If you’re traveling to Sri Lanka and want a dessert with a little sparkle, we have just the treat. But it may be too rich for the average sweet tooth.
The Fortress Resort and Spa in Galle, Sri Lanka, claims to sell the world’s most expensive dessert at a base price of $14,500 U.S. The Fortress Stilt Fisherman Indulgence — created by special request only — pays homage to stilt fishing, a decades old livelihood that, although dwindling, still is practiced along the country’s coast.
The Indulgence features a stilt fisherman handmade from chocolate. The base is an Italian cassata flavored with Baileys Irish Cream and served with a mango and pomegranate compote and a Champagne sabayon sauce adorned with gold leaf.
The finishing touch — and this is both the showstopper and purchase blocker — is an 80-carat aquamarine stone sitting on the fisherman’s chocolate stilt.
As if all that isn’t enough, the Indulgence is served with handmade, studio-flared glass cutlery exclusively designed for The Fortress by Glass Studio. The resort requires 48-hours notice before you can enjoy the one-of-a-kind dessert, which is served at Wine3, The Fortress’ glass wine cave housing more than 2,000 vintages.
The $14,500 price may change depending on the value of the stone, reservations coordinator Chathuri Ruwanthika told Convene via email. But don’t worry if you can’t meet the price; the resort has sold just two of them since introducing the Fortress Stilt Fisherman Indulgence in 2007, Ruwanthika said.
While The Fortress Resort and Spa claims the Indulgence is the world’s most expensive dessert, but we found a few others: Strawberries Arnaud, Diamond Fruitcake, the Lindeth Howe Country House Hotel Chocolate Pudding, Frrrozen Haute Chocolate, or the Absurdity Sundae.