Serendipity 3 (225 East 60th St, NYC 10022) has a very special dessert on its menu. For $1,000, and a 48 hour advance notice, you can purchase the Golden Opulence Sundae. The treat features five scoops of Tahitian vanilla bean ice cream rolled in edible 23-karat gold leaf and drizzled with the most expensive chocolate in the world, along with a serving of caviar infused with passion fruit, orange and Armagnac liqueur.
But that’s nothing!
Earlier this month, the restaurant topped itself, and set a Guinness world record in the process, by creating a $25,000 chocolate sundae. The Frrrozen Haute Chocolate was created from a blend of 28 cocoas from around the world, and again featured the edible 23-karat gold. This concoction is served in a goblet lined with the edible gold, is topped with whipped cream and more gold, and comes with a side of La Madeline au Truffle (from Knipschildt Chocolatier – selling for $2,600 a pound). But wait… there’s more! If you order in the next fifteen minutes, we’ll double your order!! Wait, wait, wait… I’m getting off track here and thinking about something else. There really is more to the Frrrozen Haute Chocolate sundae, though. This dessert comes with its own souvenirs: an 18-karat gold bracelet featuring 1 carat of white diamonds that rests at the base of the goblet, and a gold spoon decorated with white and chocolate-colored diamonds.
I’m assuming that most of you (like me!) are never going to be able to afford a $25,000 chocolate sundae from Serendipity 3. You can, however, purchase their more reasonably priced products ($20 – $25) online. To pamper your loved one in style (without refinancing the house) check out the Serendipity 3 Frrrozen Hot Chocolate Gift Box or the book Serendipity Sundaes: Ice Cream Constructions and Frozen Concoctions by Stephen Bruce.
According to a Reuters story dated 11/17/07 , Serendipity 3 was shut down (at least temporarily) due to mice and cockroaches.