Cash In on the Edible Gold Rush with This 24-Karat Recipe

Dazzle guests at your next event with these golden strawberries

Although every dark cloud has a silver lining and diamonds are (somewhat) forever, in the realm of precious metals and geologic formations, gold still reigns supreme. And while we’re most accustomed to seeing gold encrusted on glittering “Game of Thrones” crowns or decorating our favorite Olympic athletes, it’s quickly taking up residence on our dinner and dessert plates, too, says Steve Evetts, executive pastry chef for the New York Marriott Marquis

“Although edible gold has been around for some time now, it’s making a revival in several dessert and entrée recipes,” he explains. “It definitely adds that extra ‘wow’ factor to food––it helps to demonstrate the wealth of the taste and quality.”

Although Evetts says the gold is virtually tasteless and provides no nutritional value, many think the metal has medicinal properties, most specifically for arthritis relief. But the best benefit of all? Despite gold’s still-steep price, it’s more than affordable to incorporate (sparingly) into recipes for events with several attendees. 

Here’s one golden recipe to wow guests at your next event:

What you’ll need:

6 long-stem strawberries
Chocolate for dipping (melted)
6 sheets of gold leaf

How to make it:

Begin by removing the leaves from the strawberry stems. Next, cut a small slice from the pointed end of the strawberries so they stand up. Dip each strawberry in the chocolate all the way to the stem, then place directly on parchment paper until the chocolate is set.

When the chocolate is set, roll each strawberry onto a sheet of gold leaf. Roll over the leaf until the strawberry is completely covered. Serve on a gold platter, if possible.