I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream but would you fork out roughly the cost of a small car for a scoop of ice cream? If you want to taste the world’s most expensive ice cream, you will.
Guinness World Records has declared Japanese ice cream brand’ Cellato’s Bakuya as the world’s most expensive ice cream as one serving of it can set you back 880,000 yen, or INR 5.5 lakh.
Needless to say, there are a lot of fine ingredients that go into the making of the eyewatering-ly expensive dessert.
New record: Most expensive ice cream - JP¥873,400 (£5,469; €6,211; $6,696) made by OMER in Japan.— Guinness World Records (@GWR) May 18, 2023
The ice cream includes edible gold leaf, white truffle and natural cheeses 🍨 pic.twitter.com/kaJOACEear
What goes inside the world’s most expensive ice cream?
According to the makers, the Bakuya (white night, in Japanese) is made using white truffles sourced straight from Alba, Italy, which is considered by many to be the home of the best white truffles in the country. The dessert also consists of two types of natural cheeses and sakekasu, a paste-like ingredient that is derived from the process of making sake.
Representatives from Cellato told Guinness that the ice cream took over 1.5 years to develop and had to undergo many trials and tests to reach the final perfected form.
How do you eat the world’s most expensive ice cream?
If you somehow manage to put together the sum required to buy one serving of this record-breaking ice cream, then you would need to follow a set of meticulous instructions set by the makers to eat it the right way.
You’d have to pour in the white truffle at the right texture just as the ice cream starts softening before mixing it up with the handcrafted metal spoon that comes with the dessert. Patrons are also advised to let the ice cream defrost at room temperature or microwave it at 500w for 10-20 seconds if the texture is too hard.
Celatto also shares that the ice cream pairs well with sake or French white wine.
They also offer a black truffle-based variation of the dessert, in case you are feeling particularly adventurous and spend-y.
In a statement to Guinness, the makers clarified that their intention is not to create headline-grabbing, record-making desserts but to create a culinary adventure that merges European and traditional Japanese ingredients.
Would you ever try the world’s most expensive ice cream?