Saturday, August 6, 2011

Carlton Hotel's Mooncake 2011

The selling point of most mooncakes lies in its packaging and taste.

This year, Carlton Singapore has introduced a lovely packaging for their mooncakes. Inspired by traditional Mid Autumn festival lanterns with Carlton's brand and "star" logo, these hexagonal Tiffin-like packaging is die-cut with shapes of similar rice grains, allowing the box to glow beautifully when lit up.

However, the packaging is not only the selling point. We were pleasantly surprised by the Walnut Moontart and the newly introduced Marigold Snowskin.

Wlanut Moontart

Carlton Hotel’s signature and all-time bestseller, the Walnut Moontart is indeed a crowd pleaser. Topped with a sugary crispy crust, the fragrance diffuses strongly the moment we remove the Moontarts from the packaging.

Setting aside the shape, this is a good alternative to the traditional baked mooncake. Apart from the smooth and rich lotus paste, the walnut provides the additional crunch and the salted egg yolk finishes the taste with a savoury aftertaste.

This may be slightly sweet when eaten back to back with Hilton’s Cheese Snowskin but fret not, this all-time favourite also comes in a low sugar option and without egg yolk so there is no excuse to give this a miss.

The egg yolk may be small to some but it is the overall combination that blew us away. Also, there was a slight difference when we consume it on the day of collection and the following day so we would advise not to keep it for too long. After 5 days, we decided to warm it up in the oven and the crispy crust with the fragrance of the walnut makes it tastes better.

Mini Marigold Snowskin Mooncake

Carlton Hotel’s snowskin did give a lasting impression for the Wheatgrass and Lavender Snowskin launched 2 years back and this time round, tea lovers will be delighted with their newcomer, the Marigold Snowskin. With Oolong skin, Osmanthus (桂花) – infused lotus paste and a Marigold centre, the combination of two delicate flowers from the East and West provides a nice fragrance and is definitely a splendid treat for tea lovers.

With fragrant Osmanthus-infused lotus paste enveloping the crunchy Marigold ganache made of petals and hazelnut croquant, this combination works well for me and my mother-in-law but Yuan felt that the Osmanthus is too strong to his liking. Between the two, he would gladly gobble down the signature Walnut Moontart.

Carlton Hotel mooncake order form

From now to 29 August 2011,
- early birds get to enjoy 15% off all mooncakes.
- exclusively for Starhub customers, Citibank, DBS and UOB card members, there is 20% off for the first 25 boxes purchased and 25% off for 26 boxes and above.

From 29 August to 12 Septmeber 2011,
- all customers get to enjoy 10% off all mooncakes
- exclusively for Starhub customers, Citibank, DBS and UOB card members, there is 15% off all mooncakes

Note that there is
- free local delivery for 50 boxes and above to one location for purchase of 50 boxes and above
- a surcharge of $35 per location is applicable for delivery with less than 50 boxes
- 3 working days is needed to process orders of more than 10 boxes

Before signing off, we would like to thank Ms Leung Yi Wen, Marketing Communications Manager of Carlton Hotel for the complementary boxes of mooncakes.

The mooncakes are also available at the following booths,
Carlton Hotel Lobby, Café Mosaic Entrance, Level 1
8 Aug to 12 Sep 2011
Daily, 11am to 9pm

IMM, Atrium A, Level 1
29 Aug to 11 Sep 2011
Daily, 10am to 10pm

Junction 8, Main Atrium, Level 2
29 Aug to 11 Sep 2011
Daily, 10am to 10pm

Suntec City Mall, Entertainment Centre Atrium, Level 1
29 Aug to 11 Sep 2011
Sundays to Thursdays: 10am to 9.30pm
Fridays & Saturdays: 10am to 10pm


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