Taste the Soul of Latin American Jazz

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Lake Champlain Chocolates announces limited-edition bar for 2014 Burlington Discover Jazz Festival; all profits to benefit the Artist-in-Residence program.

It’s our third year creating a unique bar for the festival and it really represents a moment of celebration for us and our continued partnership with the Burlington Discover Jazz Festival.

Lake Champlain Chocolates (LCC) has been adding local flavor to the Burlington Discover Jazz Festival (BDJF) for over fifteen years and is excited to announce this year’s limited-edition chocolate bar to support the festival: ¡Cocoa Con Brío!, an ensemble of spices, fruit, and rich, dark chocolate inspired by Latin American jazz.

“It’s our third year creating a unique bar for the festival and it really represents a moment of celebration for us and our continued partnership with the BDJF,” says Cathy Wisloski, Marketing Director at LCC. “To push the boundaries of exploring different flavors with chocolate, this year we created a bar that tells a story rooted in the heritage of Latin American jazz.”

Taking cues from a traditional dish, the flavors of the bar release slowly and harmonize into a complex molé experience. Beginning with a note of tropical lime, each taste reveals a blend of cinnamon, spices, and a trio of chiles that hits the palate as a warming back note, while raisins and pepitas (pumpkin seeds) add a bit of sweet, chewy satisfaction. Meaning literally “chocolate with spirit,” ¡Cocoa Con Brío! finishes with vibrant flavor and lingering lime.

The profits of this year’s bar will support the BDJF’s Artist-in-Residence program. This program invites a celebrated jazz musician to explore their practice within the Burlington community, conducting performance workshops and spreading the importance of jazz history to schools and social service agencies. The program emphasizes the importance of meaningful and multi-layered cultural exchange and immersion into another culture. This year, famed New Orleans saxophonist Donald Harrison will continue the Artist in Residency tradition, which is now in its second year.

Priced at $4.00, the bar will be available for purchase from May 30 to June 8. It can be found at Lake Champlain Chocolates’ retail locations on Church Street, Pine Street and in Waterbury Center, at the South End Kitchen on Pine St. and online at http://www.lakechamplainchocolates.com. ¡Cocoa Con Brío! will also be available at Flynn Center concessions during the festival.

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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.” Over 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. Lake Champlain Chocolates are hand made by people who are passionate about their work; products include chocolate bars, as well as the best-selling Five Star Bars, truffles, 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 three company-owned stores in Vermont.

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