Mooncake Festival, also known as the Lantern Festival or Mid-autumn Festival, falls on 8 September this year.
While traditional mooncakes are still consumed by today’s generations, the popularity of the celebration has prompted various food outlets to come up with increasingly unique and mesmerizing mooncake flavours and designs every year.
With the Mooncake Festival just around the corner, why don’t we take a look at some of the new offerings mooncake makers have came up with for 2014?
1. Casahana’s Crimson Opera
|One of Casahana’s new mooncakes this year.|
When it comes to mooncakes, Casahana definitely has a fine grasp on the designs. That apply to both its mooncake as well as its packaging designs, which never fail to “wow” the crowd each year.
This year Casahana offers another flower themed mooncake under the name Crimson Opera. The mooncake has a lotus paste filling which has a tinge of sweetness from beetroot. Creamy cheese and white chocolate can be found right at its core.
Special mention of past mooncake: Casahana’s Scarlet Snow, a perfect combination of butter pastry skin with honey-infused lotus paste and a pomegranate mocha centre.
2. Tai Thong’s Premium Durian Duet (D24)
|Those snowy white ones.|
Ah, the fruit that many in the world loathe for its smell but is highly coveted by South-east Asians for its sweet flesh. This year Tai Thong has came up with two new durian-infused mooncakes to appease durian-lovers’ palletes.
Premium Durian Duet (D24) steals the spotlight with its snowy skin and fresh pulpy filling – using only the best and most fragrant of D24 durians. Its taste is also the mildest out of the newly introduced ones, hence it is most suitable for beginners who are just learning to embrace the sweetness that is durian.
Special mention of past mooncake: Tai Thong’s Snow Skin Yam Paste Single Yolk pairs a single golden salted yolk with yam paste filling and soft snow skin.
3. Swensen’s Queen of Earl Grey
|Pure ice cream goodness.|
This year Swensen’s introduces three new ice-cream mooncakes but one takes the cake *ehem* with its unique look and taste.
The Queen of Earl Grey mooncake has filling made up of tea-flavoured ice-cream with teeny, tiny almond bits scattered around in there. Its exterior might make it look like plain old ice cream but know that inside the fluffy filling is perfect to be consumed for cooling down in a hot tropical country.
Special mention of past mooncake: Swensen’s Strawberry Fields Forever is a heaven-sent mooncake for any strawberry lover.
4. Godiva’s Mooncake Duo Lait: Lychee-Green Tea Crunch
|Slab of chocolate or uniquely designed mooncake?|
For those of you with a deeper pocket, why not splurge on a fancy chocolate mooncake from Godiva?
This year the chocolatier offers a white chocolate ganache mooncake that is combined with a Matcha green tea base and a lychee mousse, with a hint of strawberry, almonds and cocoa nibs. All these sweet goodness wrapped in a Lady GODIVA milk chocolate shell.
Special mention: Not a mooncake per se but a gift set, perfect for mooncake lovers who also just can’t get enough of chocolates!
5. Starbucks’ Apricot Hazelnut Latte
|Guess which one?|
There are a lot of Starbucks-lovers out there, so this mooncake is the perfect fit for them!
Starbucks hailed this mooncake as “a contemporary Mooncake wrapped in an aromatic Starbucks VIA® skin, combined with hazelnut lotus paste, chunky bits of apricots and cream cheese soft filling in its core.”
Special mention: Starbucks Signature Banana Chocolate Mooncake is another new mooncake but it deserves a special mention as RM1 from every set purchased will be donated to Starbucks Connecting Communities in Malaysia Project.