Willa Wonka, duck your head in shame. If you thought the fantastical creations dreamed up by one of Roald Dahl's best-loved characters were bonkers, the reality of The Ross Limited chocolate will floor you.
Introducing Gargantua, a curious hexagonal case made from pure volcanic glass containing just six geometrically shaped chocolates encased with gold of the 585th test. Touted as the world's most expensive chocolate, just one of these ultra-exclusive babies will set you back a staggering USD$14,000. At least they offer free delivery.
The Kazakh company prides itself on adhering to the golden mean - you know, that classical idea of the divine proportion or golden ratio which has plagued many an obsessed mathematician for centuries. In fact, The Ross Limited is so consumed with the aesthetic ideal that Gargantua is dedicated to the unearthly beauties Marilyn Monroe, Audrey Hepburn and Vivien Leigh.
While there's no word on what the actual choccies taste like, we're sure owners of Gargantua aren't going to be sharing them round like your average family block of Cadbury. And with production limited to no more than 1000 "pieces of art" in each collection, why would they? As the brand states, "beauty is something inapproachable, exclusive, and available only to a few." When applied to the extravagant Ross Limited universe, it sure is.