Burlington, Vt.-based Lake Champlain Chocolates (LCC), maker of all-natural chocolates, has teamed up with a rock ‘n roll band for the first time in its 27-year history. Inspired by Vermont’s tradition of bold collaborations, LCC’s new spicy chocolate bar, “Grace Under Fire,” was created in conjunction with Grace Potter and the Nocturnals -- Vermont’s own critically acclaimed, international touring rock band.

Potter first approached the Burlington-based company with the idea to collaborate on a bar a couple of months ago, and it took off from there.

“We may be a rock ‘n roll band, but the Nocturnals and I take an unprecedented interest in all things food,” she says. “I've been a fan of Lake Champlain Chocolates since I was a kid, so to combine forces to create a rock n' roll chocolate bar is a dream come true. The idea behind our pistachio/pepper flake blend was to go outside the box and blend our love of spice, dark chocolate and nuts.”

“Working with rock ‘n rollers has been refreshing, while providing new challenges,” says Eric Lampman, product development specialist for Lake Champlain Chocolates. “Discovering which foods Grace and the band gravitate to while on the road allowed us to develop a flavor combination that adds a new dimension to the LCC brand.”

The product hit stores just in time for the band’s newest album release June 8 both in stores and on iTunes. The special-edition bars are a combination of 54% dark chocolate, roasted pistachios and red pepper, with hints of vanilla and cinnamon. They sell for $5.00 each online at www.lakechamplainchocolates.com.