Friday 21 October 2011

$34,700 dessert headed for Guinness Book of World Records

$34,700 dessert headed for Guinness Book of World Records

A jeweller has teamed up with a chef to create a dessert that, if not fit for a king, still credits mention in the Guinness Book of World Records. It is appropriately being introduced during Britain’s National Chocolate Week, which runs October 10-17.

The chocolate dessert is the joint creation of the Wave Jewellery retail store in Kendal, U.K., and Marc Guilbert, head chef at the Lindeth Howe Country House Hotel. Priced at £22,000 ($34,700), it features an 18K rose gold ring, which has as its centre stone a deep chocolate colored 2.62-carat diamond.

But it’s not all about the jewellery. Using four different types of Belgian chocolate, flavored with a combination of peach, orange and whiskey, the dessert is styled like a Faberge Easter egg. It is layered with champagne jelly and a light biscuit joconde, and finished with bitter dark chocolate, edible gold leaf glazing, and topped with handmade chocolate flowers.

The dessert is served with champagne and strawberry caviar, and is accompanied by a bottle of Chateau d’Yquem, a desert wine priced at around £500 ($788). Those who order it will get a complementary night’s stay at Lindeth Howe and an evening meal. They better leave room for the final course.

The current pricy dessert world record holder is a $25,000 chocolate sundae created by New York’s Serendipity 3 Restaurant.