Some say chocolate is the ultimate guilty pleasure. We may have our differences over which chocolate we prefer, but everyone has a favourite. However, ever heard of chocolates that cost Rs 1 lakh? (No, they aren't made of gold).
Fabelle Exquisite Chocolates, a luxury chocolate brand from ITC has done just that, and even entered the Guinness World Records. Fabelle’s ‘Truffle Extraordinaire’, which comes in a handmade wooden box, contains 15 truffles, each weighing approximately 15 gms. However, just these 15 truffles are priced at a whopping Rs 1 lakh.
With this, ITC broke chocolatier Fritz Knipschildt's 2012 record for the La Madeline au Truffle — a rare French Perogord truffle that retailed at $250 a piece (roughly Rs 17,736) and works out to $2,600 per pound.
According to the company, the range, curated by Michelin Star Chef Philippe Conticini, uses some of the rarest ingredients in the world, along with the finest single-origin cacaos.
“Like the coconut which symbolises the beginning in Creator, the rare Jamaican Blue Mountain Coffee in Nurturer or the Grand Cru dark chocolate in Destroyer, each master piece unfolds a mystical story for the Indian consumers to experience,” the company said in a release.
The box contains three truffles, named Creator, Nurturer and Destroyer.
The Creator Truffle has creamy Belgian white chocolate shells layered with three kinds of coconut layers — toasted coconut ganache infused with rare Tahitian vanilla bean, roasted coconut crunch, and crispy coconut praline made in Kayambe milk chocolate with a dash of French sea salt is further embellished with a Vanuatu origin milk chocolate.
The Nurturer Truffle has the base of a new type of chocolate made from a blend of Ghana dark chocolate and Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee, which is reportedly one of the most expensive and sought-after coffees in the world. The chocolate is layered with Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee ganache; a crispy coffee powder crunch and a crunchy coffee-almond praline in shells and is topped elegantly with a pearl of Ruby chocolate.
The final truffle, the Destroyer Truffle, has a shell made of Venezuelan 72% dark chocolate and St Domingue dark chocolate, and has three layers — a Grand Cru dark chocolate ganache, Piedmont hazelnut and almond praline and a black pepper infused crunch.
The chocolate is available on a made to order basis.