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At first glance, Strawberries Arnaud at the 90-year old Arnaud's restaurant in New Orleans French Quarter looks like a regular bowl of sliced fruit. Except that this dessert is garnished with a one-of-a-kind 4.7-carat pink diamond ring, once belonging to the famous English financier Sir Ernest Cassel. It's accompanied by white-gloved waiters pouring rare port from a $24,850 Charles X crystal cave liqueur set - compliments of the chef! - in the presence of a jazz ensemble.

Gimmicky? Of course. Outrageous? You bet. But at $1.4 million, Strawberries Arnaud easily takes the cake as the planet's most expensive dessert.

It's ironic that the words most used to describe dessert - rich, sinful, decadent - belie the relatively modest ingredients used to make them: flour, eggs, cream and - in the case of Arnaud - berries. Because of these otherwise ho-hum raw materials, desserts have lagged behind the price points of more traditionally swanky foodstuffs like truffles and steaks.

Source: MSNBC

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