Chocolate goes back to ancient times, when it was served in the form of a cacao drink. The Aztecs used chocolate in religious ceremonies and offered cacao seeds to their gods. By 1875, milk chocolate had arrived on the scene and the great debate between which was better, light or dark chocolate, began. Today, there are companies devoted exclusively to coming up with the most unique, most luscious chocolate candies imaginable.
Although somewhat of a newcomer to the world of chocolate making, Knipschildt has quickly built a name for themselves. The company was founded in 1999 in South Norwalk, Connecticut and has roots in Danish chocolate making. Each piece of chocolate is considered a work of art. One of Knipschildt’s chocolate truffles is called the “Madeline.” This chocolate costs $250 per truffle or $2,600 per pound.
When you’ve had a long, hard day, the best way to unwind is with a little bit of gold in your chocolate. Delafee offers a box of eight chocolate pralines dusted with edible 24-karat gold. The pralines are made of the finest Swiss chocolate and then gold is applied by hand to each piece of candy. The edible gold dust can also be purchased separately. A small box runs around $95 EUR.
Godiva is such a household name that it has almost become a verb. Godiva is available in high end retail stores and in Godiva’s brick and mortar stores. Whether you love dark chocolate, milk chocolate, or white chocolate, Godiva has it all. The pricier Godiva chocolates come from the limited edition offerings the company releases seasonally. A 36-piece box of Classic Gold runs $50.00 and is about one pound of chocolate.
Debauve & Gallais
For those who love dark chocolate, or if you’re looking to reduce your sugar intake while still enjoying the taste of fine chocolate, Debauve & Gallais is known for both a lower sugar content and rich dark chocolate. They also do not use preservatives or additives in their chocolate. Le Royale is one of their most popular chocolate assortments. A 35-piece box, around one pound, runs $143.
Located in Brussels, Belgium, Pierre Marcolini chocolates each have a unique list of ingredients and features. For example, the Truffe Tonka has liquid caramel enclosed with chocolate made from cocoa beans from Ecuador and Ghana. The outside of each truffle has finishing touches like caramelized almonds. Expect to pay around $102.50 per pound for Pierre Marcolini.
Although these are some of the more popular luxury chocolate brands, individual chocolatiers and their unique creations are just waiting to be discovered.