Now that we are done with the Christmas lights and New Year decor, you will probably find that you are bombarded with fake firecrackers and Chinese New Year couplets.
Still, flashing red neon signs shouldn’t distract you from yet another cause for celebration in February. It’s true, Valentine’s Day is approaching.
The Beatles might have sung “All You Need Is Love”, but we’d love to take it a step further – we need chocolate too. Since Valentine’s Day is sweeter than most regular days, it’s all the more reason to gorge yourself (and your loved one) on endless chocolate treats.
Rather than branching out into international chocolate brands that almost anyone can get their hands on, why not shop for artisan chocolates from our own local chocolatiers? No, these aren’t your average local brands: their creations reflect the unique stories and culture of the life of the chocolate makers on the little red dot to form treats you won’t be able to find anywhere else.
Here we have put together a list of Singaporean chocolatiers with the most precious creations for you and your loved one. Check them all out below.
Local brand Fossa chocolate ensures every chocolate bar on their doors is carefully handcrafted – from roasting and cracking to winnowing the cocoa beans in-house, the bars are made in small batches without additives to showcase the unique flavors and nuances of each batch of cocoa. Don’t expect run-of-the-mill flavors here either: unique Singaporean concoctions like Spicy Mala and Salted Egg Cereal Blonde are waiting to tantalize your taste buds.
The brand recently launched two exclusive flavors in collaboration with Food Folks at Lau Pa Sat: one is a fruity concoction of chewy lychee and crunchy dragon fruit, and the other is a sweet caramelized bar infused with tons of flavor of pineapple tarte.
In good company ION, 2 Orchard Turn # B1-06, Singapore 238801
If you are looking for chocolate gifts that come from the heart, you can’t go wrong with the assortment of Lemuel chocolate. Here, find delicious boxes of locally flavored candies like Kaya Toast and Milo, as well as other favorites like strawberry and matcha.
Planning to make your Valentine’s Day a little more practical? Lemuel also runs a chocolate truffle making workshop at their Westway store that introduces participants to chocolate making and the bean to bar making process, with truffle ganache making and a rolling experience of truffles.
1 Vista Exchange Green, # B1-31 THE STAR VISTA, Singapore 138617
It’s a beautiful thing when a career and a passion meet, and no one knows it better than Anjali Gupta. After quitting a banking job and training in Istanbul and at Callebaut Chocolate Academy in the UK, she founded her own chocolate business, Anjalichocolate. Now, the local craft brand is home to a permanent “From Singapore Lah” collection, featuring exciting flavors such as Singapore Sling, Chinese 5 Spice, Lemongrass Coconut and Mango Pudding.
# 02-K4 Tanglin Mall, 163 Tanglin Road Singapore 247933
Laurent Bernard Chocolatier
French artisan chocolatier Laurent Bernard founded their very first cafe in Singapore 15 years ago after more than 20 years in the culinary world, along the riverfront at Robertson Quay. The chocolate bar-café is home to serious treats: think of chocolate truffles filled with grand cru chocolate ganache coated with dark chocolate and cocoa rolls, and luxurious cakes covered with vanilla and white chocolate cream, chocolate mousse milk, dark chocolate mousse and dark chocolate sponge cake.
Robertson Quay Pier, Mohammad Sultan Road # 01-11 Singapore 239013
M. Bucket Chocolate Factory
Nestled in the quiet area of Sin Ming, M. Bucket Chocolate Factory is your modern, local version of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. The store is dedicated to promoting Asian chocolate and strives to do so using only regional cocoa to create a glorious menu of beautifully prepared candies, chocolate bars, drinking chocolate and chocolate liqueur.
From a salted egg yolk candy made in collaboration with The Golden Duck to a double soy caramel candy that incorporates two types of soy sauce from local soy sauce maker Kwong Woh Hing, one thing is for sure: you you won’t be able to find these flavors anywhere else in the world.
23 Sin Ming Road, # 01-15, Singapore 570023
This story first appeared in Singapore Asia Lifestyle.