A truffle trove: 'The world's most expensive chocolates now being made in India'
In case you weren't paying attention, we'll have you know that India is now making the 'world's most expensive chocolates'! Fabelle Exquisite Chocolates, the home-grown luxury chocolate brand from ITC Ltd has revealed its limited-edition Fabelle Trinity- Truffles Extraordinaire collection which is now listed under Guinness World Records for being 'The Most Expensive Chocolate'. Co-curated by the Michelin Star Chef Philippe Conticini, the box of unique handcrafted truffles represents the idea of the cycle of life.
The exclusive offering will be encased in a unique, hand-made wooden box, each containing 15 truffles, each weighing approximately 15 gms. The made-to-order box will be available at the price of INR 1, 00,000 (inclusive of taxes) and have been made using some of the rarest ingredients and finest single-origin cacaos in the world.
The one-of-a-kind multi-sensorial and multi-textural experience are the product's USPs, as each chocolate features a hero ingredient representing a stage in the cycle of life. The coconut, for instance, symbolises the beginning in the 'Creator' truffle, the rare Jamaican Blue Mountain Coffee is the 'Nurturer' and the Grand Cru dark chocolate is the 'Destroyer'.
The 'Creator' Truffle features creamy Belgian white chocolate shells, signifying purity that brings a new form into this world layered with three expressions of coconut; toasted coconut ganache infused with Tahitian vanilla beans, which are extremely rare as only 0.07% of world's vanilla production comes from Tahiti. The 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, sourced from the ‘far east side of the globe’, the cocoa growing area where the sun rises first, symbolising the inception of creation.
The 'Nurturer' Truffle, the second in the series, represents the sun's nurturing energy in its purest and most radiant form and is made from a blend of Ghana dark chocolate and Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee, a classification of coffee grown in the Blue Mountains of Jamaica which has a reputation for being one of the most expensive and sought-after coffees in the world. It is further intricately layered with Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee ganache; a crispy coffee powder crunch and a crunchy coffee-almond praline in shells. Topped elegantly with a pearl of Ruby chocolate, this second creation offers a more mature flavour profile, appealing to the senses and is based on the spiritual principle of learning and progressing through life.
The 'Destroyer' Truffle is encased in a shell of Venezuelan 72% dark chocolate with black olive and woody notes, and St Domingue dark chocolate, both sourced from the ‘extreme west’ with spicy and wine notes, representing the agony and the ecstasy of a total eclipse. Inside it are three distinct dense and soft layers; a Grand Cru dark chocolate ganache, Piedmont hazelnut and almond praline and a black pepper infused crunch, finished in a crumpled form.
“We at Fabelle are extremely happy for setting new benchmarks not just in the Indian luxury chocolate market but also now in the world with achieving the Guinness World Records feat. At Fabelle, handcrafting priceless, uplifting and unmatched tasting experiences for chocolate connoisseurs is at the very heart of who we are. Our emphasis has always been on quality and the approach entirely artisanal and Trinity - Truffles Extraordinaire serves as a perfect testament to the same. This masterpiece is a reflection of best of both the worlds coming together. With Chef Philippe Conticini’s international expertise and Fabelle’s understanding of Indian chocolate consumer preferences and institutional strength, we have been able to deliver a world-class product which we take pride in," says Anuj Rustagi, Chief Operating Officer - Chocolates, Confectionary, Coffee and New Categories - Food Division, ITC Limited.