Berco’s Popcorn, United States
Price: $250 for a one-gallon tin
Sure, this caramel corn is covered in gold flakes—but what really makes it special is the salt. It comes from the Danish island Læsø, which according to Norse mythology is the feasting place of the gods.
Westin Hotel, United States
Forget plain cream cheese—start off your day with this bagel sprinkled with gold flakes and slathered in white truffle cream cheese. A truffle is a very rare, expensive, and delicious fungus.
DougieDog, Vancouver, Canada
The hot dog pictured above is loaded with toppings, but it's nothing compared to the Dragon Dog. Not your average frank, this foot-long dog is loaded up with fresh lobster, a secret hot sauce, and beef cooked in olive and truffle oil.
Fortress Stilt Fisherman Indulgence
The Fortress Resort & Spa, Sri Lanka
This dessert honors Sri Lankan traditional fishing with a hand-carved chocolate figurine of a fisherman that decorates the cake. The real prize, though, is the aquamarine stone accompanying the treat.
The Lost Gardens of Heligan, England
The world’s most expensive pineapples are grown using a technique from the 1800s—the plants are kept warm under fresh horse manure. But the high price tag is just an estimate of what the oddly cultivated fruit would bring at auction; they’re grown to keep the historic pineapple pits in use, and growers give them away to staff.
Scoopi Café, United Arab Emirates
Price: $817 a scoop
The pictured ice cream is covered in some tasty treats, but the Black Diamond dessert is on another level. Rare Iranian saffron (a spice), black truffles, and gold flakes make the toppings the best part of this bowl of vanilla ice cream.
Angelito Araneta, Philippines
Plan3t, Mexico City, Mexico
Ordinary bottled water, pictured above, is pretty wasteful. But the buyer of this world-record setter shouldn’t feel bad about drinking the water in this gold-covered glass bottle—proceeds from the sale went toward a foundation to fight global warming. Replicas go for a relative bargain: $3,600.
Text by Allyson Shaw, NGS Staff
Photo credits: Denys Prokofyev, Dreamstime (bottled water); The Fortress Resort & Spa (fortress dessert); The Lost Gardens of Heligan (pineapple); Berco's Popcorn LLC (popcorn); Jacob Silberberg, Thomson Reuters (bagel); Romeo Ranoco, Thomson Reuters (sushi); Ruslan Olinchuk, Dreamstime (ice cream); Vladislav Nosik, Dreamstime (hot dog)