chocolate

Leonardo Vinci (1690-1730), not to be confused with Leonardo da Vinci, was an Italian composer, known primarily for his operas, such as Li zite ‘ngalera, La festa di Bacco and others. Frederick Crowest in his ‘Musicians’ wit, humor & anecdote‘ relates a rumor of Leonardo’s death.

Unreal and overstrained as many of the situations and incidents in Italian operas may often seem to us Northerners, we must not forget that they appear very different to Italian eyes. Tragic incidents which we should term melodramatic occur again and again in the daily life of Southern people, and the fiery passion which appears to us so stagey and exaggerated, is really seldom overdrawn. Leonardo Vinci was at Rome, in the height of his musical success, when he made the acquaintance of a distinguished and beautiful Italian lady, who returned his passion. Unfortunately, he took to boasting about the lady’s favors. Upon hearing of this, she revenged herself by presenting him with a cup of poisoned chocolate, which he drank and died.

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Amedei Porcelana is sometimes described as the world’s most expensive chocolate. Yet sometimes this claim is disputed. So, what’s really going on? The truth is that nobody can be stopped from putting a ridiculous dollar amount next to a piece of candy. There has to be something other than the price alone that qualifies a product as the world’s most expensive chocolate. Indeed, there is at least one special ingredient that is responsible for the scarcity of this particular product: a cocoa bean of the variety called “Porcelana” due to its porcelain-like color. Only about 20,000 chocolate bars are produced by Amedei every year using this rare bean. The price of a single pound of this chocolate is close to $100. How does that compare to some other kinds of chocolate that count among the world’s most expensive? Well, Chocopologie by Knipschildt has a price tag of over $2,600 per pound, and Noka Vintages Collection will ring up at the register at over $850. These fine chocolates also feature some exotic ingredients. It is, of course, up to you to figure out which product is more palatable, but our question here is quite simple: how valid is Amedei’s claim that Porcelana is the world’s most expensive chocolate? From the research that I have done it appears that Amedei Porcelana certainly ranks among the world’s most expensive chocolates. More importantly, however, it is the only chocolate bar that makes the list of pricey sweets. If you manage to find this rare product for sale, you can always claim that you have scored the world’s most expensive chocolate bar. The good news is that Amedei Porcelana is among luxury goods that are actually affordable, as long as you can justify the purchase. Believe it or not, a single bar costs under $20! So, the challenge is just finding one for sale…

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Perugina baci – Italian kisses for Valentine’s day

January 5, 2011

The trademark blue color of Perugina chocolates will for sure stand out among the usual red gamut of Valentine’s day candy! “Baci” means “kisses” and the taste of Perugina is suitably sensuous and sweet. Each Baci chocolate comes wrapped in a love note written in four languages, describing the wonderful and often tumultuous course of […]

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Italian chocolate brands

January 5, 2011

Lesly Berger says in “The Gourmet’s Guide to Chocolate”: “If you think Italy can only produce great wine and pasta, wait till you discover their chocolate”. Berger describes Italian chocolate as “smooth, subtle and sophisticated, sweet without being cloying.” The Italian term for chocolate is cioccolato and gianduia refers specifically to the combination of hazelnut […]

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