Some desserts are not made for the thrifty crowd. The most expensive ice cream desserts in the world try to combine unique flavors with opulence. These desserts may be tempting, but you may need a second mortgage to try them. From eating ice cream on top of Mount Kilimanjaro to enjoying a dessert in one of the finest restaurants, these creations are meant to be an unforgettable experience. They rely on ingredients such as rare Iranian saffron and 23 karat gold. In addition, many of them leave you with unique souvenirs like gold bracelets and goblets.
It may seem absurd to spend thousands on an ice cream dessert that will melt before the evening is over, but the ultra-rich are scooping up these creations. It is not just the delicious flavors or unique ingredients that keep them interested. Some of these desserts come with promises that the money will be donated to nonprofits and charities.
10 Truffle Ice Cream: $95
The truffle ice cream served at barMasa costs $95, and it is created by chef Masa Takayama. The restaurant is located in Las Vegas’ ARIA Resort & Casino. This dessert is made with white truffle ice cream, decorated with gold leaf and served in a glass. The flavor has been described as creamy. Masa Takayama claims that he wants his dishes to be a combination of simplicity and purity while focusing on fresh ingredients.
9 Capannari Ice Cream: $190
Located in Chicago, Capannari Ice Cream costs $190, but you get six pints. A master chef is responsible for creating unique ice cream flavors. You can enjoy black raspberry chip or Irish coffee ice cream. The ginger and chocolate hazelnut ganache is considered a gourmet flavor. The family owned business takes pride in making each pint of ice cream distinctive and special.
8 The Black Diamond: $817
The Black Diamond ice cream dessert is available at Dubai's Scoopi Café. The owner of the café explains that it took five weeks to find the right combination of ingredients. The ice cream is made with rare ingredients including threads of saffron and black truffle. Madagascar vanilla bean ice cream is used as the base of the dessert, and it is decorated with 23-karat gold leaf. The Black Diamond is served in a special bowl made by Versace that you can keep. In addition, you can take home the matching spoon that comes with the dessert.
7 Mauboussin Mega Sundae: $1,000
The Mauboussin Mega Sundae from the Bagatelle restaurant costs $1,000. The sundae is made with vanilla ice cream, whipped cream, chocolate truffles, French macaroons, special sorbet, gold leaves, dark chocolate brownies and chocolate vodka sauce. The brownies are covered in 24-karat gold, and the special sorbet is created from Dom Perignon rose champagne. The sundae is served in a large martini glass and comes with a unique gift for you to keep. If you finish the entire dessert, then you get a $590 Mauboussin ring made with white gold, black steel and diamonds that comes in a black box. Mauboussin is a famous French company that has been selling jewelry since 1827.
6 The Victoria: $1,000
The Victoria ice cream dessert from the Langham hotel's Pavilion restaurant costs $1,000. The dessert is made with Hennessy VSOP cognac, vanilla ice cream and chocolate ice cream. 24-karat gold dust and a gold leaf are used to decorate the dessert. In addition, salted caramel, caramelized golden peanuts, butterscotch, dark chocolate croquant, whipped cream, hot fudge and a chocolate crown top the ice cream creation. The dessert is served in a Wedgewood crystal bowl that you get to keep, and you get to enjoy a bottle of Dom Perignon champagne.
5 Golden Opulence Sundae: $1,000
New York City’s Serendipity 3 also makes the Golden Opulence Sundae. It is a more economical dessert, but it still features vanilla bean ice cream, chocolate and a 23-karat gold leaf. The complicated sundae also includes dessert caviar, candied fruit, truffles, gilded sugar flower and marzipan. The chocolates used in the recipe are the rare and expensive Amedei Porcelana and Venezuelan Chuao. The caviar includes citrus and Armagnac brandy. The dessert is served in a glass goblet with a special gold spoon, but you have to request a reservation 48 hours in advance to order this sundae from Serendipity 3.
4 Three Twins Ice Cream Sundae: $3,333.33
The Three Twins Ice Cream company offers a cheaper dessert for those who cannot afford the Absurdity Sundae but still want a unique experience. The Three Twins Ice Cream Sundae costs $3,333.33 and includes a banana split covered in syrups from rare dessert wines. The wines are a German Trockenbeerenausiese, a 1960s vintage port and a Chateau D'Yquem. The company promises that a third of the purchase price will go to a land trust. The ice cream is served with a special antique spoon from the 1850s. In addition, you get a personal cello performance while you eat your sundae.
3 Frozen Chocolate Haute: $25,000
New York City’s Serendipity 3 restaurant had a goal to beat the Guinness world record, so it created the Frozen Chocolate Haute dessert. It is an enticing combination of rare cocoa blends, milk, whipped cream and truffle pieces. The chefs add five grams of 23-karat gold to the dessert. In addition, it is served in a rare gold goblet with a gold spoon that you get to keep. The goblet has a row of diamonds to increase its value, and the spoon’s handle also gets the diamond treatment. The $25,000 price tag includes a rare 18-karat bracelet as a souvenir.
2 Absurdity Sundae: $60,000
Considered one of the most expensive ice creams in the world, the Absurdity Sundae comes from the Three Twins Ice Cream company. You get more than a delicious dessert made with rare ingredients. Three Twins Ice Cream has designed this to be a travel experience with a sweet ending that also helps the environment. The money is sent to a nonprofit in Africa that is dedicated to the environment. First, you must make it to Mount Kilimanjaro, so your dessert can be created from fresh glacial ice. Your dessert comes with a first class ticket to Tanzania and a hotel that is rated five stars. In addition, you will get to experience a guided climb up the mountain and get to keep a special souvenir T-shirt. The founder of the company will be your personal chef as he creates the ice cream sundae in front of you.
1 Strawberries Arnaud: $1.4 million
You will have to travel to Louisiana to enjoy the most expensive dessert in the world. The Strawberries Arnaud dessert combines vanilla ice cream, strawberries, wine, cream, spices, mint and port into one delicious dish. Created at Arnaud's Restaurant in New Orleans, this dessert costs $1.4 million. The enormous price tag is the result of the exclusive 4.7-carat diamond ring that is used to decorate the top of the strawberries. The ring, which belonged to Sir Ernest Cassel, features a large pink diamond. Waiters in white gloves will serve you port wine from the Charles X Crystal Cave Liqueur collection as you have your strawberries and ice cream. The restaurant also provides a jazz ensemble for you to enjoy while you eat your Strawberries Arnaud.
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