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By Cat Viglienzoni — October 23, 2012

Serious throwback to senior year of college this weekend… I was back on my (second-favorite) beat — the chocolate beat! I reported on a new venture within a popular Vermont chocolate company. (For those of you just tuning in… I did my entire senior thesis on chocolate. Looking back on that after working in the professional industry for more than a year… slightly embarrassing, but it was fun.)

Lake Champlain Chocolates launched their Blue Bandana Chocolate line — currently a single-man operation (run by the owner’s son Eric Lampman) focused on bringing out the flavors of the beans themselves, which differ depending on where the beans come from. So yes, cacao beans from Guatemala and Madagascar DO taste different.

I thought the piece turned out well — it was visually appealing (but when isn’t chocolate visually-appealing?), and I was very comfortable with the subject matter. I think my photographer Mark had fun with it too, and he certainly made the piece look great!

I tried the three flavors they had there (they said more are on the way in the coming months) and I think my favorites were the Guatemala and the Madagascar sans pepper. I tend to prefer a bit more of a cayenne flavor with my dark chocolate if I’m going to add pepper. But that said, it was still very good.

Also, and I didn’t really get to this in my piece due to time constraints, but to really enjoy chocolate you have to appreciate the aroma as well as the straight-up taste, because the two senses are quite connected. This explains why when you have a cold and your nose is stuffy, things taste bland.

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Written by Cat Viglienzoni

October 23, 2012 at 10:24 AM

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