How Much Is Too Much to Spend on Your Favorite Food?

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If your Instagram feed looks anything like mine, it's peppered with images of farmers market finds and summery meals and desserts. The other day as I popped over to scroll through a few photos, I noticed the most delicious image of ice cream cones and it made me pause for two reasons.

First, ice cream is my favorite food and the dripping cones looked delicious. Second, the caption read: "Best ice cream of my life. As it should've been for $16." $16 for two ice cream cones! It got me wondering how much I'd spend for the very best ice cream.

There were a few thoughts that went through my mind here: Was it really that good? How was it different than a really delicious ice cream cone from a local scoop shop that would be half or even a quarter of that price?

But skepticism aside, I also found myself curious to try it just because it was so expensive — as if there was some secret about it that I should get in on. If ice cream is my one true culinary love, maybe I, too, needed to know what all the fuss was about.

Since I saw that picture, I still have yet to find the occasion for the $8 single-scoop ice cream cone. Not to say that it won't ever happen, but it seems special enough that I want to save it for date night or for a night out with a special friend. Perhaps I'll just wait until a few other friends visit and report back on whether it's worth it or not before taking the plunge.

I'd be curious to know how you feel: how much is too much to spend on your favorite food? Special ice cream aside, there are plenty of other delicious and expensive foods in high demand — white truffles, Russian caviar, perfect olive oil, rare coffees and teas — and I haven't even mentioned great wines or expensive Scotch. Do you make room in your budget for any high-priced treats? What justifies a splurge?

(Image credits: Leela Cyd)