Got 1000 dollars? Let’s go to eat ice cream! The Golden Opulence Sundae, which is worth 1000 dollars, is an ice cream sundae that be served by special order at the New York City restaurant Serendipity. It was listed in Guinness World Records as the most expensive sundae in the world at a price of US$1,000 in 2007. It was created to celebrate the eatery’s 50th-“golden”-anniversary in 2005. According to the restaurant, they sell approximately one a month, so apparently, quite a few people have some money to indulge in such opulence. Owner Stephen Bruce states that a notice 48 hours in advance is needed when requesting the Sundae, since ingredients must be flown in from different parts of the world.
Golden Opulence Sundae is made using three to five scoops of rich Tahitian vanilla bean ice cream infused with Madagascar vanilla and covered in 23k edible gold leaf. The chocolate syrup used is from melted Amedei Porcelana, one of the most expensive chocolates in the world, and covered with chunks of rare Chuao chocolate, which is from cocoa beans harvested by the Caribbean Sea on the coast of Venezuela. The sundae is then adorned with “exotic candied fruits from Paris, gold covered almonds/dragets, chocolate truffles and marzipan cherries.” Added to the dessert is a tiny glass bowl of Grand Passion Caviar, an exclusive dessert caviar, made of salt-free American Golden caviar, known for its sparkling golden color. It is sweetened and infused with fresh passion fruit, orange and Armagnac. Edible gold leaf is made from pure gold that is compressed or rolled into very thin sheets that are only a few micrometers thick and contain no other metals or impurities. It is finally topped off with a gilded sugar flower and sprinkled with small flakes of more edible gold.