Malibu-based Sugarfina brings a dimension of grown-up luxury and sophistication to the world of candy, which is usually exclusive to children. A gourmet brand offering gummies, chocolates and caramels sourced from around the world, it is widely known as the “Tiffany & Co. of chocolates”. The moniker shouldn’t surprise; its piece de resistance is its robin’s-egg-blue bento box of eight types of candy ($99.90) – perfect as a gift. The candy is also sold separately and in smaller boxes.
Sugarfina is available at Dreams and Confetti, #02-20C/D Great World City, tel: 6733-0320.
Tucking into famed local pastry chef Wong’s confectionery creations is one way to upgrade your sweet tooth. Her chocolate bonbons, artfully made coloured, come in myriad with two of the most popular 100 per cent arabica coffee ($2.50 each) and 85 per cent dark chocolate ($2.50 each). Chef Janice’s expertise means every piece is a masterclass in indulgence – a delightful reminder of why chocolate is often known as the “food of the gods”.
#B2-K6 The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, 6280-2325, www.janicewong.co
Unsurprisingly, this upscale French patisserie makes some fantastic treats. Though it’s known more for its macarons and cakes, it also has an ample selection of takeaway confectionery. We love their marshmallow teddy bears (from $6 each), in vanilla, chocolate, strawberry and passion fruit flavours. They’re almost too cute to be eaten.
#02-33/34 Mandarin Gallery, tel: 6836-9527, www.antoinette.com.sg
This cafe off shoot of Japanese fine-dining establishment Hashida Sushi serves wagashi, or traditional Japanese sweets. The items range from fu manjyu (steamed dumplings, $4 each) and yubeshi (sweet rice cakes, $5 each) to mochi ($6.80 each). Some take on a more modern spin: think mochi with Valrhona chocolate fillings, and yuzu- and matcha-flavoured macarons.
#04-16 Mandarin Gallery, tel: 6235-2283, www.hashida.com.sg
This story was originally published in the October 2015 issue of Her World magazine.