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
I 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