World's Priciest Chocolate Bite Brings in Nearly $10,000

It’s a chocolate truffle made with actual truffle—and more.

By Ethan L. Johns
March 19, 2018

Image: PortugalPress

Diamonds are expensive because diamonds are forever—at least most of the time.

A very expensive diamond made headlines after it was unveiled on Friday at annual, nearly-month-long chocolate fair in the Portuguese town of Obidos. What was the diamond doing at a chocolate fair? It was a diamond made of chocolate, and it is claimed to have set a Guinness World Record for being the most expensive chocolate treat at 7,728 euros ($9,520).

Made by Portuguese chocolatier Daniel Gomes, the chocolate diamond gets its high price tag from the luxury ingredients used to make it. It is stuffed with a filling made from saffron threads, white Périgord truffles and Madagascar vanilla, then brushed with a coating of edible 23-carat gold.

According to Reuters, the luxurious bite of chocolate was limited to a release of 1,000. One chocolate was displayed at the fair, where it was accompanied by a serving tray and lid made with 5,500 Swarovski crystals. The display case was guarded by two security personnel in uniform.

Before the chocolate diamond, the most expensive chocolate had been worth a mere $250—chump change in comparison to the gold chocolate diamond that went on display last week.

The jury is out as to whether or not the taste of truffles, vanilla and saffron together is delicious or cringe-worthy. Reuters did not report that any bite-sized chocolates had been purchased.

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About Ethan L. Johns

Ethan is the Food News Writer at Genius Kitchen. An expert on the Parisian bistrot, he likes bitters and salted butters, and is no fan of dessert unless it's made with fruit. His hobbies include reading up on the history of borscht and attempting to roll perfect couscous by hand. Twits & Instagram @EthanLJohns