Would you pay a few thousand for dessert? What about $1 million? Believe it or not, there are some restaurants that serve up desserts that cost this much. Here are ten expensive desserts from around the world.
10. Frrrozen Haute Chocolate Ice Cream Sundae
This ice cream sundae from Serendipity 3 in New York City was made in partnership with luxury jeweler Euphoria New York. It consists of a blend of 28 cocoas, including 14 of the world’s most expensive, and 5 g (0.17 oz) of edible 23-karat gold. The Frrrozen Haute Chocolate ice cream sundae is served in a goblet with an 18-karat gold bracelet with 1 carat of white diamonds as the base. Oh, and it’s lined with edible gold, too. Lastly, the sundae is eaten with a gold spoon that’s decorated with white and chocolate-colored diamonds.
-Patrons ordering the sundae get to keep the spoon.
-The Frrrozen Haute Chocolate ice cream sundae set a Guinness world record for the most expensive dessert in November 2007.
9. Golden Opulence Sundae
Yet another creation by Serendipity 3, that by the way also holds a Guinness world record, this sundae is served with three scoops of Tahitian vanilla ice cream, chocolate from Tuscany, and vanilla beans imported from Madagascar. It’s adorned with caviar, gold covered almonds, candied fruit from Paris, and sugar-forged orchid. It’s topped with an edible 23-carat gold leaf and served in a $350 Baccarat crystal goblet. Lastly, the Golden Opulence Ice Cream Sundae is eaten with an 18-carat gold spoon.
FUN FACT: The dessert must be ordered 48 hours in advance.
8. Diamond Fruitcake
Cost: $1.65 million
This fruitcake is made with, you guessed it, diamonds–223 of them, to be exact. It was created by a Japanese pastry chef in 2005 and took six months to design and a month to bake. Even though you can eat everything except the diamonds, this cake was not intended to be consumed but was made merely for promotional purposes. Oh well, we guess you’ll just have to cross this fruitcake off your Christmas dessert list, LOL!
7. Platinum Cake
Invented by Japanese pastry chef Nobue Ikara, the Platinum Cake is a white, multi-tiered cake that’s draped in necklaces, pins, pendants, platinum chains and edible foils. Like the Diamond Fruitcake, this confectionery delight was also made for promotional purposes. According to E! News, it was designed to “promote the beauty of actresses Rinko Kikuchi and Chie Kumazawa and also to persuade people to wear more platinum jewelry.”
The Platinum Cake was showcased by Platinum Guild International, a marketing organization created with the purpose of developing the global platinum jewelry market as a new demand source for platinum.
6. Gilded Doughnut
Did you know that this doughnut was sold by Krispy Kreme? Yep, their UK location unveiled the sweet treat in 2014. It’s made with Vintage 2002 Dom Perignon champagne jelly, Chateau d’Yquem creme, passion fruit glaze, edible diamonds, an edible 24-carat gold leaf, handmade 23-carat gold-dusted Belgian white chocolate lotus flower, blossoms, ivy and butterflies, a custom cocktail consisting of raspberry and passion fruit syrup, 500-year-old Courvoisier de L’Esprit Cognac, and a 2002 Dom Perignon champagne.
FUN FACT: One lucky participant won a Gilded Doughnut as part of Krispy Kreme’s “Golden Ticket” contest. The winner also received a stay in a luxury hotel in London plus a $500 shopping spree at a high-end British department store.
5. Strawberries Arnaud
Cost: $1.4 million
Made at Arnaud’s restaurant in New Orleans’ French Quarter, this fruity treat is topped with mint and cream and is presented with a 4.71-carat purple pink diamond, 79-carats of white diamonds, and an 18-carat gold rose. It also comes with a complimentary wine worth $24,850. To top it all off, waiters bring out the wine and dessert wearing white gloves–all while a jazz ensemble provides musical entertainment.
FUN FACT: The 4.71-carat purple pink diamond was once owned by famous English financier Sir Ernest Cassel.
4. Decadence D’Or Cupcake
This cupcake hails from the Sweet Surrender store in The Palazzo, a resort hotel casino in Las Vegas. It’s made from Palmira Single Estate chocolate developed by a French chocolatier, Charentes-Poitou AOC butter made by a French butter cooperative founded in 1888, Tahitian Gold vanilla caviar, and Louis XIII de Remy Martin Cognac, which is blended from 1,200 cognacs, some of which are more than a century old. Last but not least, it’s topped with edible gold flakes and encased in a hand-blown sugar fleur-de-lis.
Like the Golden Opulence Ice Cream Sundae, the Decadence D’Or Cupcake also must be ordered 48 hours in advance.
3. The Fortress Stilt Fisherman’s Indulgence
Found at The Fortress Resort & Spa in Sri Lanka, this one-of-a-kind dessert was inspired by a “traditional fishing practice that is centuries old and can be witnessed along the coastline,” the resort said on its website. It’s made from Italian Cassata (cake) flavored with Baileys, champagne sabayon, and handcrafted chocolate, which is used to make the stilt fisherman. It’s also served with a pomegranate and mango compote. An 80-carat aquamarine stone is placed on a base just below the stilt fisherman. Made on special request, The Fortress Stilt Fisherman’s Indulgence must be ordered 24 hours in advance.
2. Three Twins Ice Cream Sundae
Dubbed the world’s most expensive ice cream sundae, Three Twins is sold in Tanzania. It’s made with ice harvested from a glacier, milk, sugar, cream, and flavoring of your choosing. It also comes with a guided climb up Mount Kilimanjaro, which, by itself, can cost anywhere from $1,000 to $3,000.
As of August 2018, no one has actually bought the ice cream sundae yet. But, when they do, $10,000 of it will go toward an African environmental non-profit to help raise awareness about climate change. Mount Kilimanjaro’s glaciers are predicted to disappear in the next decade or so.
1. Brownie Extraordinaire
Sidetrack Cafe Pub & Grub, the restaurant that sold this sweet treat, is closed, so you can’t get it anymore. But, we’ll still tell you about it anyway. It was made with dark chocolate and garnished with Italian hazelnuts. A scoop of ice cream was served with it as well. So, why did customers have to pay $1,000 for this dessert? Quinta Do Noval Nacional was served along with it as well. For those of you who may not know, Quinta Do Noval Nacional is a very pricey Portuguese wine. IF you do a quick search for it on Google, you can see that a 750ml bottle of 1963 Quinta Do Noval Nacional will cost you about $7,300.
Have you ever purchased an expensive dessert? What was it? How much did it cost? Would you ever purchase it again? Please share your thoughts below. Thanks for reading!