Whether you prefer mooncakes enrobed in black charcoal or white mochi, we’ve got you covered.
1. Crystal Jade
Crystal Jade has come up with a new range of ultra-cute Mickey and Minnie Mouse mooncakes that are sure to make you smile. Nestled in a two-tier Mickey-themed box, the assortment of eight mini snow skins ($78) come in four amazing flavours—pandan lotus with gula melaka, chocolate manuka honey, yuzu white chocolate and raspberry truffle with white lotus. For those who love traditional bakes with a soft, thin golden-brown skin and generous filling, their mixed nuts and chicken ham ($35/2 pieces, $62/4 pieces) and less-sugar white lotus paste with single or double egg yolk ($35/2 pieces, $62/4 pieces) are our two top picks.
Pre-orders 16 Aug to 1 Oct. Available 28 Aug to 4 Oct at all outlets.
Verdict: Cute design and unique flavours with broad appeal.
2. Crème Maison
Crème Maison makes their mooncake debut with four collections of bold and innovative flavours ($68/4 pieces)—Harvest, Abundance, Reunion and Moonlight. The charcoal truffle mooncake boasts a charcoal skin encasing a sweet lotus paste with melon seeds and a Belgian chocolate truffle centre. Matcha lovers can look forward to the matcha salted egg mooncake that has an organic Kyoto matcha-infused lotus paste surrounding a salted egg yolk.
Pre-orders 25 Aug to 24 Sep. Collection 20 Sep to 7 Oct.
Verdict: Something classy yet affordable.
3. Dean & DeLuca
Dean & DeLuca may be known for their breakfast and brunch fare, but they’ve also created a selection of handmade mooncakes for this festive season. Flavours range from traditional single ($68/4 pieces) and double ($72/4 pieces) yolk mooncakes, to white lotus paste with a crunchy twist of fresh macadamias ($68/4 pieces), to a version with walnuts and maple syrup ($72/4 pieces).
Pre-orders 3 Jul to 27 Sep.
Verdict: Surprisingly conservative creations with a slight twist.
4. Hello Kitty Orchid Garden
If you like cute-looking mooncakes, Hello Kitty Orchid Garden’s mooncakes ($33.80/2 pieces) are for you. Fans of Hello Kitty will be overjoyed that the cafe has returned with their popular baked offerings embossed with the charming feline this festive season. The mooncakes are nestled in an elegant white-and-gold box sporting Hello Kitty and her friend, Tiny Green. Each mooncake is filled with a sweet creamy white lotus paste, melon seeds and a single salty yolk.
Available 17 Aug to 4 Oct. #01-22 Terminal 3, Singapore Changi Airport.
Verdict: For unabashed Hello Kitty fans.
Häagen-Dazs celebrates the Mid-Autumn Festival by offering a contemporary range of ice cream mooncakes with unique fillings. Their Twinkle Night Mix ($75) is a set of six chocolate-coated mooncakes with four flavours—vanilla, chocolate, mango and green tea. The Harmony Mochi collection ($75) features strawberry and mango ice cream wrapped in a soft and chewy mochi skin.
Available from 4 Sep at all outlets.
Verdict: Häagen-Dazs provides an interesting gift for many.
6. Holiday Inn Atrium – Xin Cuisine
For those seeking a healthy treat, Xin Cuisine has launched two new low-sugar snow skin flavours—red lotus seed paste with peanut praline ($58/6 pieces) and white lotus seed paste with banana apricot praline ($58/6 pieces). They’ve also brought back their amazing Peranakan durian mooncakes ($68/4 large pieces, $58/6 mini pieces), plus traditional mini mooncakes that envelop their signature egg custard with yolk ($60/6 pieces).
Available from 4 Sep at the Hotel Lobby. 317 Outram Road.
Verdict: A wide-ranging selection from a reliable mooncake purveyor.
7. Old Seng Choong
Old Seng Choong‘s lineup of Mid-Autumn treats presents their newest snow skin collection, the Four Heavenly Beauties ($60.80/8 pieces). This set comes with four new boozy flavours—chocolate with rum, coffee with whisky, cranberry with choya, and passionfruit with martini mint. Their traditional mooncakes are not to be missed too, with new additions such as black sesame with yolk and melon seeds, and wu ren with bakkwa and kaffir leaves.
Pre-orders 22 Aug to 3 Oct. Available at these mooncake fairs: Takashimaya (31 Aug to 4 Oct), VivoCity (5 Sep to 4 Oct), NEX (14 Sep to 4 Oct), Jurong Point (18 Sep to 4 Oct), Tampines Mall (20 Sep to 3 Oct).
Verdict: For great boozy mooncakes, Old Seng Choong should be first on your list.
Swensen’s presents their all-new Sweet Medallions collection ($48.80/4 pieces, $12.20/piece), which comprises four decadent chocolate-covered ice cream treasures—Chewy Chocolate, Cookies N Cream Surprise, Durian Royale and Rocher Crunch. The last of these is rather unique: it has an elegant dark chocolate shell dusted with edible gold powder and encasing almonds, hazlenuts, and a hazelnut truffle ‘yolk’.
Pre-orders 15 Aug to 26 Sep. Available 15 Aug to 4 Oct at all outlets.
Verdict: Swensen’s never fails to offer innovative ice cream mooncakes.
9. The Pine Garden
The Pine Garden introduces a sweet yet healthy purple sweet potato with ginger mooncake with a choice of baked skin or snow skin ($17.20/piece). Their pearl milk tea snow skin ($17.20/piece) has a light and fragrant tea-infused lotus paste with bits of chewy bubble pearls. The most unusual offering, though, is the large sweet pea cake ($88), presented in a classy box designed by Bynd Artisan. It features a faux leather valet tray with metal snaps and suede cords securing a gold ring in the centre.
Available 25 Aug to 4 Oct.
Verdict: Premium creations at a premium price.
10. Thye Moh Chan
A confectionery with over 70 years of history, Thye Moh Chan is known for their flaky Teochew baked goods. This year’s flaky mooncakes include one new creation—Chef’s Private XO Recipe ($40.80/4 pieces)—as well as return favourites mao shan wang durian ($40.80/4 pieces) and sweet tau sar ($29.80/4 pieces).
Available 24 Aug to 4 Oct at all outlets.
Verdict: Flaky Teochew mooncakes? Sign me up.