Earlier this month Fair Trade USA announced that it will increase the minimum price and premium for cocoa beans by 20%. While we are not ones to typically enjoy price increases, this is one price increase that we can really get excited about because it helps create a more sustainable future for cacao farmers and their families.
For the past 19 years, we have proudly sponsored the Burlington Discover Jazz Festival. For ten harmonious days, music infiltrates the streets of Burlington – popping up along Church Street, at almost every local restaurant, and along the beautiful shores of Lake Champlain. This year, make some noise for the snack that gives back. Learn how your purchase of Snack Bites helps support the Artist-In-Residence program!
When it comes to Easter, why should the kids get to have all the fun?! We’ve got just what you need to host the best adult Easter egg hunt. Not only do we share some fun activities, but our party professionals have compiled a list of ideas on how to host the ultimate Easter celebration.
Easter is such an exciting time of year. The days get warmer and longer, the flowers begin to bloom, and the sweet signs of spring start to fill the air. Celebrate the season by making these fun and easy Easter bunny cards with your kids or grandkids.
There’s nothing more satisfying than a mug of gourmet hot chocolate on a cold, winter day. Take your winter beverages to a whole new level with a DIY hot chocolate bar! Follow our easy tips to create the ultimate hot chocolate bar at your next birthday party, family ski trip, or winter celebration!
Valentine’s Day, an entire day dedicated to love. To make sure your day is nothing but extraordinary, we’ve compiled an incredible list of fun family Valentine’s Day ideas.
Making these DIY Valentine’s cards with chocolate is fun and easy. Choose from two different design ideas: our trendy DIY emoji Valentine’s card or our cute homemade penguin valentine cards. Because nothing says, “I’m sweet on you,” quite like gourmet chocolate hearts from Lake Champlain Chocolates.
The holidays are such a busy time of year, that's it is often hard to find a moment to relax. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of fourteen different ways of how to create hygge this winter and get the New Year started off right.
As a Certified B Corporation®, we are dedicated to using business as a force for good. This means giving back to our local community and supporting local organizations, like the Vermont Refugee Resettlement Program.
A minty twist on a holiday favorite! Cool peppermint complements the richness of chocolate in these crisp-on-the-outside, fudgy-on-the-inside cookies. These chocolate peppermint crinkle cookies are a great addition to your holiday cookie swap and a classic Christmas treat!
The holiday season is upon us and what better way to celebrate than with a gingerbread house decorating party! So grab a babysitter, because it's time for you and your friends to have some fun building and decorating chocolate gingerbread houses!
Voting doesn’t have to end when the polls close. Where you choose to spend your money can make a big impact on the world. This holiday season, we are proud to partner with six socially-minded businesses for our 2018 Holiday Gift Guide: Gifts That Give Back.
Celebrate the season with this delicious classic, carrot cake with cream cheese frosting! But, this recipe is like no other! We decided to add a delicious twist by swapping out the traditional raisins for chunks of maple caramel filled dark chocolate and peanut butter filled milk chocolate! Every bite is truly an irresistible experience for your taste buds — we promise you won't be disappointed!
We're celebrating our 35th Anniversary with a limited-edition chocolate bar — Bar 35 — and by giving away a bag filled with extraordinary chocolate bars! Enter our Sweetest Hits Sweepstakes and win some of our greatest chocolate creations!
Looking to add a wow factor at your next soirée, dinner party or birthday celebration? Take dessert to a whole new level with an ice cream sundae bar party! Ice cream parties don’t have to just be for the summer, with our sundae bar ideas and tips you’ll be able to create a stunning dessert bar all year long and for any event.
School will be here before you know it, and we're here to help make your life a little easier with the Ultimate Back to School Giveaway. Enter to win $500 of lunchbox essentials from Vermont Smoke & Cure, Cabot, us, and many more!
They say that all good things must eventually come to an end. Today, after years of making award-winning bean-to-bar chocolates, we bid farewell to our Blue Bandana Chocolate Maker.
The sun is shining and the temperatures are rising, which can only mean one thing — summer is on its way! Excitement fills the air as Burlington comes alive with activity. This year, make the most of your summer in Vermont!
Creating a beautiful arrangement of flowers can be fun and easy. With a little help from Alice's Table, we've compiled 12 important tips for creating stunning floral centerpieces for any occasionn.
Here at Lake Champlain Chocolates, we work hard to continually reduce our environmental impact. Join us by trying these green tips for the office and home. Because together, we can have an environmentally sustainable community and continue to enjoy extraordinary chocolates!
Here at Lake Champlain Chocolates, we know a thing or two about fluffles—fluffles of gourmet chocolate bunnies that is! Our chocolatiers share some fun facts about what goes into making all of the different kinds of chocolate bunnies.
Spring invites us all to refresh, renew, and revive, and that’s just what we’ve done with our award-winning line of new organic chocolate bars!
Summer is on its way and that means it’s time for the ultimate treat, an ooey, gooey, crispy, and chewy chocolate s’more!
We are proud to announce that we won three sofi™ Awards this year! For over 30 years, Lake Champlain Chocolates has been in pursuit of extraordinary chocolate moments. These moments come from crafting irresistibly delicious chocolates that make you pause, close your eyes, and savor each bite to the fullest. This year, our pursuit of the extraordinary led to three prestigious sofi™ Awards!
Did you know that today is National Pi Day? A whole day dedicated to celebrating the mathematical phenomenon of π (pi). Instead of talking math, we would like to discuss the most delicious way to celebrate National Pi Day – with pie!
This past weekend, Lake Champlain Chocolates had the honor of sponsoring the Vermont International Film Festival's showing of The Chocolate Case, a film about labor practices in the chocolate industry. President, Eric Lampman took a minute to share a few thoughts about an issue that is very near and dear to our hearts — transparency.
You know how hard it can be to find the perfect Valentine’s Day gift that will express just how you feel about someone. Well, we have the perfection solution to your gift-giving dilemma. Share the love with extraordinary chocolates from Vermont.
Whether you trim the tree, light the menorah, indulge in the feast of the seven fishes, or spin the dreidel for chocolate gelt, the holidays are a time to embrace tradition. Our busy chocolate elves, took a minute from crafting, packaging and shipping irresistibly delicious chocolate to share some of their fondest holiday traditions.
Today, our popular Let’s Talk Chocolate series continues with a look at CB Sacks, a local Vermont company that upcycles cacao and coffee bean sacks into stylish tote bags, clutches, and other accessories.
We’ve all been there before. You need to bring a gift to an upcoming event and you have no clue what to get. The answer is simple. A well-crafted, homemade gift basket not only makes the perfect present for a group of people, but it shows that you put time and effort into the gift.
Just in time for the holiday season, our expert gift wrappers share some helpful tips on how to tie the perfect gift bow to create a beautifully packaged present.
Congratulations! You’ve been selected to host this year’s Thanksgiving dinner for the entire family! So, now what? We’ve compiled a handy list of tips, tools, and techniques to making hosting your first Thanksgiving enjoyable and stress-free.
Did you know that November is World Vegan Month?! An entire month to celebrate all things vegan. But, what does it mean to be vegan?
Chocolate lovers rejoice! Today is National Chocolate Day – our favorite day to celebrate the “the food of gods.” You might think that constantly being surrounded by chocolate would get tiresome. But, it’s quite the contrary.
If you are going to eat chocolate, isn’t it better to eat chocolate with a mission?! For the past 15 years, Lake Champlain Chocolates has worked to increase transparency in all of the ingredients that we source. This means not only looking for the freshest local ingredients, but making sure that the quality ingredients we source from around the world (such as cocoa) have been ethically and sustainably produced.
Meet Ellen (Lampman) Reed the former Director of Purchasing, chocolate mint aficionado, and now Vice President of Lake Champlain Chocolates. Ask Ellen about how long she has worked at LCC and she will laugh and tell you, “forever.” This is no exaggeration.
Working at a chocolate company is all sweets and treats. Learn how Lake Champlain Chocolates has worked over the past year to develop and integrate a comprehensive corporate wellness program.
Make your wedding extraordinary by giving your loved ones a gift they will actually want – decadent chocolate favors that are guaranteed to send them home with sweet nostalgia.
Have you ever wondered what it's like to work in a chocolate factory? Meet the R&D team at Lake Champlain Chocolates — the masterminds behind our extraordinary chocolate creations!
There are a plethora of delicious products that can be created from cacao nibs, like bean to bar chocolate, craft beer, cold brew coffee, and much more. Our Let’s Talk Chocolate series continues with a look at an exciting new chocolate vodka from SILO Distillery.
Meet Gary Coffey, our Director of Retail Sales and resident honey expert. Gary’s Lake Champlain Chocolates story started about 25 or so years ago...
Today we revive our Let’s Talk Chocolate series with a look at some of the other amazing products that can be created from cacao nibs. Blue Bandana Chocolate Maker, Nick Hadsel-Mares, recently had the opportunity to sit down with our friends at Zero Gravity Brewery to discuss how they utilize cacao at their craft brewery.
Planning a wedding can be amazing, but it can also be tedious and overwhelming. There are just so many vendors to choose from and so many details to plan. Never fear, we're here to help with an unofficial guide to having the best Vermont wedding.
The anticipation is building…Like a child awaiting the arrival of Christmas morning; we have been eagerly waiting for June 3 and the launch of the 2016 Burlington Discover Jazz Festival. For ten amazing days, music fills the air as this incredible festival takes over the streets of Burlington, Vermont.
We are ex-cidered to announce that our Apple Cider caramels were just named a 2016 sofi™ Award Finalist! For over 40 years, the Specialty Food Association has honored innovators and craftsmen in the specialty food industry with the “Oscars” of the food world – the Specialty Outstanding Food Innovation Awards or sofi™ Awards.
Every year is a struggle to create the perfect kids Easter basket. Whether you are looking to fill an Easter Basket for the young, or young at heart, we’ve compiled some great ideas for building the perfect kids Easter Basket.
There are a lot of chocolate lovers in the world and chances are, you probably have one on your gift list. The options are endless— so aside from getting them their favorite chocolate, here is a gift guide to a few other fun ideas they might appreciate.
We are so excidered (pun intended) to announce that our Apple Cider Caramels are a Good Food Award Finalist. The caramels were chosen by a panel of the foremost chocolate experts in a blind tasting for their exceptional taste as well as for supporting sustainable agriculture, transparency, responsible relationships and social good.
Caramel apples are the perfect fall treat. Learn how to make them from our expert chocolatier Emily McCracken.
Attending a casual dinner party or staying as an overnight guest? Learn when bringing a hostess gift is appropriate and explore our list of gift ideas you can't go wrong with!
If you’ve ever looked for an excuse to eat more delicious dark chocolate, I’m sure you know about some of the health benefits that come along with its consumption. For one thing, a recent study found a correlation between countries with higher chocolate consumption and countries with a higher number of Nobel Prize winners.
Introducing our new spicy chocolate bar 'Grace Under Fire,' created in collaboration with Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, a critically acclaimed rock band.