There’s just something about gold. It’s shiny, pretty and pricey. But you’re mistaken if you think you can only wear it around your neck. The precious metal is making its way into gourmet treats around the world and believe it or not, 23-karat gold flakes (of the edible kind) have been sprinkled on nearly any dish to make it that much more delectable. From Asia to America, chefs have been experimenting with this luxury item for quite some time. Using gold leaves in cuisine is nothing new; Asian and Middle Eastern countries, way back when, believed gold had mystical and medicinal properties. Find it as far back as the 16th century, in Goldwasser liqueur, which was fancily flecked with gold.
Today’s use is mush less medicinal and much more superficial. The use of gold flakes in cuisine is extravagant. Some people simply prefer the metal to shine on their fingers, while others enjoy it best as an extra sundae topping. As for the taste, who knows? But one thing’s for sure, the gold certainly does make these dishes sparkle. Click through for the top 10 most lavish and gold-infused dishes to ever grace a plate, proving that you can have your gold and eat it, too.
10 23-Karat Gold Chocolate Bacon
9 Marni Gold Leaf Laduree Macarons
8 Gold-flecked Burger
7 The Thousand-Dollar Bagel
6 DM 24K Golden Torpedo
5 Pricey Sushi
4 Decadent Dessert
3 The World’s Most Expensive Chocolate Bar
2 TWG Yellow Gold Tea Buds
1 Serendipity 3 Frrrozen Haute Chocolate
This just might be the most delectable frozen hot chocolate to ever exist. It certainly is the most expensive; this sweet treat holds the Guinness World Record for the most expensive dessert, ever. Order cup of this greatness at Serendipity 3’s New York City or Washington DC location and your tab will be a mere $25, 000. Not including tip. So what exactly is in this thing? Gold, and a lot of it. Let’s start from the bottom up. The frozen dessert is served in a fancy Baccarat Harcourt crystal goblet, which is adorned by an 18-karat gold and white diamond bracelet on its stem, which is yours to keep. Before anything goes inside the goblet, it’s first lined with 23-karat edible gold leaf. Then comes the yummy stuff: Serendipity’s frozen hot chocolate goes inside, which has a mix of 28 rare, secret and very expensive cocoas in it from Africa and South America. Plus, it also gets a healthy dose of shavings from the world’s most expensive truffle, La Madeline au Truffle, which goes for $2,500 a pound. Thought it was luxe enough? No, we haven’t hit 25 grand yet. Next, the dessert gets topped off and garnished with even more 23-karat gold. Oh, and did you spot the gold jewel encrusted spoon? Use the $14, 000 piece of cutlery to scarf down all that luxury. But don’t worry; you get to keep that, too.
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