Founded in 1983, Burlington-based Lake Champlain Chocolates started with a local restaurateur’s desire to find better truffles to give as gifts to his staff, and grew into a gourmet chocolate business with a sizable staff of its own. If you want to see how chocolate is made, catch one a free tour of the company’s Pine Street factory on most weekdays between 9 and 2 p.m. If you’re only interested in the final product, however, you might prefer sampling at the Waterbury tasting complex that includes Cabot cheese and Snow Farm wines.
Magic is bubbling within an ordinary-looking warehouse on the outskirts of Burlington. Started in 1994, Magic Hat is now among the 15 largest breweries in the nation, according to the Brewers Association’s rankings by sales volume. Their Burlington facility conjures about 400 bottles per minute; you can watch the action on a tour, or just stop by the gift shop and tasting room for a spell.
For a "passport" to visit other Vermont breweries, visit the Vermont Brewers Association.