Owning luxurious items such as expensive cars and fancy jewelry is reserved mainly for those with deep pockets, but you know you are really doing really well when buying an $817 scoop of ice cream is no big deal at all. In Dubai, this is a reality, as the Scoopi Café offers, along with its more ordinary flavors, the Black Diamond, an extravagantly topped vanilla ice cream scoop served in a Versace bowl. Although the edible gold flakes that adorn the scoop justify the steep price, most people cannot afford to spend nearly $1,000 on a few bites of ice cream. However, this is Dubai after all, where “normal” takes on a whole new meaning. Additionally, as hard as it is to believe, a more expensive ice cream does exist.
Made from a rather plain Madagascar vanilla-bean ice cream base, the Black Diamond is topped with Italian truffles, a very unique Iranian saffron that goes for up to $100 an ounce, and for the finishing touch, edible 23K gold flakes. The extravagant dessert is served in a Versace bowl, which can be taken home, along with the matching Versace spoon.
Guinness Book of World Records’ Most Expensive Dessert
The Black Diamond may be called the world’s most expensive ice cream, but there is in fact another ice cream named the most expensive dessert in the world by the Guinness Book of World Records. The $25,000 Frozen Haute is actually a sundae and consists of an ice cream made from 28 blends of cocoa, including 14 of the most expensive in the world, and is covered with edible 23K gold flakes. The base of the ice cream can be taken home and is adorned with an 18K gold bracelet set with one carat of colorless diamonds. On top of all of that, you get to take home a gold spoon embellished with colorless and brown diamonds. This remarkable dessert was the result of the collaboration between the famed Serendipity 3 restaurant and the jewelry company, Euphoria, New York.
Other deliciously expensive deserts are available, such as the most expensive chocolate praline in the world. This elegant praline dish made of dark ganache, ginger, edible gold leaf, and caramel is set with a 3.63-carat colorless diamond and worth $240,000.
Although the Black Diamond may not be everyone’s idea of the ideal ice cream or a real indulgence, it is most definitely unique. For those with an unlimited budget, it is simply one other lavish new thing to try out. The rest of us “ordinary” folks will have to make do with $2 or so ice cream cones and stick with gold items that last more than a few minutes.