Lake Champlain Chocolates Dark Chocolate Raspberry Easter Eggs Gift Bag - 6.5 oz. (184g)
Easter is fast approaching! Fill your Easter baskets worry-free with Lake Champlain's Dark Chocolate Raspberry Easter Eggs Gift Bag, containing no artificial colors. Lake Champlain's Dark Chocolate Raspberry Easter Eggs come individually foil wrapped in a cellophane bag with a festive, decorative ribbon. Lake Champlain Dark Chocolate Raspberry Easter Eggs with a creamy raspberry filling make a great Gift Bag for an Easter favor. Lake Champlain Chocolates are fresh and all-natural gourmet chocolates! Lake Champlain chocolates are kosher and preservative-free. All of Lake Champlain's chocolate are made in small batches in Burlington, Vermont for over 26 years. Let Lake Champlain chocolate change your world!
Chocolate has always been special.
To the ancient Mayans it was the nectar of the gods. Europeans revered it as a symbol of wealth and power. African cultures believed it an aphrodisiac. One of the world's greatest expressions of taste and rapture, chocolate is enjoyed by millions, yet few have successfully combined the oldest traditions of confection-making with the purest natural ingredients.
At Lake Champlain Chocolates, their goal has always been the creation of something special. The union of the rich history of making fine chocolate, the heritage of craftsmanship, and the wonderful flavors of Vermont is accomplished every day at Lake Champlain's factory, producing sweet indulgences with pride that goes into each bite. Perhaps that's why The New York Times reveres it as "some of the best chocolate in the country."
Preservative-free and Kosher-certified
Lake Champlain chocolate contains no additives or shelf extenders - no junk, no kidding! As chocolate has over 500 flavor components, anything extra is bound to compromise the flavor.
Lake Champlain products are Star-D Kosher certified by the National Council of Young Israel in affiliation with Star-K Kosher Certification.
Frequently Asked Questions:
What kind of chocolate does Lake Champlain use?
All of Lake Champlain's chocolates are crafted from Belgian chocolate.
Do Lake Champlain's chocolates have allergens in them such as soy, nuts, dairy, and gluten?
All of Lake Champlain's chocolates contain soy lecithin. The only exceptions are their cocoa products. Some of Lake Champlain's products contain nuts, dairy, and gluten. It varies by product. Lake Champlain cannot guarantee that any of their products are entirely free of trace amounts of these ingredients. All of Lake Champlain's chocolates are manufactured in the same factory with the same equipment, which could pose the risk of cross-contamination.
Do Lake Champlain's chocolates contain hydrogenated oils?
Lake Champlain's chocolates are free of hydrogenated oils and trans fats.
What is the percent of cocoa in Lake Champlain's chocolates?
Lake Champlain's standard milk chocolate has 34% cocoa, and their standard dark chocolate has 54%. The highest cocoa content is in their Small World Select Origin chocolates, which contain between 54% and 80% cocoa content.
Are any of Lake Champlain's chocolates kosher? Are they pareve?
Lake Champlain's dark chocolate is both kosher and milk-free, containing only cocoa mass, sugar, cocoa butter (which is not a milk derivative), soy lecithin, and vanilla. Lake Champlain does not add milk to their dark chocolate. All dark chocolate & dark chocolate mint items (bars, hearts, squares, and coins) as well as the dark chocolate almond bars and the Select Origin dark chocolate squares, are dairy-free.
All of Lake Champlain's products are certified Star-D Kosher by the National Council of Young Israel in affiliation with Star-K Kosher Certification, with the exception of their hot chocolate and unsweetened cocoa (which is certified by the Orthodox Union). Due to the manufacturing process, Lake Champlain cannot guarantee that any product is entirely free of minute traces of dairy, as there is a potential for cross-contamination. This prevents their products from being pareve.
Are any of Lake Champlain's products vegan?
Lake Champlain's dark chocolate is milk-free, containing only cocoa mass, sugar, cocoa butter (which is vegan), soy lecithin, and vanilla. Please note that these items are all manufactured in the same factory and with the same equipment as Lake Champlain's products which contain milk products. Equipment is cleaned between products, but Lake Champlain cannot guarantee that any product is entirely free of minute traces of dairy. Also, they use refined sugar in their chocolates, which some vegans avoid.
Does Lake Champlain have sugar free chocolates?
Unsweetened Cocoa is Lake Champlain's only product characterized as sugar-free. All of Lake Champlain's chocolates are produced with natural ingredients, never with artificial sweeteners, and contain no preservatives. As a general rule, the higher the cocoa content in chocolate, the lower the sugar content. Therefore, dark chocolate contains far less sugar than milk chocolate.
Does Lake Champlain chocolate have caffeine?
Cocoa Powder: 5 milligrams of caffeine per 8 ounce serving, or 0.002% by weight of the chocolate is caffeine (their Mocha Hot Chocolate and Mountain Mint Hot Chocolate are the exception, with 8.65 milligrams of caffeine per 8 ounce serving). Dark Chocolate: 1 ounce of dark chocolate has 20 milligrams of caffeine, or 0.07% by weight of the chocolate is caffeine. Milk Chocolate: 1 ounce of milk chocolate has 6 milligrams of caffeine, or 0.02% by weight of the chocolate is caffeine. For comparison, coffee has 47-164 milligrams of caffeine per 5 ounce serving.
Is Lake Champlain's chocolate alkalized?
The alkali process, or Dutch Process, is used to neutralize the acidity normally found in chocolate. The process produces a powder with no cocoa butter by pressing the pure cacao paste at very high pressure to produce a fat free powder. Lake Champlain only uses alkalized cocoa in their hot cocoas. If alkalized cocoa is used in any product, it must be stated in the ingredients.
Is Lake Champlain's chocolate fair trade?
Lake Champlain Chocolates produces all-natural, preservative-free chocolates, supports overall human health and wellness, and champions efforts to eliminate any form of exploitation connected to the production of cocoa products. Lake Champlain shares the belief that no one should be harmed in cocoa farming.
In West Africa, about one million small family farms account for about 50% of cocoa production. Concerns have been raised regarding the practice of using child and slave labor on these farms. The chocolate industry has questioned these practices and created programs that offer support for cocoa farmers, their families, and their communities. Sustainable growth and ethical trading are common goals of everyone working to establish and enforce appropriate labor standards.
As a member of the World Cocoa Foundation. Lake Champlain Chocolates takes their responsibility to these families seriously, and they are fully committed to implementing positive change in the social, economic, and environmental development of cocoa farming communities worldwide. Lake Champlain sources their chocolate from one of the largest cocoa processing companies in the world -- a company that takes full accountability for all its activities throughout the trading and production chain.
Building awareness and conscientious support for cocoa producers and their families is the first step toward reform in the industry. Also underway is the establishment of a certification process that monitors and improves the socioeconomic conditions of cocoa farms, especially in West Africa.
Lake Champlain Chocolates recognizes that to achieve real change means working in partnership with other industry-supported programs to eradicate questionable labor practices in the growing of cocoa beans. In conclusion, Lake Champlain would like to stress that Lake Champlain Chocolates strongly condemns slavery and hazardous labor practices. They confirm that no such practices have been reported nor will be tolerated.
Are Lake Champlain Chocolates organic?
Cacao trees, the source of all chocolate, grow in the shade in rainforests. Nothing is wasted in this environment, as a wide variety of plants, animals, and insects provide a complex, natural pest-management system. On family farms, pesticides are expensive to buy and difficult to apply to cacao trees, making most cacao farms organic by default.
While organic certification verifies farming practices, it does not ensure the quality of the cacao or the fermentation of the beans, two factors which significantly influence the flavor of chocolate. So far, Lake Champlain Chocolates has only found enough organic chocolate that meets their high quality standards for the products in their Organic Chocolate line.
Where does Lake Champlain Chocolates source its cocoa beans?
Lake Champlain Chocolates is a third tier producer, meaning they buy prepared chocolate rather than the raw cocoa beans. Their high quality standards include taste, making a blending of cocoa beans from multiple locations the only way to achieve them. Bean origins can vary slightly from month to month and year to year.
Does Lake Champlain use refined sugar?
Lake Champlain is a third tier chocolate producer, meaning they buy prepared chocolate rather than the raw cocoa beans. The chocolate they purchase already contains refined sugar by the time they buy it. Lake Champlain is aware of the concerns over refined sugar, and where possible they use organic evaporated cane juice.