Does a dessert adorned with 23 carat gold leaf, or a cut of beef massaged with sake appeal to you? Yep me too! Here are my Top 5 most outrageously expensive foods in the world.
The word “Almas” means diamond, so is totally apt for this! Caviar is regarded as an extreme delicacy. It’s basically the fish eggs or roe of the sturgeon – only 4 of the 25 species lay edible eggs – and to extract them is a very delicate process. The most expensive of this caviar is packed in a 24 carat gold tin and sold only in Caviar House and Prunier in London’s Piccadilly for an astonishing price of £16,000 per kilo.
Known as the Rolls Royce of chocolates, Chocopologie truffles – at a bank busting £1,679 a pound – are definitely classed as an indulgent treat. They’re made of 70% Valrhona dark chocolate, cream, sugar, truffle oil and vanilla, then covered with a rare French Perigord truffle, more Valrhona dark chocolate, and hand-rolled in fine cocoa powder. They’re made on a pre order basis due to the special technique required to make them. The shop in Norwalk, Connecticut, also sells a dark French black truffle for a cheap £177. 😉
The Von Essen Platinum club sandwich
Not just any old sandwich! Many see the club sandwich as a monster snack in its own right, but wait till you get a load of this one! Created in Berkshire by James Parkinson, the Executive Head Chef for the von Essen collection, and weighing in at 530 grams, this sandwich consists of Iberico ham, poulet de Bresse, white truffles, quail eggs and semi-dried Italian tomatoes, and is packed in a 24 hour fermented sour dough bread. The Iberico ham is cured for 30 months and comes from the prized black footed pig, while the 10 grams of truffle add to the flavour. This single sandwich costs a mind blowing £100, and is only available at Cliveden’s Michelin-starred Waldo restaurant.
The Golden Opulence sundae
This sundae for the super rich was created by the Serendipity Restaurant in New York and is made up of five scoops of rich Tahitian vanilla ice cream, chunks of rare Chuao chocolate, candied fruits from Paris, gold dragets, truffles and marzipan cherries, and is covered in 23K edible gold leaf. The world’s most expensive chocolate, Amedei Porcelana, is then drizzled over a topping of exclusive dessert caviar. It’s served in a Harcourt crystal goblet with an 18K gold spoon to eat it with. Costing £700 (not including tip), the creators admit it’s money but insist it has ‘snob appeal’.
White truffle mushroom
The rich love their mushrooms – these fancy fungi originate in the Piedmont region of northern Italy and are usually sold for £900 to £1,900 per pound. They have been collected for over 3,000 years and are harvested by specially trained dogs and pigs, as their sensitive noses pick up the strange aroma. The record price paid for a single white truffle was in December 2007, when casino owner Stanley Ho spent £230,000 on a truffle weighing just over three pounds.
So there you have it! My Top 5 most expensive foods. Don’t know about you but I am hungry…..
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