Having been around for centuries, chocolates are one of the best crowd-pleasing desserts that can be molded into unimaginable shapes.
Expressing love for your loved one or snacking on a snack to satiate your sweet tooth, chocolates serve a variety of purposes and there are an array of options to choose from. And, if you’re an aficionado who wants to go the extra mile to enjoy a bite of exquisite dark chocolate or sample gourmet milk chocolate bars, then some of the more expensive chocolate brands have a lot to offer and are definitely worth the price.
As it is, the mere thought of rich aromatic cocoa beans tempered to perfection to create delicious chocolate bars is enough to tempt us, the addition of exotic elements takes it even further. Chocolates are taste delights in every way, add edible gold leaf, superb sugar pearls or truffle oil. To go further, a box of Swarovski chocolates for packaging adds an opulent touch. These, among others, constitute some of the reasons behind expensive chocolate creations.
The worldwide popularity of chocolates is such that July 7th is celebrated as World Chocolate Day to commemorate the entry of chocolates into Europe in the 1550s. And, to celebrate a delicious day like this, we have created a list interesting that is sure to make you feel like Charlie lost in a chocolate factory.
Here are some of the most expensive chocolate brands and their creations
House of Knipschildt
The premium chocolate brand was created by Danish chocolatier Fritz Knipschildt in 1999. His Café Chocopologie in Norwalk is probably the best place to treat your taste buds to the rich, decadent dark chocolate and truffle creations that the premium brand has to offer.
The house’s Truffle Madeline is one of its most sought-after and expensive chocolates. It was named “the most expensive chocolate in the world” by Forbes in 2009, in accordance with its official site. The magnificent chocolate ganache is made from 70% Valrhona dark chocolate, heavy cream, sugar, truffle oil and vanilla. A rare French Périgord truffle (a rare mushroom) is wrapped in this rich ganache and then rolled in cocoa powder.
Each La Madeline au Truffle is made to order and has a seven day shelf life. It is presented on a bed of sugar pearls encased in a gold box tied with a ribbon. If you like dark chocolate ganache, this creation is the one to try. It is sold at a price of 250 USD each.
DeLafée from Switzerland
If you want a taste of luxury, nothing better than indulging in fine Swiss pralines wrapped in edible gold leaf.
DeLafée is a Swiss brand known for its unique and delicious blend of chocolate and edible gold. The house’s golden truffles are made with cocoa beans, coconut oil, sugar, cocoa butter, vanilla and powdered milk. They also have 24-karat gold leaf as a special ingredient, which enhances desserts and reinvents traditional chocolate products with a touch of extravagance.
The DeLafée Gold Box of Chocolates is a coveted luxury gift box featuring eight fine Swiss pralines coated in 24-karat edible gold. In addition, the box comes with an old Swiss gold coin dating from the years 1910 to 1920.
This chocolate box is priced at 470 CHF or around 490 USD.
A renowned Belgian luxury chocolate brand, Guylian is known for its unique chocolate creations, in particular the iconic chocolate seashells and seahorses.
The house crafts these delicious creations from 100% pure cocoa butter and a hazelnut praline filling made with caramelized and roasted hazelnuts, simply taking those marine chocolate elements to another level.
One bite in Guylian shells is enough to understand why the brand is considered one of the most luxurious chocolate brands in the world. Founded by Guy Foubert in 1958, the company uses fine Belgian chocolate made from a blend of exquisite cocoa beans from West Africa. These cocoa beans are ethically sourced and the manufacturers also try to improve the lives of cocoa bean farmers in various ways.
It’s no exaggeration to call this Ecuadorian chocolate brand one of the most beloved chocolate houses in the world.
One of their flagship products is the To’ak Guayasamín Art Series. Priced at US$450, this dark chocolate creation is a tribute to Oswaldo Guayasamín, one of Ecuador’s most famous artists.
Regarding the Art series, the site mentions, “two vintage editions of To’ak chocolate with totally different personalities [are] carefully blended into a beautiful and exceptionally balanced expression of Ecuadorian dark chocolate.
The chocolatier ages its rare cocoa beans in a French oak cognac barrel for four years to achieve the rustic earthy notes, much like whiskey brands age their drams in special wooden barrels for enhanced flavors.
For chocolate lovers eager to push the boundaries and experiment with its taste, Maison Richart is one of the best brands in the world. Characterized by tropical citrus fruity notes, scintillating flavors and aromas, Richart chocolates are a treat like no other.
Their iconic creation Palets d’Or is simply brilliant. A bite of the crunchy dark chocolate coating of these little square delights reveals a smooth heart of creamy ganache made with Bresse cocoa and a single origin from Peru. Going one step further, edible gold is the perfect aesthetic topping for these chocolate squares. Not to mention the hint of sourness and heavenly aroma that sets it apart from other expensive chocolates in the world.
Maison Richart has been making some of the finest and most wonderful chocolates in the world since 1925. Try their collection of Palets d’Or gift baskets for $122, or an 81-piece sampler called Infuzely, featuring an assortment of chocolates with milk and fruit fillings. priced at $185 for layered flavors.
You may have often heard of artisan chocolates, but Amedei creates some of the most delicious and sumptuous chocolates in the world. With a 50g Amedei Porcelana chocolate bar priced around US$12, this luxury brand is banking on high-end products and traditional techniques.
Based in Pontedera in Tuscany, Italy, the company controls all aspects of production, including sourcing raw materials through to shipping the final chocolate bars to homes. Amedei Toscana has received 92 national and international accolades for his divine creations. It has also received the London Chocolate Academy’s “Golden Beans” award the most times.
Porcelana chocolate is one of the most expensive chocolates produced by the brand and the chocolate bars cost around 11 USD for 50g. It owes its name to the delicate, white and translucent texture of the genetically pure cocoa bean called Criollo. The rare bean is processed and paired with cane sugar, cocoa butter, hazelnuts, fruits and nuts. Porcelana chocolate has also won accolades such as “Best Bean to Bar” and “Best Dark Chocolate Bar” from the Chocolate Academy. The praline truffles, made with bitter cocoa, grappa, vin santo, rum and gianduia are priced around 18 USD for 80g.
Haut Chocolat Vosgien
Another luxury chocolate brand known for experimenting and infusing rather unusual flavors into chocolates is this Chicago-based chocolate shop owned by chef Katrina Markoff.
Who would have thought mouth-watering luscious chocolates could have bacon, wasabi, Indian curry, chilli, and sesame as flavors? But Vosges Haut Chocolat does, and the creations are a crowd favourite. In fact, their smoky bacon truffles are something you wouldn’t want to miss. Their range of gourmet artisanal chocolates including Dulce de Leche candies, machengo and cherry dark chocolate bars, caramel and chocolate ganache truffles and turmeric ginger milk chocolate will surely delight your taste buds.
Any order costs around $69, and one of their popular gift options is the Deluxe Gift Set, priced at $325, which includes the brand’s collection of exotic truffles along with a bottle of Krug champagne. All items are elegantly packaged in an iconic purple box.
MarieBelle New York
“Life is about the pleasure and happiness we find in food, art and beauty,” says Maribel Lieberman, founder of MarieBelle New York.
The Honduran-born chocolate maker infuses art into each of her items. Untie the cocoa-colored ribbon from the blue box and enter a world of artistic chocolates. The Ganache Cien Blue Box includes 100 pieces of delicious artisanal ganaches that are extremely pleasing to the eye. Priced at $290, these are nothing short of works of art and are made from fine, single-origin chocolate and other intriguing ingredients.
Its fame and popularity are such that the chocolate brand has captured the hearts of several celebrities like Oprah Winfrey, Jennifer Lopez, Whoopi Goldberg, Kirsten Dunst, Ralph Fiennes and Susan Sarandon.
The recipient of countless awards over the years from the Chocolate Academy, Hotel Chocolat is a leading name in the UK chocolate industry. The house opened to the public in 2004 in North London and since then has been redefining the shape, taste and texture of traditional British chocolates.
A must-have item is the billionaire’s giant shortbread slab. Priced at around $5 for 77g, it’s a delicious blend of caramel, 50% milk chocolate, generous amounts of cookies and hazelnuts. The house also uses more cocoa than sugar in all its products and is therefore a healthier option than most other chocolatiers.
The All Chocolate gift set is the best gift for those who can’t decide what to take from the countless options offered by this luxury brand. Priced at around $35 for 444g, it has the best of all chocolate bars, salted caramel slices, and truffles available.
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