Amedei Porcelana

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Amedei Porcelana chocolate bar

Amedei Porcelana, a dark chocolate made by the Amedei chocolatier of Tuscany, Italy, was called the world's most expensive chocolate.[1][2][3][4][5] It has won various awards from the "Academy of Chocolate", including "Best bean to bar", "Best Dark Chocolate Bar",[6][7] and the "Golden Bean award."[8]

Manufacture[edit]

Amedei Porcelana is made from translucent, white[2] cocoa beans of a variety now called "Porcelana" due to its porcelain-like color. This cocoa bean, a genetically pure strain of the highly-prized Criollo, is native to Venezuela and may have been grown there in the pre-Columbian era.[9][10]

Porcelana cocoa was called "Maracaibo" in colonial times, since it was primarily exported from that Venezuelan port community. Along with a few other Mexican and Colombian cocoas beans, Maracaibo cocoa was classified as one of the world's highest quality cocoas until the 1920s.[9]

Today, many of these Mexican and Colombian cocoas have disappeared and have been replaced by more disease-resistant hybrids.[9] Maracaibo, or Porcelana cocoa is grown on small plantations in Venezuela. Amedei produces about 20,000 bars a year from this cocoa bean.[10]

Packaging[edit]

Amedei Porcelana is sold in individually-numbered packages[4] that have been called "the reference standard for the industry on how to package a chocolate bar."

Price[edit]

A 1.8 oz bar sells in the United States for $19-$22.[11] The often-quoted price of this chocolate is $90 a pound.[1][3][4] While Amedei Porcelana has often been called the world's most expensive chocolate,[1][2][3][5] this is no longer accurate, since To'ak Chocolate came with a range of dark chocolate bars priced from anywhere between 250-425 USD for 50 grams of dark single origin chocolate, harvested in small batches from an almost extinct cacao variety known as "Nacional Cacao", native to Ecuador.

Golden Opulence Sundae and Golden Phoenix Cupcake[edit]

Porcelana is included in the Golden Opulence Sundae, a $1,000 dessert sold at the Serendipity 3 restaurant in New York City and mentioned in the Guinness Book of World Records.[5] Porcelana is also used in making the most expensive cupcake, the Golden Phoenix, which is made by Bloomsbury's, a boutique cafe in Dubai.[12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c [1] New York Times December 3, 2003
  2. ^ a b c [2] Archived 2011-07-16 at the Wayback Machine Food of the Gods: Amedei Chocolates from Tuscany
  3. ^ a b c [3] Good Times
  4. ^ a b c [4] CNN: Chocolate
  5. ^ a b c [5] World’s Most Expensive Ice Cream — Golden Opulence Sundae
  6. ^ [6] Archived 2008-09-29 at the Wayback Machine Academy of Chocolate Awards 2006
  7. ^ [7] Archived 2008-05-16 at the Wayback Machine Academy of Chocolate Awards 2008
  8. ^ [8] Archived 2010-02-02 at the Wayback Machine Academy of Chocolate Awards 2009
  9. ^ a b c [9] Archived 2008-08-12 at the Wayback Machine Fine Dark Chocolate 2008
  10. ^ a b [10] New York Times December 19, 2004
  11. ^ [11] Mel and Rose Fine Foods
  12. ^ "BBC News". CNN. August 12, 2012.