Who would not love to lose themselves in their delicious desserts, wander among them, savouring them? But just how much do you love them? Do you love them enough to spend a significant part of your allowance or income to get your tongue under them, rolling them around in your mouth? Here are some desserts that will empty the pockets of an average person, but fill their memories with the sweetness that lingers for a lifetime.
In this list, there is place for tea and coffee that is brewed with such subtlety and skill that it would waft up to the heavens with its aroma and appetising flavours. Let us join the rich and see what the feast on for desserts and coffees. Most of us love to indulge in our favourite sweet treat. But how many of us are ready to spend a fortune, just to devour the expensive dessert or to indulge in the expensive cup of coffee or tea? Well, not all of us are fortunate enough to relish the richest of the desserts or le café. Only the rich people – can afford it, and it is nearly impossible – for the rest of the population to even dream about it.
Below is list of the world’s most expensive confectionaries and hot beverages which will surely leave you awestruck!
1. The Kopi Luwak Coffee: The world’s most expensive coffee
The ‘Kopi Luwak’ or the ‘Civet coffee’ is said to be the most expensive coffee in the world. Just about half a kilogram of Civet coffee costs around $100. This is considered as the most expensive coffee in the world because of the processing techniques that are involved. The coffee cherries are fed to the civet cats which digest the cherries and the pulp but excrete the coffee beans. The name civet should have rung a bell in your mind—talk of belling a cat. This civet coffee bean gets its exceptional flavour during the process of digestion by the cat. After about 24 hours, the beans are retrieved from the civet cat’s faeces – washed, dried, and pounded to remove the skin, and then roasted in the final step. Kopi Luwak is mainly produced in Indonesia on the islands of Bali, Java, Sumatra, and Sulawesi, and in the Philippines, and Thailand. Brewing the civet coffee right will help you taste the unique flavour of the Kopi Luwak. Make sure to ask not to add milk, sugar or cream as then this will just taste like any other coffee and will fail to give the distinctive flavour.
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2. The Da-Hong Pao Tea: The world’s most expensive tea
Da-Hong Pao tea is the most expensive tea in the world. It costs a whopping $10,000 per pot. This richest cup of tea can be found in Southern China in the town of Wuyishan, Da Hong Pao. The original Da-Hong Pao tea is expensive because of the depleting original tea trees. This expensive variety of tea comes from the ancient “mother trees” which are nearly extinct now. These ancient trees are found in the Tianxin Rock of Wuyi Mountains in Jiulongke. The antique trees are too expensive and almost priceless. The Da-Hong Pao tea or the Imperial Red Robe tea is densely oxidised. The dark oolang tea has a captivating aroma and a flavour to delight the most blasé tongues and noses. The quality of the Imperial Red Robe tea is dependent up on the means of processing, garden location, and soil differences. Brew the perfect cup of Red Robe Tea by adding 2 teaspoons of tea leaves to the hot water (exactly 90 – 95º C); keep it covered for about a minute. The perfect cup of rich tea is ready to be savored.
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3. The Westin Hotel Bagel: The world’s most expensive bagel
Westin Hotel, Times Square in New York City sells the world’s most expensive bagel. This bagel is available only during breakfast time and needs to be booked 24 hours in advance. The cost of this confectionary about $1000 and the genius behind this innovative creation is Chef Frank Tujague. The Westin bagel is topped with the white truffle cream cheese, the goji berry infused Riesling jelly and edible gold leaves. The white truffle is known to be the second most expensive food in the world and is popular as “white gold” or the “Kings of the Table”. The Truffles are similar to fungi that grow only beneath specific oak trees in Alba, Italy. The enticing aroma of this truffle is overpowering and many mammals find it irresistible. Arranging of this expensive list of ingredients takes time and hence needs a prior booking.
4. The Golden Phoenix Cupcake: The world’s most expensive cupcake
Dubai’s Bloomsbury cupcake sells “The Golden Phoenix Cupcake” which is the most expensive cupcake in the world. Shafeena Yusuff Ali, the founder of Bloomsbury Cupcake, is behind this pioneering creation. This cupcake costs a whale of a $1000 because of the pricey ingredients. The Golden Phoenix cupcake is baked with the supreme Amedei Porcelana chocolate and vanilla beans from Uganda. The chocolate cupcake is wrapped with the 23-carat edible gold sheets and frosted with chocolate icing. The chocolate garnish and the gold dustings add more glamour and beauty to this expensive cupcake. The golden spoon and the strawberries covered with organic chocolate makes the dessert complete. This cupcake is finally served on the 24-carat gold empire cake stand.
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5. The Golden Opulence Sundae: The world’s most expensive ice-cream sundae
The Golden Opulence Sundae is the most expensive ice cream of its kind available at Serendipity 3, New York City, which is a famous eatery for celebrities. This expensive sundae costs about $1000 and needs to be ordered two days in advance. This eases the arrangements of the pricey ingredients which are flown in from around the world. The dessert has the supreme Tahitian Vanilla ice cream which is infused with Madagascar Vanilla to intensify the flavour. The dessert is covered with an edible gold leaf, golden sugar flowers and marzipan. The Sundae is then drizzled with Amedei Porcelana — the most expensive chocolate and topped with Venezuelan Chuao chocolate. Finally, candied fruits and gold coated almonds from Paris are sprinkled upon the delectable frozen vanilla cream. This sundae also features the Serendipity 3’s signature caviar made from Armagnac brandy and citrus. The dessert is served in a glass goblet and it takes an incredible 8 hours for the entire preparation to be completed.
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6. The Japanese Diamond Fruitcake: The world’s most expensive cake
The Japanese Diamond fruit cake is the most expensive cake in world and has 223 diamonds studded on it. This diamond studded fruitcake also has a heart shaped 5-carat stone embellishment. The pastry chef Jeong Hong-yong from Tokyo, took nearly 6 months to design the fruit cake. It took about a month to make this marzipan covered fruit cake. This expensive diamond cake was sold for about $1.7 million in 2005 at the Takashimaya Department Store for the Christmas sale. The cake is completely edible except for the diamonds. However, the other ingredients of the cake remain a mystery and are undisclosed even until this day.
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7. Chef Marc Guibert’sChocolate Pudding: The world’s most expensive pudding
This scrumptious Chocolate Pudding by Chef Marc Guibert of the Lindeth Howe Country House Hotel, UK, is the world’s most expensive chocolate pudding. The pudding costs a mammoth $35,000 and has the world’s best ingredients. The chocolate pudding is made of four types of superior Belgian chocolates with a combination of different flavours like orange, peach, and whiskey. The pudding is layered with a light biscuit joconde and champagne jelly. The pudding is then styled like a Fabergé egg with a finishing touch of gold leaf and bitter chocolate. The dessert is embellished with handmade chocolate flowers, champagne, strawberry caviar, more gold leaf and a 2.62-carat diamond ring. This bountiful chocolate confection is surely an experience for life time!
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8. The Frrrozen Haute Chocolate: The world’s most expensive hot chocolate
The ‘Frrrozen Hot Chocolate’ at Serendipity 3, New York City, is the most expensive hot chocolate in the world. This dessert costs about $25,000 and needs to be ordered 2 weeks in advance. The ingredients used are flown in from around the world – the truffle from France, gold from Switzerland and different cocoas from across the globe. The dessert has a mix of finest cocoas and frozen milk with a mushy consistency. The highlight is the 5-carat edible gold which is added to the concoction. The chocolate is then topped with whipped cream, more gold and garnished with La Madeline au Truffe. The dessert is served in a goblet with a gold and diamond crown. The spoon provided to savour is made from gold too.
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9. The Krispy Kreme Doughnut: The world’s most expensive doughnut
The Krispy Kreme Doughnut worth 1000 Euros is the most expensive doughnut in the world. This doughnut is a magnificent visual treat which is presented as a gilded lotus flower. The ingredients include Chateau d’Yquem crème and Dom Pérignon Vintage 2002 champagne jelly with some raspberries. This confectionery has a passion fruit glaze, edible 24 carat gold leaf, splendid Belgian white chocolate in the form of a lotus flower, ivy, blossoms, butterflies which are dusted with 23k gold and embellished with edible diamonds (Yes, you read it right!). This exotic creation is placed on a Krispy Kreme cocktail which is made from passion fruit syrup, raspberry, 500-year-old Courvoisier de L’Esprit Cognac which is topped with 2002 Dom Pérignon champagne. This confectionery was created for a fund raising event to assist the UK Children’s Trust charity.
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10. The Haute Couture: The world’s most expensive macaroons
The Haute Couture is named as the ‘Picasso of Pastry’ by Vogue Magazine and is the most expensive box of macroons in the world. These macaroonss are highly priced and costs about $7000 a kilo because of the finest components used in the making. These include balsamic vinegar, rare peanut butter, fleur de sel or red grape and many more that goes to the list of ingredients. The Masterchef behind this delightful creation is French Pastry Chef Pierre Herme. This box of macaroons is quite expensive because of its unique flavours sandwiched between the macaroon puffs. Typically, the classic macaroon includes chocolate, raspberry and pepper. This box macaroons can also be personalized and embellished with family crests and seals. At present, Chef Herme is aiming to add more flavours to the Haute Couture box for a truly heavenly indulgence.