When you win think about what you would buy or spend your money on if you win the lotto, you always make a list of the general expensive items that you will buy, for e.g. a house, a fancy car, going on a trip around the world. Have you ever thought of adding chocolate to your list? Yes, chocolate can be so expensive that you will only be able to afford it if you win the jackpot.
For many people the perfect gift, for any occasion, is a box of chocolates. Not just an ordinary box though: A refined and delicate sweets box. If you are currently planning what to buy your beloved this Valentine’s Day, have a look at the most expensive chocolates from all over the world, as listed below. There is a reason why it is said that people buy with their eyes. The prettier it looks, the more people will want to buy it.
10. Amadei Toscana Black Truffles in a box decorated with Swarovski Crystal
Cost: $294 (approx. R4 200
This luxury gift is created by the Italian company, Amedei Toscany. They are famous for producing one of the most expensive sweets in the world, by combining 3 luxurious elements. Each of the 15 truffles are filled with Armand de Brignac champagne, sprinkled with edible gold flakes and packed in a box decorated with 450 Swarovski crystals. Remember that not only chocolate but diamonds as well are a girl’s best friend.
9. Swiss DeLaFee Chocolates
Cost: $504 (approx. R7 250)
These are also known as golden truffles and are made from Grand Cru chocolate, all the way from Ecuador and decorated with edible gold flakes. After just one bite, your palate will be in chocolate heaven when the filling starts to melt in your mouth.
DeLafee is based in Switzerland and was found by Sébastien Jeanneret in 2004. The company offers a wide range of delicacies, featuring edible silver, gold-leaves and gold flakes.
8. Michel Cluizel Chocolates
Cost: $895 (approx. R12 800)
The French Confectionery family business, Michel Cluizel, has been around since 1948. They are one of the few businesses in the world that use cocoa beans from their own plantation to produce chocolate. With so many years of experience and tradition, producing delicate sweets to perfection is no surprise.
7. Gold and diamond chocolates
Cost: $1250 (approx. R18 000)
What will you find in a jewellery box? Mostly gold, silver and diamonds? This is exactly what you will find in this beautiful wooden box. A set of 12 delicately packed chocolates. 4 of them are made with 22 carat gold, 4 of them are made of pure silver and the last 4 are decorated with diamonds.
6. Wispa – Golden Bar
Cost: $1628 (approx. R23 400)
This gold-wrapped candy bar made it to the Guinness Book Of Records in the “Most expensive chocolates in the world” category. This is the most expensive product of the world-known chocolate company, Cadbury. It was designed and created as a marketing campaign, to promote the re-launch of the Wispa chocolate bar. The chocolate bar is covered in an actual gold leafed wrapper. It is on display in the popular museum: Cadbury World.
5. Truffles from Fritz Knipschildt
Cost: $2600 (approx. R37 400)
This amount will get you 45grams of this unique delicacy. The La Madeline Au Truffe is made of 70% dark Valrhon chocolate with Vanilla, handmade truffle oil and a dash of secret ingredients. With these fine ingredients, you can imagine that it is made by hand and only made to order. The creator is from Denmark, Mr. Fritz Knipschildt who found his own chocolate shop in 1999.
4. Chocolates decorated with Swarovski Crystals
Cost: $10 000 (approx. R143 900)
Created by a Lebanese confectioner, a box of 49 handmade chocolates are each individually hand wrapped in Indian silk and decorated with gold, Swarovski crystals and roses. The box is made out of hand woven silk from India and China. If this is on your shopping list, you can buy it in the famous Harrods in London.
3. Chocolate Egg with Gold
Cost: $11 107 (approx. R159 800)
This golden egg was created over three days by 7 of the finest confectioners. It weighs 50kg and holds the record for the most expensive non jewelled chocolate egg. It is the masterpiece of Guinness record holder, William Curley. Inside the egg are flavoured chocolates like caramel, rosemary, olive oil, juniper fruits and muscovado, to name a few. The egg itself is made from one of the best chocolates in the world, Amadea from Venezuela and edible gold flakes.
2. Golden Frrrozen Haute Chocolate Dessert
Cost: $25 000 (approx. R359 700)
As you can imagine, it didn’t take to long for this dessert to get onto the list of the most expensive desserts in the world, in the Guinness Book of Records. You can treat yourself to a whole cup full of sweetness, at the Serendipity 3 restaurant in New York. The dessert is made from a mix of cocoas and milk in a slushy like form, 24 karat gold mixed in and topped off with ‘La Madeleine Au Truffe’. Each cup of the golden dessert Frrrozen Haute Chocolate is decorated with a golden spoon and a bracelet inlaid with diamonds which can be taken home.
1. A box of Le Chocolat Chocolates
Cost: $1.5 million (approx. R21 580 000)
This is no ordinary box of chocolates. It contains a selection of the best chocolates from Lake Forest Confections and beautiful jewellery from the Simon Jewellers collections. Which means that in the box, along with all the delicate sweets, are also earrings, rings, necklaces and bracelets, embedded with diamonds, sapphires and emeralds. This was definitely prepared with millionaires in mind.
With all these extraordinary expensive chocolate gifts to choose from, you will have to win the lotto to be able to indulge in one of them. It is surely not for every man or woman’s purse to spend such amounts of money on some of these luxurious chocolate boxes.
Where can you find some of these delicate gifts in South Africa?
- • Huguenot Fine Chocolates, Franschhoek, Western Cape One of the best artisanal chocolate boutiques. They offer a variety of hand-crafted Belgian chocolates. Made from dark, milk and white Belgian chocolate. Some of the flavours include brandy truffles, pink champagne truffles, rooibos, caramel crowns, apricot gnash and even sugar-free.
- • Honest Artisan Chocolate, Cape Town, Western Cape They aim to make “pure chocolate that has a deliciously distinct feel and taste”. They offer dairy-free, vegan, gluten-free and paleo options that you can enjoy with quality coffee made from locally toasted beans.
- • Jack Rabbit Chocolate Studio, Pretoria, Gauteng With a South African milk tart bonbon, they won a silver award at the International Chocolate Awards in London. Other artisanal treats that you can find here are chocolate coated honeycomb, chocolate coated Turkish delight bites and milk chocolate coated nougat.
- • Chocoloza, Johannesburg, Gauteng The selection of Belgian chocolates that you can choose from is crunchy hazelnut, granadilla passion, ginger, honey and lime and Amarula.
- • Chocolate Heaven, Lions River, Kwa-Zulu Natal Here you will taste the traditional South African delicacies, but in chocolate. Their flavours on offer include biltong, curry and koeksisters as well as fudge, caramel and Turkish delight.