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Friday, July 11, 2014
Vermont Journal III: Lake Champlain Chocolates
Lake Champlain Chocolates Factory Store
Everyone waxes about how cosmopolitan Burlington is, how
esthetic, how full of things to do, how great that you can watch art house
movies of the kind you might not easily locate in other northern Vermont cities like
Montpelier and St. Albans or int the Eastern Townships of Quebec. Everyone goes on about the old two and three story
red brick buildings in the downtown area dating from the l9th Century and
which exude a gentility amidst the sprawling modern University of Vermont
Campus--all of this leading to the water carnival on the shores of Lake
Champlain. But the real reason to come to Burlington is Lake Champlain Chocolates which sports a factory outlet right as you depart from the central
business district along Pine Street. There are those who live for the Lake
Champlain Dark Mint Crunch and here you can buy it at bargain prices, in a
welcoming atmosphere that includes spotless bathrooms that are the size of some
New York apartments. There’s also a waiting area that features an extensive brochure
collection offering a host of alternatives to drive to as you munch on your
Signature Dark Chocolate Peppermint Crunch Bar. The Organic Cherries & Dark Chocolate is nothing to sneeze at either. Robert Cormier’s The Chocolate War was a famous young adult novel. But the war is over when you get to Burlington. Lake Champlain Chocolates has won.
Francis Levy's debut novel, Erotomania: A Romance, was released in August 2008 by Two Dollar Radio.
His short stories, criticism, humor, and poetry have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The New Republic, The Village Voice, The East Hampton Star, The Quarterly, Penthouse, Architectural Digest, TV Guide, The Journal of Irreproducible Results, and other publications. One of his Voice humor pieces was anthologized in The Big Book of New American Humor (HarperCollins). He is presently the Co-Director of The Philoctetes Center for the Multidisciplinary Study of Imagination (philoctetes.org), where he supervises roundtable discussions on topics as varied as “The Psychology of the Modern Nation State” and “Modern Traffic Theory, Behavior, and Imagination”.