New York City
Serendipity 3’s Golden Opulence Sundae
Few restaurants are as quintessential New York as Serendipity 3. Founded in 1954, this Upper East Side eatery’s over-the-top desserts and ornate interior design quickly began drawing huge crowds. In 2001, it reached national fame when it appeared in the romantic comedy of the same-ish name, Serendipity, starring John Cusack and Kate Beckinsale.
While everything on the menu is already pretty intense (from frozen hot chocolates the size of your head to banana splits that could make your pants split), the restaurant outdid itself for its 50th anniversary in 2004, introducing the $1,000 Golden Opulence Sundae. Later listed by Guinness World Records as the most expensive sundae in the world, this monstrosity requires a 48-hour advance reservation in order for its flashy ingredients to be gathered.
Here’s what they round up during those two days. Start with three scoops of Tahitian vanilla ice cream further infused with Madagascar vanilla beans. These, they coat with 23k gold leaf.
But whatever will we drizzle? Amedei Porcelana, naturally, the world's most expensive chocolate: derived from a strain of Criollo cocoa bean that hails back to colonial times. Is that enough chocolate? Hell no, that is not enough chocolate; add some ultra-rare Chuao chocolate to double dose this sundae's Venezuelan chocoliciousness.
Now add more gold! Gold dragets add some crunch. But wait! More chocolate to balance it out! Chocolate truffles take the stage. Sprinkle with exotic fruits candied in Paris, because ya gotta have those. Better balance some Grand Passion caviar in a bowl on there, too, so the world learns of the existence of salt-free caviar infused with passion fruit and Armagnac liqueur. Top that with a gilded sugar flower; it's not gold enough until Louis XIV would be satisfied.
Now use a tiny mother-of-pearl spoon so that the caviar doesn't react with the main sundae spoon. Just kidding; the main sundae spoon is non-reactive, 18k gold. But if the people making this say to use two spoons, follow their instructions. You don't want to be the gauche cad who ruined the grand-sundae eating experience. Just admire the Baccarat Harcourt crystal goblet as you let the experience of this unrivaled joy melt over you. If someone buys you this on a first date, marry them.