Globetrekking on a budget usually means that most of your meals will be limited to street meat and other cheap eats with no extra money for dessert. But splurging on expensive indulgences once in a while during your travels is a sweet way to treat yourself. Most of our picks are just eye candy, but a few of the following drool-worthy desserts may be within wallet’s reach. We’ll let you decide.
Ice Cream Sundae ($60,000)
Three Twins Ice Cream Shop: Mt. Kilimanjaro, Tanzania, Africa
Sixty grand for a sundae?! Our love for ice cream has taken us to some strange places, but never on our knees in a loan office. Why such a high price? The Three Twins serve this famous sundae with glacial ice from Mount Kilimanjaro’s summit. The catch? You have to climb Kilimanjaro to get it. Thankfully, the hefty price includes first class airfare to Tanzania, five-star accommodations, a guided climb, as much ice cream as you can eat and a souvenir t-shirt made from organic cotton. Better hurry up though–the mountain’s glaciers might be gone in ten years.
Macarons ($39.25 each)
Lobby at the Ritz Carlton Hotel: Hong Kong, China
Macarons are good. Like, really good. Should you ever decide to please your palate (and also tease it forever after by eating inferior cookies), roll into the Ritz Carlton lobby and snack on a few of these bad boys. Choose from any of six flavors, but consider mandarin peel and black truffle, the fan favorites, before you buy. You don’t really need to sleep indoors tonight, do you?
Sultan Golden Cake ($1000)
Ciragan Palace Hotel: Istanbul, Turkey
Apart from your preschool macaroni necklaces, everything else that takes 72 hours to make is going to be supremely delicious. Such is the case with this Turkish Sultan cake. Figs, quince, apricot, and pears soaked in Jamaican rum for 2 years make the base, while caramel and black truffles top it all off. Oh, and for the finale, it’s garnished with a gold leaf. Because you’re ballin‘ that big.
Chocolate Variation ($640)
Mezzaluna Restaurant: Bangkok, Thailand
If you’re chinchillin’ and makin’ a killin’, then Cristal spillin’ is probably nothing new to you. Check out the Chocolate Variation–a sorbet champagne creation made from Cristal served with chocolate cake, Perigord truffles (from France) and yes, gold. If this dessert doesn’t do enough damage to your budget, the rest of this restaurant’s menu (with up to $30,000 meals) will.
La PÂtisserie des RÊves’ St. Honore Cake ($55)La PÂtisserie des RÊves: London, Japan, Paris
The listed price of $55 will buy you an entire St. Honore cake at famous French pastry chef Philippe Conticini’s Dream Patisserie. Smaller single servings at under ten bucks each are available, but we’re going for a real deal meal here. The St. Honore cake is one of France’s most prided pastries, named in honor of the French patron saint of bakers (there is such a saint), and includes cream puffs, a slew of pastry doughs, caramelized sugar and whipped cream. Philippe Conticini is considered a modern-day pastry wizard, and his French delights are definitely not to be missed.
The Golden Phoenix Cupcake ($1,000)
Bloomsbury’s Cupcakes: Dubai
You didn’t think that the world’s most expensive edible cupcake would be affordable, did you? At $1,000 per, we calculated that that’s an average of $250 each bite. While we can think of dozens of better things to buy or places to go, none of them will include premium Amedei Porcelana chocolate (the world’s most expensive chocolate), the best Ugandan vanilla beans and 23-carat edible gold sheets.
Stilt Fisherman Indulgence ($14,500)
The Fortress Resort and Spa: Galle, Sri Lanka
This Italian cassata-like (containing Neapolitan ice cream with fruit) dessert is mainly mango and pomegranate covered in chocolate. Well, that covers the food ingredients of this edible jewelry. What really makes this indulgence shine so bright is the 80-carat gem which sits at the base of the chocolate stilt. You might actually get to enjoy one without the gem for $10 (which is what the rest probably costs).
La Madeline au Truffle ($250)
Chocopologie Cafe: Norwalk, CT, USA / Dubai Festival City, Dubai
Danish chef Fritz Knipschildt caught global attention when he started toting the world’s most extravagant expensive chocolate. His incredible concoction starts with dark chocolate, heavy cream, sugar and Italian truffle oil. From there, this mixture bakes over a rare French Perigold truffle (which can be bought at $1,000/lb.), and is then rolled again in more of that 71-percent single bean Ecuadorian dark chocolate (which is the chocaholic equivalent of “class-A chit”) and cocoa powder. If you ask us, the silk ribbon which ties the silver box in which the truffle is presented is overkill.