Lake Champlain Chocolates Showcases Classic Flavors for Holiday Season

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New Holiday Products Featured at 2013 Summer Fancy Food Show

Taste and memory are inextricably bound; just the aroma of a certain food can bring you back to that special place where you first enjoyed it. For the 2013 holiday, Lake Champlain Chocolates (LCC) taps into this notion with a new series of products with flavors inspired by the season.

“Holidays are all about tradition and we wanted to offer customers the flavors that live in their memories,” says Cathy Wisloski, Director of Marketing at LCC. “By focusing on classic tastes, with vibrant, festive packaging, LCC created irresistible gifts that will delight the eyes and the palate.”

Organic Holiday Chocolate Bars
LCC developed three new organic bars inspired by holiday celebrations: Toffee and Almond, Gingerbread Molasses and Peppermint Cream.

Toffee & Almonds
Almond Butter Crunch is a perennial favorite with our customers, particularly during the holidays” says Wisloski. “Transforming this classic LCC flavor into a chocolate bar and individually wrapped squares makes a perfect bite-sized treat.” Pieces of crunchy toffee in the bar heighten the caramelized sugar notes, while the roasted almond pieces lend complexity and balance the sweetness of the silky milk chocolate.

Gingerbread Molasses
Reminiscent of gingerbread cookies fresh from the oven, the Gingerbread Molasses bar delivers a high impact flavor profile with a creamy, ganache center. Comforting and sweet, the molasses and milk chocolate melt together to open up notes of ginger, cinnamon and nutmeg. This bar leaves a warming spice blend that lingers on your palate.

Peppermint Cream
The Peppermint Cream bar, while a classic holiday flavor, was initially inspired by Ellen Reed, the second generation of the family-owned company. When Reed was a student, she created a new peppermint flavor for LCC as part of a high school science project. This bar tastes remarkably similar to that original peppermint bar Reed created years ago. The quick melting, creamy peppermint center balances nicely with the baked brownie and subtle fruitiness of the dark chocolate without one overpowering another; and the cooling sensation of the peppermint oil that remains will have you craving for more.

All about Mint
Candy canes embody the festiveness of the season—they’re an unmistakable cue of the winter holidays, both in flavor and in appearance. LCC has extended their successful Peppermint Crunch flavor to include the Peppermint Crunch Stocking Stuffer Squares, Peppermint Crunch Squares Dispenser, the Peppermint Crunch Cube and Peppermint Cheer, a bite-size version of peppermint bark. A limited-edition Peppermint Hot Chocolate will be available as well, the perfect accompaniment to the smooth, melt-away center of Peppermint Cheer.

“Expanding our seasonal flavor profiles to include more holiday-themed products took us into a wonderful packaging exploration we call ‘festive mint’.” says Wisloski. “Tingly, crunchy peppermint, when coupled with our extraordinarily balanced dark chocolate, make a tempting, refreshing treat. We showcase this delicious contrast in the colors and shapes of the artwork, and the result is an entire portfolio of gift-worthy peppermint delights!”

Hot Chocolate- Fair Trade USA
Beginning in September, LCC’s entire line of hot chocolates—Traditional, Mocha, Chai & Mighty, and Aztec Spicy Hot Chocolate— will carry the Fair Trade USA label. The Organic Hot Chocolate and Organic Unsweetened Cocoa have carried the Fair Trade USA label since the products’ introduction in 1999. The hot chocolate tins, lauded by Travel + Leisure as “America’s Best Hot Chocolate,” feature new packaging with bright colors and easy to read labels.

“We’re also pleased to introduce two new Fair Trade USA, limited-edition hot chocolates with seasonal packaging— Peppermint Hot Chocolate and Traditional Hot Chocolate,” says Wisloski. Ideal to include in a holiday gift basket or to pair with a package of marshmallows or candy canes, the tins will jump off the shelf with colorful and whimsical graphics of snowmen, snowflakes and evergreen trees.

Hot chocolate gift sets, featuring a year round and a seasonal version, will be available to order on the company’s website. Elegantly packaged in a custom-designed branded gift box, the year-round gift contains three hot chocolate tins, Spicy Aztec, Traditional, and Old World Drinking Chocolate, and a ballotin of LCC’s fresh, handmade marshmallows. The seasonal gift box features the limited-edition Winter Hot Chocolate tin, 3 organic holiday filled bars, a 12oz package of milk and dark chocolate coins, and a ballotin of handmade marshmallows.

“We want to make gift-giving easy for our customers. By packaging our best-selling products in a beautiful gift box, we’ve made it as easy as possible to send a thoughtful and delicious gift that will surely impress anyone who receives it,” says Wisloski.

To learn more about LCC and to taste their products, visit Booth 4200 at the Summer Fancy Food Show on the lower level of the Javits Center in New York City from June 29-July 2. All LCC products are preservative- free. For further information, contact Sales(at)LakeChamplainChocolates(dot)com or visit http://www.LakeChamplainChocolates.com.

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