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How Do You Know When to Give Business Gifts?

personalized custom logo chocolate gifts

Giving corporate gifts make a huge impact on your business.  When you give business gifts is just as crucial as what you give. As a general rule of thumb, your company should plan to give a gift to those that help make your company run smoothly (employees, clients, and service providers) at least once a year. To make this easy for you, we’ve compiled a list of the best times to give business gifts.

Join the Global Climate Strike

box of chocolate truffles with global climate strike logo

Imagine a world without chocolate. If the status quo continues, it's possible the world could run out of chocolate in the next 30 years. Join us on Friday, September 20, 2019 for the Global Climate Strike. 

Raising the Bar with Fair Trade Chocolate

organic and fair trade chocolate bars

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.

The 2019 Burlington Discover Jazz Festival has arrived!

Patti LaBelle and the 2019 Burlington Discover Jazz Festival

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!

Fun & Easy Easter Bunny Craft Ideas

DIY Easter bunny crafts with chocolate

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.

Ultimate Hot Chocolate Bar Ideas & Toppings

Do-it-yourself hot chocolate bar party

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!

DIY Valentine's for Kids (Easy & Fun Homemade Cards!)

diy penguin valentine cards

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.

How to hygge: 14 ways to be happier in the New Year

mother and daughter drinking hot chocolate by the fireplace

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.

Chocolate Peppermint Crinkle Cookies

a plate of chocolate peppermint crinkle cookies

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!

Ultimate Carrot Cake Recipe with Chocolate & Cream Cheese Frosting

ultimate carrot cake recipe with chunks of chocolate and cream cheese frosting

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!

The Sweetest Hits Sweepstakes

limited-edition Bar 35 sweepstakes

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!

Ultimate Ice Cream Sundae Bar Ideas & Toppings

ice cream sundae party toppings

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.

Back to School Giveaway

back to school lunchbox

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!

Bittersweet Goodbyes

Blue Bandana Chocolate Maker bars on cacao beans

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.

Things to do in Burlington, Vermont

biking on Lake Champlain

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!

13 Simple Green Tips for the Office

Scenic views of Lake Champlain

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!

What is a Fluffle?

chocolate bunny truffles

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.

2017 sofi™ Award winner!

moka fleck chocolate bar wins two sofi awards

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!

How to Celebrate National Pi Day

dark chocolate cream pie

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!

The Chocolate Case: Transparency in the Chocolate Industry

cocoa farmer in Guatemala tending to young trees

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.

Let’s Talk Chocolate with CB Sacks

totes made from cacao bean sacks

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.

How to Make Your Own Gift Basket

Tips for how to build your own gift basket

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.

15 Chocolate Recipes to Celebrate Fair Trade Month

fair trade chocolate fondue

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.

Growing Up LCC with Ellen Lampman Reed

Ellen Reed at a cocoa farm

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.

Let's Talk Chocolate with SILO Distillery

SILO distillery vodka made with cacao

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.

Let's Talk Chocolate with Zero Gravity Brewery

zero gravity beer with cacao nibs

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.

Best of Vermont Wedding Guide

best Vermont wedding favors

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.

10 Things to do at the Burlington Discover Jazz Festival

Burlington Discover Jazz Festival

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.

And the sofi™ Award goes to…

sofi Award winning apple cider caramels

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.

Chocolate Lover's Gift Guide

A spread of holiday chocolates

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.

Apple Cider Caramels are a 2016 Good Food Awards Finalist!

Apple Cider Caramels

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.

The Health Benefits of Chocolate

extra dark chocolate bar

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 'Grace Under Fire'

grace potter singing

Introducing our new spicy chocolate bar 'Grace Under Fire,' created in collaboration with Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, a critically acclaimed rock band.