While chocolates are supposed to add sweetness to our lives, some come with a savory price tag. So, which is the most expensive chocolate in the world?
Anyone with a hint of sweet tooth would love chocolate any time of the day. However, some chocolates in the world require more than just sweet cravings - a deep pocket. In 1995, Cadbury relaunched its famous Wispa Gold Bar worth 961.48 pounds. However, these chocolates are only limited edition or sold off at an auction for collectors.
Today, the most expensive chocolate you can buy is Attimo by Attimo Chocolatier. A bar of the Attimo chocolate weighs 80 grams and costs a whopping $646. It is made with the world’s finest cocoa and consists of saffron and orange peels that enrich its flavor with a slight twist.
There have been chocolates more expensive than that. However, we focus on the chocolates present in the market today, so you can buy them if you can. Our hunt to find the world’s most expensive chocolate led us to some chocolates that made it almost to the throne of royalty.
Our sweet tooth craving also encouraged us to find the world’s most expensive chocolate. We have navigated our way through the most authentic sources to find the answer to this unique quest.
The World’s Most Expensive Chocolates
La Madeline au Truffle - $250
The fourth priciest chocolate in the world comes in at $250. What’s more surprising is that it is the cost for a single chocolate ball. Not even a whole bar or a box. La Madeline au Truffle is crafted by the House of Knipschildt (a fancy and luxurious chocolatier). La Madeline au Truffle was the world’s most expensive chocolate in 2017, as recognized by the Guinness World Records.
While the price seems slightly off the charts, it makes more sense when you truly indulge in it. As the name suggests, La Madeline au Truffle is a ball of truffle chocolate. However, this isn’t just any truffle chocolate. It is made from Perigold winter truffles. Being the most demanded truffle in the world, it is harvested and found only in South-Western France in the Perigold region. These truffles have a very particular address that is found under an oak tree. The scarcity of these truffles shoots up their prices in the short window, which means more dollars to make the chocolate.
After the chocolatier collects the Perigold truffles, it is coated in delicious ganache made from heavy cream, truffle oil, vanilla, and 70% Valrhona dark chocolate. The Valrhona is rare chocolate made especially by an exclusive chocolatier in France. After being coated with the ganache, the chocolate is dusted with cacao and placed on a sugar pearls’ bed to complete the La Madeline au Truffle.
Grateful Dead: A Collection of Curated Chocolates - $350
This chocolate box by the Vosges Haut-Chocolat chocolatier is a nurturing depiction of the valuable jewels of the chakra crystals. The box contains chocolates of assorted shapes of the sphere, diamond, and cube of various sizes and colors. The box is beautifully decorated outside and inside. The chocolates sit above the chakra crystals as a symbol of the human sitting on the earth.
Each chocolate assortment is named after a particular jewel of nature that contributes to a peaceful and positive mindset. The glittering Lady in Velvet reflects the sky at nighttime glittering with stars. It consists of 72% dark cacao mixed with a dash of coconut ash and Tahitian vanilla bean dashed in edible gold.
Similarly, the box contains several chocolates made with unique and exclusive ingredients that offer you a distinctive experience yet somehow captures the essence of the universe. Other chocolates include Mississippi Mountain, Rustlin’ Russ, The Meadows, Cat in a Kimono, California Ray, Cosmic Chocolate Love, Dusty Delilah, Moon Mountain Momma, Scarlet Violets, Tennessee Jam, and Yeah Dave.
But that’s not all that makes the Grateful Dead’s collection of curated chocolates the third most expensive chocolate globally. The box is filled with luxurious chakra crystals known to provide peace, nourishment, and nurture to the human mind of all ages. The crystals included are Amethyst, Clear Quartz, Red Jasper, Selenite, Amazonite, Green Aventurine, Pyrite, Rose Quartz, and Smoky Quartz.
Art Series Guayasamin - $450
The second most expensive chocolate we found for $450 for a single bar of chocolate is Art Series Guayasamin by To’ak. To’ak is a chocolatier that uses very rare cacao harvested in Venezuela called Nacional. It claims that no other chocolatier uses it in their chocolates. This cacao bean was rumored to be extinct until only a few trees were discovered a few years ago.
This is not just any chocolate making it to the world’s most expensive chocolate list due to its rare and luxurious ingredients. It comes with a rich history that adds to the meddling flavor of the chocolate.
Oswaldo Guayasamín is one of the most celebrated Latin American artists, also known as the native son of Ecuador. He created the Fundación Guayasamín in 1976 alongside his children to honor Ecuador’s vivid history. Later, the Fundación Guayasamín and To’ak collaborated to honor his unsung heroism to save Ecuador’s rich history by crafting the world’s most exquisite and bountiful dark chocolate.
For To’ak, making chocolate is a work of art. They take pride in making exclusive chocolates that differ them from the mainstream chocolatiers of the world. They have replicated the ideologies and beliefs of Oswaldo Guayasamín in their chocolate. If that is not supposed to boost its price tag, what is?
Guayasamin depicted life in his paintings as contrasting cruelty and kindness and life and death. To’ak made light and dark editions of the chocolate to portray this ideology of the famous artist. He was a man of reality and saw what was true in the world instead of turning a blind eye to either lightness or darkness in the world.
Attimo - $646
The chocolate that has grabbed the attention of every chocolate lover in the world, Attimo by Atiimo chocolatier, boasts a heavy price tag of $646. Attimo chocolate is composed of the world’s most exclusive ingredients. Nothing about this chocolate is even slightly ordinary. The ingredients are hand-selected, justifying why it holds such a heavy price tag.
Venezuela has the rarest and most valuable cacao beans globally, and the same beans are used to make Attimo. These cacao beans are harvested in a small village named Chihuahua. The first plantation of these beans dates back more than 400 years. The cacao of Chihuahua is of such exceptional quality that any user must place orders 19 years in advance.
The second ingredient used to infuse a sweet and spicy taste in the chocolate is saffron. The saffron used for this chocolate is grown on the sunny hills of Switzerland with exceptional quality and aroma. It has been gathered since the 15th century between spectacular mountains and the fresh air of the Swiss Alps. Also known as the Red Gold, only 3.3 pounds are harvested annually and sold for a whopping $30,000 per kg.
To combine the wild aroma of the cacao beans and the intensity of the Swiss saffron, a third ingredient is added - crystals from fresh oranges, leading to a real burst of aromas. Besides the eye-watering price of this chocolate, a good thing is that the revenue from the first 50 bars of chocolate is returned to the farm owners to increase their sustainability and conditions.
About THE AUTHOR
Lori has been a Culinary Arts instructor for twenty years. She has taught in the public school setting, at the collegiate level and through adult continuing education as well as running several cooking and baking camps for children. She has participated in several cooking, cake & chocolate contests and has been well recognized. She has raised thousands of dollars for charities using the byline “Saving the World one Cupcake at a Time”. Additionally, she has had several articles regarding food published in various magazines.Read More About Lori Gilmore