Japanese ice cream maker Cellato is taking gourmet luxury to new heights with an ice cream that costs $6,696 (873,400 Japanese yen) per scoop. It’s so extravagant, in fact, that it just broke the Guinness World Record for the most expensive ice cream.
For that price, you might expect the dessert to be literal gold – and it is. But decorative shavings of gold leaf aren’t the main reason a ball can drain a bank account. As the New York Post reports, the ice cream is also made with a very rare white truffle from Alba, Italy; a kilogram costs more than $15,000. Other ingredients include sake lees – a tart paste created during sake production – and Parmigiano Reggiano. Cellato enlisted RiVi’s head chef, Tadayoshi Yamada, to craft the recipe, which was intended as a blend of European and Japanese culinary influences. It’s called byakuyaJapanese for “sleepless night”, per CNN.
A Cellato spokesperson told Guinness World Records that the dish took more than a year and a half to perfect, “with lots of trial and error to get the taste right”. In other words, it probably tastes even better than it looks. And when it comes to weird ice cream flavors, hard cheese and truffles probably don’t even make the top 10. Caviar, on the other hand, which is apparently one of the ingredients that brains of Cellato’s ice cream are considering experimenting next…just maybe.
But byakuya is in the world record books for the most expensive ice cream, it’s still thousands of dollars cheaper than the world’s most expensive dessert: that claim to fame is currently held by ice cream sundae Frrrozen Serendipity 3’s Haute Chocolate, a $25,000 heap of sweet goodness made with some of the most luxurious types of cocoa in the world. To be fair, though, the price also includes a diamond-encrusted gold spoon (among other things).