by Leo Jakobson | July 03, 2012
Burlington, VT is a city with a proud tradition of making great sweets, starting with the maple syrup settlers learned to gather from Native American tribes. And Ben & Jerry’s ice cream started in a disused gas station in town in 1978. 

While it’s not as large as either of those enterprises, Lake Champlain Chocolates has been making chocolates in the city since 1983, using natural, preservative-free, and Kosher-certified ingredients to make small-batch chocolates. 

The company’s Chocolates of Vermont line highlights all-natural Vermont ingredients like pure maple syrup, fresh cream, fruits and nuts, and local honey. (The chocolate, however, is Belgian.) The chocolates are also imprinted with iconic local images such as sugar maple leaves, Lake Champlain, and the Green Mountains. Other lines from the company include organic chocolate bars and truffles, sea salt caramels, and traditional hot chocolate (marshmallows are available, too). 

The company’s corporate gifting services include personalized greetings, volume discounts, and automated shipping for events like birthdays and service anniversaries. 

A 24-piece assorted Chocolates of Vermont gift box is available for $35, and options range from a $5 box of four chocolates to gift baskets and chocolate-of-the-month clubs in the $100-plus range.