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Lake Champlain Chocolates
750 Pine Street,
Burlington, VT 05401
Latitude: 44.458856 Longitude: -73.214206
Email Address: [email protected]
Lake Champlain Chocolates started on a dare.
In 1983, Jim Lampman, owner of Burlington, Vermont's acclaimed Ice House Restaurant on the Lake Champlain waterfront, was buying expensive boxes of chocolates as gifts for his staff. One day, his pastry chef, a man of high epicurean standards, took Jim aside after receiving one too many boxes. "These chocolates are terrible," he confessed. "All right then, you do better!" Jim challenged him.
Shortly thereafter, Jim was presented with hand rolled, distinctively flavored truffles - the finest chocolates Jim had ever tasted. Jim began serving them Sundays to select restaurant patrons. The response was so favorable, Jim founded an upscale chocolate company to keep up with the demand.
Although intended only for wholesale, and located in a tiny alley, the business was constantly interrupted by retail customers who somehow found out which door to knock on to get the locally famous truffles. Jim eventually sold the restaurant to devote himself full time to his new business.
Starting with truffles, he soon concocted Chocolates of Vermont. The product line has since grown to include hot chocolate, Signature bars, Five Star bars, novelties and much more.
In 1998, we moved to our present location at 750 Pine Street. We make all of our chocolates in one 24,000 square foot building. During peak season, we're nearly 100 people.
The growing team at Lake Champlain Chocolates continues with the highest standards of chocolate-making Jim began with twenty years ago, and still uses only the freshest, natural ingredients.
Lake Champlain Chocolates are available at our retail stores in Vermont, through mail order, through this website, and at specialty shops nationwide.
Free factory tours are offered Monday - Friday, on the hour, from 9AM to 2PM. We can also arrange tours that include videos, chocolate demonstrations, and more.
Tour includes free samples!