Ever considered ordering a $7,500 dollar cocktail? Or how about cooling down with a $25,000 frozen hot chocolate? Champagne, caviar, and 24-carat gold are just the tip of the iceberg in this list of the world’s most rare and expensive foods. From ridiculously rare regular menu items to specially requested treats, these fine foods are a serious splurge for even the wealthiest of jet-setters!
12) La Vieille Bon-Secours Beer, $78 a pint
At over $1,000 a bottle, the most expensive beer in the world is the La Vieille Bon-Secours. Aged for 10 years, this pricey Belgian brew has “a complex flavor with hints of citrus, caramel, and coffee, and an undertone of licorice and aniseed.” If you’d like to try this delicate pale ale, you’ll need to travel to the Bierdrome in London, the only place in the world it’s served.
11) Chocopologie Truffle, $250 a truffle
This decadent chocolate truffle is made with 70% Valrhona dark chocolate, powdered cocoa, heavy cream, truffle oil, and vanilla. Enrobed within this rich ganache is a whole, rare French Perigord black truffle. These chocolates are available at Knipschildt Chocolatier in Norwalk, Connecticut, where by special request, you can buy a single truffle for $250 or a whole pound for $2,600.
10) Densuke Watermelon, $250 a melon
This rare watermelon is cultivated exclusively in Hokkaido, Japan. It has an unusual, even black skin with no spots, stripes, or other markings. Only 10,000 of these watermelons are produced each year, which has a considerable hand in the overwhelming price they can fetch. While some of these watermelons can sell for as little as $250, a particularly large Densuke watermelon once sold for $6100 when put up for auction.
9) Kopi Luwak Coffee, $350 per pound
This coffee is made from coffee beans digested by an Asian Palm Civet. The animal’s digestive enzymes make the beans less acidic, dramatically improving the coffee’s flavor. Only 500 pounds are produced every year, making it very rare, and its flavor is (according to coffee connoisseurs), mild, smooth, and absolutely unmatched.
8) 12” Bellissima Pizza from Nino’s, $1,000
4 ounces of sliced Maine lobster tail, crème fraiche, wasabi, and 8 ounces of four kinds of Petrossian caviar decorate this pricey pizza at Nino’s Positano in New York City. The caviar is the primary reason why this is such a luxury lunch: it’s valued at approximately $750 dollars! If you’re interested, head to 2nd avenue and try it out. On average, you’d be spending about $33 per bite.
7) Wagyu Kobe Rib Eye, $2,800
The Kobe variety of Wagyu cattle is raised and processed specifically in the Hyōgo Prefecture of Japan. Kobe beef comes from cows allegedly fed only beer and massaged by hand to ensure ideal tenderness and marbling. (In order to be considered Kobe, it must have a marbling ratio of 6 or above, and a meat quality score of 4 or 5.) A full rib eye of this international delicacy will run you about $2800!
6) 12” Pizza Royale, $4,500
Scottish chef, Domenico Crolla, created this 12 inch pizza pie for a charity auction in 2006. This posh pizza is packed with the world’s most expensive food ingredients, including lobster marinated in cognac, caviar soaked in champagne, Scottish smoked salmon, venison medallions, prosciutto, and vintage balsamic vinegar. If that wasn’t enough, it’s actually topped off with a copious amount of edible 24-carat gold flakes!
5) Red Blood Bird’s Nest, $5,000 a pound
In another example of a curiously expensive animal by-product, bird’s nest soup is literally made from bird nests – specifically the cave swift, who makes its nest with its own hardened spit. This expensive soup is sometimes called the “caviar of the east,” being a well-known rare Chinese delicacy. The “red blood” variety of cave swift nests is particularly rare and can cost upwards of $5,000 dollars a pound.
4) White Winter Truffles, $6,000 a pound
The rarity of truffles comes from their wholly unpredictable growth habits. No one has ever been able to domesticate them, and they can only be sniffed out by trained dogs and pigs near the roots of oak trees. White Winter Truffles, also known as Alba Truffles (after Alba, Italy, their region of origin) are particularly desirable, commanding as much as $10,000 a pound, and the largest white truffle in the world sold at auction for $330,000.
3) The 27.321 cocktail, $7,500
If you’re in Dubai, stop by the the Burj Al Arab hotel and try out this awesome cocktail from the Skyview Bar. The “27.321 cocktail,” named for its price in the local currency (UAE dirham), consists of a 55 year Macallan scotch sweetened with passion fruit sugar, chilled with imported ice, and served in a 18 karat gold tumbler. Each sip of this rare brew sets you back roughly $400.
2) Almas Caviar, $25,000 per 32oz tin
Caviar itself is already known to be incredibly expensive, so what makes Almas caviar so special? This pale, off-white beluga caviar is acquired from the infinitesimally rare 70-year-old albino sturgeons found in the Caspian Sea. If you happen to be wealthy enough to sample Almas caviar, you’ll be delighted to know find that the eggs are incomparably delicate, marvelously creamy, and come in a 24-carat gold tin.
1) Frrrozen Haute Chocolate, $25,000
Serendipity 3 in New York serves up hot chocolate made from top-grade cocoa, milk, and five grams of 24-carat gold flakes. It’s topped off with whipped cream, more gold, and a whole French-imported Madeline au Truffe (created by the same Knipschildt Chocolatier responsible for the Chocopologie). This ridiculously rich hot chocolate is served in a diamond-encrusted gold goblet and eaten with a gold spoon.
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