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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.