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- A Reddit user asked “What is a luxury item you would never buy, regardless of your ability to afford it?” Posted over two months ago, the thread has racked up 325 votes and 725 comments.
- Answers varied from designer luggage to cosmetic surgery to private jets – but the top answer was gold-flaked food.
- Gold-flaked food is a trend in luxury dining, but is it worth the cost? Regular people on Reddit say no.
If you have an unlimited flow of cash, you may consider elevating your meals by dousing your food with gold. Or maybe not.
A Reddit user asked, “What is a luxury item you would never buy, regardless of your ability to afford it?” Posted over two months ago, the thread has racked up 325 votes and 725 comments. Answers varied from designer luggage to cosmetic surgery to private jets – but the top answer was gold-flaked food.
User moonyowl wrote: “Any foodstuff that includes gold with the intent to ingest it. Just… why?”
In May, FOOD INSIDER tried $1,000 worth of gold covered chicken wings at The Ainsworth in New York City. The restaurant collaborated with celebrity Jonathan Cheban, also known as foodgod on Instagram, to create the golden wings. INSIDER reported that the gold doesn’t add any flavor – just glam and a price tag.
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Another New York restaurant, Serendipity 3, holds several Guinness World Records for the most expensive gold-flaked food. The restaurant holds a record for the most expensive sundae, a $1,000 three-scoop delight topped with 23 karats of “edible gold leaf.” If you’re not in the mood for something sweet, you can get the gold grilled cheese for a less expensive $214. The restaurant has been on the trend for many years, once offering a gold-flaked hot chocolate for $25,000.
In June, Serendipity 3 was recognized once again for selling the most expensive milkshake at $100 a pop – which, of course, is topped with gold flakes and comes in a Swarovski crystal dish.
Gold-flaked food isn’t just an American trend.
A taco from Grand Velas Los Cabos Resort in Los Cabos, Mexico, costs $25,000 and includes Kobe beef, Almas Beluga caviar, and black truffle brie cheese served on a gold-infused corn tortilla.
Such a taco is what the Reddit community described as a total waste of money: “Let’s take a normal food, and fill it with caviar, truffle oil, and gold leaf until it’s unrecognizable. It’ll cost a small fortune and taste like sh–, but who cares, vain rich folks will buy it anyways,” wrote user lastPingStanding.
If you prefer sweet over savory, you can pick up Manila Social Club’s gold-flaked doughnut for $100, or $1,000 for a dozen.
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The @ManilaSocialClub Golden Cristal Ube Donut! We are taking a limited number of orders for a Friday or Saturday 6pm pick up! Please Pre- Order through our Link in Bio for NYC ONLY! The 24K Gold Donut is made with Ube and Cristal Champagne and 24K Gold Dust and 24K Gold Leaf! Chef @bjorndelacruz, the creator of the Golden Donut, hand makes and hand gilds EVERY single Gold Donut for our customers and has been doing so for years! If you would like to place an order, Order Link in Bio! NYC ↔️ Miami, Currently in NYC. #manilasocialclub#brooklyn#golddonut#gold#ube#ubedonut#donut#24Kmagic#filipinofood#donuts#cristal#champagne#nytimes#dessert#24kgold#goldleaf#brunomars#24kmagic#filipinochef#foodisart#nyc#miami#newyears#NewYearsInNewYork
If you don’t agree with regulars on Reddit, give gold food a try – just make sure you can put your money where your mouth is.