Forget charcoal — it’s all about gold: 24K gold, baby! Last week, Krispy Kreme and Hershey’s teamed up to bring us the gold standard of donuts, and now, it’s our ice cream that’s getting tricked out thanks to the good folks over at Snowopolis.
As of this weekend, the California ice cream chain is offering up an edible 24K pure gold ice cream cone that gleams just like the real deal — probably because it is.
As NY dietician Alexandra Oppenheimer explained to Food & Wine, “Edible gold must be 23 to 24 carats” (or 90 percent pure for gold leaves).
Still, she says it’s not quite the same as taking a bite out of your favorite necklace.“It’s not the same gold you’ll find in your jewelry, which may have metals and can be toxic and dangerous if consumed.”
This gold, rather, known as E-175 in Europe, doesn’t break down in your body due to its chemical inertia. As dietician Cynthia Sass explained to the publication, depending on the amount consumed, “Most likely edible gold won’t be absorbed from the digestive system into the bloodstream, and therefore it will pass through the body and be eliminated as waste.”
According to Hello Giggles, this particularly shiny treat was created by pre-spraying a waffle cone with edible gold dust, filling with vanilla soft serve, and coating with 24K tinfoil-like gold leaves that are placed just so.
These little beauties don’t come cheap, either: in fact, at $15 a pop, it just might be the most expensive cone you’ll ever taste. But, as the company points out on its Instagram page, it’s “totally worth it for the ‘gram.”
Excuse us while we make our way to the store’s main Anahaim locale!
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