Serendipity 3 , an upscale eatery on Manhattan’s East Side, is offering diners a dessert which it calls Frrrozen Haute Chocolate at the whopping price of $ 25,000. The fancy dessert which has already been officially recognized by the Guiness Book of World Records is made from a a blend of top grade cocoa from more than 14 countries including Switzerland , Peru and England . It is topped with whipped cream and 5 grams of edible 22 carat gold sheets sprinkled with chocolate shavings of the most expensive chocolate in the world : La Madeline au Truffe from Connecticut’s Knipschildt Chocolatier. The superdessert is served in a goblet dressed in a band of gold with 1 carat of white diamonds and eaten with a specially made 18 carat gold spoon encrusted with 3 carats of diamonds. I don’t know if diners get to keep the goblet and the spoon but, even so, at $ 25,000, this dessert is no bargain !
The restaurant already holds the record for the most expensive drink, the Golden Opulence Sundae, which sells for $ 1,000. Both these ultra expensive treats are based on Frrozen Hot Chocolate which sells for all of eight dollars and fifty cents.
As far as I’m concerned , chocolate is chocolate. Whether it’s your basic Nestle’s or a blend from umpteen different countries with shavings of chocolate truffles, the taste can’t be all that different. Gold leaf has no taste and the gem encrusted goblet and spoon don’t do anything for the taste buds either.
So far, no one has bought this super pricey treat but perhaps some rich twit will do so soon if only to be able to brag about it. In a town where restaurants already offer $ 1,000 pizzas and $ 55 mac – and – cheese , there will certainly be some one willing to plunk down $ 25,000 for a fancy dessert. Maybe A- Rod… after he signs with the Mets?
A less expensive treat , though still too costly for the likes of me, is a chocolate truffle from Knipschildt, shavings of which are used in the above dessert. Le Madeline of Truffe is prepared thus : A Perigord truffle is surrounded in a rich ganache made from 70% Valrhona dark chocolate, heavy cream, sugar, truffle oil and vanilla. It is then enrobed in Valrhona chocolate and rolled in fine cocoa powder. Each 1.9 ounce truffle comes in a silver box and sells for a cool $ 250.