Little Grey Box guide to: expensive ice cream

I’m pretty sure I have your attention now, thanks mainly to the words ‘expensive’ and ‘ice cream’ in this post title.

This edition of ‘littlegreybox guide to’ is going to share with you  the four most expensive ice creams on the planet. Because, really, who doesn’t want to spend thousands on frozen cream that’s slowly melting in front of you? It’s also here to remind you that if you just so happen to not be a multi-millionaire, then Ben and Jerry’s ice cream, made of the finest quality ingredients that are ethically sourced where ever possible, will satisfy your sweet tooth! Mmmm ice creaaamm.

Check out the full range at though if those options doesn’t quite thrill, satisfy or seduce (which I highly doubt) and you feel like splashing out a bit, then some of the options below are here for your consideration:

The Tastebud Ballstanding-tall-1429548-m

In 2004 Manhattan restaurant Serendipity 3 launched the “Grand Opulence” ice cream sundae. A very condensed summary of its virtues, which warrant its $1,000 price tag, are as follows: “5 scoops of the richest Tahitian vanilla bean ice cream infused with Madagascar vanilla and covered in 23K edible gold leaf, the sundae is drizzled with the world’s most expensive chocolate, Amedei Porceleana…. It is topped with… an exclusive dessert caviar, made of salt-free American Golden caviar”, and is finally topped with a gilded sugar flower by Ron Ben-Israel.

Haute Chocture

sundae-877671-mWhile the ‘Grand Opulence’ was awarded most expensive desert by the Guinness Book of World Records in 2004, Serendipity 3 surpassed their own record in 2007 with ‘The Frozen Haute Chocolate’ ice cream sundae, costing  a mere $25,000. The desert is made using a blend of 28 fine cocoas and is decorated with five grams of edible 23-karat gold. While desert is fleeting, diamonds are forever, and you’re allowed to take home with you the gold spoon, decorated with white and chocolate coloured diamonds, that you are given to eat it with.

Put Your Money In It

Three Twins Ice Cream is a Californian organic ice cream company. While they make an abundance of ice cream for daily consumption, they are also waiting on the brazen customer who’ll order their desert, called, frankly, ‘The World’s Most Expensive Ice Cream Sundae’. Its costs $3,333.33 and consists of a banana split made with syrups from three rare dessert wines (a 1960s vintage port, a Chateau D’Yquem and a German Trockenbeerenauslese), served with an ice cream spoon from the 1850s. If you order it a day ahead they’ll organise for a cellist to come and play for you while you eat it. It makes it less absurd and more admirable to consider that a third of the cost is donated to a local land trust

The Roman Gelato Debacleice-cream-parlour-1052493-m

While not technically deserving of inclusion under this title, in May of this year a group of British tourists were charged £54 (that’s ninety three dollars Australian) for four ice creams in a Roman gelateria. The mayor of Rome personally apologised to the tourists. “(H)e wants to offer the four of us a sincere apology, and… would like to see us back in Rome this month,” Mr Bannister, 58, from Stourbridge in the West Midlands, told The Daily Telegraph. “I was amazed they charged so much… But apart from all that, we had a brilliant time in Rome.” The case sparked a broader debate on how Rome treats its tourists. At that price they may as well have gone all out and had a ‘Grand Opulence’. Check out the article here. 

What other ridiculously expensive food encounters have you had? Ever seen a 24k gold cheeseburger or a 1ct diamond martini? Post in the comments below to share your travel and food experiences.



6 Comments on Little Grey Box guide to: expensive ice cream

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  2. Saturn With Earrings // October 21, 2013 at 2:45 am // Reply

    That is just…insane. But it does spark my curiosity :P Maybe someday I’ll be able to try one of these. Improbable, but ever hopeful :D


  3. I have never intentionally eaten gold, but if I’m ever super rich I would consider it.


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