Lake Champlain Chocolates
Lake Champlain Chocolates began as one pastry chef in the kitchen of a Burlington, Vermont restaurant. Jim Lampman, the owner of the restaurant, would gift everyone fancy chocolate over the holidays. When his pastry chef wasn't impressed by the quality of the chocolatey treats, Jim dared him to do better. We all know what happens next! Within a year, the restaurant had been sold, and Jim started a brand new chocolate company. Lake Champlain Chocolates is passionately devoted to bringing incredible flavor and quality to chocolate lovers everywhere. Their factory is still in Burlington, Vermont, where they continue to make all of their chocolates (though they're now distributed all across the US).
Lake Champlain’s chocolates have won regional and national awards, and rave reviews from the NY Times, Travel + Leisure, and more. But the fame hasn't gone to their heads. Jim & his company remain committed to the people who make their products possible, earning Fair for Life - Social & Fair Trade Certification in March 2013. As of June 2013, 86% of the chocolate they use is fair trade certified by FLO-CERT of Fair Trade International. In addition, they support a World Cocoa Foundation scholarship, work to expand direct trade with cocoa farmers, and develop organic, non-GMO products.