Stars reaching for area chocolatier

September 13, 2011|By JENNIFER FITCH |
  • George Tsoukatos dips strawberries at Zos Chocolate Co. in Waynesboro, Pa., in this Feb. 13, 2009 file photo.
Photo by Jennifer Fitch

WAYNESBORO, Pa. — Zoë’s Chocolate Co.’s creations are headed to California to be part of gift bags given to celebrities attending the 2011 Primetime Emmy Awards this weekend, according to the business’ owners.
Zoë Tsoukatos said last month the business, which has retail locations in Waynesboro and Frederick, Md., was asked to send samples to gifting suite organizers, GBK Productions, after someone learned about their confections online. A follow-up call from GBK provided the invitation after its staff tried chocolates from several companies.

“Zoë’s was the one that stood out,” Lovely Hoffman of GBK said in a phone interview this week.

“It’s exciting just to be noticed and have our product appreciated,” Tsoukatos said.

Tsoukatos and her brothers, Pantelis and Petros, plan to spend three days in Los Angeles, Calif., in connection with the Sunday awards telecast. Under the guidance of their chocolatier father, George Tsoukatos, they’ve made chocolate in small batches a few days ahead of time for 100 gift bags.

“With most of our events, we average 70 celebrities over the course of two days,” Hoffman said.

GBK invites Emmy nominees and presenters to the gifting suite, as well as other celebrities likely to appear in weekly magazines, she said.

“We’re all just giddy,”  Zoë Tsoukatos said. “We love talking about our chocolate because we’re passionate about what we do.”

The siblings plan to travel on the plane with the chocolates and a large centerpiece for their table.

According to, the Tsoukatos family will feature pear spice caramels in their celebrity boxes. They cook pears with seasonal spices, then combine them with lightly salted smooth caramel and roasted walnuts. The mixture is covered in dark chocolate.

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