Cellato launches world’s most expensive ice cream

The most expensive ice cream in the world can only be bought online, and it’ll set you back ¥ 880,000, around AUD$9660. The gelato concoction is called ‘Byakuya’ – which translates to ‘white night’ in Japanese – and it has been developed by ultra-luxe Japanese ice cream label, Cellato. This week, the frozen dessert was formally recognised as the world’s most expensive ice cream by the Guinness Book of World Records

The culinary quest was lead by Tadayoshi Yamada, head chef at Osaka fusion restaurant, RiVi, which specialises in Japanese-European dishes. Made from white truffles sourced from Alba in Italy, Parmigiano Reggiano cheese, a sake byproduct called ‘sake lees’, and edible gold leaf, it’s quite a delicacy. 

truffle oil in a jar next to a small metal ice cream spoon
© Guinness Book of World Records / Cellato

While one might be forgiven for assuming it’s the gold leaf that sets the cost-per-serve price so high, it’s actually the truffles, which retail for around $15,000 per kilo. Only available to purchase online, Byakuya comes packaged with a serve of white truffle oil and a special metal spoon handmade by Takeuchi craftsman in Fushimi, Kyoto. Foodies are instructed to pour the oil over the ice cream just as it begins to soften, before mixing the two together with the supplied spoon. There’s even a suggested drink pairing: sake or a glass of French white wine. 

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