Japanese ice cream brand Cellato has created Byakuya, a frozen dessert that holds the Guinness World Records title for the world’s most expensive ice cream. Priced at a jaw-dropping 873,400 Japanese yen (approximately $6,305) per serving, this indulgent treat is not for the faint of heart or light of wallet.
Why So Expensive?
Byakuya owes its exorbitant price tag to its exquisite ingredients, starting with rare white truffles sourced from Alba, Italy. These delicacies alone cost a staggering amount of $6,905 per pound. The ice cream recipe also includes Parmigiano Reggiano, a well-regarded Italian cheese, and sake lees, the sediment produced during sake fermentation.
To create this culinary masterpiece, Cellato enlisted the expertise of Tadayoshi Yamada, the acclaimed head chef at RiVi in Osaka. Yamada skillfully merged European and Japanese ice cream flavors, which resulted in a unique fusion of tastes that harmonize within the frozen realm.
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A World Record
The journey to create Byakuya was not a simple one. It took Cellato’s team more than 1.5 years of dedicated effort, numerous trials, and a fair share of errors to perfect the flavors of the ice cream. However, the hard work later paid off when the Guinness World Records recognized their creation as the most expensive Japanese ice cream in the world.
Byakuya is available for purchase within Japan, and Cellato even offers direct shipping to eager consumers who want to try it out. To savor this delicacy properly, buyers are advised to pour the white truffle over the ice cream as it softens, and then gently blend it with the handcrafted metal spoon thoughtfully included in the package. For an optimal dining experience, Cellato recommends pairing Byakuya with a fine sake or a crisp French white wine.