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$1,000 Tequila-Infused Chocolates Among The World’s Most Expensive Confectionaries

Looking for something a little more on the extravagant end this holiday season? What about a box of some of the world’s most expensive chocolates?

Patrón tequilas usually go for about $7,500 a bottle. If you’re not one to drop that much for booze, no matter how premium, there’s at least some middle ground.

Kreuther Handcrafted Chocolate created a tequila-infused chocolate set that incorporates the taste of six different Patrón tequilas into each chocolate bar. Called the Patrón Alquimia Collection, each limited-edition set goes for $1000 of 24 bars reports DesignTaxi.

Are your loved ones worth that little extra this year? Probably not enough to warrant a grand for chocolate, but it’s something nice to think about as you surf through Amazon hoping your gifts make it to your doorstep before the holidays.

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World’s Most Expensive Potato Chips Cost $11 Per Chip And They’re All Sold Out

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The world’s most expensive potato chips, priced at $56 for a box of five, recently went on limited sale and immediately sold out. 

Swedish beer company St. Eriks developed the crisps using select almond potatoes harvested by hand from the potato hillside in Ammarnäs seasoned with a variety of rare ingredients: Matsutake mushrooms from forests in northern Sweden, Crown Dill from the Bjäre Peninsula, truffle seaweed from the Faroe Islands, Leksand onion and India Pale Ale Wort.
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In an effort to create “the world’s most exclusive chip” to complement its premium line of brews, the brewery partnered with the Swedish National Culinary Team, according to Adweek. The chips, which used the recipe especially concocted by chef Pi Le, were reportedly individually handmade by a chef.

All of the chips have been made by hand,” chef Pi Le was quoted as saying. “It took a delicate touch, a finely honed sense of taste and time to ensure that each chip would achieve a perfect balance between the various ingredients.

“The taste is a very Scandinavian one. Most people recognize potatoes and onions, but what stands out is the quality. All of the ingredients are of a stature that not many will have tried before. These chips are an excellent accompaniment to craft beer, or simply enjoyed on their own.”

The crisps were a hit despite its exorbitant price — the initial batch of 100 boxes was immediately sold out upon launch last month.

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Brand manager Marcus Friari said in a statement: “We’re passionate about the craftsmanship that goes into our beer. At the same time, we felt that we were missing a snack of the same status to serve with it.’

“A first-­class beer deserves a first-­class snack, and this is why we made a major effort to produce the world’s most exclusive potato chips,” he added. “We’re incredibly proud to be able to present such a crispy outcome.”

The project was part of an ad campaign devised by Swedish agency Abby Priest, a firm known to specialize in creating wacky stunts.

Written by Ryan General || NextShark, Photos: AdWeek

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How Expensive Buffet Restaurants Trick You Into Thinking They’re A ‘Great Deal’

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Any person heading to an expensive buffet restaurant thinking the higher-priced buffet meal is worth the money is probably just being duped into thinking so.  

A study suggests that all-you-can-eat restaurants may have been leading consumers to believe that they are getting better deals for food just because they are paying more.

Published in the Journal of Sensory Studies, the research conducted by Cornell Food and Brand Lab found that when customers are charged more for an all-you-can-eat buffet, they tend to rate the food higher than when charged less for the same food.

In the study, participants were divided into two groups, and made to pay a different price for the same buffet meals. The experiment revealed that the group who paid more expressed a higher satisfaction rate than those who paid less.

The findings highlighted that consumers generally tend to think that the quality of food is better just because restaurants charged a higher price, regardless of the food’s actual quality.

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“People set their expectation of taste partially based on the price—and it becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy. If I didn’t pay much it can’t be that good. Moreover, each slice is worse than the last. People really ended up regretting choosing the buffet when it was cheap,” said Cornell’s Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management  professor David Just, one of the study’s authors.

Some buffet restaurants also employ strategies to discourage customers from taking larger quantities of food, according to Dollars and Sense.  Diners do this by presenting dishes in smaller quantities. Not only does doing so increase the perceived value of the dish, but it also makes consumers take less and leave the rest for other patrons.

Such tactics, in addition to reduced expenses in food preparation and individual services, make for higher revenue for the restaurant if done right.

Of course there are those who are able to beat such systems by using a methodology of their own, as one dude from London who pushed the AYCE buffets to their limits.

Written by Ryan General | NextShark

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‘Fridge Door Bar’ Serves Up $2,000 Whiskey At Further Future

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From the “Aspen of Asia” to desert of Nevada, Bar Gyu+ descended on this year’s Further Future festival with some very precious cargo.

Hisashi Watanabe has run the “fridge door bar” in Niseko, Japan for 18 years, bringing cozy, anachronistic vibes to his patrons along with high-end cocktails and whiskeys. For the past 10 years, he’s shared this responsibility with his Canadian wife Ioanna Morelli.

The couple is known for purchasing rare Japanese whiskeys from the defunct Hanyu distillery at auctions. Unlike other selfish auction buyers, however, the Watanabes prefer to share the wealth with their customers.

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At Further Future, the pair set up several intimate tastings where attendees could try six different whiskeys from Hanyu’s Card series, appropriately differentiated with playing card place settings.

Though each bottle sells for approximately $2,000-2,800, festival-goers could pre-purchase tickets to these tastings for just $300. Since the whiskeys run about $100 a pour, the experience was quite the steal and came complete with a charming history lesson from Morelli. 

I was lucky enough to try one of the whiskeys, sans a trip to Japan, and I’m happy to say my digestive system drastically increased in value.

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Why This Rare Chinese Tea Costs $10,000 Per Pot

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Tea enthusiasts with lots of money to spend may want to head to a town in southern China to find one of the most expensive tea varieties in the world.

More popular for its price than its taste, the extremely rare and original Da Hong Pao (Imperial Red Robe) tea costs about $10,000 per pot, or around $1,400 per gram, according to BBC Travel.

Found only in the Chinese town of Wuyishan, Da Hong Pao is the heavily oxidized, dark Oolong tea known for its sweet aroma and a smoky, mellow flavor that leaves an enduring aftertaste minutes after consumed.

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Due to its quality and price, low-income families are not able to drink the expensive tea in China. Even to those who can afford it, the special tea is usually reserved for honored guests.

Relatively cheaper alternatives, priced around $100 per kilogram, are also available in Wuyishan. These varieties come from genetically identical plants grown out of cuttings from the original trees which produce similar yet varying grades of tea.

The quality of the Da Hong Pao tea is graded by its range of tastes and is influenced by the processing used, soil differences, and garden location.

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The expensive variety comes from the group of ancient and almost extinct wild “mother trees” from steep Tianxin Rock in the Wuyi Mountains in Jiulongke. The very last of these rare tea leaves were harvested in 2005 from the trees, which will never yield again.

The price of the legendary tea, which dates as far back as the early 18th century (Dao Guang Era), will only get higher as merchants and tea collectors have hoarded the remaining antique tea leaves.

“The original Da Hong Pao is so expensive because there are hardly any of the original tea trees left,” tea master Xiangning Wu explained to BBC Travel. “And antique versions are very valuable, almost priceless.”

Written by NextShark’s Jacob Wagner

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The World’s Most Expensive Kebab Costs $1,315

Some things are better off eaten drunk, but one man has set out to dispel the status quo with his $1,315 kebab.

You’re going to hate yourself for devouring this delectable kebab inebriated. Hazev restaurant in Canary Wharf, London, boasts the world’s most expensive kebab at 925 pounds ($1,315).

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According to the Daily Mail, the head chef of Hazev, Onder Sahan, challenges anyone in the world to make a better kebab and offers over 1,000 pounds ($1,400) as a prize.

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Sahan dubbed his speciality kebab the “Royal Kebab” and claims to use expensive, high-quality meat, vegetables and olive oil. The dish also uses 25-year-old aged Italian vinegar, which costs 185 pounds ($263) per bottle. He was determined to prove that kebabs weren’t just appropriate as a late night “drunchies” snack for intoxicated people. Sahan stated in a video of him preparing his famous dish:

“We try to change the kebab image and then we show people if you have good taste and then you can make it whatever way you like it.”

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Among the ingredients in his dish are fine Japanese Wagyu beef, fresh morel mushrooms, milk-fed lamb and goat minced into traditional kofta. Ingredients used to enhance its flavor include French Chaumes cheese with courgette flowers, Turkish basil, Jerusalem artichokes and La Vallee des Baux olive oil. Chef Sahan is proud of his culinary masterpiece, but also hopes someone will create a kebab just as worthy. He said:

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“I’m really very very happy if someone do it and I’m very interested. I’m waiting if someone makes it better than this and I’m happy to pay more than 1,000.”

Sahan won first place in his country’s best kebab chef contest. His dish was in honor of the fourth British Kebab Awards that occurred earlier this month.

Written by Editorial Staff, NextShark

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Gwyneth Paltrow Drinks This Ridiculous $220 Smoothie Every Day

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While the everyday person is lamenting the steep price of a bottle of pressed juice, celebrities like Gwyneth Paltrow are guzzling down $200 smoothies sprinkled with moon dust.

This isn’t a regular breakfast juice consumed by common folks, but rather a sophisticated concoction with some expensive ingredients. Actress Gwyneth Paltrow revealed to Refinery29that the smoothies she drinks every morning include vanilla mushroom protein powder, maca, ashwagandha and Moon Juice “moon dust.”

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Ingredients:

1 cup almond milk

1 tbsp almond butter

1 tsp coconut oil

2 tbsp vanilla mushroom protein powder

1 tsp maca (“bio-available endocrine system support”)

1 tsp ashwagandha (potent root, “adaptogenic nervous system tonic”)

1 tsp he shou wu (herb tonic, “adaptogenic hormone tonic”)

1 tsp cordyceps (“adaptogenic energy mushroom”)

1 tsp Moon Juice moon dust of choice

1 pinch Himalayan sea salt

1 pinch vanilla powder (optional)

The actress provided tips on a few variations of the recipe. She said:

“You have to buzz it on high, so it [the coconut oil] really kind of melts into it; otherwise, you get little bits of cold coconut oil. […] And by the way, this is an extremely basic version — you can put in bananas or berries. Sometimes I put in half of a sweet potato and make a little pumpkin pie smoothie. And that’s really it.”

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Moon Juice is a company that sells a wide selection of “moon dusts” including for “spirit,” “beauty,” “action,” “brain,” “goodnight,” and “sex.” The glass jars contain 15.5 servings of what the company advertises as “the most potent organic and wild-crafted herbs, adaptogenic plants, and bioactive minerals available.” Moon Juice recommends adding one teaspoon of their moon dust to any eight-ounce hot or cold liquids. Each jar has a price tag of $55 to $65.

Paltrow, who is purportedly taking time off screen to work on her lifestyle brand called Goop, published her smoothie recipe to her company’s site. She drinks it “every morning, whether or not she’s detoxing.” The Daily Mail approximates the price of the Oscar winner’s smoothie to be around $223.

Written by Laura Dang, NextShark

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Here’s The Insane Amount of Money a 275-Pound Body Builder Spends on Food in Just One Week

 

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To be the best in any given field, sometimes one has to take extreme measures. For Australian Josh Lenartowicz, who is aiming to be at the pinnacle of the bodybuilding world, it means spending over $700 a week on food alone.

To maintain his 275-pound frame, the 32-year-old bodybuilder eats about six to 10 meals a day and works out between four and eight hours a day in the gym, Metro UK reports. He keeps up his extensive training to trim away every ounce of excess body fat.

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To keep up his lifestyle and the enormous monthly food budget, Lenartowicz juggled two jobs plus school when he was a student. The body builder was spending up to $2,800 a month on food until he became sponsored by a protein meal company. He explained:

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“It’s like you’re feeding six or seven people. The meals are quite big, it takes sometimes 30 minutes to eat a meal. So you can see how your day turns out that it’s a full-time job.”

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His current Hulk-like physique is a massive difference from his appearance when he started just two years ago. The huge difference even sparked social media allegations of performance-enhancing drug use:

“I’ve never ever cheated in my life … it’s almost a form of bullying in a way. If people said that about Michael Jordan or Tiger Woods … it is disrespectful in a way because it disregards all the hard work.”

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He is currently eyeing the top spot for this year’s Mr. Olympia, an international competition that showcases the best in bodybuilding. Previous recent wins in Italy and California have earned him the slot in the worldwide contest.

Written by Editorial Staff, NextShark