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What Exactly Is in a $60,000 Ice Cream Sundae?

I was recently at the new Oxbow Public Market in Napa, where I came across a little organic scoop shop from Three Twins Ice Cream. While the ice cream is smooth and delicious, it was actually the absurdly expensive sundaes that caught my eye.

I asked the gal behind the counter if they've ever served an expensive sundae, and she said not yet, but she was sure it was bound to happen someday. The sundae costs $3,333.33 and consists of a banana split made with syrups from three rare dessert wines, served with an ice cream spoon from the 1850s. If you give them a day's notice, they'll even have a cellist play while you eat it. If you think the cost is too absurd — it is on the "absurdity" menu, after all — maybe it'll help to know that 1/3 of the price is being donated to a local land trust.

If, however, you think this is too tame to be considered the world's most expensive ice cream sundae, then perhaps the $60,000 "World's More Expensive Most Expensive Ice Cream Sundae" will pique your interest. To find out what all that cash will buy you,


For $60,000 you can travel to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro, where the Three Twins Ice Cream founder will handchurn a batch of ice cream using the glacial ice found at the summit. The cost includes first class airfare to Tanzania, five-star accommodations, a guided climb, all the ice cream you can eat, and an organic T-shirt, of course. Oh, and you can bring a friend for a mere $25,000 more. It should also be noted that a portion of the purchase will go to an African environmental nonprofit.

So tell me, if you had the money, is this something you'd do? I know I would!

Join The Conversation
samma14 samma14 8 years
if these glaciers are dissappearing then why are we eating them
Chillen-McCool Chillen-McCool 9 years
Thats it, Im fuckin doin it!! See you on kilimanjaro!!
GiggleSugar GiggleSugar 9 years
Throw in David Beckham serving it to me, and I'm there! :nerdgirl:
juliarose23 juliarose23 9 years
I soooo would!!
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
amber_castaldo amber_castaldo 9 years
These are awesome. I would love to get me one of the $60,000 ones.
ashleycakes ashleycakes 9 years
I fi had enough money to be able to do something like this, I believe I would skip the whole trip and ice cream thing and just give the $60 or $80,000 directly to that charity instead of just having a "portion" of the proceeds go to the charity.
kiddylnd kiddylnd 9 years
If I had the $$$ I would so get BOTH of these! Not really for the ice cream, but for the experience. I'm thinking though that if they didn't donate a portion of the cost, I wouldn't do it. That has a lot to do with my liking this.
kittyhill kittyhill 9 years
This is a lot more ecologically responsible than the most expensive ice cream sundae at Serendipity 3 in New York... It contains edible gold flecks, three types of extremely rare cocoa, & is served in a collector's goblet with a diamond-encrusted spoon you can take home as a souvenir. Many celebrities, especially internationals, have taken them up on this, & no money goes to charity.
erinsugar erinsugar 9 years
Anyone find it odd that they talk about how the glacier is dissapearing, and they want to save it, yet the ice cream is being made using this glacier?
mimsical mimsical 9 years
that description reads like a joke. I had to reread it a couple of times before realizing it was serious. The part about the cellist is especially silly.
bengalspice bengalspice 9 years
If I had the money, yes ... and then I would send two people less fortunate than me to experience it since the awareness and fund raising is more important than indulging in ice cream.
Mme-Hart Mme-Hart 9 years
Hahaha hilarious!!!! It's almost worth it for the first class tickets alone, considering the cost of 1st class travel these days :-D LOL
RosaDilia RosaDilia 9 years
For that money I can travel to Iceland or anywhere near the Arctic, bring back a piece of glacier and make my own ice cream!!
lulita lulita 9 years
Geez! That's Extravagant! but at least it's for a good cause.
uptowngirl1999 uptowngirl1999 9 years
The Twinasaurus (20 scoops of ice cream in a pot!) sounds better than the sundae that costs $3,333. Although having a cellist play while you eat would be quite interesting--which I assume everyone within earshot of you and the restaurant would be able to hear it for FREE, while you foot the bill. And if I had more money than I knew what to do with, I would blow $85,000 on the Tanzania trip. If anything but to see founder make your ice cream for you, and use the natural ice to do so. AMAZING idea if you ask me. :-)
Silverlining10 Silverlining10 9 years
If I made that much in two weeks of working, or less (so, had a pretty great salary, thus rich), HELL YES. That seems really fun, and I love ice cream and trips!
aphill4 aphill4 9 years
This might explain why a lot of rich people are fat as Violet Beaureguard (post-blueberry dessert bubblegum).
autumnxrain autumnxrain 9 years
That's so funny!
TheCatie TheCatie 9 years
That's a lot of money. I'd probably go for the $1,000 sundae at Serendipity 3 in NYC. If it's as good as their frozen hot chocolate...
injustica injustica 9 years
that's way too much money for ice cream. i like my ice cream, but i'll find another way to eat it than to travel to mt. kilimanjaro.
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