Chocolate has many benefits. It produces “feel-good” chemicals in your brain, reduces anxiety and helps protect your heart, but mostly it tastes delicious! According to a survey, only 4% of people dislike chocolate.
Chocolate is so popular that there are chocolate bath products, chocolate hair products and even chocolate manicures! But for those who prefer having their chocolate the good old-fashioned way, we’ve compiled a list of the top 5 luxurious chocolates.
For those who have adventurous taste buds, Vosges is the perfect place to indulge. Founded in 1997 by Katrina Markoff, Vosges specializes in creating unique chocolates that engage your senses. An additional bonus is that all ingredients are 100% organic! To spice it up, try the Red Fire Exotic Chocolate Bar, which contains Mexican ancho and chipotle chiles, cinnamon and dark chocolate. For those looking to bring the heat to the bedroom, this is the ultimate aphrodisiac.
La Maison Du Chocolat
Crafted by Robert Linx, La Maison Du Chocolat opened in 1977 in France. Linx quickly became known as “the wizard of ganache” after being the first person to create flavored ganaches. Indulge yourself with the Salvador ganache, a rich bittersweet chocolate infused with the delectable taste of raspberry. Forget champagne and strawberries, this sumptuous flavor will bring out the true romantic in you.
While some may prefer unique and exotic flavors (see Vosges above or Chuao below), those who crave a classic approach will love Nehaus. Created in 1877 in Belgium, Jean Nehaus’ original intent was to use chocolate to make medication more appealing. In 1912, Jean Nehaus Jr. filled the chocolates with cream instead of medicine, creating the first filled chocolate. For the perfect gift or ideal indulgent, try the Nehaus Collection Truffles Glamour which contains timeless truffles, such as the Classic Butter which is guaranteed to melt in your mouth.
Created in 1925 in Lyon, France, by Joseph Richart, Richart chocolates are considered the most refined and beautiful chocolates in the world. These handmade mouthwatering chocolates feature beautiful graphics and boast seven different flavor profiles (fruity, floral, citrus, roasted, balsam, spiced and herbal). Purchase the Petits Richart collection for a taste of four of the most popular flavor profiles. Richart chocolates will take you away on a journey you’ll never want to end!
Brothers Michael and Richard Antonorsi founded Chuao in 2002 forging “fusion chocolate” with their unusual flavor combinations. Unique bonbon creations such as the “maple bacon caramel” and the “rosemary salt caramel” delicately balance the sweetness of chocolate against the saltiness of flavors like bacon and the spicy sweetness of rosemary. Chuao chocolates are exclusively created with Venezuelan cacao, which can sometimes take up to 30 years to produce its unique flavor! Those with a refined flavor palette will be pleased with Chuao.