Indeed, chocolate is one of the most favorite delicacies in the world. Almost everyone loves this appealing treat not because it's just delicious but also it's a heart-healthy choice. Pure chocolate may help you lower blood pressure and trigger releasing chemicals known as endorphins (happy hormones) into your blood system. Chocolate comes in a variety of flavors categorized as unsweetened, bittersweet, and semisweet. The price of chocolate is usually determined based on the quality of used ingredients, especially cocoa beans. Depending on the chocolate brand, its origin, and supply & demand level, chocolate can significantly vary in prices, from relatively affordable to extremely pricey. There are unique bean-to-bar chocolate manufacturers that offer a full sensory experience of what good chocolate tastes like. If you wonder how much high-quality chocolate may cost, then read ahead to explore the top three most expensive chocolate delights on the planet.
La Madeline au Truffe
The third place for the most expensive chocolate brings in $250. It becomes even more shocking when you find out that it’s the price for just a single chocolate ball. Known as La Madeline au Truffe, it's truffle chocolate made by the House of Knipschildt. But the thing is that it's made from a rare black truffle native to the Perigord region of France.
While the name sounds like something from fantasy movies, this truffle species are one of the most expensive edible mushrooms on the planet. It can be found only in the South of France in wintertime around the newly grown oak trees. Actually, the rarity and season factor increase demand on Perigord Truffle, that's why it always comes with premium pricing.
La Madeline au Truffe is an entire piece of Perigord Truffle coated with chocolate ganache consisting of vanilla, truffle oil, heavy cream, and 70% Valrhona dark chocolate. La Madeline au Truffe is delivered in sugar pearl dusted with cocoa and served to its lucky owner. According to Guinness World Records, La Madeline au Truffe is the most expensive truffle chocolate in the world.
To'ak Rain Harvest
To’ak is a prestigious chocolate company founded in Ecuador in 2013. It offers aged chocolate in limited editions of just 100. Each bar is handcrafted, individually engraved, and served with specially designed testing utensils.
To’ak is the first company that has developed the chocolate aging program. They use wooden oak casks for Whiskey, Cognac, Tequila, and Bourbon to enhance flavonoid compounds and contribute to chocolate taste. As a result, they produce one of the most expensive chocolate bars, well-known as Rain Harvest by TO’AK. Made of 77% cacao and cane sugar, only 50 grams of this chocolate costs about $450. To'ak uses one of the rarest cacao varieties known as “Nacional” that can be found only in Valley Piedra de Plata in Ecuador's coastal region.
The finest whiskies and wines let you the privilege of exploring something sublime and timeless. To’ak endeavors to provide the same benefit to connoisseurs of chocolate.
Switzerland is quite famous for its fantastic chocolate. Thus it’s not a surprise that it's also the homeland of the world's most expensive chocolate bars named Attimo. This chocolate costs about $646 for an 80-gram bar. Quite expensive, isn't it?. It consists of Premier Cru Chocolate, exotic orange crisps, a crunchy biscuit, and 68% cocoa. However, it's not ordinary cacao you may get from an average store. Attimo is made from the rarest cacao beans cultivation only in Chuao, Venezuela.
The key ingredient used in Attimo chocolate that increases the piece is one of the world's most expensive spices - saffron. To get a single pound of saffron, you need more than 70,000 saffron flowers. That’s why a pound of saffron may cost you a thousand dollar. Without deriving the tradition of getting ingredients from exclusive farms, saffron in Attimo is collected from mountains in Valais, Switzerland.
In 2019 Attimo was listed in the Guinness Book of Records as “the world's most expensive chocolate”.