The most expensive chocolates in the world range from 100lb chocolate eggs to crystal studded squares. When referring to some of the best chocolate in the world, the words “rich” and “decadent” are appropriate – and not just when talking about taste. While a $1 chocolate bar from the grocery store can certainly hit the spot, nothing beats the absolute crème de la crème found when the price is no limit.
It’s been centuries since the ancient Mayans used dried cacao leaves as currency, but you can still find plenty of chocolate worth a pretty penny. Ready to learn about the world of high-priced chocolate?
Here are the 15 most expensive chocolates in the world
Table of Contents
- 1. Le Chocolate Box
- 2. Frrrozen Haute Chocolate
- 3. Golden Speckled Chocolate Egg
- 4. Swarovski Studded Chocolates
- 5. Cadbury Wispa Gold Chocolate Bar
- 6. DeLafée Gold Chocolate Box with Antique Swiss Gold Coin
- 7. Art Series Guayasamin by To’ak
- 8. Vosges Haut Chocolat Champagne and Exotic Truffles Collection
- 9. Debauve and Gallais Le Livre
- 10. Ganache Cien Blue Box by MarieBelle New York
- 11. The House of Grauer Aficionado’s Collection
- 12. La Madeline au Truffe from Knipschildt’s
- 13. Richart Chocolates
- 14. Grand Cru Chocolates by Pierre Marcolini
- 15. Amedei Porcelana Chocolate Bar
1. Le Chocolate Box
Le Chocolate Box is considered the world’s most expensive chocolates, but we feel it skates by a bit due to a technicality. While it does contain a wealth of chocolates from Lake Forest Confections, the high price tag is primarily due to the included necklaces, bracelets, rings, and other jewelry from Simon Jewelers.
While impressively rich, Le Chocolate Box was mainly a promotional stunt, and you can’t find it for sale today at any price. Still, it remains the undisputed king of high-priced sweets.
Price: $1.5 million for one box
2. Frrrozen Haute Chocolate
Another of the most expensive chocolates found in history is this $25,000 chocolate sundae created to promote the New York restaurant Serendipity 3. Along the way, it also set a Guinness Record for Most Expensive Dessert.
It features a 28-cocoa blend with five ounces of edible 23-karat gold, served in a gold goblet lined with white diamonds.
Can you just call up Serendipity 3 and order a Frrrozen Haute Chocolate? Probably not, as the promotions ended years ago, but it remains a legend in the world of expensive chocolate.
Price: $25,000 for one chocolate sundae
3. Golden Speckled Chocolate Egg
Guinness World Records called this egg the “most expensive non-jeweled chocolate egg,” proving they truly do have a category for everything. Sold at auction for $11,107, the Golden Speckled Egg weighs just over 100 pounds and stands three feet tall and two inches wide.
It was created by seven chocolatiers from the UK and Japan. They used Amedei chocolate, edible gold leaf, and a couture chocolate filling. Additionally, it was decorated with 12 chocolate mini-eggs, 20 chocolate bars, and five flowers made from white chocolate.
Unfortunately, you can’t buy this egg today, as the auction took place in 2012. But there is good news. The proceeds raised from the auction all went to charity.
Price: $11,107 for one egg
4. Swarovski Studded Chocolates
In 2010, Lebanese chocolatier Patchi and department-store-behemoth Harrods teamed up to create these Swarovski Studded Chocolates. Each of the 49 pieces of dark chocolate is studded with Swarovski crystals and dressed in gold and silk rose. They’re then wrapped in Indian silk and placed in a leather box.
The $10,000 chocolate box is no longer available for sale, but world-renown chocolate shop Patchi is still going strong. They offer a wide range of chocolate delicacies, including the ability to build your own chocolate box for around $150.
Price: $10,000 for 49 pieces
5. Cadbury Wispa Gold Chocolate Bar
In 1995, the famous chocolate company Cadbury decided to relaunch the Wispa Gold Bar. To help publicize the event, they created a special Wispa Gold Bar worth $1,600. It was made with premium Madagascan cocoa beans and wrapped in edible gold leaf.
The unique treat was put up for auction, but the winning bidder never stepped forward to claim their prize, so the bar returned to Cadbury. Today, it’s on display in their Cadbury World chocolate-themed museum, while more affordable versions of the bar are available at retail locations everywhere.
Price: $1,600 for one bar
6. DeLafée Gold Chocolate Box with Antique Swiss Gold Coin
Taking the idea of rich-tasting chocolate to a whole new level, these pralines from DeLafée are highlighted with real, edible 24-karat gold. Even fancier, the box of eight chocolate-and-gold pralines contains a real, non-edible Swiss gold coin from 1910 to 1920.
Even the maker admits gold doesn’t have much taste, but it does add a warm glow to the dark chocolate. It’s a delicious treat for the eyes and the taste buds.
Price: $517 for a box of eight pralines
7. Art Series Guayasamin by To’ak
Ecuadorian chocolatiers To’ak prefer it if people refer to their premium Art Series Blend as the “most valuable” chocolate rather than the “most expensive” – but at $450 for 50 grams, both terms sure seem to apply!
This chocolate isn’t made overnight, that’s for sure. The rare cacao beans are aged for three years in a French oak cognac case. The end result is Ecuadorian dark chocolate with 77% cacao beans. After ordering, the chocolate takes up to six weeks to arrive, but a blend like this is worth the wait.
Price: $450 per 50 grams
8. Vosges Haut Chocolat Champagne and Exotic Truffles Collection
Vosges Haut Chocolat, a Chicago chocolate shop owned by chef Katrina Markoff, is famous for fanciful experimentation. Katrina selects a wide variety of unusual ingredients such as wasabi, bacon, cinnamon, chilis, and more!
One of the shop’s priciest options is this luxury gift box, which contains their signature Exotic Truffle collection plus a bottle of Krug Champagne. Packaged in a handsome purple box, they’re the perfect way to celebrate.
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Price: $325 for nine truffles and a bottle of champagne
9. Debauve and Gallais Le Livre
Founded in 1800, famous French chocolate manufacturer Debauva and Gallais set out to make a masterpiece to honor their 200th anniversary in business. Le Livre is the result, a box of 35 handmade pralines and ganaches with a cocoa percentage of up to 99%.
Enjoy a bite of history, too. Sulpice Debauve opened his chocolate shop at the request of Marie Antoinette. For many years, he was the sole chocolate supplier for the entire royal family.
Price: $283 for 36 pieces
10. Ganache Cien Blue Box by MarieBelle New York
From her New York boutique, famed chocolatier Maribel Lieberman crafts her world-famous New York Holiday Chocolate Ganaches. Untie the cocoa-colored ribbon and open the signature blue box to reveal 100 handcrafted ganaches.
Every aspect of the box of chocolates is created as a work of art. The Honduras-born chocolatier believes most people simply haven’t experienced true chocolate, and she wants to change that. Among her many fans are Whoopi Goldberg, Jennifer Lopez, and even Oprah Winfrey.
Price: $280 for 100-piece box
11. The House of Grauer Aficionado’s Collection
The House of Grauer is primarily a cigar manufacturer, although they also produce a variety of teas, coffees, and even chocolate. Their Aficionado’s Collection is a box of chocolate that carries the subtle aroma of a fancy cigar. Three types of chocolate are available: milk, dark, and roasted Italian hazelnut.
The chocolates are packaged in a sophisticated brown-and-gold box with a light brown ribbon. While it’s not the most romantic design on this list, it’s an excellent choice for clients and other upscale business situations where you want to impress.
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Price: $275 per box
12. La Madeline au Truffe from Knipschildt’s
This decadent and delicious chocolate-covered truffle is the premier creation of world-renown Danish chocolatier Fritz Knipschildt. It begins with the $1,000-per-pound French Perigord truffle, which is then covered with Valrhona dark chocolate and a fine coating of cocoa powder, presented on a bed of sugar pearls.
You have to plan ahead to enjoy this chocolate delight. Each is made to order and shipped with Next Day Air. Once the chocolate-covered truffle arrives, it has a seven-day shelf life, but good luck not eating it right after opening the box!
Price: $250 per truffle
13. Richart Chocolates
Richart is a luxury chocolate maker known for pushing the boundaries of how chocolate tastes. You can find chocolate with fruits, spices, and other bold combinations. They source their premier cocoa beans from growers in Haiti, Madagascar, Venezuela, and more.
For luxury chocolate, it’s surprisingly affordable. You can order an 81-piece sampler of their chocolates for “only” $166.
Price: $166 for an 81-piece box
14. Grand Cru Chocolates by Pierre Marcolini
While most high-end chocolate shops have a single master chocolatier at the helm, very few are quite as hands-on as namesake owner Pierre Marcolini. He travels the world to personally select the cocoa beans used in his chocolate creations. You’ll find cocoa from Ecuador, Madagascar, Mexico, Venezuela, and other places known for incredible cocoa.
They offer a wide range of tasty delights, with their fanciest option called The Collection. It’s a four-drawer gift box that contains 36 Grands Crus chocolate ganaches, 36 pralines, 25 heart-shaped chocolates, and more. It’s a tour-de-force of Marcolini’s greatest creations.
Price: $158 per one box
15. Amedei Porcelana Chocolate Bar
The word “artisanal” gets thrown around a lot, but these Italian masters are the real deal. From their boutique in Pontedera, they control all aspects of production from raw material to the final product shipped to your door.
You’ll find only a few, simple ingredients here: Criollo and Trinitario cocoa beans, cane sugar, milk, and fruit. Their Porcelana chocolate bar uses a genetically-pure cocoa bean that’s almost translucent. Their high-end bars sell for $90 a bar, although you can find some cheaper options, too.
Price: $90 per one bar
Chocolate is more than a tasty treat. At the hands of a master chocolatier, chocolate is also a work of art. Fortunately, to truly experience the world of chocolate, you don’t need to spend a million bucks. Many of the famous chocolate shops above have creations that are far more budget-friendly. If you’re willing to broaden your horizons a bit, you’ll find a world of chocolate treats waiting.