As a universal emblem of deliciousness, any chocolate can command a serious price tag if handled correctly. However, there are a few chocolate bars that take decadence to all new levels. Thanks to complicated recipes, ridiculous packaging and special stories, these sweets are on a completely different planet to anything you might pick up from a newsagents. These are the world’s seven most expensive chocolate bars.
7. Le Grand Louis XVI by Debauve and Gallais
The former chocolatier to the ancient kings of France, it’s small wonder that Debauve and Gallais command quite the premium for their confectionary. At around $900 for a box, Le Grand Louis XVI collection ranks as the business’ most expensive offering. Featuring a range of the 35 dark chocolates containing up to 99% of the world’s best cocoa, it’s easy to see why.
For several years, To’ak has been the name in modern luxury chocolate, and have owned top spot on the list of most expensive commercially available chocolates with a $360 bar released in 2014. However, this month has seen them blow this record out of the water with a new bar that costs an enormous $685 for just a few ounces. Crafted by a legendary Ecuadorian artist, the new bar looks just as good as it tastes.
5. Wispa Gold
Cadbury might not be the first name that springs to mind when you think of luxury, but that didn’t stop them entering the game. In 2009, to celebrate the relaunch of their classic Wispa Gold caramel bar, the British behemoth produced a single, gold-clad luxury bar, that went on sale for a whopping $1600.
4. Cadbury 1915
It’s not just decadent ingredients that can turn your chocolate into a luxury. In 2018, a collection of rare chocolates were unearthed by an unsuspecting family dating from the First World War. Discovered in a flat near Mansfield, England, the 103-year-old collection of nine Cadbury bars was successfully sold for around $3,000 at auction.
3. La Madeline au Truffe by Knipschild
Made to order from a world famous chef in Denmark, La Madeline au Truffe chocolates are about as indulgent as it gets. A carefully crafted blend of 70% Valrhona dark chocolate, heavy cream, sugar, truffle oil and vanilla provide the base for ganache, which is then poured over an entire Perigord truffle. Named by Forbes as the most expensive chocolate in the world, a single tiny sweet will cost $260 - about $2,600 per pound.
2. Patchi, Harrods and Swarowski
As one of the world’s poshest shops, British retailer Harrods has a reputation for decadence. Their limited edition chocolates from 2008 certainly didn’t do anything to damage it. Featuring 49 chocolates, each hand-wrapped in Indian silk and placed on suede leather partitioned with gold and platinum, these sweets are guilded with gold, Swarovski crystal and silk rose, before being placed in a box of genuine leather and hand-woven silk. At the time, they sold for $10,000 a box.
1. Le Chocolat Box by Simon Jewellers
While most of this list would be within the realms of possibility for some shoppers, the number one spot takes things to an all new level. Not only does Le Chocolat Box contain gourmet chocolates from Lake Forest Confections, but each sweet is served with a selection of jewel encrusted bracelets, necklaces and rings from Simon’s private collection. Available for a staggering $1.5m, these are indisputably the most expensive chocolates in the world.
Chocolate is amazing for a number of reasons. Not only is it the world’s favourite edible pick-me-up, but it can also be insanely indulgent and exclusive. There aren’t many ingredients that are available in every single shop, yet can also set you back a couple of hundred quid if you buy it in the wrong place.