The 28 Most Ridiculously Expensive Foods In The World

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Italian White Alba Truffle

Does the cost of a food item make it taste any better? Or is it simply the fact that you are spending more money and normally when you spend a lot of money, people tend to automatically think it’s better. Regardless of whether it tastes good or not, expensive food exists all over the globe. Since we haven’t been able to try the most expensive foods in the world, we decided to show you what they look like and give you a list of options in case you ever find yourself in a position to spend a lot of cash without worrying about repercussions. Here are the most expensive foods from all over the world.

Most Expensive Food Items – By Size or Weight

To’ak Chocolate – $260/ounce

To'ak Chocolate

The To’ak chocolate bar is very rare and hails from a country that most people forget about when it comes to chocolate, Ecuador. In 2014, they only had 574 bars of this stuff in the world. The chocolate comes from the 5% of mass produced cacao beans not used by the majority of chocolate companies around the globe.

Kopi Luwak Coffee – $600/pound

Lukaw coffee

The best coffee beans in the world come from a procedure where the coffee cherries are digested and defecated out by an Asian palm civet. As disgusting as it sounds, it is a method that has been used for a very long time and helps keep the price so high.

Matsutake Mushrooms – $1,000/pound

Due to the specific nature of their growth requirements, the matsutake mushrooms are very pricey because of their rarity to find the perfectly sized mushrooms that are usable.

Japanese Wagyu Beef – $1,300/16-oz steak

Wagyu

Wagyu beef has become the premier choice in steak and remains the best in the world with the low amount of unsaturated fat that gives it such a great taste.

Saffron – $2,000/pound

Saffron

Saffron is a spice that is taken from Crocus Sativus and is dried out using various scientific methods. This is another reason why Saffron is never the same quality or strength but that does not keep the price soaring.

Baby Eel – $2,000/pound

Baby eel

Since the 2011 Tsunami in Japan, the eel stock has been depleted so much that mandates have almost forced the cost to go up. In Europe, they have a moratorium on exporting eels and over the past four years, Japanese fans of eel have helped to raise the price of the fish while Japan continues to suffer from the devastation in 2011.

Bluefin Tuna – $3,500/pound

Bluefin tuna

The price of tuna runs the market, up and down. It can range anywhere from $500 to $3,500 a pound depending on demand but rest assure, the Bluefin Tuna prices have gone up in value steadily since 2012 and continue to rise thanks to increasing demand across the seafood markets. Tokyo sets the market for Bluefin Tuna every year with sushi being one of the biggest food items it is used in.

Beluga Caviar – $5,000/kilogram

Beluga caviar

Without getting into grave details, Beluga Caviar is rare and hard to find so it brings in a high price tag that nothing else can touch. The fish eggs come from the Caspian Sea and are therefore one of the most expensive ever.

Edible Gold Leaf – $15,000/pound

Gold leaf on soft ice cream

We seriously doubt you will be slinging back edible gold leaves anytime soon but just in case you decided to jump off the deep end and give it a shot, you are going to be shelling out a pretty penny for one pound of this stuff.

Most Expensive Food Items – Whole

Westin Hotel Bagel – $1,000

Westin hotel bagel, courtesy The Westin

 

The high-priced Westin Hotel Bagel is a luxurious item that people buy when they have $1,000 to throw away. The cost is so high because it has edible gold leafs and white truffles cooked onto it.

The Glamburger – $1,700

The Glamburger, courtesy of Honky Tonk and Groupon

 

There is not a better feeling then eating a hamburger of luxury. The burger is the best in the world and if you are willing to shell out the cash to try it, you will not be disappointed.

Angelito Araneta Jr Sushi – $1,978

Gold and diamonds in sushi, courtesy of Chef Angelito Araneta Jr

 

What is it with gold leafs that everyone uses on their food items these days? The Araneta Sushi is covered in caviar and wrapped in gold leaf otherwise, the cost wouldn’t top $100.

230 Fifth Hot Dog – $2,300

The world's most expensive hot dog, courtesy of New York's 230 Fifth

 

There is no place in this world for a hot dog that costs over $100 let alone more than $2,000. But as you will find out very quickly, the higher the price tag, the more luxurious ingredients on the menu. This dog has lobster, caviar, and some edible gold leaves.

Jamon Iberico – $2,800

Jamon Iberica - cured leg of pork

 

Anyone can cook ham but it takes a certain specialist to cook an Albarragena Jamon Iberico de Bellota. This is ham that comes from pigs grown only for this exact meat. The pigs are fed acorns and roots only which ends up giving them a flavor unmatched by any other meats.

Samundari Khazana Curry – $3,200

Samundari Khazana Curry

 

Start naming expensive ingredients, they are all in this dish. From white truffle to hollowed quails’ eggs filled with caviar, this Indian dish costs a bit much for something you can find almost anywhere in India but it tastes like a slice of heaven.

Pizza Royale 007 – $4,200

Pizza Royale 007

 

Get your mouth ready for this pizza, it isn’t your ordinary pie. The Pizza Royale 007 features lobster (marinated in cognac), venison medallions, champagne soaked caviar, sunblush tomato sauce, prosciutto, Scottish smoked salmon, and vintage balsamic vinegar. Don’t forget about the 24-carat gold flakes sprinkled across the top.

Fleurburger 5000 – $5,000

Fleurburger 5000

 

Be prepared to drool. The Fleurburger 5000 has a beef patty made of Kobe beef, otherwise known as the most elite beef the world, and topped with foie gras and black truffles. It tastes like money but this burger is actually pretty damn good too.

Densuke Black Watermelon – $6,100

Densuke Black Watermelon

 

Black watermelon? Really? This type of melon is grown on the Northern Japanese island of Hokkaido and is mainly used as a gift due to both its size, shape, and scarcity in Japan.

Posh Pie – $9,484

Posh Pie

 

Do you want to make a food item with a hefty price tag? If so, just follow the same idea that almost all the meals on this list do and add gold flakes and truffles. Those two ingredients alone turn the pie into the second priciest pizza in the world.

Chef Renato Viola’s Louis XIII Pizza – $12,000

The Louis XIII pizza

 

When something is considered luxurious, it is prestigious and beautifully constructed. The Louis XIII pizza is a perfect example of luxury as the pie takes 72 hours to make because of the delicate process of allowing the dough time to rest. The ingredients add to the price tag and are some of the best in the world. (caviar, lobster, pink Australian sea-salt)

Fence Gate Inn Meat Pie – $14,260

World’s most expensive meat pie

 

Let’s face it, if you are actually going to eat any of these food items, you have a pretty big balance in your checking account. Did you ever imagine a world where a meat pie would go for the same price as a KIA?

Fortress Stilt Fisherman Indulgence Dessert – $14,500

via The Fortress Resort

 

Not only do you get a dessert that honors stilt fishing in Sri Lanka, you get a beautiful 80 carat aquamarine jewel that is worth about the price of the meal. So in essence, you are buying the jewel and getting a little food too.

Lost Gardens of Heligan Pineapples – $16,000

via the Productive Garden Team at The Lost Gardens of Heligan

 

The official website of the gardens known as Heligan state that the pineapples are so expensive because they are rare and hard to grow. Seriously, the flower buds are extremely hard to find but even if you do find one, the next step, growing them, is even tougher.

Yubari King Melon – $22,000

Yubari King melon farmed in greenhouses in Yūbari, Hokkaido, a small city close to Sapporo

 

The Yubari King Melon is a type of cantaloupe that garners a huge price tag in Japan as part of their many traditions where the melon is given as a gift. The majority of those that will eat this melon probably will never even eat it. They will keep it as a trophy.

Frrrozen Haute Chocolate – $25,000

Frrrozen Haute Chocolate from New York City

 

This is expensive chocolate that has a special ingredient, 24-carat gold. Five grams of it is melted into the chocolate. You will literally be eating gold without even knowing it. That means your bowel movements would be gold. Isn’t it amazing how great life is sometimes?

Almas Caviar – $25,000

Almas Caviar from Iran

 

Everyone knows about caviar and it’s high price tag but Almas Caviar stands out because it goes back centuries to the days of kings and emperors, who also use to eat it.

Lindeth Howe Pudding – $34,531

The World's Most Expensive Dessert at Lindeth Howe Hotel

 

Some food items are only priced this high for one reason, bragging rights. If anyone buys it, they aren’t buying the flavor or taste as much as they are simply buying it to show off that they can afford something with this big of a price tag. The pudding comes with gold caviar and is made with some of the world’s most high-end chocolate. Oh, and they added a 2-carat diamond for good measure.

Italian White Alba Truffle – $160,406

Italian White Alba Truffle

 

As with most high-priced products, rarity and demand cause for a value so significant that it ends up costing six figures. The Italian White Alba Truffle runs for nearly $161k because the white truffles are only available for a few short months each year, in a tiny part of Italy, where they then must be foraged by pigs causing the amount available to decline each year. Needless to say, every single year the white truffles are becoming more extinct and harder to find.

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C. James

C. James is the managing editor at Wealth Gang. He has a degree in finance and a passion for creating passive income streams and wealth management.