‘Couch Potato’ Ice Cream Workshop with Ben & Jerry’s Flavour Guru

Ben & Jerry’s fans, if you haven’t tried ‘Couch Potato’, you would probably have heard of it.

It is the newest Ben & Jerry’s ice cream flavour in town, composed of vanilla ice cream, salty caramel swirl and chocolate-covered potato chip clusters.

Preventing the potato chips from getting soggy has always been a vexing issue during the ice cream flavour making process. After years of painstaking experimentations and deliberation, Ben & Jerry’s conjured up the perfect way to incorporate potato chips in ice cream. Continue reading

Krispy Kreme Doughnuts opens its first outlet in Singapore

Mark your calendars, because on Saturday, 12th October 2013, Krispy Kreme Doughnuts opens its doors for business in Singapore, with its first outlet at Tangs Orchard Basement 1.

The 1,200 square-foot sit-in café, smacked in the heart of Orchard Road, features a state-of-the-art doughnut theatre emblazoned with its iconic red-neon HOT NOW lights, where freshly made Krispy Kreme doughnuts emerge from, hot and crusty. Continue reading

Latte E Miele, Gelato Artisan at Turf City

Gelato Artisan, Latte E Miele, promises to fulfil your fastidious expectations for optimum quality and freshness with a wide selection of gelato flavours made daily in small batches, using 100 per cent natural ingredients with no preservatives and colouring.

Latte E Miele sticks by its traditional Italian recipes, which involves precise measurements and incorporation of sugar, cream, fresh milk and other condiments. Natural flavourings are derived from fresh fruits, nuts, herbs and spices. Continue reading

Gourmet Chocolate Bars by the Master Chocolatiers of Lindt

Founded in 1845, Lindt & Sprüngli is a global leader in the premium chocolate category, offering high-quality chocolates in more than 100 countries. Pioneer of the conching process, Mr. Rodolphe Lindt created the world’s first smooth-melting chocolate in 1879.

Chocolates are manufactured in Europe, with Master Chocolatiers overseeing the whole process –from the selection of cocoa beans and high quality ingredients, to the final production.

The latest innovation of the Lindt Master Chocolatiers sees the launch of two new premium chocolate bars –Excellence Touch of Sea Salt and Excellence 90% Cocoa. Continue reading

The opening of MAGNUM SINGAPORE Pleasure Store and the launch of Magnum Pink & Black

On 27 July 2013, invited media and guests witnessed the opening of MAGNUM SINGAPORE Pleasure Store at Clarke Quay’s Central Fountain Square, which also coincided with the launch of the new Magnum Pink and Magnum Black.

The new MAGNUM SINGAPORE Pleasure Store

A huge hit across the globe, the Magnum Pleasure Store has finally hit our shores. The key and central element to all Magnum Pleasure Stores is the experience of designing one’s very own Magnum. Continue reading

Customise your Chocolate Bar at Cocoa B

Cocoa B is an online chocolate boutique that allows you to customise your chocolate bars in a few clicks.

Visit: http://www.cocoa-b.com/
1. Choose your choice of chocolate bar (milk/dark/white)
2. Select your toppings (unconventional toppings include ikan bilis, wasabi nuts, chicken floss and more)
3. Make payment and your creations will be delivered/mailed to you.

Chocolate bars with a personal touch, unique from any other, make great gifts for any occasion. You can order them in bulk for corporate gifts, weddings and parties.

The wide array of toppings are categorised into five groups –‘Berries & Fruits’, ‘Exotic’, ‘Nutty & Seeds’, ‘Sweet & Décor’, and ‘Herbs, Spices, Powder’. Most of the toppings are rather intriguing, such as Dried Longans, Dried Tomatoes, Tapioca Chips, Bacon Bits, Sze Chuan Pepper, Garlic Flakes, and Crispy Lotus Seeds to name a few.

There are boundless possibilities in the combination of ingredients.

You can add up to 5 toppings per chocolate bar. Any more would be overwhelming and confusing.

If you can’t make a decision, you can fall back on Cocoa B’s Creations –or simply get some inspirations from them.

50g Dark Chocolate with apricots, dried tomatoes, cranberries ($4.90)

Chocolate bars are available in two sizes –50g and 100g. A plain 50g chocolate bar would cost $3.90, while a plain 100g chocolate bar would cost $7.50. The final cost would depend on your toppings. Continue reading

The Icing Room presents ‘Perfect Mum’ & ‘Say it with Love’ this Mother’s Day, with the launch of its delivery website

Forget the hassle of making your way down to the malls to bag home a cake this Mother’s Dayyou’re putting your precious gift at risk of colliding into the hustling crowds, and the unpredictable weather on your way home. With The Icing Room’s delivery website (theicingroomdelivery.com.sg), you can snuggle comfortably in your couch, and await the cake’s arrival with just a few clicks. Continue reading

Emicakes presents a Mother’s Day special design, “Say it with Love” (GIVEAWAY: 3 cakes to be won!)

Unless you’re an experienced and adept baker contemplating on showering your affections for your beloved mother by presenting your very own masterpiece, you should consider scouring the bakeries of Singapore for the ideal Mother’s Day cake.

Choices of Mother’s Day-themed cakes are innumerable, but if your mommy is a fan of durian, the choices are narrowed down to a countable number of possibilities –with Emicakes being amongst the top 3.

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Chocolate Indulgence at Pacific Marketplace

Valentine’s Day would be incomplete without chocolate –those sensuously dark chocolate that boasts aphrodisiac attributes.

For 3 days only, Pan Pacific Singapore is offering an array of chocolaty delights for the lovebirds, which include their signature Crunchy Hazelnut Chocolate Dome, Red Wine and Dark Chocolate Macarons, Chocolate Pralines, Rose Meringues, a Chocolate Fountain with various condiments, and Chocolate Milk Shakes.

The chocolate buffet is available from 14 to 16 February 2013, 3pm to 5pm, at $48++ per person.

Red Wine Rustic Chocolate Macaron

Raspberry Chocolate Tart

Assortment of chocolate truffles and pralines

“Love Potions” ($24++/$36++ for two)

Specially concocted love cocktails are available from 1 to 28 February 2013; LUST ($36++ for two) comprises citron vodka, cointreau, mixed berries and champagne, while the non-alcoholic version DESIRE ($24++ for two) comprises mixed berries, fresh lemon juice, cranberry juice and ginger beer.

Sip on refreshingly potent libations while exchanging sweet whisperings, comfortably in the “lantern-inspired” pods that form a romantic backdrop this season of love and lust.

For reservations or enquiries, please call or email .

Visit http://www.panpacific.com/en/singapore/news/get_in_the_mood_for_love_at_pan_pacific_singapore.html for Pan Pacific Singapore’s Valentine’s Day specials.

Chocolate Masterclass with a Michelin Touch at Regent Singapore

Things are getting sweetened up at Regent Hotel, with Executive Pastry Chef Domenico Di Clemente from Michelin-starred Il Palagio at Four Seasons Hotel Firenze presenting sweet creations at Dolcetto by Basilico from 16 January 2013.

I had the privilege of attending Chef Domenico’s first-ever chocolate showcase in Singapore. The Chocolate Masterclass was held at Basilico Restaurant’s well-equipped private cooking studio, where cooking demos and classes are held upon request or booking.

We learnt how to make one of Chef Domenico’s signature creations, the Warm Chocolate Tart with Coffee Zabaglione. Continue reading

Valentine’s Day sweet treats from The Icing Room

Love is in the air! The saccharine atmosphere at The Icing Room is not exempted. This Valentine’s Day, cupid snipes an arrow on those with a sweet tooth.

Heart to Heart ($19.80)

Beneath the pinkish façade lie heavenly layers of chocolate chiffon cake and chocolate mousse. Totally didn’t expect that underneath that pinkness! Pleasantly surprised. :) Heart shape printed white chocolate surrounds the border of the cake. Adding dainty details to this enchanting cake, mini macaron shells sandwiching raspberry and cream, alongside with syrup-coated strawberry, adorn the vastly pink surface.

The Icing Room has thoughtfully created other sweet treats that are perfect for gifts, such as bite-sized lollicakes and heart-shaped butter cookies glazed with chocolates and daintily decorated.
For more information, visit www.theicingroom.com.

Valentine’s Day cakes by BreadTalk

Hum to your favourite love songs while luxuriating in BreadTalk’s Romantic Musical Sweet Treats with your loved ones this Valentine’s Day. The musical-themed cakes, available in two flavours, accentuate the relationship between love, music and food.

Melody of Love ($22.80)

‘Melody of Love’ will entrance the sweet and demure girl-next-door with its pinkish endearing façade.

Soft spongy layers of vanilla chiffon are partitioned by a thick layer of creamy mousse flecked with juicy cherries, depicting musical notes strung together in smooth legato.

Love Actually ($22.80)

Designed to bear resemblance to a grand piano, this exquisite creation comes without a hefty price tag. Dusted with shimmering powder for the final touch, the chocolate is bewitched to a dark seductive gold.

Chocolate chiffon is spiked with hints of orange marmalade. The assertive tone of the rich decadent chocolate builds sensuousness to a crescendo. This cake will charm the passionate and boldly sexy.
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Swensen’s Valentine’s Day Cake –Sticky Chewy Lovely

Does your valentine enjoy the following?
- Chocolate
- Ice Cream
- Chocolate Ice Cream
- Ice Cream Cake
- Chocolate Ice Cream Cake
- Berries
- Decadence

If you’ve checked all four boxes, Swensen’s Sticky Chewy Lovely will impress, giving you an edge in scoring a romantic date with the one you’ve been secretly admiring.
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Choco Truffle Dream by Emicakes (GIVEAWAY!)

Cake arrived. I could hear my own breathing, and ’s (my dog). The roaring sound of engine, the vehicle vrooming off –sounds that make up a silence. There came desperate eagerness to rip the packaging apart, to put my face into the cake. Time raced by at the speed of a turtle wading its way through masses of sand. My alter (gluttonous) ego reviles the diligent shutterbug character. “Are you done taking photos already?”

‘Shutterbug’ rebukes with a sharp glare. The glare that conveys “Do not touch the cake until I am done taking pictures.” She then proceeds to slicing a piece of cake, for another round of photo taking.

Who can resist?

Perhaps only those amongst the minority of the human race, with relentless willpower, can prolong the restraint.
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Au Chocolat at Marina Bay Sands

Au Chocolat is a made-in-Singapore French-inspired playground for chocolates, confections and savoury treats, located at the prestigious Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands.

Why I call it a playground: It takes you on an enchanting romp; you swing by the candy shop (the confectionary) to gaze at dainty indulgences, almost feeling the need to tug on mum’s dress and beg her for one; ‘I scream for ice cream’, the ice cream booth dispenses a quintessential treat to appease the wailing kids; omnipresent at every theme park, the ‘toyshop’ is where the young and old can do some retail therapy or shop for souvenirs; and lastly, hop over to the whimsically decorated bistro dining area with your famished stomachs to nourish your bodies after a day of play.

At Au Chocolate Bistro, Head Chef Elvin Chew showcases his flair for incorporating chocolate into savoury dishes, succeeding without facing unwelcome backlash. He made kids’ dreams – of consuming chocolate during mealtime – possible, what conventional parents of Stone Age would not have approved of.

The Au Chocolat Bistro offers all day dining with a wide variety of flavours.

Au Chocolat Fudge Freeze ($12)

Rice and creamy chocolate fudge topped with whipped cream and chocolate shavings

The Au Chocolat Fudge Freeze was pure bliss, and I was so reluctant to share. But, imagine how much more calories I’d be consuming if I didn’t!

Modern Nicoise ($20)

Fresh picked salad with French beans, roasted potato pieces, feta cheese and sundried tomatoes topped with seared tuna

The menu consists of soups, burgers, sandwiches, pastas, meats and more. But, if your palate dares step out of the box, sample what Au Chocolat focuses on –chocolate.

If you think the integration of chocolate and salad totally defeats the purpose of ‘consuming salad to maintain a slim waistline’, don’t be too quick to judge! The dark chocolate balsamic vinaigrette contains no more calories and fat than your usual salad dressing. Furthermore, cocoa has health benefits to boot, such as lowering blood pressure and cholesterol. As opposed to what I was envisaging, the dressing is deficit of sweetness; it is slightly tangy and subtly bitter.

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