The Planalto Palace, which is the seat of government in Brazil, presented a US$600,000 budget request to buy food for the presidential plane for 2017, local press reports Tuesday.
The breakdown of costs revealed that the Senate-imposed president has an insatiable sweet tooth, with the most requested products ice cream, chocolate cakes, and Nutella jars, according to Brasil 247.
Temer reportedly ordered 500 tubs of Häagen-Das ice cream at a cost of US$3,000, along with 50 boxes of Cornets ice cream bars, 50 boxes of Popsicles, 50 boxes of Chicabons chocolate ice cream, 50 boxes of Eskibons and 50 boxes of Frutillys Strawberry ice cream. The request also included 300 types of lactose-free ice cream.
In addition, 120 jars of Nutella were part of the list of goodies that Temer and his guests will enjoy during presidential trips throughout the year.
The biggest expense, however, will be chocolate cakes, with the president’s team estimating that a ton and a half of cake will be needed for next year, at a total cost of US$30,000.
The cost of Temer's plane breakfasts will increase in 2017, with 200 servings ordered at a cost of US$30 each, including delicacies such as parma ham and brie, provolone and buffalo mozzarella.
The request comes on the heels of a controversial austerity law to limit public spending for the next two decades which was championed by Temer earlier this month.
The spending legislation was approved despite the fact that nearly 60 percent of Brazilians oppose it. The law was called “inappropriate” by the United Nations.
President Temer, who was a leading figure behind the parliamentary coup against elected President Dilma Rousseff, has already introduced a series of sweeping privatization proposals and pushed for major cuts to social programs.
He faces very low approval ratings among Brazilians, but is scheduled to complete Rousseff’s presidential term until the next election in late 2018 despite being barred from running in the next election due to campaign financing irregularities.