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Updated on June 18, 2012

Gold Food: The New Edible Gold Craze

Edible gold is the latest trend in haute cuisine. You can't take it with you but you can eat it.

Eating gold has its roots in ancient Roman history and it has been reborn as the newest food and drink trend of the rich and famous. Innovative chefs are serving it up - adding it to champagne, caviar, chocolate and more. You can even find edible gold flakes on bagels and on sushi. The poor are protesting it, the rich are eating it, and the advertising companies are lapping it up.

Credit: "Gold Food Symbol" from Dreamstime

Edible gold
Edible gold

Is Gold Food Safe to Eat?

Can it be digested?

Gold Food is actually safe to eat. Because edible gold does not contain harmful byproducts, it is easily digested and leaves the system within 24 hours. It has no calories, and edible gold does not alter the taste of the food or its nutritional value.

Gold Food aka "edible gold" is made of pure 24 karat gold or mixed with silver.

"World's Most Expensive Chocolate Bar" by Flickr photographer James Cronin

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This is described as "The most expensive chocolate bar in the world created for National Chocolate Week 2006. A bar made with Amedei Chuao from the legendary Venezuelan village topped with laser etched edible gold leaf."

Created by Paul A Young Fine Chocolates

In 2006 this chocolate bar made history. Since that time, others have surpased it.

In 2009, Wispa of London created a special edition chocolate bar priced at £961.48.The company said that the price was the precise value of its weight in gold. That year Wispa brand manager Ross Farquhar said: "We believe this is the most expensive bar of chocolate to go on sale ever."

$25,000 Ice Cream Sundae from Serendipity3 - Call to Order 48 Hours in Advance

In 2007, New York restaurateur Steven Bruce of Serenity3 teamed up with luxury jeweler Euphoria New York to make an amazing dessert. They created the most expensive dessert at that time - a $25,000 ice cream sundae - and set a Guinness world record. The dessert is infused with 5 grams (0.2 ounces) of edible gold in a goblet of edible gold, and eaten with a gold spoon. To top things off, there is an 18 karat gold bracelet with diamonds on the bottom of the ice cream sundae. The bracelet is not digestible.

Who Eats Gold Food?

Where Can You Find This Stuff?

The first $25,000 sundae was eaten by a 12 year old boy celebrating his birthday at Serendipity3 of New York. The first $34,440 chocolate, caviar, gold and diamond dessert was eaten by a Mr. Carl Weininger from Rugby, UK in celebration of his 60th birthday at the Lindeth Howe Country House Hotel in Windermere. Mr. Weininger is disabled and has arranged for the dessert to be on display for a charity ball aimed at benefiting the disabled.

On January 13, 2012, the Golden Globe nominees were served a dessert covered with flakes of edible gold which retail for $135 a gram. This was served to 1,300 guests dining at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California.

In Russia, the wealthy like to eat gold with their caviar. The latest rage in Korea is edible gold peanuts, which are said to have anti-aging and IQ boosting properties.

A recent trend in the US has seen the inclusion of floating bits of gold leaf in liquors. However, liquors with such bits of gold leaf have been available in in Continental Europe since the late 16th century.

In an article written by Bradley Hope for "The National," he said that the Emirates Palace in Abu Dhabi, AE served 11 pounds of edible gold to its dinner guests. Its rose champagne with edible gold is popular at $3,000 a bottle.

Wikipedia says, "In Asian countries, gold in particular is sometimes used in fruit jelly snacks. It was also used in coffee, especially during Japan's bubble economy. In Kanazawa, where Japan's gold leaf production was centered, gold leaf shops and workshops sold green tea and hard candy with gold leaf within."

Coalition Against Hunger Protests

Golden Globe Nominees Lap Up Gold Food While the Poor Go Hungry

In reaction to the lavish dessert with gold recently served to the Golden Globe nominees in Beverly Hills, Joel Berg of the Coalition Against Hunger in New York spoke out about the irony of a society that makes it "extraordinarily difficult" for the poor to receive food benefits from the government and yet feeds its movie stars and their guests extravagant food. UK's newspaper "The Guardian" carried the headline "Golden Globe celebrities enjoy meal of real gold as poverty tightens grip on US."

Credit: Chocopologie Ice Cream Sundae

Knipschildt Chocolatier

How Prolific Is the New Trend in Gold Food?

Where is This Trend Taking Place?

At the the Lindeth Howe Country House Hotel in Windermere, UK, you'll find a new chocolate dessert laced with gold leaves, champagne, caviar, and topped with a two karat diamond for $34,440. This is the creation of Head Chef Marc Guilbert.

In Russia, the wealthy like to eat gold with their caviar. The latest rage in Korea is edible gold peanuts, which are said to have anti-aging and IQ boosting properties.

In an article written by Bradley Hope in the National, he has said that the Emirates Palace in Abu Dhabi, AE served 11 pounds of edible gold to its dinner guests. Its rose champagne with edible gold is popular at $3,000 a bottle. In August 2011, it was reported in "The Washington Post" that the rich in Iran were eating ice cream flecked with gold.

Pastry chefs around the world are beginning to accent their creations with edible gold. The most popular food with gold is chocolate, but gold is being added to cakes for decoration, ice cream sundaes, and more. There are recipes on the internet for Faberge-like chocolate eggs with gold leaf, almonds with gold leaf, champagne jelly with gold leaf, etc. There is even a recipe for "Burgundy Braised Pork Shank with Gold Dust" from

Why Eat Gold? Why Make Food with It?

We Attempt to Answer These Questions Here

When Mr. Carl Weininger of the UK was questioned about why he ordered the $34,440 gold dessert for his 60th birthday, he made the following statement:

"I am an impulsive kind of person and when I heard about the dessert on TV, it trapped in my brain. Getting the dessert has been an actual improve for my morale and it is assisted to market the charity Aerobility which provides disabled grown ups like me and children the opportunity to consider to the skies and fly".

The Head Chef at the Emirates Palace, Jean Pierre Garat, states that gold in food is a sign of excellence. My translation: In this case, the innovative chef makes a name for himself and and sets a new Guinness world record in the process. The customers buy into it and the media laps it up. All in all, it is good for business.

In the late 1870s, alcohol with gold leaves was consumed to give the appearance of great wealth. It is no different today.

Most people will eat and drink gold to show they can afford it. And if their fortunes crash, the chefs will surely come up with something equally innovative. Robert Frank of the "Wall Street Journal" suggested in 2009 that the replacement could be "finely layered sheets of 401K statements."

The current estimated price per pound of gold is $15,000 US, but you can buy 100 mg of edible gold for only $40.

Amazon Spotlight: 23 kt Gold Leaf Book - A Book of Gold

Edible Gold Leaf Book
Edible Gold Leaf Book


• 23 kt Edible Gold Leaf

• 12 leaves per book

• Each leaf is 2" square

• Certified Kosher

• ideal for dessert, chocolates and cakes!


Edible Gold Leaf for Champagne 25 Leaves 23kt

Edible Gold Leaf for Cakes & Chocolates 25 Leaves 23kt

Edible Silver Leaf for Cakes & Chocolates 25 Leaves

Edible Gold Leaf, 23k. Pack of 25-3-3/8" square sheets

Gold Leaf Sheets

3 3/8 inch, 23 Sheets

Edible Silver Leaf. Pack of 25 3-3/8" Square Sheets

You Can Drink Gold Too!

Drinks that Contain 22K, 23K and 24K Gold

These are a few of the drinks in the marketplace that contain gold leaf:

• Maison de Champagne Luxor

• Gold Cuvee Sparling Wine

• Goldschläger (Schnapps)

• Gold Strike Liqueur by Lucas Bois

• Barossa Valley 'Gold' Chardonnay

• Pierre Jourdan AURUM

• Blue Nun Gold Edition

• Peter Brum Gold Sparkling Wine

• Pieroth Gold Flake Sekt

• Gold Luxor Brut Champagne

What Forms Does Edible Gold Come In?

How Much Does Edible Gold Cost?

Edible gold comes in many forms. A one gram jar of 23k edible gold flakes can be purchased on Amazon for $142, and a small shaker of 23k edible gold flakes weighing 100 mg can currently be purchased on Amazon for only $38.

Edible gold leaf can also be purchased in fragile 23k foil sheets. These start at $40 or $50 and go up in price from there. You can purchase gold petals for about $50. These are small pieces of gold leaf and are applied by tweezers.

There is also an assortment of edible gold sprays for under $15 which contain a small amount of gold dust, as well as edible gold glitters, which contain very light flakes of gold that are sprinkled on desserts for a dramatic effect. Because edible gold is a precious metal, it is used sparingly.

Credit: "Gold Egg"

Photography by scottchan from

Faberge & Curley Create the Most Expensive Chocolate Easter Egg Ever

World's Finest Chocolate with 121K Emerald!

The Fabergé Egg Hunt coming up in London this April will showcase the most expensive Easter egg in the world. It is part of a fundraiser for two important causes: 1) Action for Children and 2) to save the endangered Asian elephant. The Easter egg is a chocolate concoction created by world famous chocolatier William Curley, and is also a Fabergé creation, complete with a 121k emerald.

A Little About Myself

I'm an artist & art educator & I share my life with a wonderful husband and two very special Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers. I haven't eaten gold food yet, but I am thinking about getting some edible gold paint to lightly brush on some chocolate roses I made. No, I wouldn't spend thousands on eating a dessert or any other food or drink with gold. That's ridiculous. It's fun to write about though.

Suggestions, Feeback, and Gold Treats are Welcome

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      Aquavel 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Thanks so much Dave! I feel the same way and love coming across new and unexpected things on Squidoo! ;)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      One of the things that I love about Squidoo is learning about things that I didn't know existed. And, for me, the trend of eating gold is one of those things. Interesting and well-done lens!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Well done on your gold article, I found it very unique and therefore it deserves a ... *blessed*

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      Aquavel 5 years ago

      @GenesisLabs: I think most of us would rather have the gold. Wonder if we'll see a rise in robberies at ice cream parlors and places that use quantities of edible gold, like Serenity3?

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      Aquavel 5 years ago

      @APackageAtTheDoor: I find it heard to believe too. I mean, adding a little as decoration is one thing, but seeing who can create the most expensive gold dish and who buys it and eats it is quite another.

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      Aquavel 5 years ago

      @TravelingRae: Thanks for your comment. Edible gold is supposed to be soft so imagine that the "feel of eating gold" is in the head.

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      Aquavel 5 years ago

      @CuAllaidh: A few gold flakes in some great mead sounds like fun.

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      Aquavel 5 years ago

      @SusannaDuffy: I agree. It is obscene. Fun to write about and imagine though.

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      Aquavel 5 years ago

      @Sabre1000: LOL Made me think of someone's comment re people like to eat gold because it makes their poop sparkle.

      ~ I remember when my dog ate some glitter. Very sparkly.

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      Sabre1000 5 years ago

      I imagine going to the bathroom afterward is...."different".

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      APackageAtTheDoor 5 years ago

      Amazing - I had heard of this but it is still hard to believe. Great lens, thanks!!

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      JoshK47 5 years ago

      I don't really understand the trend... but great lens!

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      Susanna Duffy 5 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      With half the world starving, some people eat gold. It's obscene.

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      GenesisLabs 5 years ago the current price of gold I would rather just have the gold. I guess that's the cheapskate coming out of my personality. ;)

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      Jeff Johnston 5 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Excellent lens. Gold was often used in medieval feast cookery as well for pure showiness, in much the same way it still is.

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      TravelingRae 5 years ago

      I've been wondering what it feels like to eat gold. I can't help but imagine the unpleasant sensation of chewing on tin foil.

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      flicker lm 5 years ago

      Fascinating! I'd never heard about this trend. Guess I've been living in the woods too long. I have to confess that if someone gave me a gold treat, I'd be tempted to cash it in rather than eat it! But I suppose that would spoil the fun. Very nicely written and designed lens!

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      navalava lm 5 years ago

      Great lens! Didn't know these facts about edible gold.

      We, I guess, now when Milka chocolades went rogue, I have new treat. ;)