It has often been said that if you need to ask the price you can’t afford it, and that is certainly the case with the world’s most expensive ice cream sundae. This decadent creation will set you back a cool grand, enough for a month’s rent in most parts of the country. For that kingly price ice cream lovers with cash to spare are treated to the best ingredients, including a unique gold leaf topping.
This ultimate indulgence is only available at the famous Serendipity restaurant in New York City, and the restaurant owners claim that they sell on average once of these $1,000 sundaes each month, proof that there are indeed ice cream lovers for who money is no object.
The Golden Opulence Sundae owes is existence to the 50th anniversary of Serendipity. The restaurant was looking for a fitting way to celebrate its “golden” anniversary, and the ultimate indulgence was born.
Those with $1,000 to spare can enjoy five scoops of ice cream made from the richest Tahitian vanilla bean. This rich vanilla flavor is further enhanced by an infusion of genuine vanilla from the island of Madagascar. This massive mound of ice cream is then covered with a topping of edible 23 Karat gold leaf, the perfect ending for such a decadent treat.
The world’s most expensive sundae is also topped with the world’s most expensive chocolate, including the extremely rare Chuao chocolate. This rich chocolate is derived from specially harvested cocoa beans grown on the coast of Venezuela. The sundae is further enhanced with an assortment of candied exotic fruits from Paris, along with truffles and Marizpan cherries. The whole thing is topped off with a tiny bowl which houses the Grand Passion Caviar. This exclusive caviar, designed exclusively for use in dessert, is considered by many to be the best in the world. This caviar is also known for its distinctive gold color, a fitting tribute to this golden anniversary treat.
Even the ice cream dish is a masterpiece – a baccarat Harcourt crystal goblet fit to hold this decadent one of a kind dessert. Ice cream lovers can enjoy their first taste of this special indulgence with an 18 Karat gold spoon, thus completing the ultra-luxurious cycle of this golden ice cream treat.
The Grand Opulence Sundae is certainly not for everyone – but that is after all the point. This sweet treat is meant to be just that – an indulgence – not only for those who can afford to disregard price but also as a special treat for more pedestrian budgets. One could for instance imagine a wealthy but not super-rich couple enjoying the Grand Opulence Sundae as part of their 50th wedding anniversary celebration. While ice cream is not the first thing that comes mind when one thinks of haute cuisine, Serendipity has certainly made a name for itself with the world’s most expensive sundae.