From Ice Cream To Toilet Seats: The Most Bizarre Uses For Gold

It’s a currency. It’s a luxury. It’s even dessert. But those are only the base uses of gold. This is the stuff of gods, big and small. Since the dawn of civilization, it has held sway over spirit and soul and what the ancient Egyptians knew then, everyone still knows now: Gold is King, no matter what.

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While new technology has broadened the ways in which we can use gold, from gold tablets that allow for luxurious excrement to dessert toppings, many of the wildest uses of gold have been around since the days of Cleopatra.

“The allure of gold will always captivate,” says Scott Moore, CEO of EuroSun Mining, owner of Europe’s biggest in-development gold mine. “Currencies come and go, but gold has always enjoyed a relationship with the divine, and often that extends to the bizarre.”

Surprisingly, while gold has been a symbol of wealth, divinity and elite status since the beginning of time, it was also used in simple dentistry as early as 630 B.C. when Etruscans used it to make crowns and create bridgework.

Even Egyptian beauty Cleopatra is said to have used a gold mask every night to keep her skin looking young, and while this may or may not be true, modern-day dermatologists hawk the idea widely to sell “golden” treatments for as much as $6,000.

And it wasn’t just Cleopatra who was fascinated by gold… Roman emperors such as Trajan reshaped Rome, using gold from the very same mining district where Scott Moore’s EuroSun Mining is operating right now. Moore noted, ‘’The Romans didn’t have a fraction of the tools or technological know-how we have nowadays, and still managed to extract tons of gold from this legendary location.”

Since the days of Cleopatra, humankind’s desire to use gold in ever more bizarre ways seems to have grown stronger by the day, with food often the primary target of this creativity. Today, gold appears to have conquered cuisine, with everything from gold-covered ice cream, to gold tacos, Indian tandoori and even 24-carat-covered gold steaks.

Golden Nourishment

Dessert is the obvious choice for gold lovers, and nothing better epitomizes the wealthy penchant for excess than the Golden Opulence Sundae. With its $1,000 price tag, it’s the most expensive ice cream sundae on the planet, according to the Guinness Book of World Records.

It’s served up in the Serendipity 3 restaurant in New York. Prospective consumers have to order at least 48 hours in advance. When it arrives, it includes three scoops of Tahitian vanilla ice cream covered in 23-karat gold leaf, as well as almonds, caviar and an orchid forged from sugar that is said to take eight hours to make alone. It’s all served in a $350 baccarat crystal goblet with an 18-karat gold spoon.

But the ice cream sundae is just for the mildly wealthy: Serendipity serves up something much more outrageous for those who can’t find anything else to do with their wealth. The $25,000 Frozen Haute Chocolate is almost the most expensive dessert in the world. It’s made from a blend of 28 cocoas from across the world and blended with five grams of edible 23-karat gold, topped off with whipped cream. On the side, comes a La Madeline au Truffle from Knipschildt Chocolatier. It’s to be eaten with a golden spoon garnished with diamonds.

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