You can eat a doughnut encrusted with 24k gold flakes, but it'll cost you
This doughnut won't just break your diet; it'll also break your bank.
The Manila Social Club (located in Brooklyn, New York, of course) announced the creation of its Golden Cristal Ube Donut on Instagram last week. Filled with jelly, slathered in Cristal champagne and topped with 24K gold flakes, just one of the delectable desserts will set you back $100.
Since opening in April, the Filipino restaurant responsible for the gilded masterpiece has developed a cult following for its eccentric, pricey doughnuts. Its Ube Bae Donut, for example, is made with purple yams that are popular in the Philippines. A dozen of the amethyst-colored treats costs $40.
Björn DelaCruz, the restaurant's owner, told First We Feast that he isn't deliberately trying to make the most expensive doughnut possible — it just happened naturally.
"The reason I chose Cristal over another type of champagne is because Cristal has really great honey notes which goes great with Ube (purple yams)," he said. "For me, it's shiny and it's golden, but it comes together to create a really great doughnut, as crazy as that sounds. There was a time when I was eating this doughnut while drinking Cristal, and I was like, 'Oh, this is a great combo!'"
Though the golden doughnut was originally listed as a holiday special, DelaCruz said the overwhelming demand inspired him to add the doughnut as a regular menu item.
"I didn't know people would go and order a dozen [of these] at a time," he said. "But then again, it is New York, and there are people willing to put down a grand for a dozen doughnuts."
Have something to add to this story? Share it in the comments.
Click through for more delicious looking doughnuts: