Dubai store unveils world鈥檚 most expensive dessert

Dubai store unveils world鈥檚 most expensive dessert


At over $800 US dollars, this luxury dessert is thought to be the most expensive ice cream in the world.

Made with Italian truffles, ambrosial Iranian saffron and edible 23-carat gold, the 鈥楤lack Diamond鈥 鈥 as it鈥檚 known 鈥 is also presented in this Versace bone china bowl.

It鈥檚 being served up at Scoopi Cafe in Dubai, an ice cream parlour just metres from the city鈥檚 prestigious Burj Al Arab Hotel.

Its creator, Indian businessman Zubin Doshi, says the $817 USD price tag is about right when you consider its unusual mix of ingredients.

鈥淚t is a strange combination, but when you look at the food industry, when you say the most expensive spice is the saffron, the most expensive food ingredient is the black truffle, and obviously the most expensive metal is the gold,鈥 he says.

鈥淪o that鈥檚 what I wanted to do something expensive, but worth it.鈥

Like all varieties of ice cream served at Scoopi, the 鈥楤lack Diamond鈥 is made from scratch.

They use liquid nitrogen to turn the milk and ingredients into ice cream.

The luxury items 鈥 saffron and gold 鈥 are added as decoration.

Those that purchase the dish get to keep the spoon and Versace bowl.

But who would pay around $817 USD for such a creation?

鈥淎nyone who feels they鈥檙e special, anyone who thinks that today鈥檚 a special day,鈥 says Doshi.

鈥淲e鈥檝e sold two, both of them were Arabs. One was a local Royal from the Royal family of Dubai and the second one was 鈥 I think so 鈥 from Saudi Arabia.鈥

Today, there are no customers indulging in a 鈥楤lack Diamond鈥, but some say they would splash out if it was a special occasion.

鈥淚t鈥檚 for great occasions that we celebrate. I鈥檓 sure the taste is different, it鈥檚 a unique recipe.鈥 says customer, Mohammed Alfalasi.

Others say that鈥檚 a price too high to swallow.

鈥淲ell, much as I love ice cream I really don鈥檛 think I would fork out nearly 3,000 Dirhams ($817 USD) for an ice cream,鈥 says customer, Amanda Jewell.

鈥淏ecause I think you can make it with really, cheap, nice ingredients anyway, but I鈥檓 sure it would be delicious.鈥

鈥淚 think it鈥檚 a once in a lifetime chance to buy something quite special,鈥 says customer, Tony Beadle.

鈥淵ou鈥檙e probably spending a lot of money for the ingredients that are added to it, saffron and the expensive bowl 鈥 it goes with a rare bowl and spoon 鈥 but I think the ingredients themselves probably wouldn鈥檛 actually be that expensive. It鈥檚 quite a lot to spend for one ice cream.鈥

Other flavoured ice creams Scoopi Cafe produce from natural ingredients include medjool dates, hand-crafted boiron fruit from France and Madagascan vanilla.

They represent a bargain in comparison at around five US dollars each.

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