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Candy Tops Valentine’s Day Purchasers’ Picks
Friday, February 7th, 2014

Diamonds may be a girl’s best friend, and flower petals decide if he loves you or loves you not, but candy is the go-to gift for Valentine’s Day 2014.

A recent National Confectioners’ Association (NCA) survey reports that by a vote of two to one, Americans would rather receive chocolate than flowers on Valentine’s Day. A surprising 83% of men surveyed said chocolate was their preference. Fifty-nine percent of women polled favored candy.

The NCA says that more than $1 billion will be spent on candy on this year’s day of love, up almost 2% from 2013. Almost three-quarters of the candy sold will be chocolate, with caramel being a hugely popular flavor. Chocolate-covered nuts, cream-filled and chocolate-filled confections also topped the popularity list.

If honey tops your list of candy-infused items, there are plenty of options to choose from to give to your sweetheart this Valentine’s Day.

Compartes Chocolatier’s confections come in a box of candy dipped in dark chocolate and infused with wild organic honey and peanut butter. The chocolates are a perfect pairing of sweet and nutty.

Moonstruck Chocolate Honey Vanilla Caramel Truffles stay on the caramel trend, made with soft caramel that is slow cooked in an open kettle. Sold in boxes of 20, they then are flavored with hints of honey and pure Madagascar vanilla. Once cooked, the truffles are enrobed in milk chocolate and decorated with dark chocolate stripes.

French Broad Chocolates’ line of Honey Caramel candies are made with wildflower honey, grey sea salt, grass-fed cream and butter. The line includes Dark Chocolate Salted Honey Caramel, Cashew Honey Caramel and Lavender Honey Caramel varieties.

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Gourmet Chocolate Company R&D Specialist Shares Sweet Passion
Wednesday, September 18th, 2013

Lauren Deitsch’s journey toward chocolate started at the Culinary Institute of America, where she graduated with an AOS in baking and pastry.

Lauren Dietsch

During her school externship, she worked as a pastry cook and chocolatier at a small café near the college where her passion for chocolate continued to grow. When she was nearing graduation, she applied for a position at Lake Champlain Chocolates, hoping to continue creating wonderful things for others. Due to the people believing in her and giving her the opportunity to do just that, she has now been in her position as research and development specialist for almost three years.

Can you talk about some of your made with honey products and which ones are your favorites?

Absolutely! We make four products with local honey that we source just up the road from us in St. Albans, Vt. Two items are Lake Champlain Chocolates signature items that we are most known for. The first is our Caramel Five Star Bar. It is a tall, chunky bar packed with honey caramel, dark chocolate pieces and almonds all covered in milk chocolate. The second is our Honey Chocolate of Vermont. It is a round dark chocolate piece molded in beautiful honey hive motif and filled with chewy, honey caramel.

The honey in both of these pieces creates its distinct flavor and texture. The other two pieces are our Bergamot & Honey and Chipotle truffles included in the Revel Chocolates collection. In these, the honey is used as a natural sweetener and plays more of a supporting role to enhance the primary flavor of the truffles.

My personal favorite is the Honey Chocolate of Vermont because it has so much story and beauty behind it. This piece has been with Lake Champlain Chocolates since the early beginnings of the company. A local jeweler designed the original beehive mold that makes it so gorgeous. And it is gives you an absolutely delicious taste of Vermont!

Where do you get your inspiration?

Personally, as ridiculous as it sounds my inspiration comes from anywhere and everywhere. It may come from the beauty I take in while I’m on a walk or bike ride. It might come from a friend’s daughter’s smiling face as she tastes our chocolate for the first time. It may also come from eating a wonderful dinner out or cooking with ingredients I seldom use on a regular basis. I think as long as I have my eyes and ears open to the beauty around me, inspiration will always flow.

The honey caramel gift bag is one of your customer favorites. Why do you think that is?

Honey Caramels have been a customer favorite at Lake Champlain Chocolates for more than 25 years. The flavor contrast between the bittersweet dark chocolate and the sweetness of the honey caramel is simply delicious. The rich dark chocolate coating surrounding the velvety honey caramel filling is a mouthwatering texture contrast. Our honey caramel gift bag is beautifully packaged and taps into our visitor’s connection to the Vermont landscape.

Why do you love working with honey and what makes it such a great pair with chocolate and caramels?

I love it because each honey, each harvest and each year is different. The honey changes with the passing of time and seasons. It makes the chocolate ever evolving and relevant to the times. In terms of flavor, the fruity and floral notes from the honey pair beautifully with both milk and dark chocolate. Sometimes the honey notes accentuate the chocolate notes, and sometimes it’s the opposite, but each complements the other well.

 

 

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Sanders Milk Chocolate Honeycomb Chips
Friday, September 6th, 2013

Both dark and milk chocolate lovers will enjoy these honeycomb chips of wafer thin old-fashioned taffy smothered in chocolate.

The 5.5 oz. box retails at $13.99

Sanders Chocolates first opened in 1875 by Fred Sanders. The company grew to more than 57 stories in the Great Lakes Region alone, becoming the leading purveyor of confections in the region. Now the company sells directly to national supermarket chains and has a wide online retail following.

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