Much like ice cream, chocolates are loved by everyone. Well, except by those who actually used to love chocolates but are forced to stay away from the confection due to health and some other aesthetic reasons. Still, chocolate lovers abound in the world. The question is, how much are you willing to pay for your favorite dessert?
Apparently, a lot, as some chocolate makers think. Just like practically everything in the world, there are chocolates that are so expensive that only the rich and the famous would dare spend precious money on them. One such confection is The Madeleine created by Danish-trained Fritz Knipschildt, lauded by some as the Willy Wonka of Connecticut. The Madeleine is considered the most expensive chocolate in the world at $250 for each small ball, or $2,600 a pound.
“La Madeline au Truffe” contains a creamy truffle filling made from French Valrhona chocolate blended with fresh cream and infused with rich vanilla pods and pure Italian truffle oil. The inside of the confection has a French Perigold truffle and the outside is dusted with Valrhona cocoa powder.
The Madeleine’s ingredients aren’t the ones that make this dessert so darned expensive. Knipschildt explains that it is the process of creating the Madeleine that gives it its high price tag. He explains that there is a tremendous amount of work done just to be able to produce the confection. For one thing, the ganache is whipped and folded by hand for a long time to make it smooth and silky. Knipschildt also personally hand rolls the Perigold truffle inside of the ganache within a refrigerated room to ensure that the ganache hardens ever so slightly enough for it to be possibly worked on.
The Madeleine must be ordered in advance, and each chocolate comes with a personally signed card explaining how it was affectionately made and a unique serial number, too. After you pre-order, you can pick up the Madeleine from Knipschildt’s own Chocolatier in South Norwalk, Connecticut.
At $250 a pop, the Madeleine is truly a test of how much you love chocolates. I guess if you are a certified chocoholic, you would be curious enough to start saving up for a taste of the most expensive chocolate in the world. Wouldn’t you?