It's one of the most sweltering days of summer, which means that National Ice Cream Day couldn't have come at a better time than now. At a time when the war on ice cream is being waged in our very own freezer aisles, today is about banding together and celebrating the frozen treat that can be enjoyed in any weather. In honor of today, we put together some over-the-top sundaes that you'll have a hard time believing are even real. Whether they inspire you to walk to the fridge and finish off that pint or hop in the car and drive hundreds of miles to get the real thing, take a look at these sumptuous, indulgent, bring-you-to-your-knees frozen masterpieces.
Golden Opulence Sundae at Serendipity 3 in NYC
Is it gauche to start an ice cream list with the most expensive one you can find? This $1,000 dessert holds a Guinness World Record for most expensive sundae. Only available by special order, Golden Opulence boasts an ingredient list of stuff you've never heard of like Tahitian vanilla ice cream infused with Madagascar vanilla beans, Amedei Porcelana and Chuao chocolate, French candied fruit, caviar injected with Armagnac and passion fruit, and edible gold. Made from almost as much gold as actual food, digging your spoon into this indulgent treat is like taking a bite out of a French rococo parlor.