Whether you’re into cutting carbs or just packing it on, an avid flavonoid seeker or a trendsetter in sync With his/her peers; these sweet treats Will hit the spot.

A great devourer of all things waffles, pancakes, bread (especially thick toast), pastries and more. You’re a high-octane, high-energy kinda person, so you really need all those carbs to fuel your zest for life. Not one to sit still, your day job involves much running around and your holidays see you hiking up mountain trails.

YOU MIGHT LIKE:

FROTH’s taro waffles with sea salt caramel ice cream ($12.90)
Fluffy and crisp, the carb delight’s laden with chunks of yam, decked with fruits and drizzled with more purple sauce. Daily 11.30am-10pm (closed on every first Monday of the month). #B1-02 Big Hotel, 200 Middle Road. Tel: 6336 1228

Dazzling Cafe’s chocolate hazelnut honey toast ($19.90)
The newly-renovated Capitol Theatre houses this classy Taiwan import. Tiffany colours and the girly ambience (bunny-ear chairs, anyone?) play up the delicious toasted squares (which are huge!) in four variations. Soft launch hours: daily 12-8pm. #01-85 Capitol Piazza, 15 Stamford Road.

Tiong Bahru Bakery’s Paris-Brest ($7.50)
Hot from TBB’s pastry kitchen are eight classic French desserts that celebrity baker Gontran Cherrier grew up eating. Our fave is the Paris-Brest, a choux pastry taken to lofty heights with its unique doughnut shape and crisp Craquelin topping (mmm, sweet and cookie-like). The airy dessert is also filled with a smooth praline flavoured cream for that nutty boost. tiongbahrubakery.com

THE CALORIE-COUNTER

You love dessert but want to stay trim too. Cafe-hopping weekends see you leaping from raw food places to flourless cake shops, and your daily lunch routine is a pilgrimage to the salad bar. When a menu board shows energy values, you’re sold–especially if there are bite-sized portions, superfoods or under-200kcal sweets.

YOU MIGHT LIKE:

Project Acai’s acai bowl (from $6.80)
Nestled in Holland Village, this superfood cafe serves Sambazon organic acai from the Brazilian Amazon rainforest. Tuck into a bowl that’s topped with fresh fruit, coconut, goji berries, chia seeds, bee pollen and granola. Mon-Fri 11.30am-10pm, Sat-Sun 10.30am-10pm. 27 Lorong Liput.

TART & Co.’s fruity tartlets ($4.50 for 3pcs)
Enjoy the antioxidant benefits of blueberries and strawberries while savouring the tang of kiwi and mango over freshly whipped custard. Daily 10am-10pm. #02-27C The Star Vista, 1 Vista Exchange Green. Tel: 6268 4491

YiLi PaoPao Ice’s peanut & kidney beans + mango ($4.95 for 2 flavours)
Shaved ice is mixed with fresh ingredients for a leaner alternative to ice cream. Taiwanese love the smoky-flavoured bestseller, reminiscent of matcha and red bean; while the tropical mango is a winner here. Mon-Sun 11am-10pm. #B2-05 Orchard Central, 181 Orchard Road.

CHOCOHOLIC

Bittersweet and sexy all the time. Yes, even while bare-faced and in your PJs. Sometimes you’re dark and mysterious; other times sleek and luscious. A smooth-talker, you win (almost) everyone over–just like your favourite cocoa-based desserts. Everyone needs you; but all you need is chocolate. Oh yeah.

YOU MIGHT LIKE:

Lady M Confections’ Chocolate Mille Crepes ($9/slice, only at Orchard Central outlet)
Lady M’s signature crepes are infused with chocolate and delicately layered with chocolate cream–all 20 of them; then topped with chocolate curls. Need we say more? www.ladym.com.sg

Cocoa Colony’s Cocoa Bolas ($6.90 each)
Try your hand at shattering a Cocoa Bola (biscuit-like crust coated in layers of rich cocoa cream) with a wooden mallet–it’s said to “break”  bad luck and welcome good fortune. Mon-Sat 8am10pm, Sun 9am-9pm. #01-06 Shaw Centre, 1 Scotts Road. Tel: 6235 8328

Krispy Kreme’s ChocoMania Doughnuts ($2.95 each, till 31 May)
To herald their new outlet at Jurong Point 2, Krispy Kreme has launched three limited edition flavours: Mocha Crisp, Chocolate Raspberry Kreme Filled and Coconut Chocolate Praline. Choc fans, unite! krispykreme.sg

THEME (TEAM) PLAYER

You help others out, share the workload and inspire your group mates. And you also can’t resist themed desserts, theme parks, themed restaurants, and themed parties. If you could, you’d wear your Spiderman costume to office. But you can’t. So you settle for the next best option.

YOU MIGHT LIKE:

Charlie Brown Café’s Snoopy’s Chocolate ($9.80)
“All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt.” We’ll take the good advice of Peanuts creator Charles M. Schulz and help ourselves to a crepe (adorned with Snoopy’s face!) and ice cream. www.charliebrowncafe.com.sg

BreadTalk’s ‘Frozen Fever’ Olaf in Spring ($45)
There’s been a deluge of Frozen merch lately, but nothing quite as delectable as BreadTalk’s creation. Olaf sits on a field of matcha sponge crumble, fruits, white chocolate ganache, and a light sponge filled and iced with Chantilly cheese cream. www.breadtalk.com.sg

Swensen’s Marvel ice-cream cakes ($50/kg)
Who doesn’t love ice cream and action heroes? Available in 24 flavours like sticky chewy chocolate, these cool cakes feature designs from The Avengers (Assemble and Age of Ultron), Ultimate Spiderman and Marvel Kawaii. www.swensen.com.sg

CHEESY (AS CAKE)

Your jokes stop people in their tracks, your brand of humour elicits #facepalm moments. But as cheesy as your lines, there’s no one who can replace you. At cafes, you order a slice of cheesecake while your friends are still “stunned like vegetable” from your puns–with perfect comic timing.

YOU MIGHT LIKE:

The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf’s Chicago cheesecake ($59/1.6kg)
You won’t stop at one slice of this satiny, lemony, melt-in-your-mouth CBTL bestseller. Bring a whole Chicago cheesecake home but don’t tell anyone. www.coffeebean.com.sg

Fiesta’s Japanese cheesecake (from $3.80/cake)
Unlike its denser and richer American counterparts, the Japanese (or cotton) cheesecake is airy and light, moist and delicate like a soufflé. Available at Ichiban Boshi and Ichiban Sushi outlets. www.fiestafood.com.sg

Revelry’s Stylo Milo ($7/slice)
Wa-hey, it’s a Milo dinosaur in cheesecake form! The circus-themed café actually gets this from online cheesecake specialist Cat & the Fiddle, but drop by to enjoy just a slice of the non-baked mousse-y, milo peng creation. Mon-Thu 11am-10pm, Fri 11am11pm, Sat 10am-11pm, Sun 10am-10pm. #01-02, 21 Lorong Kilat. Tel: 9278 0466

ADVENTURER

Durian xiao long bao? Dishes with fun names? All the more if you’ve never heard of it or can’t pronounce its name. You get that adrenaline rush (or sugar rush) when you try surprise flavour pairings or be the first to Instagram a fun meal. Similarly in life, you are game to try everything.

YOU MIGHT LIKE:

Paradise Dynasty’s Mao Shan Wang xiao long bao ($10.80/6pcs, till 31 May)
These novel durian dumplings do not skimp on the King of fruits. Though not as pungent or overpowering (good for fellow diners), the piping-hot dessert makes for a satisfying finish. www.paradisegroup.com.sg

Ben & Jerry’s ’Peace, Love & Commoonity Sundae’ ($17.90, till 31 Aug)
From the Core series to Red Velvet Cake, this ice cream brand’s always innovating. Latest moo-vement: the Flagship Scoop Shop at 313 Somerset Discovery Walk opens with a special cow-creation by food artist Samantha Lee. Daily 11am-10pm. 313 Orchard Road.

Miam Miam’s High Tea Platter for 2 ($26.90)
Going for variety? Order a set for two which includes three premium savoury, seven sweet treats and two drinks–then solo it. It includes a piquant mango pudding, crisp cheese sticks and mini croissants. Daily 11.30am10pm. #02-14 Bugis Junction, 200 Victoria Street. Tel: 6837 0301 / #01-21/22 Westgate, 3 Gateway Drive. Tel: 6369 900

 

COFFEE, TEA OR ME?

Almost as much as we love our sweets, piping hot java or tea is a must-have after. Here’s what’s new in take-home brews.

NESCAFE Dolce Gusto’s Ristretto Ardenza ($11.90/ box of 16 servings)
If you like your roast dark and nutty, pick up this intense (level 11) new release. Each short (less water passes through the coffee) robust espresso is smoky with hazelnut and liquorice aromas, and a slightly peppery aftertaste. Available at TANGS Orchard, TANGS VivoCity, Takashimaya, selected supermarkets and hypermarkets. Tel (toll-free): 1800 836 7009. www.dolce-gusto.com.sg

Dilmah’s t-Series
We’re singling out the mediumbodied green tea with jasmine flowers from Dilmah’s designer t-Series for its delicate flavour but pronounced floral aroma. Drink before you tuck into dessert for jasmine’s soothing and warming benefits, and sip in between platters (or bites!) to cleanse your palate for the next course. Prices upon enquiry. dilmah.sg

Nespresso’s Decaffeinated Grand Crus (from $9.90 per sleeve of 10 capsules)
Finally, enjoy the brand’s three most popular Grands Crus blends without losing precious sleep or getting the java jitters. Start with Volluto Decaffeinato (intensity 4) for sweet biscuity notes, then pop in a Vivalto Lungo Decaffeinato (intensity 4) for that pleasant woody taste. End with a shot of Arpeggio Decaffeinato (intensity 9) for deep cocoa-like flavours. Get a Decaffeinato trio pack for $30.50 at #01-14 ION Orchard or B1 Takashimaya D.S. Tel (toll-free): 800 852 3525. www.nespresso.com

TWG Tea’s Red Balloon Haute Couture Tea ($40/tin)
Mmm, tangy-sweet blueberries and crunchy nashi (pear) fruit feature in this whimsical addition to the TWG Tea family. A brew of rooibos red tea, it is rich in antioxidants and vitamin C, mineral salts and protein, while being theine-free. Available at all TWG Tea Salon and Boutiques in Singapore. www.twgtea.com