Their chocolates amazed at the Oscars, the Emmy’s and the White House
Zoe’s Chocolates is a third-generation family business with roots in Achaia, Greece and Leonidio. Their chocolates are being served from the Oscars to the Emmy Awards as well as in the White House and the G8 Convention. They have created chocolates for Oprah as well as custom made chocolates for Zach Galifianakis’ wedding.
Zoe, Pantelis and Petros Tsoukatos are the three siblings who, along with their dad, George, started Zoe’s Chocolate Company to continue the tradition.
Their great aunt and uncle came to America from Greece in the early 1900s and sold homemade, traditional hand-rolled chocolates from a pushcart and sold homemade chocolates made from recipes they remembered from their parents. Soon after, they decided to settle in Waynesboro, where they opened a chocolate store in 1902.
Their dad worked as a master chocolatier in the family business, and the siblings grew up in an intoxicating aroma of chocolate.
“Our father is from Leonidion, in the Peloponnese & our mother is from a nearby town. Although we were raised in the USA, our parents would take us to Greece for the entire summer. We have since stayed close with our cousins and our extended family, for which we feel extremely fortunate” Zoe Tsoukatos says in her interview at ellines.com
After initially working in other fields, the three simblings longed for the tradition they loved so much and the business in which we grew up. Thus, they opened Zoe’s Chocolate Company in 2007.
Zoe’s Chocolate combines the spirit, skill, and tradition of past generations, the true artisan chocolatiers, with the modern sophistication of today’s flavors, trends and ingredients.
Inspired by their Mediterranean heritage everything is fresh and natural, made from local and sustainable products. Baklava, Aegean Pistachio and Sesame Tahini are inspired by Greece and a total success.
“Instead of following trends, we wanted to create them. To do this, we looked to our heritage for inspiration and created our Mediterranean line of chocolates, which include flavors such as Baklava, Pomegranate, Aegean Pistachio and Mavrodaphne. We also created a Greek Yogurt & Honey bonbon, which recently won a Good Food Award. Greek desserts and flavors are most definitely an inspiration to our chocolate line. These are all flavors we grew up with and flavors that we love.” adds Zoe.
With nearly 50 different confections in their sweet repertoire, the Tsoukatos also are constantly working on new ideas to meld chocolate with other flavors to create new masterpieces