Food Association advance culinary excellence and creativity worldwide by recognizing the outstanding work of its members. The sofi honorees serve as ambassadors for the industry and represent the best of what specialty food has to offer.
The sofi Awards are open to members of the Specialty Food Association, a not-for-profit trade association established in 1952 for food artisans, importers and entrepreneurs with more than 3,200 members in the U.S. and abroad. For more information on the association and its Fancy Food Shows, go to specialtyfood.com. Learn more about the 2016 sofi Awards at specialtyfood.com/sofi
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.” More than 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. As a Fair for Life – Social and Fair Trade Certified company, LCC uses fair trade chocolate and is committed to using only non-GMO ingredients. Lake Champlain Chocolates are hand made by people who are passionate about their work; products include their best-selling Signature chocolate bars, Five Star Bars, Chocolates of Vermont as well as 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 four company-owned stores in Vermont.