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Although only a few stores in the United States carry the brand, Amedei chocolate has won numerous prizes at international competitions. It costs a cool $100 a pound and hails from a region in Italy 40 miles (64.3 kilometers) west of Florence called Chocolate Valley. Its primary ingredient is the world's best cacao.

Rather than produce chocolate in bulk, Amedei focuses on making smaller amounts of the world's finest. The Amedei team uses cacao from the Chuao region of Venezuela, an area known for its centuries-old cacao harvesting tradition. In Chuao, farmers can harvest 9 to 10 tons (8.2 to 9 metric tons) of uniformly perfect cacao.

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