Zotter ‘Squaring the Circle’ 70% Dark Choco with Maple Sugar BIO
A classic with caramel fireworks: a dark chocolate with a classic 70% cocoa content, sweetened with maple sugar. Maple sugar is prepared from the sap of the maple tree by turning it into maple syrup, a very popular condiment in the US and Canada, and subsequently crystallising it. Maple sugar is very similar to regular sugar but at the same time excitingly different.
An expressive base layer of caramel and maple syrup, notes of cream, chocolate fudge and liquorice as well as subtly fruity accents of grapes as well as olives.
May contain traces of all types of nuts, peanuts, milk, sesame and soy.
Squaring the Circle
SWEET SENSATION – THE CHOCOLATES CONTAINING TRENDY SUGAR ALTERNATIVES OR ENTIRELY WITHOUT SWEETNESS
Available in 13 varieties, in dark, milk, white and fruit. And in several vegan options.
With the Squaring the Circle range, Zotter presents chocolates without any sugar and some featuring today’s brand-new sugar trends. Squaring the circle isn’t possible with a normal drawing compass and a ruler, but even 2.000 years ago, Archimedes solved this problem with his own mathematical formulas. The Squaring of the Circle range shows us not restricting ourselves to cacao and sugar but instead exploring new sugar trends from exciting sugar alternatives like trendy date sugar, nocalorie organic sweetener (erythritol), fructose contained in mangoes to no sugar at all, as well as two new nut bars and much, much more. The squaring of the circle represents the impossible, but just like in modern mathematics beyond compass and ruler, our own science of chocomatics proves that there are a multitude of solutions. This enables us to develop many new chocolates, all revolving around the hot topic of sugar.
The diverse sugar assortment!
The Squaring of the Circle shows us making the impossible possible by replacing our ubiquitous raw cane sugar either with various sugar alternatives or not at all. This requires a very individual and precise processing flow, which is why for this particular purpose, Zotter use our “Fine Mist Craft-Akt” roasting appliance, which we can very quickly adapt to any requirements. Freshly roasted cacao beans, pure cocoa butter and all the sugar variations that are currently trending.
Type of chocolate
Dairy Free, Organic, Direct Trade, Fair Trade, Vegan
Zotter chocolates rely on quality, variety, creativity, sustainability and are 100% organic and fair trade.
Zotter ranks among the best chocolatiers in the world.
Zotter stand for quality, variety, creativity, sustainability
100% Organic, Fair and Bean-to-Bar
Internationally considered one of the most innovative chocolate makers and trendsetters in the industry
We carry around 300-400 different chocolate varieties in our range
Zotter Chocolates is recognized among the top 25 best chocolate producers in the world according to the Chocolate Tester Georg Bernardini
2017 Zotter was celebrating 30 years in business!
Winner of international awards - like 15 awards 2016, 5 awards 2017 and 11 awards 2018 at The Academy of Chocolate Awards in London, Bronze in the category “Best Dark Chocolate” out of 200 international entries at the NW Chocolate Festival in Seattle in November 2017, 5 international Chocolate Awards in Summer 2018
Country of origin of our products is Austria.
Plus, each bar of chocolate is a work of art - thanks to Zotter’s genius artist -Andreas H. Gratze who designs all the packaging and other artwork.
Variety and creativity
Zotter focuses on innovation. It’s important for Zotter to offer a wide and varied range of products – from classics like Butter Caramel and Raspberry to eccentric creations like Bread Break, created with bread schnapps made from organic bread leftovers. We offer more than 400 different chocolate varieties. Zotter typically introduce between 30 and 70 new products per year. And who comes up with all those amazing ideas? Josef Zotter of course, although lately he’s had quite a bit of help from his daughter Julia, the other creative mind in the family business.
Experiments are Zotter's passion and they use their own in-house bean-to-bar factory to develop new ideas and products. Like those bright, fruity chocolates – their stunning colors and flavors derived entirely naturally from fruit alone – or those sweet little chocolate light bulbs in all different flavors and colors.
Since the very beginning, the great artist friend Andreas H. Gratze has created a unique, individual design for each of Zotter's chocolate bars and those little pieces of art turn each choc into a first-rate gift.
A wide range instead of the same old stuff – Zotter does it like Mother Nature, the products focus on variety and lots of surprises. We offer everything from Zotter's hand-scooped chocolate cult hits to pure single origin chocolates, drinking chocolates, pralines, couvertures up to hand-made Biofekt organic bonbons.
Chocolate - bean-to-bar
At the Riegersburg-based chocolate factory, Zotter produces their own chocolates, bean-to-bar. It’s all made in-house, from the fragrant cocoa bean to the finished chocolate bar. They roast, grind, mill and conch in small batches, all individually fine-tuned to each cocoa variety. The Riegersburg location employs 185 people who produce fresh chocolate every day and also take care of all the other things our factory requires.
New FAIR logo
At the beginning of the 2018/19 season, Zotter resigned the Fairtrade certification and have applied a FAIR “hand sign” as the new logo. Zotter is a member of the World Fair Trade Organization (WFTO), and they certify their entire business according to their guidelines, which enables them to distance themselves from the mass balance supply chain system used in the Fairtrade structure. They continue to focus on 100% fair trade and physical traceability and transparency of all their raw materials. Josef Zotter explains: “I continue to believe that Fairtrade is a good idea – it’s definitely better than the absence of any regulation, but I want my customers to be able to buy a chocolate that contains exactly what it says on the wrapper.”
Fine flavor cocoa from the best cocoa growing regions in the world
They mainly buy their cocoa in Latin America, the cradle of cocoa. They get their fine flavour cocoa from various different countries like Peru, Bolivia, Nicaragua, Panama, Ecuador, Guatemala, Brazil, Belize, the Dominican Republic, Madagascar, Togo and Congo. Each chocolate contains a piece of history – from Belize’s Maya cocoa to cocoa from Panama and Peru, cultivated by indigenous tribes in the middle of the rain forest, who use it to safeguard their traditional way of life, to cocoa from Nicaragua, transported by sailboat: for the first time in 20 years, a sail cargo ship landed at Hamburg port, carrying Zotter's cocoa. It was transported entirely emission-free and completely sustainable by the Brigantes and Timbercoast crews. Fairly traded organic cocoa from small farms, cultivated using crop rotation: this means delicious flavor but also the preservation of cultures – human and plant.
Zotter buys their cocoa directly from the farmers, pay way above the world market price and support them continuously, so they stick with quality and fine flavor cocoa varieties like Criollo, Trinitario, Nacional and Nativo and are therefore no longer dependent on the world market, which trades chiefly in bulk cocoa. Zotter often travels to their cocoa growing regions in order to meet their cocoa farmers and conversely, they invite them over to visit our factory. Great interpersonal relationships make for a very special product quality. In the summer of 2018, Julia Zotter spent 3 weeks in Peru to visit the cocoa farmers and look in on their social campaign project, “Chocolate for School”.
Transparency and sustainability
If you want to learn how chocolate is produced, you can visit Zotter's Chocolate Theater and see first-hand how cocoa beans are turned into delicious chocolate, how hand-scooped chocolates are filled and everything else there is to know about chocolate making.
Zotter only use organic and fairly traded raw materials because it’s better for the environment as well as us humans! As a producer, they feel it’s their responsibility to be sustainable and create added value instead of aiming towards the highest profit margin and thereby using and abusing our environment and the people they work with. Their chocolate factory counts among the most sustainable businesses in Austria and has also gained an EMAS certificate: external environmental experts assessed the production life cycle and the environmental goals and found them exemplary. Zotter's entire production runs on clean power, a considerable part of which they produce themselves with a gigantic solar power system. They use electric vehicles and their canteen cooks an organic menu for our employees fresh every single day, using ingredients from Zotter's Edible Zoo and their organic farm, both of which are located right next to our factory and are open to the public. Organic all around.
Zotter founded their family business in 1987, went bankrupt and reopened it in 1999 as a chocolate factory on Josef's parents’ farm, as it was the cheapest location for a new start. At this point, even their children Michael and Julia are employed by their business. Julia Zotter built the chocolate theater in Shanghai and ran it for three years. Now she’s back with them in Austria and develops new products together with her father Josef Zotter. Michael has a head for technology, which is why he is responsible for IT, facilities and our online shop. Their youngest daughter Valerie is their main taster at the moment but does not have veto rights, because otherwise they’d produce nothing but white chocolate.