Personal-Sized Ice Cream Cake — Quality Meats, New York City
Quality Meats in New York City is known for its trendy meat-focused fare. but there is an item on their dessert menu that lands them a spot on this list. The solo-serving ice cream cakes come in 5 flavors: Spicy Mexican Coffee, Toasted Banana S'mores, Strawberry Shortcake, Chocolate Covered Grasshopper, and The Monster Mash.
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Ice Cream Ramen — Kikuya, Tokyo
A ramen shop near Kitasenjyu Station in Tokyo called Kikuya sells classic ramen noodles in soup topped with soft-serve ice cream cones. The dish comes in a variety of flavors, including vanilla, chocolate, and coffee. Just eat it fast before the ice cream melts!
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The World’s Most Expensive Ice Cream Sundae — Three Twins Ice Cream, San Francisco
Bet you thought the Grand Opulence sundae from Serendipity 3 would be the priciest frozen dessert on this list — think again. Three Twins Ice Cream is a small chain of organic scoop shops in Northern California, and they’ve created a sundae more expensive that you can imagine--$3,333.33.
The Fish 'n' Chips Ice Cream Sundae — George's Portobello Fish Bar, London
At George's Portobello Fish Bar in London you can get a basket of fish and chips for dessert. The "fish" includes pieces of creamed cod ice cream coated with vanilla-pepper batter and then fried. The bed of "chips" is comprised of potato ice cream fries.
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Famous Original Donut Ice Cream Sandwich — Holey Cream, New York City
This creation is only for true gluttons — it starts with a freshly made doughnut (the folks at Holey Cream in Manhattan fry them up all day, so they don’t get soggy) that’s split in half and stuffed with two scoops of ice cream, any flavor you desire. Holey Cream sells Sedutto's ice cream and frozen yogurt in a bevy of flavors.
Mallie's Colossal Ice Cream Sundae — Mallie's Sports Bar & Grill, Southgate, Mich.
Mallie's Sports Bar & Grill is home to a number of oversized specialties, including their Colossal Ice Cream Sundae. The frozen treat includes one-and-a-half gallons of ice cream topped with Hershey's syrup, whipped cream, chocolate chip cookies, nuts, sprinkles, and cherries.
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Hot Fudge Volcano — Farrell’s Ice Cream Parlour, Santa Clarita, Calif.
This sundae from Farrell's Ice Cream Parlour is meant to serve anywhere from one to 10 people, according to the menu. Thirty scoops of vanilla ice cream are topped with hot fudge, whipped cream, nuts, and cherries and served with a fiery display.
World’s Most Expensive Popsicle — Marquis Los Cabos Luxury Resort, Baja California Sur, Mexico
This $1,000 popsicle is made with Tequilas Premium Clase Azul Ultra (which sells for $1,500 a bottle), edible 24-carat gold flakes, and sugar to sweeten the tequila.
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The Vermonster — Ben & Jerry's
Ben & Jerry's Vermonster sundae is a behemoth bucket full of 20 scoops of ice cream (your choice) plus hot fudge, sliced bananas, chocolate chip cookies, brownies, and all the toppings your heart desires. You'll definitely want to invite a gaggle of friends to enjoy it.
The Great Pyramid Sundae — Cabot's Restaurant, Newton, Mass.
This sundae from Cabot's Restaurant in Newton, Mass., includes 60 pints of ice cream scooped into a mountainous pyramid formation and covered with 12 quarts of whipped cream, nuts, cherries, and other toppings. Each pyramid is served in an extra-large metal bowl with your choice of ice cream.
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Liquid Nitrogen Ice Cream Bar — Shaffer's Genuine Foods
Schaffer's Genuine Foods offers a made-to-order liquid nitrogen sundae bar as one of their dessert options. The gelato for the sundaes can be custom-made per guest in a mere 30 seconds, then topped with a variety of exotic treats.
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The Ice Cream Bagel — WD~50, New York City
Chef Wylie Dufresne is known for creating whimsical dishes at his New York City restaurant, WD~50, and his ice cream bagel is the perfect example. The item, which consists of bagel-flavored ice cream is served as an amuse-bouche to the restaurant's extra special customers each night.
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The Golden Opulence Sundae — Serendipity 3, New York City
Serendipity 3 in New York City has one of the world's most expensive ice cream sundaes — The Golden Opulence (weighing in at a whopping $1,000). This extravagant ice cream concoction consists of Tahitian vanilla ice cream made with Madagascar vanilla beans and chunks of Chuao chocolate from Venezuela.
The Ice Cream Baked Potato — New York City
Cowgirl in New York City makes a specialty dessert that they call the ice cream baked potato, and it looks just like it sounds. To make the spud-tastic dessert they mold vanilla ice cream into the shape of a potato, dust it with cocoa, and top it with hot fudge, whipped cream, chopped pecans, and a pat of butter made of frosting.
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The Federal Deficit — Governor’s Restaurant, Old Town, Maine
This behemoth dessert includes a combination of Governor's specialty ice cream creations in addition to six regular sundaes. The mountains of ice cream, fruit, and cakes, are topped with hot fudge, caramel, peanut butter, blueberries, cherries, pineapple, marshmallow, jimmies, nuts, and whipped cream.
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It seems like every week, some ambitious soul comes out with the latest and greatest in luxurious food creations, from pizza topped with four varieties of caviar and truffles to a grilled cheese stuffed with fried macaroni and cheese on a doughnut bun. In the world of frozen treats, the stakes are just as high, as people come out with one outrageous dessert after another.
How over-the-top? Well, some of these concoctions are just plain bizarre. Take for example a Japanese ramen soup topped with two soft-serve ice cream cones, or a baked potato fashioned out of vanilla ice cream and cocoa.
Then there's the overly luxurious sundae (courtesy of Serendipity 3 and Three Twins Ice Cream), the overly large variety (thanks to Cabot's Ice Cream and Farrell's Ice Cream Parlour), and optical illusion extravagances like the bite-sized confection from WD~50 that looks like a bagel but is actually a scoop of bagel-flavored ice cream.
Whether you're seeking a gilded gelato-filled treat or a towering display featuring a classic ice cream sundae, these outrageous desserts are sure to inspire. Check out the slideshow above to see them all!