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LUXE DESIGNER BOXES | BreadTalk | This season, BreadTalk is introducing five unique mooncake boxes. The three-tier royal mooncake packaging (ten pieces for $88.80) is an eye-catching, luxurious rhinestone-studded vanity box awashed with autumn colours of orange and dark brown. The range of mooncake flavours include lotus with yolk blend, olive seed with single yolk and lotus with melon seeds. Available until 8 September at all BreadTalk outlets.
COCKTAIL FRENZY | Crowne Plaza Hotel | Two new cocktail snowskin mooncake creations are offered by Crowne Plaza, following the positive response to its lychee martini varietal last year – good news, it is back this year (six pieces for $65). The first new offering is white peach bellini (six pieces for $65), a spin on the Bellini with a truffle core filled with champagne and infused white chocolate. The second is a more intense chocolate rum and raisin (also six pieces for $65). This year's packaging has also been spiked up a notch – it's a beautiful lilac box that mimics a trendy handbag. Available until 9 September at Lobby Lounge, Crowne Plaza Hotel.
WIN | TROPICAL SURPRISE | Carlton Hotel | Packed in a stylish box spotting gold ripples against a dark purple shade, Carlton Hotel's mini cempedak (smaller cousin of the jackfruit) and pineapple snowskin mooncake (eight pieces for $60) is a fruity treat for the adventurous. Taste the zesty pineapple and sweet cempedak flavours as you sink your teeth into the palm sugar-flavoured snowskin, a pretty good combination, we reckon. Do also try the new and on-trend mini red velvet snowskins filled with cream cheese paste ($58 for a box of eight). Available until 8 September at the hotel Lobby. To win Carlton Singapore mooncakes, click here.
HEALTH-GIVING GINSENG AND COCONUT MOONCAKES | Feng Shui Inn | Resorts World Sentosa's Feng Shui Inn serves up a healthy offering this season, introducing its flaky American ginseng and coconut mooncake. The flaky crust style of mooncake has been revived, this year with additional sprinkles of sesame seeds at the base. While ginseng has a number of positive health properties - promotes blood circulation and increases alertness - it does leave a slightly bitter taste, thankfully negated by the sweet preserved candied coconut. Guests can purchase the premium box (six pieces for $62) containing both the ginseng and coconut version as well as the flaky lotus roots and butter mooncake. Available until 8 September at Feng Shui Inn.
WIN | SAVOURY MOONCAKES | Four Seasons Hotel | Chef Alan Chan and his able team from Jiang-Nan Chun are pushing limits in terms of crafting creative mooncakes. One example is the traditional baked variant that contains assorted nuts with kaffir lime and BBQ chicken (four pieces for $65) – yes, chicken. This savoury delight is a refreshing alternative to its sweeter cousins on the market, and four of these can be packed into a pretty red and gold textured box. A minimum order of 200 boxes will reward the guest with a 20 per cent (bulk) discount, so if you’re looking for a viable corporate gift, here's an option. Available until 8 September at Jiang-Nan Chun. To win Jiang-Nan Chun mooncakes, click here.