The $1,000 ice cream sundae made with 23-carat gold and the world's rarest chocolate – but you'll need to order it two days in advance
19:25 GMT, 10 May 2012
Marilyn Monroe and Jackie Kennedy were regular patrons while Kate Beckinsale and John Cusack extended its fame to rom-com lovers everywhere.
But New York restaurant, Serendipity 3's Golden Opulence Sundae is arguable as famous its clientele.
The extravagant ice cream, listed as the Guinness Book of World Records' most expensive dessert, costs a staggering $1000 and is covered in 23-carat gold leaf.
You'll need a sugar daddy for this dessert: Serendipity 3's Golden Opulence Sundae is made from edible 23-carat gold and costs $1000
So special is this sundae that customers eager to sample its delights must ring in their orders two days in advance to allow time for the rare ingredients to be flown in from around the world.
According to Barcroft Media, around 50 people a year stop by to sample the unique flavour of the Opulence Sundae, often to mark special occasions such as anniversaries, graduation celebrations and sweet sixteen birthdays.
Made from the finest Tahitian Vanilla ice cream infused with Madagascar Vanilla to intensify the flavour, the decadent dessert is then wrapped in edible gold leaf.
Drizzled with the world's most expensive chocolate, Amedei Porcelana, and topped with chunks of rarest Venezuelan Chuao chocolate, it is no wonder that Executive Chef Joe Calderone calls it 'iconic'.
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Almonds coated in gold and candied fruit from Paris soaked for many months that cost $100 per pound, are sprinkled upon the delicious frozen vanilla cream.
Resting neatly on top is a small glass ramekin of sweet Grand Passion Caviar infused with passion fruit, orange and Armagnac.
To complete the masterpiece, the sundae is embellished with a gilded sugar flower that takes eight hours to create, chocolate truffles and marzipan cherries.
For such a precious treat, only an equally valuable serving dish will do, of course, which is why the Opulence Sundae is presented in a $300 Baccarat Harcourt crystal goblet.
As a memento of the one-of-a-kind experience, the goblet is the customer's to keep.
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Serendipity has been serving up The Golden Opulence Sundae for eight years since the idea was conceived in anticipation of the restaurant's 50th anniversary.
The proud chef explained: 'We thought what better way to celebrate this milestone anniversary than to create this golden deluxe treat and get a Guinness World Record'
As the ambitious team experimented with recipes, ingredients were flown in from all across the globe until they came up with the winning combination of flavours.
'When all the ingredients come together we achieve the most extravagant ice-cream sundae. The rich flavours, and the uniqueness of it all makes it worth $1,000,' Mr Calderone added.
And his customers, it seems, would agree. Erin Jistel, 30, from Dallas, Texas, told Barcroft: 'It's very decadent, very delicious. It's absolutely amazing. It's very light, especially the chocolate-covered candy, but delicious. This is absolutely worth $1,000.'