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Vermont Chocolate, Maple Syrup and Yes, Beer

Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth in Vermont: A New Year Full of Old Classics

Lake Champlain Chocolates Peanut Butter Cup Truffles The New Year means many things to spirits and lives around the world. There are some parts of winter in Vermont that remain the same, year after year, and that is why we call the Green Mountain state home sweet home. The holiday season always reminds us to fill up on dessert and those sugary sweets seem to linger around for weeks afterwards. A favorite stocking stuffer in my family has always been candy, but there are a few things that pull through each year reminding me of what it means to be a proud Vermonter. Craving sweets is a natural part of the holiday season, but remembering why they bring us together gives us hope for the future years.

With hot chocolate to warm you up after an cold day of skiing, snow-machinin’, boarding or just a morning snow shovel, Lake Champlain Chocolates pulls its own weight in the world of novelties. The shop location on Church Street features large floor-to-ceiling windows and the passersby may even be lucky enough to witness the preparation of homemade fudge and other goodies. Though I’m a fan of almost anything that marries chocolate with peanut butter, the Lake Champlain Peanut Butter Cup Truffles are out of this world. Other truffles that showed up under my tree this Christmas included the Chocolate Covered Cherries, Champagne and Rum flavored truffles. Another bonus is that the factory is located right around the corner at 750 Pine St where there are tours, a gift shop and an additional café. Visit for more information including ordering, locations and a full menu. Indulging in some serious local flavor reminds us of traditions that ring true each and every year.

And waking up on the chilliest of those winter mornings wouldn’t be complete without the sweetness of Vermont made maple syrup. Whether it’s the miniature sized bottle stuffed in the stocking or the half gallon sitting under the tree, it wouldn’t be a New Year without a full supply of maple syrup. Though we are still awaiting the first real storm of the winter here in Burlington, we will be ready for some old fashioned sugar on snow once it arrives. Each year I remember that maple syrup goes with everything, I even put some in the chili I made last night. The New Year welcomes a blast of sweetness unlike any other time of the year, thanks to warm, new memories shared by family and friends, both here in Vermont and beyond.

Something Vermont is known for across the nation is beer. This New Year I have already discovered my favorite winter variety pack made by Vermont’s own Otter Creek Brewery out of Middlebury. Though Long Trail’s Hibernator remains my number one choice for a local winter brew, Otter Creek has out together a phenomenal mix of brews this season. The 12 pack contains bottles of the Winter Red Ale, Copper Ale, Black IPA and Stovepipe Porter. Local distributors will be selling out these goods in 2012 at great prices so check for deals. Once again Otter Creek has filled its promise by bringing us craft beer with genuine Vermont flavor.

This year, celebrate the old favorites that make Vermont proud and look forward to newness in the months ahead. Happy New Year!

Chrissy Lefavour is a Contributor to The Free George.

The Free George is the online magazine and visitors’ guide of Upstate NY, covering things from Albany to Lake Placid, including Saratoga, the Lake George region and the Adirondacks. Check out our City Blogs section for our extended coverage areas as well.

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