This might be the most expensive chocolate in the world. Each bar can cost between $315 and $385 — and it’s considered a collector’s item. To’ak only produces a limited amount of chocolate bars every year. In 2007, it only made 400 bars, but it’s planning on releasing 600 bars in 2018.
The special chocolate only has two ingredients — cane sugar and cacao beans. The beans are of an extremely rare cacao variety called “national,” which some experts thought were extinct. But To’ak found a valley of century-old trees. They’ve been DNA-tested and proved to be 100% pure national. Once harvested, the beans are fermented for 5-7 days. The fermentation process releases the subtle flavors of the chocolate. Then the fermented beans are dried out, where they go through six different phases of selection.
Beans that are too small or deformed are weeded out by hand, then the beans and cane sugar are ground together. The chocolate is mixed for a long time over heat to release acids or other unwanted compounds. Once the chocolate goes into the molds and cools down, it goes through a barrel-aging process. Like some wines dark chocolate can improve with age so makers age the chocolate in whiskey barrels.
What’s more — 5% of the profits go to a conservation foundation. And, considering how much the bars cost, that’s a lot of money.