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New Gourmet Chocolate Gift Unveiled for 2012 Holiday Season


Lake Champlain Chocolates introduces Revel Chocolates

Burlington, Vermont (PRWEB) October 29, 2012

Lovers of fine chocolate, spirits, crème fraîche, and coffee have reason to celebrate this year. Just in time for the 2012 holiday season, Lake Champlain Chocolates (LCC) introduces Revel Chocolates—square-cut truffles pairing LCC's handmade chocolate ganache with exceptional ingredients like WhistlePig Straight Rye Whiskey, Vermont Butter & Cheese Creamery Crème Fraîche, and espresso from George Howell Coffee.

It's an exciting collaboration that has everyone tasting—and talking. “A brilliant idea,” says General Manager Adeline Druart of Vermont Butter & Cheese Creamery, while WhistlePig Distillery's Sivan Cotel rates them “a must-try,” and George Howell Coffee's Janet Hoshino calls them “outstanding.”

“As we developed the Revel Chocolates, we looked to our local and regional food producers for inspiration,” says Eric Lampman, Research and Development Director at LCC. “And as a result, we were able to really dig deep into the craft of chocolate-making and create some unexpected and remarkable flavor combinations.”

A perfect complement to LCC's existing line of chocolate truffles, the 18-piece Revel Chocolates gift box (SRP: $36.00) offers two layers of square-cut truffles, each paired with distinctive partner ingredients:

This piece features a French-style cultured cream folded into milk chocolate ganache. Fresh milk from Vermont Butter & Cheese Creamery lends it a subtle tartness and incredibly smooth texture.

“The combination is a brilliant idea that marries the cool, rich finish of our crème fraîche to an amazing chocolate ganache,” says General Manager Adeline Druart at Vermont Butter & Cheese. “We couldn't be more impressed with the flavors that highlight the nuttiness of the cultured cream with the richness of the cocoa. This could become a serious Vermont addiction!”

WhistlePig Distillery's acclaimed 10-year-old, 100 percent rye whiskey is paired with LCC's dark chocolate ganache, resulting in a chocolate with notes of deep cocoa, caramel, toasted rye, bourbon, and vanilla.

“It was a real pleasure working with another Vermont company that prides itself on its high-quality products,” says WhistlePig Head of Operations and Finance Sivan Cotel. “The Revel Chocolates sweeten the bold flavor of our rye whiskey just perfectly, making for a truly interesting and inspiring flavor combination. We rate this a must-try!”

The North Italian Style Espresso from coffee master George Howell makes for an elegant pairing with LCC's dark chocolate ganache, offering up bold notes of mocha, roasted almonds, and cocoa.

“This truffle features our acclaimed espresso roast, and they are simply outstanding—the coffee flavor is assertive yet works in perfect harmony with the dark chocolate, resulting in a mocha-style creation that is just head and shoulders over others we've tasted,” says Sales Director Janet Hoshino at George Howell Coffee. “This partnership is an honor for us, and a story that we plan to share with all of our customers.”

In addition to these distinctive flavors, LCC's Revel Chocolates box features chipotle cinnamon, bergamot black tea with Vermont honey, and a single-origin 70% dark chocolate from Peru. The gift box is available under LCC's newest gifting line, the Crafter's Collection, which also includes Sea Salt Caramels and Dark Chocolate Caramelized Almonds. All chocolates in the collection are presented in a richly textured, cocoa-colored gift box stamped with the “LCC” monogram, and elegantly finished with a hand-tied, luxurious double-sided satin ribbon.

For more information about Revel Chocolates, as well as other holiday gifts from Lake Champlain Chocolates, please visit Consumers can purchase the Revel Chocolates via the above link for nationwide shipping.


About Lake Champlain Chocolates:
Founded in 1983 in Burlington, Vermont, Lake Champlain Chocolates is a second-generation, family-owned and operated company. Vermont ingredients such as maple syrup, honey, cream, and butter have always played a role in their chocolates, as they combine the best traditions of chocolate-making with new flavors and techniques. Crafted in small batches to ensure exceptional freshness, Lake Champlain Chocolates offers gift assortments, handcrafted novelties, caramels, truffles, and gourmet hot chocolate. Lake Champlain Chocolates are available online, nationwide at specialty food and gift stores including Whole Foods Market, upscale hotels and inns, and at their three company-owned stores in Vermont.

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