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V Day ’14: zChocolat’s Valentine’s Day Collection

It is less than a week away from Valentines’ Day and if you are still fretting over what to get for your other half, I have a great solution for you. Sweet, personalized and delivered right to his/her doorstep, these premium French chocolates from zChocolat will be the perfect surprise- especially if the two of you are miles apart from each other or even in separate continents.

I have received chocolates from zChocolat previously and am well aware of the quality and taste of their products. Delivered express all the way from France, these chocolates never fail to reach in tip-top condition, intact and most importantly on the date promised it would.

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For this Valentines’ Day, zChocolat has launched a special Valentines’ Day Collection with prices ranging from SGD 51.70 and up to SGD 655.04 for those keen to really splurge on your loved one. These chocolates are made from only the finest cocoa, French cream and butter, with very little sugar added and the intense flavours simply explode in your mouth. It is after all, no secret that you can always trust the French for their gourmet prowess and seductive savviness.

CNY ’14: Taiwan Songshan Pineapple Cakes from Din Tai Fung

Din Tai Fung celebrates this Lunar New Year with a range of festive goodies available for both dine-in and takeaway from 1 January to 28 February 2014. These prosperity promotions include Peanut Glutinous Rice Balls or more classically known as ‘tang yuan’, Yu Sheng (Salmon/Abalone) and of course their well-loved Taiwan Songshan Pineapple Cakes which are freshly baked and air-flown direct from Taiwan.

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Filled with Taiwan’s Songshan pineapple paste, free of preservatives and trans-fat, and individually wrapped, these boxes of pineapple cakes are extremely presentable and festively designed, making great gifts for both family and friends. Unwrap one of these packets and no one will be able resist that rich and tempting aroma.

GIVEAWAY | The Icing Room CNY Cakes

This giveaway is now CLOSED!

To celebrate the Year of the Horse, The Icing Room has launched 2 new cakes specially designed for the festive season.

The Prosperity Pony $22 will make an apt centerpiece for your reunion dinner table this new year as the creative cake designers of The Icing Room have cleverly reconstructed their signature Vanilla Chantilly cream cake into the shape of this year’s zodiac animal. And yes the whole cake, mane and all, is edible- that’s if you bear to!

On the other hand, the Burst of Spring $16.80 brings some traditional cheer with its Mandarin Oranges and Good Fortune Chinese scroll made entirely out of fondant. Because nothing screams Chinese New Year more than those two symbolic items. The cake itself too is a Chantilly cream cake.

These limited edition CNY offerings will only be available till 14 February 2014 BUT early birds who purchase their cakes before 30 January 2014 enjoy a 10% discount off!

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CNY ’14: Bakerzin Chinese New Year Sweets Collection 2014

Bakerzin unveils its Chinese New Year Sweets Collection 2014 for the festive season with individually wrapped pineapple tarts and cookies. From 7 January to 14 February 2014, customers can place their orders online at www.bakerzin.com or at any of the nine Bakerzin outlets island wide for these beautifully packaged Lunar New Year treats that make excellent gifts for both family and friends.

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Giving a twist to the most classic of Chinese New Year festive goodies, Bakerzin presents their newly introduced Yuzu Yuan Bao Pineapple Tarts which refreshes with its citrusy notes. Balancing out the sweetness of the pineapple paste, the infusion of yuzu zest was definitely unusual with a tart finish. The vote was split on this one. Some of the family members adored it while others did not quite fancy it. I personally thought it was an acquired taste.

Yuzu Yuan Bao Pineapple Tarts (20 pcs per box) – $26.80

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For the traditionalists like myself, you will not get enough of the Classic Pineapple Tarts. Baked in two oriental designs- the leaf and yuan bao, each bite of the buttery pastry gives a sweet burst with a hint of tanginess of slow-cooked pineapple and a faint flavour of spices. Addictive and delightful, you will be grateful that these treats are individually sealed and refrains you from popping them into your mouth non-stop!

Classic Yuan Bao and Golden Leaf Pineapple Tarts (20 pcs per box) – $23.80

Online Bakery Happy Avenue Bakes & Favors

Even though online bakery Happy Avenue was only officially launched on Facebook on February 8th this year, home baker Judy Then- owner of Happy Avenue, happily shares that she has already sold more than 10,000 cupcakes to date.

Named after the actual road name in Macpherson, Judy hopes that her bakes of cupcakes, shortbreads and cookies do really make people happy when they eat them. And what started out as a good deed of selling her bakes to help a friend in need raise funds, has now developed into a full time job for the home baker in order to meet the overwhelming demand for her sweet treats.

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Judy sent over a mixed box of 12 regular cupcakes for me to sample and they definitely brought some sunshine to my otherwise dreary cloudy Saturday morning. There were 7 different flavors in total- Signature Valrhona Triple Dark, Vanilla Lemon Cream, Red Velvet, Choc Peanut Butter, Choc Salted Caramel, Choc Brazilian Coffee and Vanilla Strawberry.