IT IS sweet, with a touch of bitterness and it is the only chocolate of its kind in Australia.
Anvers Chocolate at Latrobe has received the rights to introduce the rarest chocolate in the world - Fortunato No.4 - into the Australian market.
The chocolate is made from pure nacional cacao beans, which for years were believed to be extinct.
The most common cacao beans used to produce chocolate are forastero, criollo, and trinitario.
Anvers managing director and chocolatier Igor Van Gerwen said it took a lot of searching to discover the rare beans.
"I wanted to bring some here so I asked how they were being distributed in Australia," Mr Van Gerwen said.
"They have taken off in America and New York and across Europe, but no one was using here."
The beans are grown in Peru, then shipped to Switzerland where they are made into coverture chocolate using traditional roller conching methods.
From there, the chocolate is distributed across the world.
Anvers sells the chocolate in 100-gram blocks at its Latrobe site, in its specialty stores and is using it in appetisers, main meals and desserts.
"[The chocolate] is very nice," Mr Van Gerwen said. "You wouldn't eat quantities of it, it's a chocolate you have at night after dinner just before bed. It's very special."
Anvers will unveil the rare chocolate to Launceston residents at its Dinner with a Chocolatier event at The Sebel's Market Square restaurant on Friday night.
The event costs $85 and chocolate will be used in all three courses. To book, call 63337555 or email H8766@accor.com.