In August 2011, the price of gold rose 26 percent . The contentious U.S. debt ceiling fight led many investors to believe that financial apocalypse was nigh, and when survivalist mode kicked in they bought their own personal stockpiles of gold.
Fortunately, markets have begun to recover, and what could have been a potential 1929 turned out to be a mere Y2K. Economic uncertainty persists, however, and so interest in gold remains strong....particularly among foodies.
Not all forms of gold are edible-but the precious metal is frequently used in non-toxic powder or leaf form to give foods the appearance of elegance, luxury, and wealth.
Food containing gold suggests that the person consuming it is a high roller, so it's usually found in luxury items such as caviar, or in decadent desserts. It's also an ingredient that can be used in many recipes, and gives even an amateur cook the ability to whip up something unique.
What are some foods that contain gold? Click ahead and find out.
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By Daniel Bukszpan