Remember when you swore off sugar? Well, it’s not possible, and even if it is, it’s been a year of strict discipline and it’s time to reward yourself with some of these holiday sweets.
Text by Iris Wong
Shop 3220, 3/F Gateway Arcade, Harbour City, Tsim Sha Tsui
Tel: 3185 8330
Decadence is not usually what we would associate with gluten-free desserts. Cue Dalloyau, the royal patisserie with over three centuries of imperial heritage, and its first ever gluten-free cake, Choco Tempting ($188). Don’t judge a book by its cover – this chunky log of a cake handmade with top-quality black chocolate beans (62 per cent), premium eggs and smooth butter is rich, moist, and not at all greasy. Choco Tempting can be enjoyed in different ways: at room temperature, chilled, and heated with a microwave for 30 to 45 seconds; we tried all three and preferred eating it chilled, where the cake is almost fudge-like and immensely satisfying.
1/F The Factory, 1 Yip Fat Street, Wong Chuk Hang
Tel: 2562 9000
Chocolate in liquid form is just as soul-restoring, if not more so. Elephant Grounds is serving up a Christmas Hot Chocolate Series to beat the winter cold. Matcha lovers need to try the Supreme Maccha Hot Chocolate ($48) brewed with premium Uji matcha powder for a twist on the classic; Baby, It’s Cold Out There ($45) brings back childhood memories with puffy marshmallows and rainbow sprinkles, while the Spiced Chilli Hot Chocolate ($48) is the ultimate winter warmer adding chilli flakes and nutmeg to the traditional hot chocolate.
Frederic Blondeel, La Maison du Chocolat and Fortnum & Mason Pop-ups
Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty
Join in on the festivities at Pacific Place with its myriad pop-ups, workshops and Christmas celebrations. Find an assortment of confectionery and gifts at the Fortnum & Mason stall (also available at Cityplaza), and stamp the names of your loved ones on Christmas stockings for a heartwarming gift, then venture to the Frederic Blondeel pop-up to create your very own hot chocolate concoction using the finest ingredients. Not-to-be-missed is the chocolate engraving workshop by La Maison du Chocolat where you will learn how to decorate chocolates and sample some of the divine creations by the luxury chocolatier.
Lindt has made gift-giving easier this Christmas with two stylish special editions tins – the LINDOR Milk 3D heart tin ($85) with classic milk chocolate pralines, and the limited edition Lindt x Swarovski Christmas crystal heart tin ($85) containing creamy white chocolate pralines with strawberry pieces, and of course, both featuring the famous LINDOR smooth melting centre.
Shop 1104B, ifc Mall, Central
Tel: 2543 9800
Nothing exudes winter romance like Paul Lafayet’s “Jardin d’hiver” themed collection. Spoil your macaron-loving friends with the Winter Garden Gift Box ($450), which includes 18 pieces of handcrafted macarons and and one seasonal, exclusive grand hazelnut macaron. Seeking a show stopping dessert to end your Christmas feast on a high note? Try the festive Jardin Rouge berries and vanilla mousse cake, or the Jardin Blanc mousse cake with chestnuts and blackberries.