Handmade, Honey-Sweetened Chocolate from Vermont

Hi! I am Katie McHugh – the ridiculously  proud new owner of Liberty Chocolates. I took over Liberty Chocolates from the prior owner (and now my mentor in all things chocolate), Katrina Coravos, in the summer of 2017, shortly after moving to Vermont and I am very excited to be at the helm of a local business, hand-crafting delicious dark chocolate sweetened with honey.

“All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt.” – Charles Schulz

Data Analysis to Chocolatiering

My background is in data analysis (i.e. I have spent many, many hours sitting in front of computer screens), but chocolate has always been one of my top three passions (followed closely by breathing and skiing). I have been interested in making (and eating!) chocolate for years, and even when my day job had nothing to do with chocolate, I have always found ways to make it a part of my life.

I think the main reason I am invited to parties is because everyone knows I will provide the chocolate.

I like to make, cook with, and learn about gourmet chocolates. I love tasting chocolate from different regions and made from different cacao varietals. I enjoy experimenting with great ingredients that are responsibly sourced.

I am happiest when I have a pot of chocolate started and the smell completely fills my kitchen and I want to just dunk my face in it. (I promise, I don’t!)

I’ve lived in many places, both within the United States and abroad, and wherever I go I always seek out good chocolates and the people who make them.

Committing to a Life of Chocolate!

In 2008, I was living in New Zealand and decided I needed more quality time with chocolate. This meant carving out space from my daily work life in order to pursue my chocolate passion, and it was worth it. I took classes about chocolate making and apprenticed with an amazing chocolatier in her shop in Christchurch where I learned a ton about how to craft quality, handmade chocolate that stands out from the rest.

At one point I thought I wanted to source and sell other people’s chocolate in my own carefully-curated shop, but my experience in New Zealand made me realize that creating delicious and unexpected chocolate treats was what I really wanted to pursue.

That experience changed the course, as well as paved the way, for the next chapter of my life.

Fast-forward to the summer of 2017 and a move to Montpelier, VT. With this big move (I had been living in the west for over 25 years) I decided now was the time to go all-in and make chocolate not just a sidebar, but the main focus of my life.

The NEW Liberty Chocolates

Dark organic chocolate, honey sweetened chocolate, made in vermontI purchased Liberty Chocolates from Katrina in August and am thrilled to be making and selling such incredible chocolate! I have been working closely with Katrina to learn the art of honey-sweetened chocolate and am excited to take what I’ve learned and add my own passion and creativity.

Of course, you can’t make great chocolate without great ingredients! I use ingredients that are not only top-quality but are organic, free-trade and responsibly sourced from companies that work directly with the farmers.  Working with these top-quality ingredients means I can create incredibly delicious, smooth, rich chocolate.

“The greatest tragedies were written by the Greeks and Shakespeare…neither knew chocolate.” – Sandra Boynton

Currently, I offer several types of dark chocolate bars, but I’m already looking ahead to adding new ingredients, unexpected flavors, and different products in the future.  Please take a moment to look around the website, learn about what makes Liberty Chocolate amazing. Check back in often to see what I have cooking up, and if you have ideas for new flavors – let me know!

I look forward to growing this local, Vermont business and creating delicious chocolate!

“Be nice. Eat chocolate. Enjoy life.” – me