Friday, January 21, 2022

Zotter - Milk Chocolate Dark Style, no sugar 70% Cocoa/30% Milk (bars) - Jan. 20, 2022

Chocolate of the Day

Milk Chocolate Dark Style, no sugar added (bars)
Good ++ 
Weight: 1.145 oz. (32.5 g.) / 2.29 oz. (65 g.) total bar
Calories: 200 calories in 1 bar (of 2)
Cost: $7.99 (estimate) for 1 package of 2 bars
Purchased from:, online order

Welcome to Day #14 of European Chocolate Vacation Theme Week. 

The aroma notes of for this bar included creamy chocolate ice cream, and buttery chocolate cookie (pecan shortbread).

The relatively bold, smooth dark flavor of this bar was blended with a creamy, smooth texture and taste. It was a delicious implementation of a relatively deep, dark chocolate--made without sugar--mellowed by milk that also added enough natural sweetness to be just right. (A judicious touch of vanilla added a little bit of implied baked goods sweetness.)

I would definitely include this bar in a tasting flight (side-by-side chocolate tasting), to introduce people this 70% sugar free dark (with milk) offering with no added sweeteners (artificial or otherwise).

Maker's notes: "...offers an impressive nougat waffle aroma. Intense notes of milk and cream accompanied by a subtle fruitiness..." " obvious waffle aroma carried by a mountain of nougat develops after initial notes of lightly salted nuts."

Ingredients: Cocoa mass, dry whole milk, cocoa butter, organic vanilla bean powder.

Allergen-related information: "Contains milk." "Manufactured on equipment that processes tree nuts, soy, sesame and peanuts." "Fair traded, fair trade content in total: 70%"

Zotter - Labooko - Opus 5 Cuvee 72% Cacao Dark Chocolate bar(s) - Jan. 19, 2022

Chocolate of the Day

Labooko - Opus 5 Cuvee 72% Dark Chocolate bar(s)
Good +
Weight: 1.23 oz. (35 g.) / 2.46 oz. (70 g.) in total package of 2 bars
Calories: 190 calories in 1 bar
Cost: $7.99 for 1 bar
Purchased from:, online order

Welcome to Day #13 of European Chocolate Vacation Theme Week. Having dipped down as far south as Spain and Italy, we've returned to Austria for more Zotter bars.

Today's Opus 5 bar from Zotter was made in Austria and distributed by Zotter Chocolates US LLC (Cape Coral, FL). The company offers hundreds of different bars--some are filled, and some, like today's, are solid chocolate and part of the company's Labooko line. This group includes many single origin and single origin blend bars.

This Opus 5 Cuvee 72% dark chocolate had a subtle aroma, smooth texture and uniform, deep dark, smooth 72% chocolate flavor with very faint fruit (berry, cranberry), and a barely there waxy fruit (star fruit) note. (I imagined a visit this month (January) to Florida to visit Zotter's US headquarters, and to feast on exotic fruits (including cacao fruit, flown in from the Caribbean.*

The number "5" in the name "Opus 5" refers to the fact that this chocolate was a blend of five cacaos from five different countries of origins: Madagascar, Sao Tome, India, Uganda and Panama. 

Maker's Notes: A "world tour" in a bar. Cacaos were selected (from five origins) for their fruit notes. Each origin was roasted separately; and then they were combined. "Taste profile: Madagascar: berry aroma, caramel; Sao Tome: fruity, red cherries; India: cherries, plum puree, peach; Uganda: red fruit, berries, fudge; Panama: cherries and almonds."

Ingredients: Organic and fair traded cocoa mass; organic and fair traded sugar; organic and fair traded cocoa butter. 

Allergen-related information: "Manufactured on equipment that processes tree nuts, milk, soy, peanuts and sesame." "Vegan chocolate; soy free"

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