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Despite confectionary billionaires like Mars Inc. ruling with a 14.4% share of the chocolate market worldwide, the demand for luxury chocolate amongst the wealthy still exists. Research indicates that the countries with the highest per capita chocolate consumption are Switzerland, Austria and Germany, which explains the Swiss’ expertise in developing chocolates. From the detailed craftsmanship to the sustainably sourced cacao bean, the reasons for the steep price vary for chocolatiers. Curated to please the poshest beneficiary, here are five of the most expensive chocolates from the experts in the trade.
To’ak Chocolate—Art Series Guayasamin
The inaugural Art Series edition is the first blend inspired by the late Oswaldo Guayasamin—Ecuador’s most celebrated artist. Besides the hefty $685 price tag, prospective buyers of the Art Series chocolate are also tested with a six-week waiting period from the date of the pre-order. Ingredients include 77% cacao beans and cane sugar. Born in 2007, the company works with local farmers, conservationists and multiple universities to protect the world’s oldest and rarest variety of cacao and nurse it back from extinction.
Advertised as a luxury gift box, this Gold Swiss box holds only eight Swiss chocolate balls adorned with 24 karat edible gold. Numismatists will also be pleased with a collectible antique gold coin encased in the package, from the Swiss central bank—a 10 Swiss Vreneli Francs, minted between the years 1910 to 1920. DeLafée’s mission was to reflect two strong Swiss traditions—chocolate and gold—when it first established in 2004.
MarieBelle New York—Ganache Cien Blue Box
With 100 signature pieces of the brand’s chocolate ganaches, MarieBelle New York’s most expensive chocolate box offers the most value for money in this list. The iconic blue leather-like box features eclectic ingredients and uses only the finest single-origin chocolate. Founder Maribel Lieberman has curated each piece to be aesthetically pleasing while offering distinct variety in taste. Flavors include dulce de leche, passion fruit, peanut butter, cardamom and mojito among many others.
Chocolate Debauve et Gallais—Le Livre
The “Le Livre” was created to commemorate the French chocolatier’s 200th anniversary in 2000. The luxurious book selection offers a choice of 36 chocolate candies in creamy ganaches and carefully chopped pralines. A coat of arms bag and a fine gold embossed greetings cards are also given with each commemorative gold-embossed leather box, which resembles an encyclopedia.
Knipschildt—La Madeline au Truffle
Knipschildt is known for its signature, record-breaking truffle, placed on a bed of sugar pearls in a gold box. The single extravagant truffle begins with a 70% Valrhona dark chocolate, heavy cream, sugar, truffle oil and vanilla as the base for the rich decadent ganache. A rare French Perigord truffle—a mushroom specie—is then surrounded by a rich ganache and finally rolled in fine cocoa powder. The product has a seven-day shelf life and is made to order.