Every now and again, it feels good to indulge in a savory dessert — and there’s none more lavish than the Baccarat Hotel’s new $1,500 ice cream with gold flakes.
The midtown Manhattan hotel’s “Bear Extraordinaire” sundae, which is served inside a keepsake crystal bear, is now the most expensive ice cream in the country.
Inside the bear, you’ll find rare ingredients, including house-made vanilla ice cream made with vanilla beans imported from Madagascar. It’s covered in a white chocolate shell that you have to break to eat it, which is part of the fun. That shell is then hand-painted with colored cocoa butter. The ice cream sphere sits atop three grams of black truffle crumble.
But the truffles aren’t chocolate — no, that would be expected. They’re of the mushroom variety, costing roughly $95 an ounce. The truffle crumble is also made from Manjari dark chocolate from Madagascar and Valrhona Gold cocoa nibs.
Drizzled on top, you’ll find a hibiscus champagne sauce and citrus meringue. And if all of that wasn’t enough to impress you, it’s decorated with fondant butterflies, thin strands of sugar, and a smidgen of edible gold and silver leaf.
Pastry chef, Rosario Wakabayashi, is the mastermind behind the luxe dessert, which was inspired by the Baccarat crystal butterflies in the Grand Salon of the hotel. Not ready to shell out $1,500 for an ice cream with gold just yet?
You can order it without the keepsake bear for only $300.