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Wednesday, August 7

The Most Expensive Chocolate in the World

Excellence is a much desired goal in any field and it requires a solid background, a lot of stamina and then great selling abilities. When it comes to chocolate, there are high standards and refined consumers so this industry is fast-growing and dynamic. But is high price an indicator of good quality? And what are the criteria we need to take into consideration when buying good chocolate? Let's take a look at the most expensive chocolate brands in the world or gourmet chocolate as they like to be referred to:

1. Chocopologie by Knipschildt. Chocopologie by Knipschildt was founded in 1999 by Fritz Knipschildt and apparently sells the world's most expensive hand made chocolate, with 70% Valrhona cocoa powder that covers a French Black truffle for $ 250.00 each or $ 2,600. 00 per pound.

2. Noka. The company's products are made from chocolate from Venezuela, Trinidad, the Ivory Coast, and Ecuador. It provided its customers with a "Tasting Guideline" in every box. Their chocolate contains 75% cocoa and  claim not to use any type of emulsifier -soy lecithin- in their chocolate-making process, or vanilla. It is $854 per pound.

3. Delafee. DeLafée of Switzerland creates luxury gifts with gold and creates decorations with gold. The ingredients of their chocolate include sugar, coconut oil, cocoa butter, milk powder and vanilla. The gold is edible so it will make shine inside out. As for the money you need to take out of your pocket, make it.... $508 per pound.
4. Richart. Using 70% Criollo cocoa from Venezuela, this chocolate brand offers chocolate collections and endless combinations of plain or filled chocolates (with almonds, raspberries and exotic spices). They also make excellent macarons with butter cream or a fruity filling of jam, and French truffles, dusted with the aromatic and rare Criollo cocoa. The chocolate is $120 per pound. 
5. Godiva “G” Collection. The G Collection is made up of 15 true artisan quality chocolates designed by their exceptional chocolatier and the chocolates look beautiful and the flavors all sound wonderful. They are given funny names such as as Palet d’Or, Tasmanian Honey and Mexican Hot Chocolate. The premium beans in theses chocolates cost $120 per pound.
6. Pierre Marcolini. This Belgian brand produces the famous Truffle Bresilienne, which contains a 66% blend of beans from Ghana and Venezuela and has a Caraibe ganache centre with a Gianduja almond praline with milk-chocolate outside. As if this were not enough, it is finished with caramelised almonds. Heaven is here to stay, right?

7. Debauve & Gallais. This chocolate has no soy or other emulsifiers, is low in sugar, and m=nuts and raisins. Again, they take pride in their names such as Piedmont hazelnuts, Perigord nuts, Turkish raisins, Spanish almonds, Turin chestnuts and Antilles rum. Let's not forget the high quality cocoa for $94 per pound.

8. Chuao. It comes from Venezuela and uses European techniques to make handcraft gourmet chocolates that arouse your senses and turn you into a lifetime addict. Again, with money -$79 per pound- comes good quality, preservative- free ingredients and unexpected combinations.

9. Richard Donnelly. If you love chocolate, you go to Paris and Brussels and train with the best. Then you return home and make your own chocolate and whatever pleases your heart:caramels and marshmallows, truffles and  ganaches, assorted chocolate, chocolate bars, mixes for brownies,cakes and cookies and chocolate dipped ice cream caramel bars. They keep it simple for $75 per pound!  

10.  Vosges Haut Chocolat. The chocolate business must be the most inventive one since all chocolatiers are great at incredible combinations: Naga, milk chocolate with Sweet Indian Curry  and coconut, Black Pearl, dark chocolate with ginger and wasabi, and Red Fire, made with ancho and Chipotle chili, cinnamon and dark chocolate. You can try these and then some for $69 per pound!
So, if you ever get to try the gourmet chocolates, particularly these very expensive ones, check the high quality ingredients, the skillful preparation and the artistic presentation. Price can make a distinction among the different varieties of chocolate, but it should not be the only reason for buying good chocolate. Eat chocolate that you can afford just because it makes us happy and clever! If you don't trust me, check the connection between chocolate consumption and the Nobel prize winners!