Would You Pay $100 for a Gold-Flecked Doughnut?
A $100 sticker price for a gold ring doesn’t normally raise eyebrows—unless, of course, that ring is a doughnut flecked with 24-karat gold and covered in Cristal champagne icing.
According to Business Insider, modern-day King Midases can purchase the pricey pastry at Manila Social Club, a Filipino restaurant in Brooklyn’s Williamsburg neighborhood that sells specialty doughnuts every Friday. It’s filled with champagne jelly and a mousse made from a purple yam called ube.
The Golden Cristal Ube Donut was inspired by a gold-dusted doughnut with IPA beer icing that the restaurant's founder and chef Björn DelaCruz created while collaborating with local craft beer upstart Braven Brewing Company. His affinity for champagne inspired the addition of Cristal, which made for a perfect New Year’s treat.
This isn't the first time that a New York-based eatery has offered an extravagant golden dessert. Ice cream parlor Serendipity 3 has a gold leaf-covered, $1000 "Golden Opulence Sundae" on its menu and in 2007, the restaurant paired with jeweler Euphoria New York to create the "Frrozen Haute Chocolate." Infused with edible 23-karat gold and served in a goblet lined with edible gold, the sundae was named by Guinness as the most expensive dessert in the world. (The $25,000 sweet treat also came with an 18-karat gold bracelet with 1 carat of white diamonds, and a take-home gold spoon with diamonds.)
New Yorkers with a taste for the finer things in life have reportedly been plopping down $1200 for a dozen golden doughnuts. Learn more about the glitzy baked goods in the video above—and find some consolation in the fact that if you can't afford them, you can still purchase 12 tasty morsels of your own at your local Dunkin' for less than $10.
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[h/t Business Insider]