Dessert: the tasty treat you look forward to after a long, hard day. Whether you scoop spoonfuls of ice cream straight from the pint into your mouth, or indulge in a fancy $12 slice of cheesecake, the ritual is a must for sanity's sake. Even a candy bar under a dollar could take your day from insanity to serenity. However, there are people who take their dessert game so seriously that they drop some serious dough.
Not all of us have thousands of dollars lying around just waiting to be spent on a sweet treat. Dessert, after all, is a luxury for those of us on strict budgets, or with moms who won't give in until your veggies are eaten. Still, it's never looked quite this luxurious. These sweets are so pricey that they're worth more than my rent. Some maybe more than my life.
1. Golden Opulence Sundae
Price: $1,000 - Location: Serendipity 3, New York, NY
This dessert, that made the Guinness World Record Book for most expensive sundae, needs to two day's notice to order. Why? Because they need that time to track down its ingredients. It consists of Tahitian Vanilla ice cream, a 23-carat gold leaf, and a drizzling of Amedei Porcelana (the world's most expensive chocolate). Next, it's topped off with pieces of Venezuela Chuao chocolate, gold-coated almonds, candied fruit flown in from Paris, and sweet Grand Passion Caviar infused with passion fruit, orange, and Armagnac. All of that is beautifully served in a crystal goblet, naturally. Only about 50 people order this dessert a year. I wonder why?
2. The Golden Phoenix Cupcake
Price: $1,000 - Location: Bloomsbury’s Cupcakes, Dubai
This cupcake is just as luxurious as it looks. For starters, it's served on a Villari 24-carat gold empire cake stand. It also uses the world's priciest chocolate, Amedei Porcelana, along with Ugandan vanilla beans. resting on top is a delicious layer of chocolate frosting with a dusting of edible gold. If that wasn't enough, organic chocolate-covered strawberries and a golden spoon also lay on the plate. It took a whole five weeks to come up with the dish, because clearly this is the stuff of dreams.
3. Krispy Kreme’s Luxe Doughnut
Price: $1,682 - Location: Selfridges, London
Krispy Kreme doughnuts are usually a pretty cheap treat, but this dish costs as much as over 200 dozens boxes of glazed doughnuts. Is it worth it? Well, this deliciousness includes an extravagant Krispy Kreme Cocktail, made from raspberry and passion fruit syrup, 500-year-old Courvoisier de L’Esprit Cognac and topped with 2002 Dom Pérignon champagne. If you need more to justify the purchase, some of the funds even go to the UK Children’s Trust charity.
4. Chocopologie by Knipschildt
Price: $250 per truffle; $2,600 per lb - Location: Knipschildt, Norwalk, CT
Imagine eating popping a $250 candy into your mouth. I feel guilty just thinking about it. Its price is justified by its contents: an extremely rare French black truffle surrounded by 70% Valrhona dark chocolate, heavy cream, sugar, truffle oil, and vanilla. Next, the truffle is hand rolled and dusted with a decadent cocoa powder. Forbes Magazine even gave the dessert a shout out, and that's when you know it's expensive.
5. Fortress Stilt Fisherman’s Indulgence
Price: $14,500 - Location: Fortress Resort and Spa, Sri Lanka
This dish was created to pay homage to the fishing culture of the region. It even features a fisherman carved out of chocolate. Another feature, a perfectly placed 80 carat aquamarine. At least it means you'll have a souvenir after you fork it down. Pomegranate and mango compote seasoned with Dom Perignon Champagne, and a gold Italian cassata leaf complete this pricey dish. Unfortunately, no one has coughed up the cash to order it yet.
6. Platinum Wedding Cake
Price: $130,000 - Location: Japan
Yeah, weddings are expensive, so what's another $130,000 spent on the cake? Japanese pastry chef, Nobue Ikara, crafted this cake and dedicated it to famous Japanese women like actress Rinko Kikuchi and model Chie Kumasawa. A simple, but delicious, white cake with white fondant is adorned with platinum necklaces, pendants, and pins, and lastly covered with edible platinum flakes. Ikara hoped that the cake would encourage more people to wear platinum jewellery.
7. Strawberries Arnaud
Price: $1.4 million - Location: Arnaud’s, New Orleans
This is it. The planet's most expensive dessert. It better be good, right? Well it is. Not only does the expense cover the yummy treat, it also pays for the incredible experience you get while eating. You'll get white-gloved waiters pouring rare port from a $24,850 Charles X crystal cave liqueur set as well as a jazz ensemble playing for you while you chomp down. Serenading the taste buds are delectable strawberries and an exquisite cream. Oh yeah, and it's garnished with a one-of-a-kind 4.7-carat pink diamond ring, once belonging to the famous English financier Sir Ernest Cassel.
Sadly, I don't think edible gold dust and expensive jewels will be a part of any normal dessert. Look on the bright side: think about how many candy bars you can buy for the price of any of these treats. You may just have to play your own jazz music while you eat some cool whip and berries. It's a good thing dessert can still be delicious even though it's cheap.