The World's Most Expensive Chocolate

If one is extreme in chocolate and also extreme financially here's a glimpse of the world's most expensive chocolate treats

With chocolate you can spend just about as much money as you want to -- and the world's most expensive chocolate is costly indeed. From the world's priciest truffle to the most extravagant chocolate dessert ever, it just doesn't get more decadent than these.

Not truffle at all

What do you get when you wrap rich, dark chocolate flavored with truffle oil around a rich black Perigord truffle, and dust it all with cocoa powder? A genuine chocolate truffle called variously La Chocopologie or La Madelaine au Truffle, a delicacy that will set you back $250 at Connecticut's Knipschildt Chocolatier.

At $2,600 for a full pound, this delight tops the list as the most expensive chocolate candy -- and it's not even foreign and exotic, but entirely homegrown (except for that truffle). Fortunately for your sweet tooth, once you get past the Knipschildt masterpiece, the cost of these ultimate indulgences drops radically.

Take Noka Chocolate of Dallas, which are made from the very best and rarest single-source chocolate from Africa, South America, and Trinidad. Their luscious bittersweet Vintage Collection, which is 75% pure, dark cacao, will cost you only $854 per pound. They also offer tasty and costly Grand Cru and truffle treats.

There's gold in them there chocolates

Sometimes what glitters really is gold, and that's the case with DeLaFée's incomparable pralines -- third on our list of the most expensive chocolate treats ever. DeLaFée is a Swiss firm that makes a habit of mixing edible gold with consumable items like cigars, wine, lollipops, and chocolate.

Talk about your conspicuous consumption! These treats, which come eight finger-sized items to the box, are made of the finest chocolates with edible 24-karat gold applied by hand. They're not too expensive, though, they're just $508 per pound, so go wild!

And the winner is...

As extreme as they are, none of the above items can compare with the magnum opus unveiled at New York's Serendipity 3 restaurant in New York in November 2007. At a jaw-dropping $25,000, the Frrozen Haute Chocolate sundae has been certified by Guinness as the most expensive chocolate dessert in the world.

Actually, it's the most expensive dessert in the world, period. Check out these specs: not only does it contain a blend of 28 chocolates, 14 of which are the rarest in the world, it's infused and dusted with five grams of edible 23-carat gold. You get a Knipschildt La Madelaine au Truffle on the side as a bonus.

On top of that, it comes in a crystal goblet and is eaten with a diamond-encrusted gold spoon, which of course you can take home with you. It's what's at the bottom of the goblet that makes it the most expensive chocolate treat ever... an 18-karat gold bracelet studded with one carat's worth of white diamonds.