Welcome to the World of Zotter Chocolate, a place where chocolate defies its boundaries and lets you discover new horizons at every turn! Since everything has a beginning, though, where to start with ours?
Perhaps in 1992, when Josef Zotter made the first of many wondrous chocolate varieties in his pastry shop in Graz, Austria. Little did he know back then that his chocolates would soon become cult in Austria and beyond. At first being a secret among a few gourmets. Once we wrapped out chocolates with the art created by Andreas H.Gratze , an Austrian artist of many talents, our products suddenly found the way onto everyone’s palate. And, it’s been that, taste and art, all the way from the beginning, our recipe of sweet success. With time goes by and we grow bolder, so we took the last step towards absolute quality by converting to an entirely organic and fair trade certified production in 2003,followed by our own bean-to-bar production in 2006.Finally we were one of the very few absolutely independent chocolate makers ,and have been ever since.
So it is no surprise that our Austrian chocolate manufacture has received many interested visitors, about 260,000 per year, to taste our more than 365 varieties chocolate.
We sure believe in our way of making chocolate and we are proud that our efforts have been internationally recognized many times over. Among those awards we have been voted one of the 8 best chocolate makers in the world by an international panel of chocolate experts, and the “most innovative chocolate of the year 2013” by the renowned Kennedy Magazine of London.
The Chocolate Theatre in Shanghai
In the end of March 2014 we have opened our brand-new Zotter Chocolate Theatre in Shanghai, and pushed the gates wide ajar to a new world of chocolate tasting experience.
Zotter chocolate theatre built within the former cotton storage of a century-old clothing factory, we have fused our unique style with the timeless beauty of an old brick-stone building.
Set right next to the banks of the Huangpu River, there is no more befitting place in Shanghai for the spin-off of the Austrian chocolate manufacture. However, we do not only import our delicious chocolates from Austrian but also our core values that transcend them, namely social and ecological responsibility, honesty, organic and bean-to-bar production, fair trade, sustainability and green thinking.
Josef Z otter’s daughter Julia is now the head of our Chinese venture. For you, it is an adventure! After all, Zotter is one of the very few chocolate companies in the world exclusively dedicated to organic, fair trade, and bean-to-bar, and also the first in China! We are proud of having the widest range of chocolates in the world!
Our 365 different kinds of chocolates are mostly imported, fresh and directly from Austria, while some are made in Shanghai. Of course our chocolate theatre is also a well-equipped chocolate atelier .Where we produce nut chocolate, individual chocolates and desserts. If you can notice us every delicious little step of the way, you’ll find this is not only a chocolate theatre! And since there can never be enough chocolate varieties for us, we also concocted some new creations, inspired by the rich tastes of China, which are hand-crafted on site.
With Zotter it’s all about organic, fair trade and bean-to-bar …and about art, sublime taste and pushing boundaries. We might be one of the most audacious chocolate makers in the world, but for sure we are one of the most sustainable ones. Because for us a product can only be as good as its root, as the people who care for it and as the impact it has on us all.
Have you ever tried cheese chocolate, peanut nougat or a strawberry couverture that tastes like you just plucked it fresh from a strawberry field. Well, in our chocolate theatre, right now is the time to try all the chocolate combinations you could possible imagine. But it’s not only about crazy combos, since cocoa has a sublime taste on its own! We are working with many small cocoa cooperatives around the globe’s cocoa producing regions, all of whom we have a very personal relationship with. Our hard and earnest work carries the most delicious fruit indeed, and paired with our careful refining techniques, will make you palate dance in the rhythm of the cocoa.
And if you want it done perfectly, you can do it yourself! You are unique and your individual taste can be satisfied by a chocolate that has sprung from your own creative mind! So let your imagine soar and write your own recipe for your favorite chocolate, our Mixing-Bar will make it possible! Choose from a host of fresh and organic ingredients and all of our couverture range and create a chocolate no-one has ever made before, for yourself and for the one you love.
Who has not dreamt of wandering through a chocolate factory as a child? After a fantastic journey through our chocolate theatre you can enjoy even more chocolate and take a rest in our Viennese style coffer bar. We guarantee that you’ll crave for a fresh ground coffee, and you can round it off with some of the desserts you just watched in the making. And perhaps you’ve seen our coffee roaster on your way through the theatre. Yes, of course, we also roast our own beans there. We regard organic and fair trade as our core value, and that is also how we made chocolate. How could organic and fair trade taste any better?