We:ve always loved anything golden, made out of gold or resembling it. The purveyors of these foods and drinks know this, which is why each and every item on this list, from a coffee, to a birthday cake, to sushi, is adorned with real, edible gold. Too much? I’m guessing yes, but while some items on this list won’t get you bankrupt, others might make you borrow some money in order to experience them. This is both a culinary experience and an idea. Here are 10 golden foods and drinks.
10. 24-Karat Imitation Caviar
Made with lemon, white wine, sugar and yes, gold leaf, this small $200 jar is actually 24-Karat Imitation Caviar. Although meant for shocking people, the 24-Karat Imitation Caviar is highly edible – and expensive.
9. Gold Cake
Cake and gold go well together, as this cake made with both gold AND diamonds proves. Costing over $20,000, or $2,500 a slice, the cake included real flower finishes and was served for someone’s 60th birthday, back in 2011. The cake was made with gold leaf and a two-Karat diamond, and holds the world record for the most expensive desert ever created.
8. 666 Douche Burger
New York City’s 666 Burger truck has created the world’s most expensive hamburger. The Douche Burger comes replete with a Kobe beef patty, Gruyere cheese, BBQ sauce, rock salt from the Himalayas, caviar, foie gras, lobster and even truffles. The piece de résistance is the gold leaf that wraps the Kobe patty, making the beef shimmer. The Douche Burger is actually wrapped in three $100 bills, and what’s more interesting is that the owners of the truck have actually sold a few.
7. Gold-Infused Chocolate Bacon
Chocolate bacon? Yes, it has become quite the trend as of late. Baconery, a confection company in New York has seemingly mastered the exact science of infusing bacon into all kinds of baked goods and deserts. Their chocolate-wrapped bacon, dusted with flakes of 23-Karat gold, is one of the more fanciful desserts the company has come up with. Stop drooling, it’s 40 per strip.
6. Diamond and Gold Lasagna
The “Diamond and Gold Lasagna” available at Portofino, in The Mirage Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, is a decadent and divine twist on an Italian-American staple. The lasagna chock full of only the best ingredients, and is made with Kobe beef, iberico ham, prosciutto di parma, parmigiano-reggiano, buffalo mozzarella, porcini mushrooms and foie gras alfredo sauce. Chef Michael LaPlaca also added diamond truffles and 23-Karat gold leaf, making the $100 piece quite extravagant.
5. Gold Bagel
The Westin Hotel in New York will serve a gold leaf speckled bagel, which also boasts white truffle cream cheese; it can be ordered 24 hours beforehand and is served only during breakfast hours for those willing to pay up $1,000. For that amount, you also get a finish of goji-berry Riesling jelly.
4. Golden Sushi
Considered the most expensive sushi dish ever created by the Guinness Book of World Records, chef Angelito Araneta Jr.’s golden sushi is already renowned for extravagance. Norwegian salmon, foie gras and wild saffron, costing $1,800 a piece? That’s because pearls and diamonds sit atop the sushi, and the gold leaf wrapping replaces the seaweed. Someone was bored.
3. Pizza Royale 007
Chef Dominico Crolla created the “Pizza Royale 007.” The world’s most expensive pizza is covered in cognac-marinated lobster, caviar-soaked champagne, tomato sauce, smoked salmon, venison, prosciutto and balsamic vinegar. Let’s not forget the edible 24-Karat gold flakes. This pizza is the most expensive of all time, at $4,200.
2. Cadbury Wispa Gold
Cadbury’s apparently famed Wispa gold chocolate bar was discontinued in 2003. In response to negative criticism, the company decided to create a literal gold Wispa bar. The one of a kind gold edition is wrapped in gold leaf paper, costs $1,600 and sits in a London jewelry store.
1. Frrrozen Haute Chocolate
This is a $25,000 desert! Actually, it’s the most expensive desert of all time and was named the “Frrrozen Haute Chocolate.” Created by New York restaurant Serendipity 3, this is a mix of uber expensive ingredients and ornaments, and there isn’t any frozen dessert more opulent. With 28 different cacaos and a truffle on the side that costs $2,600 a pound, the sundae is served in a gold dish which is lined with an 18-Karat gold bracelet studded with white diamonds.