Zotter's Chocolate Mr. Zotter covered in Chocolate.
Every Saturday I focus on a different artist that I admire. From potters to painters, chefs to collectors, seamstress to songwriters, lifestyle to lovers... anyone who set the paintbrush, pastry brush, hands and heart on fire to create.
Those who inspire art to flow where it may.
I had the awesome experience of visiting Zotter's Chocolate factory with my Austrian friends Lieselotte and Dieter. The creative, brilliant, talented Mr. Zotter has created a chocolate factory equally if not deliciously real to Willy Wonka's.
"Zotter says: "If you are looking for the same old boring chocolates loaded with artificial flavours and colours, then please move along. There is nothing to see here. We make all our own chocolate, from bean to bar, using only the very best ingredients. The way all chocolate should be made. Artificial flavours, colours & preservatives will never find their way into our chocolate."
"Zotter chocolate comes in many sizes, shapes and flavour combinations. Each one is made with love and care using only the finest Organic and Fairtrade ingredients."
French Husband and our friend Lieselotte. French Husband was out of control. He sampled every single Zotter chocolate twice or more than that. He was a very happy camper. I have to say so was I. Though I could not keep up with tasting. I daresay there was enough to sample for a lifetime... over three hundred samples in melted, chipped, bar, powder, bean, conche... it was surreal. Literally more than I could take in.
Zotter makes 50,000 chocolate bars a day.
Zotter's melted chocolate sample.
There were several of these melted chocolate stations to try. Isn't that fountain clever with the bent spoons?!
"Chocolate has come a long way in the past few years, no longer is it acceptable to mix inferior cocoa beans with chemical flavour enhancers and market bland chocolate. As people begin to understand the nature of chocolate, so their expectations begin to rise. Not everyone can travel to the ends of the earth to discover new cocoa plantations but you can still explore the rich diversity the world of chocolate has to offer."
"We created the Labooko range to allow you to experience the delights of the cocoa forests and discover for yourself the taste and smell of cocoa. Come with us and explore the regions and see how they influence the nature of the chocolate."
"On the front of each pack you will find the origin of the cocoa and the percentage of cocoa used. Inside there are a few tasting notes and little more information about the cocoa."
Zotter's chocolate factory is full of humor, delight, witty wonder... and incredible taste.
Hand's down some of the best delicate chocolate I have ever had.
"Zotter's Hand-Scooped bars are hand-made. Each bar is lovingly crafted on specially made tables and contains, one, two or even three layers.
"We only use the very best of natural ingredients, so you can be sure that there are no artificial colours, flavourings or preservatives in our chocolate. We make everything, starting with the cocoa bean, all under one roof. That way we know that every bar bearing our name conforms to the very highest quality standard."
"The Olmec & Mayans understood the value of chocolate. A potion of great power and importance that was often used in ceremonies to celebrate life & fertility.
We have gone back to the origins of chocolate to develop our range of drinking chocolate. Using some of our best cocoa beans, we have paired them with herbs & spices to reinstate drinking chocolate to its rightful place in society.
Our drinking chocolate comes in 20g bars that you simply drop into hot milk, wait for them to melt and then whisk. Pure chocolate heaven in a cup.
Whether in a café or at home, Zotter drinking chocolate has secured its rightful place among the chocolate Olympians.
You can buy our drinking chocolate online by clicking here."
(Text via Zotter's website)
A sample of Zotter's clever artful packaging.
The variety, style, shapes of chocolates Zotter had is mind blowing.
Just to name a few of the various chocolates Zotter offers.
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Chocolate Shots! I brought some home for Sacha. He went crazy.
(Zotter's Chocolate Milk, giving credit to the cow.)
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