Chocolate drives the entire world round and round! Nothing says ‘I care’ and ‘I love you’ more than chocolate, be it for a friend, a significant other, a relative or an acquaintance. Chocolate has proven effects on lifting moods and bringing a smile to people’s faces. What better way to win your way into someone’s heart with irresistible chocolate-y goodness? But if you thought picking chocolate was an easy game, you’re wrong! If you have a big wallet and an even bigger heart, go through our top picks of 12 most expensive chocolates in the world, and indulge! Gift them to a loved one or to yourself!
12. Amedei’s Prendimé – $55
The most affordable on our list today, this artisan chocolate is no simple treat! Cecilia Tessieri, the world’s first woman master chocolatier crafts this masterpiece in her cacao farm in Tuscany, Italy. The charming box is just expensive enough to be the star attraction at dinner, and pocket-friendly enough to not dent your wallet! This is available in milk, dark and white chocolate variants, with additional nuts like almonds and hazelnuts too.
11. Richart’s Intense Valentine Gourmet – $77
This is one of the most aesthetic ones on the list today – chocolate which looks almost as good as it tastes! Made with artisan cacao, this 73% dark chocolate comes in balsam, fruity, roasted, citrus, spicy, floral and herbal aromas. This French company is close to a century old, perfecting the art of chocolate making in Lyon amidst the picturesque countryside. The box also comes with a chocolate plaque which can be customized on demand. The cacao is sourced from select farms in Venezuela, Madagascar, and Haiti. The elegant prints on the bite-sized delights are sure to make anyone swoon!
10. Grand Cru by Pierre Marcolini – $102
This award-winning chocolatier is famous for keeping a close watch on each and every step of the chocolate making process, continuously tweaking the process to make the end results delicious and exclusive. His chocolate is characteristic – one can detect the artisan even while tasting the chocolate blindfolded! This box comes with different textures and flavors, curated by the Belgian chocolatier. Acquiring his beans from Venezuela, Mexico, Ecuador and Madagascar, he flavors his chocolate with vanilla while tempering, making the end result characteristically delectable.
9. Godiva G Collection – $120
The name Godiva is synonymous with exquisite artisan chocolate, and this collection is no less! The limited edition G collection is a set of eclectic tastes which include Palet d’Or (The Golden Disk) and Tasmanian Honey. This was curated by Norman Love, the award-winning American pastry chef. He incorporated different flavors of complex desserts into bite-sized chocolate truffles, which are marketed by this Belgian chocolate company. Got us some Godiva? God, yes!
8. To’ak Chocolate’s 50g Bar – $260
This is truly a jewel for connoisseurs of chocolate. Only 574 bars of this 81% dark chocolate were made, sourced from Jerry Toth, a Chicago based Ecuadorian cultivator. This contains only two ingredients – cacao mass and cane sugar, which makes it a great pair for liquor. The entirely handmade chocolate bar comes in a Spanish Elmwood box, engraved with the bar number and a single hand-selected cacao bean. A 116-page booklet that traces the origin of the bar is also included. What better reason do you need to get your hand on one of these?
7. DeLafée of Switzerland’s Gold Box – $508
This Swiss chocolate redefines culinary gold! Edible 24-carat gold flakes are painstakingly placed in each bar by hand. Buyers are also treated to antique gold coin minted in the early 1900s, from the Swiss National Bank. The treat is packed in an exquisite silk-and-wood box, lending it an enchanting aura. Named the Golden Truffle, this chocolate combines Ecuadorean cacao with gold, making for an almost sensual experience.
6. Debauve & Gallais’ Le Livre – $550
This is the oldest chocolatier on our list – 200 handsome years! This French company founded by Sulpice Debauve and Jean-Baptiste Auguste Gallais in 1800 was the only supplier of chocolate to the French monarchy for a long time. To commemorate the two hundredth anniversary of the chocolatier, ‘Le Livre – The Book’ was released. This contains 35 chocolate ganaches, truffles, bonbons and pralines encased in an elegant and exquisite blue and gold embossed leather box, which looks like an exotic book. It also contains ‘Pistoles de Marie Antoinette – Gold Coins for Marie Antoinette’, which were originally made exclusively for the French queen by the master chocolatier. A smaller version of this, ‘Le Petit Livre – The Small Book’ is available for $330. We’d love to eat this historical piece!
5. NoKA Vintages Collection – $854
Described as ‘not for the faint of heart or pocketbook’, this chocolate promises to be ‘more of a tasting experience than candy’. Manufactured by NoKA, this vintage collection is named so as the company went out of business in 2011 due to its expensive product list. Named by Forbes as one of the most expensive chocolate, this comes in an elegant stainless steel box. The USP of this chocolate is that it is prepared with sugar and butter, which lends a unique taste to the piece. You can still find some pieces of this collection available for sale online. Hurry!
4. Debauve & Gaillais’ Le Grand Louis XVI – $900
The second piece of Debauve & Gallais on this list is the Le Grand Louis XI, which retails for $900. This is rumored to be a favorite of French kings. The chocolatiers are said to have supplied chocolate to French royalty, even Napoleon! This dark variant contains 99% pure cacao, which is rich, decadent and deliciously bitter. The high cacao content makes it a great supplement for sweet liquor. Sit back and enjoy some sweet wine with this dark beauty!
3. Fritz Knipschildt’s Chocopologie Chocolate Truffle – $2,600
This is the ultimate truffle-ception – a truffle inside a truffle! This expensive chocolate consists of a dark hand-rolled dark chocolate truffle which wraps over a French black truffle. This Danish delight is named the La Madeline Truffle, made with Valrhona dark chocolate, vanilla, truffle oil, cream, and sugar. This made-to-order delight is completely handmade, with select ingredients which must be consumed within a few weeks of preparation. Listed in Forbes magazine, this ganache combines the rich, earthy French Périgord truffle with the decadence of chocolate. Yum!
2. Golden Speckled Egg – $11,107
This artisan egg weighs a whopping 110 pounds! Crafted by chocolatier William Curley with a group of six experts, this egg was made for the Faberge Big Egg Hunt to raise money for charity. Bought by tech giant Cyrus Vanderevala, this egg was priced at $11,000 purely for the quality of chocolate and not for precious stones; it holds the world record for being the most expensive non-jeweled chocolate egg! This oblong masterpiece is coated with Amadei chocolate (remember the first chocolate on our list?). It is filled with smooth caramel, rosemary, gold leaves and juniper berries. The 3 ft 6 inches egg was also decorated with little chocolate eggs, mini chocolate bar, and flowers. talk about an eggs-travaganza!
1. Frrozen Haute Chocolate – $25,000
This is a must-visit in New York if you have the wallet and the guts to indulge in this chocolate fantasy! Served in Serendipity 3, a fine dine in NYC, this is a collaboration with luxury jeweler Euphoria New York. This dessert is at the top of our list for a reason – a whopping $25,000 for a scoop of ice cream! This dessert blends cacaos from 28 different species out of which 14 are exotic and rare. Incorporating the cacao blend in milk and La Madeline au Truffle makes for a delicious symphony in your mouth. The dessert boasts of this price for the gold and diamond studded goblet and spoon which come with the dessert, and the 18-carat gold bracelet with diamonds, which can be taken home!
And there you have it! Which one of these delectable treats have you indulged in? Which one do you think is worth the money? Let us know in the comments below!