How much do you think the most expensive chocolate in the world is worth? Would you buy it if it was guaranteed to be the best chocolate you’ve ever tasted? Some people would. The first society ever known to use chocolate were the Aztecs somewhere around 1900 BC. It was originally served as a drink mixed with spices. But by the 16th century, it made its way over to Europe where it was mixed with sugar. Soon after, the very high class started enjoying something that resembles the chocolate we all know and love today. Despite the fact that most would consider it a necessity, chocolate is still a luxury item with global sales of over 100 billion dollars. So how much would you spend for this luxury item? Find out in today’s list. These are the 25 most expensive chocolates in the world.
La Madeline au Truffe by house of Knipschildt is a $250 chocolate truffle. It's made with Valrhona dark chocolate and truffle oil (as well as the usual sugar, cream, and vanilla). The Truffle oil is from the French Perigord truffle and cost up to $1,000 per pound. Each La Madeline au Truffle is made to order and takes up to two weeks to deliver.
$69 per pound, Vosges chocolates feature unique flavor combinations such a chocolate and bacon or a coconut and Indian Curry with milk chocolate. Yes please.
For $260, in late 2014, you could've gotten yourself a To’ak 2014 Rain Harvest 50s gram Chocolate Bar. It was Fair-Trade, USDA certified, 81% dark chocolate and came in a box made from Spanish Elm engraved with the specific bar number, as only 574 were made. There was also a 116 page booklet included, so you could read it and remind yourself why you spent $260 on a chocolate bar. The only ingredients, by the way, were cocoa and cane sugar.
Richart’s Intense Valentine Gourmet Chocolates are $77 for a box of 49 chocolates. The real frustration here is that it's 49, not 50, so those of us with a strong sense of symmetry will have to eat them quickly just to cope. However, they are legitimate French Chocolates, each one having one of seven fancy flavors / aromas - floral, spicy, citrus, balsm, roasted, fruity, or herbal. The box also comes with a dark chocolate plaque for your valentine, so maybe that's piece 50.
Godiva has become a pretty common brand of chocolate, having a shop in pretty much every major shopping center in the US. But every once in a while they release a high end collection. In the case of their "G" collection, the selection of 15 chocolates cost $120 USD per pound.
Amedei’s Prendimé chocolates are made in Tuscany by the world's first female master chocolatier, Cecilia Tessieri. Thankfully, US customers can buy bars via mail order or in NYC, for a mere $55 per chocolate bar.
Pierre Marcolini is a bit of a perfectionist, and as such, he oversees each step of the chocolates that bear his name, making adjustments as he sees fit. The average cost of Pierre Marcolini Chocolates is $102 USD per pound.
At $13 a bar, the Good & Evil Bar from Eclat Chocolate in 2013 isn't the single most costly item on this list, but it's one of the most interesting. Master Chocolatier Christopher Curtin was inspired by the friendship of noted American travel/tv personality and chef Anthony Bourdain and his French counterpart, Éric Ripert. Eclat Chocolate also currently offers an $18 bag of dark chocolate chips.
If you're lucky enough to visit Walt Disney World, make sure you make a side trip to Disney Springs. There's a little shop called The Ganachery, and their little chocolates are made right there in store from the finest ingredients, starting at $3 each. Yes, it's quite costly compared to a Hershey's bar, but a bottle of French wine is quite costly compared to a 2 liter bottle of soda pop, too.
If you can't tell the difference between Hershey's and fine hand-made chocolates, never fear, Hershey's DOES offer a $50 chocolate bar. It's five pounds of Hershey's chocolate.
Famous pastry chef Jacques Torres earned himself the nickname of "Mr Chocolate" over the course of his career, so it only makes sense that he has his own line of chocolates. A 50-piece box costs $75 USD. He also sells decadent chocolate cookies for $18 a bag (6 cookies per bag).
There's a brownie that costs $1,000. It's called the Brownie Extraordinaire, and it's served at a restaurant in Atlantic City called Brule. It's made with dark chocolate and Italian hazelnuts and served with a very pricey glass of wine callled Quinta do Novel Nicional.
With a price tag over over $1 Million USD, you'd think that Le Chocolat Box would be the most high-end chocolate in the world. However, it's the box more than the chocolates? Brought to us by Simon Jewelers, it's basically a million dollars in jewelry packaged in a box of very high end chocolates. Individual boxes may vary both in karat and flavors.
Wispa Gold Wrapped Chocolate is..well..Cadbury Chocolate. But not the fake stuff they're selling in the States now, the REAL stuff. Still, the value isn't in the chocolate, it's in the edible gold wrapper, bringing the price tag to a whopping $1,628 USD. Still though...you have to wonder why. It's obviously not the chocolate, and it's not like you can wear the wrapper...it might leave you...just confused.
The first Venezuelan Chocolatier based in the United States is Chuao Chocolatier. The name is inspired by a famous cocoa growing region of Venezuela. A pound of their chocolates cost around $80 USD.
Richard Donnelly Chocolates was founded in 1988 by its namesake. Hand made in Santa Cruz, a pound of their exquisite chocolates runs around $76 USD.
Made to mimic fine cigars, even down to the smell, the House of Grauer's Aficionado's Collection Chocolates cost $275 USD per box.
Founded in 1800 and appointed as the official purveyors for the Royal French Court in 1918, Debauve & Gallais knows how to make good chocolate. Their chocolates are still made using the fanciest ingredients from all over the world, with no preservatives or artificial dyes. They cost around $94 USD per pound.
In 2008, High-end department store Harrods and a Lebanese chocolatier named Patchi teamed up to make chocolates studded with Swarovski Crystals...because of course they did. The chocolates were packaged in handwoven silk from China and India, with a price tag of $10,000.
Possibly one of the most well known high end chocolates of all time is the Frrrozen Haute Chocolate from Serendipity 3. It's basically a hot chocolate slushy using 28 exotic and rare cocoas, a gold leaf, and a La Madeleina Au Truffle on top. Also, the dish is made of gold and diamonds; the spoon is made of gold; and the base of the dish has a gold and diamond bracelet wrapped around it. You get to take the bracelet and gold spoon home. It costs $25,000. Seriously, you could arguably build a school or dig like a dozen wells in a third world country for the kinda money.
Noka Chocolate was an American chocolate company that sadly went out of business in 2011. It's still wroth noting that their "Vintages Collection" released in 2006 came with a price tag of $854 USD per pound. They were made from fancy-dancy ingredients from all over the world, and the (now defunct) company was even so cocky as to say that their products were not for the faint of heart or pocketbook.
DeLafée of Switzerland’s Gold Chocolate Box comes with a Swiss National Bank gold coin that was minted between 1910 and 1920. Additionally, gold leaf is applied by hand to each of the 8 chocolates in the box. Which is probably why this particular box costs $330 USD.
The most expensive non-jeweled chocolate egg is named The Golden Speckled Egg. It weighs 110 pounds and was bought for over $10,000. It took three days and seven chocolatiers to make and contains flavors such as rosemary, Japanese black vinegar, juniper berry, and edible gold leaf. The large egg is decorated with 12 smaller ones, 20 mini chocolate bars and 5 white flowers.
DeLafée is one of those high-end luxury brands that most people in the middle and lower class don't even know about. As we've seen before in their gold coin box, they're pretty into high-end for high-end's sake. In fact, they're more about gold - in edibles, in temporary tattoos, etc - than they are specifically chocolate. In this case, they make coinless chocolate, and their chocolates are covered with 24 karat gold leaf. Just two small chocolates cost $57 USD.
To’ak chocolate - the people who brought you the $270 USD 2014 harvest chocolate bar - also offer a chocolate that's been aged for 3 years in a French oak cognac cask for $365. These people take their chocolate REALLY seriously, only using cocoa beans called “Nacional" from Ecuador, which can genetically be traced back to the first domesticated cocoa trees. They ferment and taste their chocolate the same way winemakers taste wine, since both contain tannins and other flavonoids that determine their taste. The booklet that's included with each bar goes deep into the science of chocolate, and each box also includes a special tasting utensil for the "ritual." If I ever win the lotto, this stuff is pretty high on my wish list. It's not a gimick; it's not gold plated; it's amazingly rare chocolate handmade with discipline and insane attention to every detail.
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