The world’s most expensive desserts | Gourmand and Gourmet

The world’s most expensive desserts

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Some people buy boats to sail around the islands. Some jet set off to France for the weekend. Some people wear diamond crusted jewellery. And others garnish their dessert with it. Cashed up and blinged up, here’s our list of the world’s most expensive desserts. Three Twins Ice Cream | California | The Absurdity Sundae This organic, philanthropic venture located in Northern California boasts the world’s most expensive ice cream sundae, times two! A cool $60k (or $85k for two) will get you an all-expenses paid trip to Mount Kilimanjaro, at the top of which you will enjoy an ice cream sundae, made from glacial ice from the mountain and personally churned by founder Neal Gottlieb. Also included in your African adventure; first-class airfares, five-star accommodation, a guided climb up the mountain, unlimited ice cream, a five figure donation to an African environmental charity and an organic cotton souvenir t-shirt. Epic. If you’re a bit short on time and can’t pop over to Africa for your ice cream, try Three Twin’s second most expensive sundae: a banana split with syrups made from rare dessert wines. Your sundae experience includes a cello accompaniment and you can feel good about your indulgence, because a third of the sundae’s price is donated to a local land trust. All of this for the low, low, price of $3,333.33. Serendipity 3 | New York | Frrrozen Haute Chocolate This dessert featured in the Guinness World Records in 2007 and it’s no surprise why. This decorated delicacy is a blend of 28 of the most expensive and exotic cocoas from around the world, infused with edible 23 karat gold, served with a diamond-encrusted gold spoon, an edible gold lined goblet, and an 18 karat gold bracelet with 1 karat of white diamonds at the base. As you do. At $25,000 for the Haute Choc, this cosy dessert cafe is the choice of the rich and famous, with Blake Lively the most recent celeb to pop in for her version of it at a Met Gala after party. Serendipity also offer a slightly more affordable option: The Golden Opulence Sundae, a comparable bargain at $1,000. With ingredients including Madagascar vanilla, candied fruits, cherries, truffles, a Grand Caviar topping, it’s no wonder they only sell one a month! Arnaud’s | Strawberries Arnaud If you’ve got a lazy $1.4million lying around, taking up room why not head to Arnaud’s in New Orleans for some strawberries. Ice cream, strawberries with citrus, red wine, cream and mint to be precise. Not sold? Either are we. But then again it also comes with a rare diamond ring with famous British history, accompanied by a rare port in a crystal liqueur set, valued at $24,850. So maybe. One day. Platinum Cake | Nobue Ikara If you’re a bit of a bridezilla and haute weddings cakes are your thing, you might want to start contributing to your piggy bank a little more, with the Platinum Cake made by Japanese Chef, Nobue Ikara setting you back $130,000. The cake is draped in (non-edible) platinum chains, necklaces, pendants and edible foils and was designed to encourage women to wear more platinum. Now all we need to do is find ourselves a millionaire sugar daddy… Marc Guibert | Marc Guibert’s Pudding The most expensive dessert in 2011 was a record breaking pudding styled like an Easter egg. Created by Marc Guibert, this $34,684 pudding was purchased for a 60th birthday. Talk about lashing out for the big six-o. It was created from a few layers of champagne jelly, biscuit joconde, and glazed with dark chocolate. Of course, it wouldn’t be on this list without a sprinkle of edible gold flakes and a stack of diamonds embedded in the centre. While the prices are astonishing, one thing is for sure: there is no way you won’t feel like a King or Queen when treating yourself with these desserts. Better clean up that tiara. Words by Caitlin Adamson and Emily Neil