Stock up on the sweetest delights of the season while they’re still around.
Miann’s chocolate-making factory in Morningside must be running at full steam right now, turning out literal bags of Christmas treats. There are chocolate Christmas baubles to hang on your tree (if you think you have the restraint not to eat them immediately from $20, chocolate Christmas trees decorated with a range of shapes from $35, giant chocolate Rudolphs ($35) and gift bags with a selection of goodies from $20. They also have adorable Christmas macarons in a range of styles, including belted Santa ‘tummies’ snowmen and Christmas trees. There are Christmas mince pies dusted with icing sugar and iced gingerbread stars for just $3.50 each. But we think we’ll be saving ourselves for the delicate mousse Christmas trees, Rudolphs and snowmen ($12.50) which look like they’ll melt in your mouth.
Alongside their usual delicious range of pastries and tarts (hazelnut praline, strawberry and chocolate, lemon meringue, Jivara and hazelnut and blueberry cheesecake to name just a few, all $6 each), Amano has boxes of perfect fruit mince tarts in two sizes ($15 for six and $22.50 for nine) as well as Christmas cake in a wooden box from sister eatery Milse for $95 each.
There’s a grab-and-go selection of vanilla and chocolate iced Christmas cookies in countertop jars at Shaky Isles for just $3.50 – perfect for desk-drawer stashing to defend against the mid-afternoon slump.
Ferraro Rocher chocolates are a classic Christmas treat, but at Little Bird, they’re doing one better, with their ‘Ferraro Raw-cher’ take on the nutty, chocolatey indulgence. At $4.50 each, they’re a little more pricey than the original, but since you can practically count them as health food, we think it’s worth the extra investment.
It’s literally the most wonderful time of the year to walk into Milse, because they’ve gone all-out with their Christmas selection of goodies. There are spiced rum Christmas cakes dotted with almonds ($55). There are packs of Christmas macarons sporting stars and snowflakes (from $18). There are boxes of hand-made chocolate selections that are almost too pretty to eat (from $10). There are meringue kisses to give you a head-start on making Eton Mess ($3.50), and cookies to leave out for Santa ($6). Best of all, there are gift boxes piled with a selection of sweet treats from chocolates to preserves (from $25) to take care of teachers, in-laws and your hairdresser.