Even if I had just won the lottery, I would never spend more than $20 on junk food for myself. Even if it has gold flakes or whatever. Some of these recipes are truly ridiculous for the price. The one good one is the hot dog, whose proceeds went to charity when 5 of them were sold at a local fair.
Found at Serendipity 3 in Manhattan, “Le Burger Extravagant” isn’t your typical hamburger. The bun—a campagna roll – is dusted with gold specs, spread with white truffle butter, and topped with blini, crème fraiche and caviar from Quzhou, China. Inside the bun, you’ll find Japanese Wagyu beef that’s infused with 10-herb white truffle butter and topped with black truffles, fried quail egg, and James Montgomery cheddar cheese from England that’s been cave-aged for 18 months. Oh, and it’s all held together by a solid-gold, diamond-encrusted toothpick – to pick those gold specs out of your teeth.
Ice Cream Sundae for $1,000 ...
Serendipity 3 in New York City. Its “Golden Opulence” dessert comes with three scoops of Tahitian vanilla ice cream made with Madagascar vanilla beans and chunks of Venezuelan Chuao chocolate. It’s then drizzled with melted chocolate from Amedei Porcelana, and topped with candied fruits, gold-covered almonds, chocolate truffles, marzipan cherries, and… Grande Passion caviar (on. ice. cream). The garnish, however— a 23-carat edible gold leaf—is really what puts the dessert over the top. And it’s all served in a Baccarat crystal goblet (yours to take home) with an 18-carat gold spoon (which, unfortunately, will cost you extra).
This Cheese platter costs $3,200... A Serbian donkey cheese (yes, donkey), goat cheese aged inside brown chestnut leaves, cheddar sprinkled with gold specs and white French truffles, a cheese made from sheep and crafted by Benedictine monks in the Basque region, a French Brie infused with truffles (that goes for $42 per pound), and more. It’s also served on a silver tray worth about $965.
$130,000. Though it was actually never sold, the most expensive cake in the world was created by Japanese pastry chef Nobue Ikara to promote the platinum jewelry industry. It’s draped with platinum necklaces, pins and pendants, and sprinkled with edible platinum flakes. The perfect recipe for a platinum crap.