Top 10 Most Expensive Chocolates in the World
Chocolate is a raw or processed food produced from the seed of the tropical Theobroma cacao tree. Cacao has been cultivated for at least three millennia in Mexico, Central and South America, with its earliest documented use around 1100 BC. The majority of the Mesoamerican people made chocolate beverages, including the Aztecs, who made it into a beverage known as xocolātl, a Nahuatl word meaning “bitter water”. The seeds of the cacao tree have an intense bitter taste, and must be fermented to develop the flavor. This is most expensive chocolates.
10. Vosges Haut Chocolat
$69 a pound
Vosges Chocolat is home to unique flavor combinations, many of which are inspired by the travels of the chocolatier owner, Katrina Markoff such as the Red Fire Chocolat made with Mexican chilis, cinnamon and dark chocolate, the Black Pearl Chocolat made with ginger, black sesame seeds and dark chocolate and the Mo Bacon Bar., a bacon-flavoured chocolate bar.
9. Richard Donnelly
$75 a pound
Richard Donnelly has always been obsessed with flavor. In a California resort town, in a shop that isn’t fancy, he produces bars and chocolates that have won accolades and awards for their imaginative texture and taste.
$79 a pound
Unusual flavor combinations are at the heart of Chuao Chocolatier’s unique experience including: Firecracker, a chipotle caramel fudge truffle with popping candy, a hint of salt, and dark chocolate and Pan Con Chocolate, a dark chocolate bonbon filled with roasted Panko bread crumbs and olive oil ganache with a touch of sea salt.
7. Debauve & Gallais
$94 a pound
Debauve & Gallais, is a French chocolate manufacturer founded by Sulpice Debauve in 1800. After his nephew Antoine Gallais joined the company in 1823, the company adopted their current name. In 1819 the company received the royal warrant as purveyors to the French court, and was the official chocolate supplier of kings Louis XVIII, Charles X and Louis Philippe.
6. Pierre Marcolini
$102.50 a pound
Made from only the finest cacao beans harvested from chocolate plantations in Venezuela, Ecuador, Madagascar and Mexico, Pierre Marcolini chocolates are simple and elegant, many displaying nothing more than the signature name on them. Pierre stands by the phrase, “less is more,” and lets the outstanding quality and exquisite taste of his chocolate speak for itself.
$120 a pound
The Richart chocolate tradition began in Lyon, France, in 1925. Today they operate more than a dozen boutiques across Europe, in the U.S. and Tokyo. Richart’s range is vast. The first time you indulge in a ballotin of Richart chocolates, you probably won’t know where to start. If it’s one of Richart’s special occasion assortments, you’ll find the petits (chocolates) hidden beneath an inscribed chocolate plaque. In the case of the Envol ballotin, you’ll be faced with some 49 luscious cubes decorated with hand-applied cocoa butter designs. Each is a tiny work of art, pleasing to both eye and palate.
4. Godiva “G” Collection
$120 a pound
Godiva has sent out the announcements that their limited edition G Collection is now available (it became available on the first of November). The G Collection is made up of 15 true artisan quality chocolates designed by their exceptional pastry chef, Norman Love, and will be available through February 14, 2006. The pieces in the collection are beautiful and the flavors all sound wonderful.
$508 a pound
DeLafée’s luxury chocolate gifts combine two of the most luscious and sensual pleasures in the world: the finest Swiss chocolate and edible gold. DeLafée’s luxury chocolate is a pleasure for all senses. Made from a “grand Cru chocolate from Ekuador, and goldleaf Delafée’s Swiss chocolate offers the perfect blend for a round, satisfying and sensual chocolate experience.
2. Noka Vintages Collection
$854 a pound
NōKA Chocolate is an American company, based in Plano, Texas, that markets itself as “a chocolatier specializing in gourmet chocolate gifts.” The company’s products are made from chocolate it says is sourced from Venezuela, Trinidad, the Ivory Coast, and Ecuador. It provides its customers with a “Tasting Guideline” in every box. The company’s founder says that its products are “not so much candy as a tasting experience.” Given the prices charged for the chocolates, one newspaper has written, “NoKA is not for the faint of heart — or pocketbook
1. Chocopologie by Knipschildt
$2,600 a pound
Founded in 1999 by Fritz Knipschildt, Knipschildt Chocolatier makes the most expensive chocolate truffle around. This dark chocolate truffle, with a French black truffle inside, is made of 70% Valrhona cacao, which is blended into a creamy ganache with truffle oil. The truffle is hand-rolled with a dark truffle on the inside & then dusted with cocoa powder.