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Non-traditionalists: Chocolates & Non-mooncakes

If the sheer thought of mooncakes gives you a knot in the stomach, don’t worry, there are plenty of options to get you into the festive spirit. Chocolate, cake, or even tea- and alcohol-infused mousse – there will always be something that floats your boat.

*Ratings below are given out of five to help you select mooncakes based on your preference of sweetness and size.

Text by Iris Wong

 

Dalloyau – Paris Moon
$288/one box of Paris Moon with eight pieces

The Taste: more sponge cake than mooncake, the taste and texture of these are not unlike the sponge in tiramisu, the downside being a little bit too moist. The cake is of a fragrant coffee flavour, and we like the gold flakes on top.

Sweetness: 3/5
Size: medium

Crave Verdict: not technically a mooncake, we like that the box still retains the traditional concept of “seven stars and a moon”. Great alternative for those who don’t like the density of lotus paste mooncakes.


Intercontinental Grand Stanford – Trio Whisky Chocolate Mooncakes
$438/a box of three assorted mooncakes

The Taste: Heavily infused with whisky (Glengoyne, Kavalan and Mars Komagatake), these handcrafted mooncakes are dense with dark chocolate fillings that are surprisingly not too sweet. A thumbs-up for having a white chocolate centre that imitates the egg yolk in traditional mooncakes.

Sweetness: 3/5
Size: medium

Crave Verdict: we, as whisky lovers, were pleasantly surprised with these creations and thoroughly enjoyed them as mooncake alternatives.


La Maison du Chocolat – Black Moon
$470/one Moonchocolate Gift Box

The Taste: the Black Moon centrepiece is a dark chocolate ganache bouchée with blueberry pulp. The dark chocolate is ultra-rich with a hint of blueberry, though we couldn’t quite pinpoint the pulp inside.

Sweetness: 4.5/5
Size: various

Crave Verdict: if you are shopping for a chocoholic, this gift box could be a good option, as they are essentially ganache spheres with a Moon Festival theme.


Paul Lafayet – Matcha Praline Mooncake
$320/one French-infused Mooncake Gift Box of four assorted mooncakes

The Taste: this elegantly decorated cake makes for a great festive dessert, though nothing much about screams mooncake. The matcha financier didn’t have enough matcha flavour, but the chocolate crunch at the bottom was delightful.

Sweetness: 4/5
Size: medium

Crave Verdict: if you don’t treat them as mooncakes, they actually make a pretty decadent dessert. More matcha, please!


Pierre Hermé Paris – Infiniment Praliné Noisette
$340/a box of four assorted mooncakes

The Taste: great crisp and crunch, which is a nice contrast to the smooth pure origin Mexican dark chocolate filling. Love the strong hazelnut aroma, though not surprising, the dense chocolate “mooncake” is very sweet.

Sweetness: 4/5
Size: medium

Crave Verdict: as fans of Pierre Hermé’s macarons, we can’t say no to these mooncake-sized chocolates. The packaging and designs with different forms of the moon are on point, but the mooncake is quite sweet that we can only enjoy one small bite at a time.


Tea WG – “Pure” Snowskin Mooncake
$408/a box of two mooncakes and the Autumn Celebration Tea)

The Taste: the texture is very much like a giant marshmallow, which is way too soft for something with a filling. There is a slight aftertaste of white tea, but has been overpowered by the blackcurrant marmalade – though we do like the tangy touch.

Sweetness: 4.5/5
Size: large

Crave Verdict: the tea pairing is a fantastic idea, though the overall wobbly texture of the mooncake isn’t very appealing. The taste of the snowskin is an oddly comforting one, and rather fragrant.

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