Byakuya: world’s most expensive ice cream that costs $6696 per serving3 min read
Japanese luxury ice cream brand Cellato recently set a new record for the world’s most expensive ice cream with a treat priced at a whopping 880,000 yen or, if you prefer, about $6,700 per portion!
And no, that’s not a joke.
On April 25, a Guinness World Records representative really certified Byakuya, Cellato’s new ice cream, as the most expensive in the world.
Cellato developed the flavor with Tadayoshi Yamada, the head chef at acclaimed Osaka restaurant RiVi, reportedly looking to combine European and Japanese flavors for a unique flavor.
According to Guinness officials, it took over a year-and-a-half to perfect the flavor, with a lot of trials and errors to get the taste right.
The delicacy consists of a velvety base made with milk, two types of cheese, egg yolks, sake lees (or sake kasu), and is topped with Parmigiano cheese, white truffle, truffle oil, and gold leaf.
One of the most interesting ingredients, sake lees, is a leftover from sake production known for its fruity taste, paste-like texture and it is, indeed, alcoholic (8%).
The highest grade gelato has a faint sweetness, complex taste, and a luxurious, smooth texture.
Moreover, It comes packaged in a stylish black box, and It includes a hand-made metal spoon created by Takeuchi craftsmen in Fushimi, Kyoto, using techniques and materials used in the construction of temples and shrines.
If initially, you can think that the metal spoon which comes with the Byakuya ice cream is actually the most expensive element, Guinness Records clarified that the official price, more precisely ¥873,400, does not include the spoon at all.
The white truffles used to make this special ice cream come from Alba, Italy, and are part of a high-quality batch priced at 2 million yen ($14,900).
Cellato recommends letting the ice cream soften a bit before serving, to the point where the metal spoon goes into it easily.
Then, mix in the included truffle oil for a strong flavor boost, and enjoy.
The Japanese ice cream maker also recommends pairing Byakuya with a glass of aged white wine.
The Byakuya ice cream doesn’t have an expiration date, but if you can afford to spend $6,700, Cellato recommends eating it within 10 days in order to enjoy its taste and texture to the fullest.
One 130ml Byakuya ice cream is currently available on the Cellato website.
Cellato are reportedly planning to release products with other combinations of luxury ingredients, such as Champagne and caviar but, since you’re here, may you can be interest in the world’s most expensive sandwich?
Or maybe in the world’s most expensive burger…
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