Zotter Chocolate Reviewed

Zotter Chocolate Reviewed

Zotter Chocolate can be described in many ways. Quirky, ambitious, unusual, bean to bar, organic……..

Zotter fell across my chocolate path when I noticed their quirky labels, as I delved deeper into the world of Zotter, I found not only do they produce over 300 different chocolates, their philosophy and ethics are pretty awesome.

Mr Zotter has since become a chocolate hero of mine, he is the modern Willy Wonka.

Speaking of which, I cannot wait to visit Zotter chocolate factory in Austria; I promise not to drink from the chocolate river or steel an Ooompah Loompah!

After reading about his determination to succeed, his crazy chocolate combinations and his endless pursuit to push the boundaries of flavours, I was and am chocolate smitten. 

I finally got round to ordering Zotter chocolate, as a girl dark chocolate in her blood, I naturally gravitated towards the darker range of Zotter chocolates. However, I was tempted into territories unknown and ordered a couple of unusual flavours, after all that is what Zotter chocolate is all about.

Here my lovely chocolate loving friends are my reviews of Zotter chocolate. I have started with the quirkier flavour combinations, keep scrolling for the DARK chocolate reviews!

 

Zotter Chocolate

Hand Scooped 60% – Bacon Bits 

 

Chocolate Maker: Zotter Chocolate, Austria

Percentage: 60%

Taste: 2/5 

Price: 2/5

Unique Qualities: BACON, organic, roasted & conched onsite, fair-trade, quirky flavour

Cocao Beans:  

Cost: £3.15 for 70g 

The Full Review

Bacon bits in chocolate, are you crazy?! I was so intrigued and excited to review this unusual combination.

I liken the bar to a big truffle. The soft filling holds the belly of flavours before being lovingly covered with 60% chocolate. Zotter call them their handscooped range.

The substantial filling embraced a unique range of ingredients; pork crackling, cinnamon, star anise & hazelnut. Unfortunately it contains my LEAST favourite addition in any food – invert sugar syrup – sad face!! :-((

However, I eagerly popped a small piece in my mouth and let the flavours work there way around my tastebuds. 

The taste was so disappointing. The pork crackling pieces give texture and crunch, but there is no bacon flavour at all, unfortunately the overwhelming taste of cinnamon drowns out any other flavour.

I liken it to accidentally putting 2 x tablespoons of cinnamon into a cake mix and then reading it should be 2 x teaspoons! Did someone make an error in production??

Not a chocolate for me. If you say bacon, I want bacon! Maybe cinnamon with crackling crunch chocolate would be a better description for this creation Mr Zotter. 

Onwards and upwards and onto to Whisky!

 

Zotter Chocolate

Hand Scooped 70% – Scotch Whisky ‘Highland Harvest’ 

 

Chocolate Maker: Zotter Chocolate, Austria

Percentage: 70%

Taste: 4/5 

Price: 3.5/5

Unique Qualities: Whisky infused, organic, roasted & conched onsite, fair-trade, quirky flavour

Cocao Beans:  

Cost: £3.15 for 70g 

The Full Review

I am a whisky girl, so this chocolate combination immediately caught my chocolate combined whisky eye!

Scotch whisky chocolate is another handscooped bar, the filling is a fondant mix encapsulating the whisky flavour, it’s light and airy fondant is deliciously covered with 70% chocolate.

Amongst the usual ingredients; the fondant filling contains 10% whisky with the addition of vanilla, again unfortunately it also includes invert sugar syrup – another sad face!

As soon as I broke a piece of the bar, the smell of whisky slapped my nose. As I let the flavour melt in my mouth, the taste of whisky was superb.

70% cocoa chocolate covering perfectly compliments the strong and slightly sweet whisky fondant. The chocolate is smooth, rich, delicious and delivers on flavour. 

Thankfully Zotters combination works it’s willy wonka magic on my tastebuds with Scotch Whisky and I will be back for another bite or two.

If you are looking for a chocolate for a whisky lover, or if you want a great talking point at a party, add this bar to your Zotter chocolate list.

Did someone say Goat’s Milk?

Zotter Chocolate

Labooko Goat’s Milk 64%

 

Chocolate Maker: Zotter Chocolate, Austria

Percentage: 64%

Taste: 3.5/5 

Price: 3/5

Unique Qualities: Goat’s Milk, organic, roasted & conched onsite, fair-trade, free from

Cocao Beans:  

Cost: £3.15 for 70g 

The Full Review

You will either LOVE or HATE goat’s milk. Many find the taste of goat’s cheese or milk too ‘farmy’ but I have always enjoyed the slightly earthy flavour it offers. 

The Goat’s milk bar is part of the Labooka range of Zotter chocolate. The presentation of these dainty bars is fabulous.

Each open up like a book of chocolate, waiting to be eagerly devoured and enjoyed. Opening the chocolate in this way really adds to the Zotter chocolate experience and I LOVE it.

As soon as I unwrapped the bar from its golden blanket, the gentle aroma of goat’s milk filled the air.

I placed a piece of delicate chocolate in my mouth, WOW the taste of goat’s milk was pleasantly surprising and very distinctive.

Smooth, nutty, flavoursome and lightly sweet. All the natural cocao bean flavours worked so well with the faint aftertaste of goat’s milk. I was so surprised at how the goat’s milk taste came through.

If you like goat’s milk and you are looking for an alternative to cows milk, I highly recommend this Labooko bar. You will be treated to a chocolate with a strong, distinctive taste and smooth rich aftertaste.

Lets talk dark!

 

Zotter Chocolate

 Labooko Contest

75% Madagascar & 75% Colombia 

 

Chocolate Maker: Zotter Chocolate, Austria

Percentage: 75%

Taste: 4/5 

Price: 3/5

Unique Qualities: Organic, roasted & conched onsite, fair-trade, vegan, two bean varieties

Cocao Beans:  Madagascar & Colombia

Cost: £3.15 for 2 x 35g (70g) 

The Full Review

Did someone say chocolate contest?! Labooko contest bars are an awesome opportunity to taste two different cocao beans at the same time, same percentage but different beans! Genius.

It’s like the boxing ring of chocolate! In one corner of the chocolate ring you have Colombian 75% beans and in the other corner you have Madasgcar 75% cocao beans. 

If you are new the world of chocolate tasting (where have you been), this is a great chance to really compare the amazing and unique flavour of Cocao beans. 

The Colombian 75% is fruity, nutty, gently sweet with a light undertone of bitter coffee notes. I really enjoyed it and found it very palatable (in other words I could have eaten it all – at once)

However, the Madagascar just pipped it to the post in terms of flavour. Smoother, richer and the bitter coffee undertones were not as apparent. The rich, fruitiness of the chocolate lingered gently in my mouth.

Instantly the Madagascar is my preference out of the two. 

Labooko contest bars are a superb way of tasting two same strength chocolates made with different cocao beans. If you like your chocolate dark, but not too bitter the Zotter 75% is the chocolate burst of chocolate loveliness for you. Why taste one when you can have two!

 

Zotter Chocolate

Labooko Contest

82% Belize Toledo & 82% Peru “Criollo Cuvee” 

 

Chocolate Maker: Zotter Chocolate, Austria

Percentage: 82%

Taste: 4/5 

Price: 4/5

Unique Qualities: Organic, roasted & conched onsite, fair-trade, vegan, two bean varieties

Cocao Beans:  Belize Toledo & Peru “Criollo Cuvee”

Cost: £3.15 for 70g 

The Full Review

When it comes to Dark chocolate, there are two magic words for me!

Whisper ‘82% and Belize’ in my dainty ears and I am all yours. Belize have been a favourite bean of mine for a long time and I am yet to find bean to beat it.

The ability to taste the Peru against the Belize was a really exciting opportunity for me too!

My chocolate tastebuds were watering as I unwrapped the first bar from it’s bed of golden foil. I opted to taste the Peru first. I could smell the rich, nutty aroma and as I popped a piece in my mouth, it felt like heaven had decided to prop a tent inside my tastebuds.

The Peru is fruity, nutty and is complimented with a hint of saltiness. The flavour did not last as long in mouth as expected but it was delicious. Would this be a contender for the Belize?

Well, the Belize!! The Belize is everything I want it to be. Smooth, rich, fruity, gentle and not as bitter as the Peru. The smell reminds me of warmed blackberries on an Autumn day, perfection.

I decided to blind taste the next day and the Belize still won through on taste and flavour. I will not be fooled….

Zotter 82% is pure indulgence. Dark chocolate lovers will LOVE this marriage made in Labooko contest heaven.

 

Zotter Chocolate

Labooko Contest

100% Peru & 100% Ecuador 

 

Chocolate Maker: Zotter Chocolate, Austria

Percentage: 100%

Taste: 4/5 

Price: 4/5

Unique Qualities: Organic, roasted & conched onsite, fair-trade, vegan, two bean varieties

Cocao Beans:  Peru & Ecuador

Cost: £3.15 for 70g 

The Full Review

Reviewing just got dark, welcome along to 100% Zotter chocolate.

I always feel naughty eating 100% chocolate, I feel like I am eating an exotic meat or a rare breed of bird. It feels wrong, but deep down you know it will taste good.

100% chocolate is not for everyone and some would argue it offers little in terms of taste or flavour, well I am the voice of 100% disagreement.

Again the Labooko contest gave me chance to taste two 100% chocolates made from two different cocao beans. Peru and Ecuador awaited me to discover their chocolate secrets.

The smell of 100% chocolate is how I imagine it would feel to swim in a river of dark chocolate, overwhelming and dirty, but oh so good. 

I started with the Peru. A little piece of 100% goes a long way, the tiny piece I tasted punched me with coconut, subtle fruitiness followed by a hint of saltiness. Peru beans present an underlying hint of coconut and gives a wonderful tropical taste.

The Ecuador is a totally different flavour. It was rich, full in texture, gentle but with a strong coffee undertone. The Ecuador is earthy and totally different in taste to the Peru.

I could not choose between the two, they both offer such unique taste qualities.

If you are looking for a 100% chocolate, Zotter 100% will travel your tastebuds to the tropics and then dunk you in large bowl of rich, smooth coffee perfection.

 

Zotter Chocolate Summary

Zotter chocolate left me feeling excited, impressed and overwhelmed. The packaging is amazing and unique and the chocolate itself is unusual, yet delicious. 

Although I would not order the handscooped bars again, I can see the appeal. If the other flavours are as perfect as the Scotch Whisky, you are in for a tastebud bush tucker trial of fabulousness.

However, the dark range of chocolates are superb. I look forward to trying many more Zotter Chocolates, however I will leave the bacon bits chocolate for someone else.



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