With many years of experience from Hilton Singapore, Shangri-la, Mandarin Orchard and Raffles Hotel, Chef Then Chui Fong presents her very own series of mooncakes using chocolate as a theme. As expected, the mooncakes offered by Jewels Artisan Chocolate is a strong competitor to the top hotels in Singapore. I believe we have mentioned before that rarely we have a mooncake whereby the whole family unanimously agree that it is good, this is one such case. The baked skin mooncake is a hit with the older generation for not being sweet and it shares a similar texture to the Hua Ting's baked mooncakes for its slight oily and moist lotus paste. I must say that the only thing which can be improved is probably the baked skin which can be more fragrant.
There are 3 flavours available, namely, Baked Mooncake with Double Yolk and White Lotus Paste, Baked Mooncake with Single Yolk & Black Pearl Chocolate and Baked Mooncake with Black Pearl Chocolate & Winter Melon Seeds.
Snowskin mooncakes come in four flavours.(From left to right) Mini Snow-Skin Mooncake with Dark Chocolate Crunchy Pearl, Mini Snow-Skin Mooncake with Espresso Truffle, Mini Snow-Skin Mooncake with Champagne Ganache Truffle and and Mini Snow-Skin Mooncake with Salted Caramel Truffle.
Usually I would find chocolate and lotus paste overwhelming but the choice of chocolate pearls was excellent. You could still feel the lotus paste but with a slight crunch. The ganache encased in the chocolate shell is smooth and complements very well with the smooth lotus paste. Snowskin is soft and slightly chewy, showing resemblance to a good mochi. The only flavour that disappoints is the espresso version for its a very strong flavour and that both coffee and lotus paste can be a very harsh and heaty on the throat.
Champagne Ganache Truffle steals the show among the snowskin series. Apart from the strong champagne content in its ganache, the entire combination melts in the mouth. Also, the overall is not sweet and hence making it so addictive to have more than just one. Salted Caramel Truffle shines for its contrast between salted caramel and sweet lotus paste. A must-try for salted caramel lovers.
Mooncakes have never been devoured at such fast rate, the moment we finish taking the photos, all our family members enjoyed it with a nod in the head. For this, we recommend Jewels' Champagne Ganache Truffle and the baked mooncakes strongly.
Many thanks to Chef Then for the complimentary mooncakes.
Jewels Artisan Chocolate
181 Orchard Road
Tel: 6509 8998
Operating hours: 11am to 11pm daily
Mooncakes are available from 22nd August to 22 September 2010.
For more information on their mooncakes, here is the webpage