After three tasty but not particularly special bars of chocolate I'm now on to the two super unique bars I purchased. Both are from the Italian chocolate company Amedei.
The Amedei Porcelana bar is 70% cocoa and has a truly unique origin. The beans are from a plantation of genetically pure Porcelana Criollo cocoa trees. Because of the difficulty in maintaining such plants Amedei only releases a limited number of bars in batches. They are actually hand-numbered which is pretty cool. My bar is number 2832 of 20000. As you can imagine, this all makes the chocolate particularly expensive. It is by far the most expensive bar I've seen. It cost $15 for a 50g bar. That's 30 cents per gram. A Snickers bar is about one cent per gram. Ouch. Anyway so the question is: is this bar worth the price?
Well it is very very good indeed. The flavour is strong and full and also, unsurprisingly, pure. It's constant and unchanging. It's a very neat experience to just have this solid blast of pure chocolate awesomeness that is sustained until the end. And the end is also noteworthy. The flavour doesn't linger, it just vanishes. This actually makes the chocolate very satisfying. I often find that when I have chocolate flavour still in my mouth it makes me want to eat more of the chocolate right away. This didn't happen here. Which is good because for $15 I feel like I need to make this bar last.
Anyway, is it worth $15? Probably not on a regular basis. But it was definitely worth $15 to try it once.