The ice cream dish without the bear crystal can be ordered for $300.
So is the sundae worth the price? I tried it to find out.
Inside the white chocolate shell, the vanilla ice cream is not cold and so soft enough to scoop. You can taste the richness of the vanilla beans and it's much creamier than other ice creams I've had. There were varying levels of sweetness, from the champagne sauce to the dark chocolates, and the truffle crumble added crunch as well as a subtle, earthy flavor.
Was it delicious? Yes. Would I pay $300 to have it again? For a very special occasion or if I had disposable income, I might consider it. But the truth is, I'm perfectly happy going home to the three pints of $4 Talenti ice cream in my fridge.
Still, the dessert is an edible work of art. Wakabayashi says she was inspired by color when envisioning her creation, and was influenced by the Baccarat crystal butterflies collection in the Grand Salon of the hotel, as well as the hues of Madagascar.
Wakabayashi says "Bear Extraordinaire" is currently the most expensive ice cream dessert in the country based on her research.
Close behind, Serendipity 3 in Manhattan sells a $1,000 ice cream sundae, as CNBC Make It reports. Serendipity 3 also made the Guinness Book of World Records in 2007 for a $25,000 sundae, which is no longer sold.
In Tanzania, there's a $60,000 sundae that comes with first-class flights and five-star accommodations with Three Twins Ice Cream. An actual ice cream you can buy on the website, "The world's more expensive most expensive ice cream sundae" includes a guided climb to Mount Kilimanjaro. There, according to the site, the Three Twins Ice Cream's founder "will hand-churn a batch of ice cream with glacial ice from the mountain's summit." The price includes as much ice cream as you can eat.
Disclosure: Baccarat Hotel New York provided CNBC Make It with the sample ice cream in the video. This story has been updated.
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