Published on Wednesday, 02 July 2014 00:00
Rich people have too much money to spend... until it comes to giving to the poor. But other than buying too many expensive cars, a big house suitable for a family of giants to live in, splurging on handbags that cost $50,000 each, and doling out huge sums of money on racks of designer clothing enough to sustain a third world country for a year, what else can they do to throw away more dough? Why, they can purchase some of the most ridiculously priced food of course!
1. $410,000 Cultured Beef Burger
This burger does not look like much, little does it look any way appetizing at all. But you know rich folks and their obsession for spending way too much money on something they don't want, don't need and has no value whatsoever. The hefty price tag on this burger is explained by what it is made of. Get ready for it... STEM CELLS. This burger was actually cultivated in a lab at Maastricht University in The Netherlands. The tiny 140g Cultured Beef Burger was actually grown from muscle stem cells taken by a harmless biopsy of living cows. The project was funded by Sergey Brin, CEO and co-founder of Google, to promote animal welfare. You see, Mr. Brin over here frowns upon eating animals so he had someone create an alternative. I won't be surprised if the burger tastes like playing god.
2. $410,000 White Truffle
Truffles have always been a high-end food, mainly because they are so difficult to cultivate. In 2007, Macau casino owner, Stanley Ho paid approximately $410,000 for one of the biggest white truffles in the world which weighed 1.5kg. Stanley Ho could probably be the biggest fan of truffles because in 2010, he again forked out $410,000 for a pair of white truffles, one of which weighed almost a kilogram.
3. $35,000 'Almas' Iranian Beluga Caviar
Now I don't blame rich folks for loving caviar. Nothing is more sensational than shoving a spoonful of caviar into your mouth and having each individual little fish egg pop and ooze out its delicious goodness. But the price on Iranian Beluga Caviar "Almas" is just pushing it. Worth $35,000 for just a kilogram, this is the most expensive caviar in the world that comes from the eggs of an extremely rare albino sturgeon, found in the Caspian Sea, that is around 60 - 100 years old.
4. $34,000 The Golden Phoenix Cupcake
If you fancy sinking your teeth into a cupcake while walking around Bloomsbury's in Dubai, we suggest you just head to a normal bakery to get yourself some. Dubai's Bloomsbury serves the most expensive cupcake in the world that costs $34,000 for just one! It is made with 23 carats of edible gold sheets, Amedei Porcelena cocoa from Italy, gold Ugandan high-quality vanilla beans, and perhaps tears of the emaciated children from Ethiopia.
5. $31,000 Ice Cream Sundae
A while back, we wrote an article about an ice cream sundae from a restaurant in New York that costs $1,000. While $1,000 is a mind-boggling price to pay for a cup of ice cream, that is still not the priciest. The most expensive dessert named The Frrrozen Haute Chocolate is probably the most dazzling sundae ever. Priced at $31,000, it contains a blend of 28 cocoas, including 14 of the most expensive and rarest in the world. It is decorated with edible gold and served in a goblet lined with edible gold. As if all that weren’t enough, there is an 18 karat gold bracelet with 1 carat of diamonds in the bottom of the sundae, and the treat is served with a golden spoon decorated in white and chocolate diamonds, both of which the diner can bring home. It is like a very very very expensive and luxurious Happy Meal set.
6. $31,000 Yubari King Melons
Have you ever loved fruits so much that you would dish out $25,000 on a melon? Yeah me neither. The Yubari King (or Yubari Melon) is hybrid cantaloupe that is grown in greenhouses in Yūbari, Japan. The Yubari melon is a cross between two different cantaloupes and is highly revered in Japan. At a Japanese auction in 2008, a pair of Yubari King melons sold for a record of $31,000.
7. $5,200 Pizza Royale 007'
Think of fine dining and the one dish that will fail to come to mind is pizza. Pizza is literally a poor man's food, or a gamer's food, or a lazy person's food. So why then would a pizza cost thousands of dollars? The Pizza Royale 007' is the most expensive pizza in the world created by chef Domenico Crolla. The 12-inch pizza has some of the most extravagant ingredients known to man including lobster marinated in cognac, caviar soaked in champagne, sunblush tomato sauce, Scottish smoked salmon, venison medallions, prosciutto, and vintage balsamic vinegar. If that isn't decadent enough, the pizza is also topped with edible, 24-carat gold flakes. The Pizza Royale 007' was auctioned off on eBay to Italian lawyer Maurizio Morelli who paid $5,200. to The Fred Hollows Foundation. The proceeds reportedly went to The Fred Hollows Foundation. Well at least this went to a good cause.