Finally, the bar I have waited six years to buy is finally mine: the Amedei Porcelana bar, called the world’s most expensive chocolate.
Behold this beautiful label! Despite being called the Porcelana, this is a dark chocolate bar, coming in at 70% cacao. Its name derives from the rare cacao beans used to make it, a pure strain of Criollo, which is translucent white before processing. Most chocolate on the market (roughly 95%) is made from inferior tasting Forastero cacao beans, or sometimes the Trinitario hybrid (a combination of Forastero and Criollo), but not the Porcelana bar. It is 100% pure Criollo, grown on small plantations in Venezuela and processed in Italy. So few of these beans are grown that Amedei can only make 20,000 of these bars each year, and this year, I got bar #329, as shown on the back of the label.
Before I describe how it tasted, let me show you the inside of the label, which describes the Porcelana bar in detail and also has pictures and descriptions of other Amedei chocolate bars (which I might have bought too, so stay tuned).
OK, enough background. How did this bar taste? In one word: exquisite.
The bar itself is very dark, but so are many other chocolate bars. When you bite into this bar, it has a good bite and melts readily in your mouth. At first, there is the usual deep chocolate flavor. But the taste keeps expanding, growing darker and more roasted, and even more deeply chocolate than before. By the time you swallow that bite, your whole mouth is infused with the richest, most deeply chocolate flavor you have ever tasted. It was amazing. It was truly worthy of the word “exquisite”.
I love Lindt and I love Royce, but this particular bar is my new favorite chocolate bar. I know I won’t be eating it often, but I will savor it each and every time I do.