5 sweet treats to bring to your festive gatherings this year
Chocolates, panettone, and more to add a little sweetness to the yuletide season.
Oversized chocolates from Janice Wong
At this point, it almost seems like Janice Wong has an endless wellspring of ideas. This year's Christmas collection, titled Larger than Life, features a range of oversized sweets that ensure you'll never run out of things to snack on. Highlights include a gigantic bar of Columbian single-origin dark chocolate that comes with a hammer to break it down into more manageable chunks; as well as a range of massive cookies – with an option to add a customised message. For those a little more measured with their sugar intake – there are Christmas cake specials which comes in flavours like a pecan nougat banana cake.
Add some, well, sparkle to your holidays with Godiva's latest collection, the Holiday Sparkle Chocolate. The colourful, edible glitter-topped bon bons come in flavours including hot cocoa, almond, and raspberry, and are available as loose pieces or in various gift boxes.
Got all the mains sorted? Look no further than Clessidra for a variety of gourmet Italian treats to bring to your party. Satisfy that sweet tooth with one of their bestsellers, a rhum baba from confectionary producer Baghi's. The rich, leavened cake is baked in its glass container and saturated with 10-year-old Malteco Panama Rum for a boozy, aromatic punch. Clessidra also carries other made-in-Italy sweets like chocolates, panettone, and meringue – we're particularly fond of the tonka bean meringues, and the chocolate covered pistachio pralines from Autore.
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DIY Milkshakes from Black Tap
For a real treat for dessert – Black Tap has made their notorious Crazy Shakes available as a DIY kit. Two flavours are available – the chocolatey Brooklyn Blackout and the technicolor Cake Shake, with each box containing two milkshakes and an entire array of toppings. Since you're at home, you can even add on additional embellishments to the dessert – like a cheeky splash of liquor.
Italian specialty foods importer Jupiter 57 carries one of the largest range of panettone around – and from some of the oldest producers from the region. Brands include Borsari, which was established in 1902 and continues to produce a wide range of flavours including chocolate and pistachio, as well as chestnut cream.