We have all heard the saying “put your money where your mouth is” but now, the purveyors of these foods and drinks have decided to do it for us. Each and every item on this list, from a coffee, to a birthday cake, to sushi, is adorned with real, edible gold, literally allowing us to put our money where our mouths are, and, if only for a sip or a bite, feel that much more wealthy.
While some items on this list won’t break the bank if you only enjoy them once in a while, a few may be reserved for the high rollers or those in the upper tax brackets - or maybe it’s a once in a lifetime splurge. However you view the concept behind gold infused, flaked, encrusted or wrapped food, superfluous and gaudy, or brilliantly unique, it sells. Not only does it present a culinary experience to buyers, but also an idea, and that idea may be even more powerful than the effect on our taste buds. Without further ado, here are 12 foods and drinks made with real, shiny gold.
12 Grande Cuvee 24-Karat
There are a number of wine and Champagne makers on the market that have capitalized on the trend of utilizing gold to heighten the experience of drinking their product. Grande Cuvee, a sparkling wine made in California is among the leaders in the field, producing a bottle infused with gold leaf and 24-Karat gold flakes. Each pour of the sparkling wine mesmerizes with a dazzling array of gold shimmer as the wine hits the glass and makes its way to your palate. And while you would be most often correct in the assumption that a sparkling wine made with gold would be an expensive drink to pour, the award-winning 24-Karat Grande Cuvee is priced at an affordable $31 a bottle, making the sparkling wine not only delicious, but also an extremely economical party favor.
11 Gold Cappuccino
America may run on Dunkin’ Donuts, but Abu Dhabi may very well run on $25 cappuccinos made with gold. That’s right, in the second most populous city in the United Arab Emirates, and a city renowned for knowing no bounds when it comes to luxury, your cappuccino is adorned with gold flakes as opposed to cinnamon. Can you imagine starting off your morning with a cappuccino shimmering with gold in the city’s sunshine, or finishing your evening with a golden cappuccino amidst the lights of skyscrapers? Luxurious indeed. While you may not get much of your caffeine fix at $25 a shot, the novelty of sipping gold may make up for that.
10 24-Karat Imitation Caviar
Made with lemon, white wine, sugar and yes, gold leaf, for $200 a (tiny) jar, this 24-Karat Imitation Caviar can be yours. Though ostensibly decorative, the type of caviar you’d put out at a party for your friends to look at as opposed to eat, the 24-Karat Imitation Caviar is highly edible. Not only is it an edible addition to a fancy party, it is also utilized by many sushi restaurants that decorate higher end pieces for their well-paying customers. Again we must reiterate, less than three ounces will run you at least $200, so you’d better make sure that guest list is air tight if you decide to put the 24-Karat Caviar on a party spread.
9 Gold Cake
Like golden caviar, cake and gold make sense as a culinary pairing as well. While the caviar may have been steeply priced per jar, the cake made with both gold AND diamonds will run you over $20,000. But don’t worry, it’s only $2,500 a slice. Bought by an admittedly impulsive man, the proud owner of the cake, which also includes real flower finishes, served it for his 60th birthday back in 2011. The cake was made with gold leaf and a two-Karat diamond, and holds the world record for the most expensive desert ever created. Apparently, it tasted quite amazing as well.
8 666 Douche Burger
True story, New York City’s 666 Burger truck has created the world’s most expensive hamburger. It is aptly named the Douche Burger, and comes replete with a Kobe beef patty, Gruyere cheese, BBQ sauce, rock salt from the Himalayas, caviar, foie gras, lobster and even truffles. The piece de résistance is the gold leaf that wraps the Kobe patty, making the beef shimmer. Priced at, you guessed it, $666, the Douche Burger is aimed at those who have the money, and maybe don’t see the irony in the name of what they’re eating. The burger is actually wrapped in three $100 bills. While the point of the burger was to drum up publicity for their $6.66 regular burgers, the owners of the truck have actually sold a few.
7 Gold-Infused Chocolate Bacon
Bacon is awesome. Chocolate is awesome. I have no idea if gold is awesome, I’m a writer, but putting all three together seems both bizarre and obvious. While chocolate bacon has become quite the trend as of late (and one I can’t necessarily understand), Baconery, a confection company in New York has seemingly mastered the exact science of infusing bacon into all kinds of baked goods and deserts. Their chocolate-wrapped bacon, dusted with flakes of 23-Karat gold, is one of the more fanciful desserts the company has come up with. At $40 per strip of chocolate-wrapped golden bacon, one can only hope it’s as good as Baconery touts it to be.
6 Diamond and Gold Lasagna
Probably the most luxurious lasagna ever created, the “Diamond and Gold Lasagna” available at Portofino in The Mirage Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas is a decadent and divine twist on an Italian-American staple. The lasagna chock full of only the best ingredients, and is made with Kobe beef, iberico ham, prosciutto di parma, parmigiano-reggiano, buffalo mozzarella, porcini mushrooms and foie gras alfredo sauce. The lasagna sounds amazing on its own, and no doubt is, but Chef Michael LaPlaca decided to up the ante on his dish and finished the whole thing off with white diamond truffles and 23-Karat gold leaf, making the $100 piece of lasagna an extravagant dining experience only Vegas can deliver.
5 Gold Bagel
As long as you can detect your craving for a gold-finished bagel 24 hours in advance, then the Westin Hotel in New York is your place for a luxurious breakfast. Created in 2007 the gold leaf speckled bagel which also boasts white truffle cream cheese, can be ordered 24 hours beforehand and is served only during breakfast hours for those willing to drop a grand on the New York staple. Created by chef Frank Tujague, the $1,000 bagel also comes with a finish of goji-berry Riesling jelly changing the face, and the cost, of breakfast for those who can afford it.
4 Golden Sushi
Considered the most expensive sushi dish ever created by the Guinness Book of World Records, chef Angelito Araneta Jr.’s golden sushi pulls out all of the stops for a dish that is already renowned for extravagance. Most sushi is artistic enough, but evidently not enough for one Fillipino chef. Norwegian salmon, foie gras and wild saffron are among the ingredients that one will find in this $1,800 piece of sushi. Where that heady price tag comes from, however, is in the pearls and diamonds that sit atop the sushi, and the (you guessed it) gold leaf wrapping which replaces the seaweed keeping the whole piece of sushi together.
3 Pizza Royale 007
Pizza is perhaps the world’s favorite food when on a budget, but chef Dominico Crolla decided to turn that trope on its head when he created the “Pizza Royale 007.” The world’s most expensive pizza, the pie is covered in cognac-marinated lobster, caviar-soaked champagne, tomato sauce, smoked salmon, venison, prosciutto and balsamic vinegar. Of course, the pizza is naturally topped off with plenty of edible 24-Karat gold flakes. While the pizza is the most expensive of all time, and ultimately cost $4,200, thankfully after being auctioned off on eBay, the proceeds of the sale went to the Fred Hollows Foundation charity.
2 Cadbury Wispa Gold
Who knew a discontinued chocolate bar could spawn the creation of the most expensive chocolate bar of all time. Cadbury’s apparently famed Wispa gold chocolate bar was discontinued in 2003, prompting fans of the candy bar to protest. In response to the overwhelmingly negative criticism Cadbury received upon axing the line, the company decided to create a literal gold Wispa bar. The one of a kind gold edition of the Wispa chocolate bar is wrapped in gold leaf paper, costs $1,600 and sits in a London jewelry store. Good news for fans who can’t afford the actual gold Wispa though; Cadbury re-introduced the Wispa gold chocolate bar for good back in 2008.
1 Frrrozen Haute Chocolate
This is a $25,000 desert, if you can believe it. The most expensive desert of all time according to the Guinness Book of World Records, the "Frrrozen Haute Chocolate," (sic), created by New York restaurant Serendipity 3 is an amalgamation of all sorts of uber expensive ingredients and ornaments that have no business coalescing into a $25,000 sundae. But, if that’s your thing, and you can afford it, there isn’t any frozen dessert more opulent. With 28 different cacaos and a truffle on the side that costs $2,600 a pound, the sundae is served in a gold dish which is lined with an 18-Karat gold bracelet studded with white diamonds. Even the spoon is gold, but of course, it’s also about the gold within the sundae itself, making it the most expensive dessert ever created with edible gold.