The world's biggest sweet shop hits Dubai Mall, we try it...
Vosges Haut-Chocolat couture cocoa petites
Fans of hot chocolate will go gaga for this high-end variety pack, which, as promised, is truly haute. The collection features three luxury flavours: La Parisienne (dark chocolate flakes with chunks of Madagascar vanilla beans), Bianca (white chocolate shavings with Australian lemon myrtle and lavender), and Aztec Elixir (dark chocolate flavoured with Mexican spices, including ancho, chipotle chilli peppers, Ceylon cinnamon and yellow maize).
Simón Coll botella grande
Okay, we’ll admit we thought (albeit naively) that these cute bottle-shaped chocolates would be filled with a little somethin’ somethin’. But they’re filled with a whole lotta nothin’. Still, this is probably for the best as the quality of the chocolate is top notch.
Blanx Art milk chocolate cat tongues
How could we possibly resist chocolate shaped like cat tongues? Clearly, we couldn’t. Plus, there’s something soothing about these thin wafers (they melt in the mouth and taste divine).
Indulge Gourmet chocolate-covered pretzels
Indulge Gourmet (a fitting name) may just have mastered the salty-sweet combo. The brand’s 7oz pack comes with four jumbo pretzel sticks coated in chocolate, then dunked in assorted chocolate chips.
Toni Ranch tea biscuits
Tea biscuits designed to taste like actual tea? How very clever. We chowed down on a pack of orange pekoe, though they also come in hibiscus and masala chai flavours.
Vosges Haut-Chocolat bars
These miniature gourmet chocolate bars are seasoned with a host of exotic spices – definitely one for the intrepid epicure. Choose from one of four adventurous flavours: Black Pearl (wasabi and coconut), Naga (sweet curry powder and coconut), Creole (espresso and chicory) and our favourite, Oaxaca (Mexican chillies).
Toni Ranch Mashuga Nuts sweet and savoury spice pecans
We never thought we’d see a product like this in Dubai. The name translates as ‘crazy’, and crazy they are. But these pecans – coated with sugar, ginger and chillies – are also surprisingly addictive.
Though they come in an exact replica of a caviar tin, there’s nothing fishy about these cute little balls of chocolate. In an effort to mimic the effect of eating caviar, they are filled with crunchy biscuit crumbs.
Dhs39 for 50g
Skittles sweet and sour light-up candy spray
This may be the scariest candy we’ve ever encountered. It’s basically an eerie green liquid stuffed full of E-numbers and topped with a spray nozzle. Oh, and a light at the bottom gives it an alien-like sheen.
Magic Ball fashion ring and lollipop
This thumb-shaped lolly could pacify thumbsuckers – or it could encourage cannibals. Either way, we find the sucker oddly intoxicating, and a little bit creepy.
Bloomsberry & Co Think Chocolate
These novelty bars make decent gag gifts for loved ones. Fun logos include the ‘Emergency Chocolate’ bar and ‘Bochox’ (which promises to get rid of crow’s feet).
Simón Coll Amatller
Origins chocolate Hailing from Barcelona, we love this chocolate partly for the packaging. But we also love the fact that it’s top quality, and gives us the chance to decipher the difference between Ghanan cacao and Ecuadorian cacao. We highly recommend this brand for cooking, as well.
Candy bow tie
Perhaps in an attempt to appeal to boys, the classic candy necklace has been refashioned into a candy bow tie. For young Pee Wee Hermans in the making.
Blow Pop lip balm
Don’t get excited (or too frightened); this isn’t edible. It’s lip balm that’s flavoured like a Blow Pop. To be honest, we find it kind of odd, but we get the feeling most kids would prefer it to Chapstick.
This is one mighty sucker. We still don’t know what it tastes like (none of us at Time Out are brave enough to taste it), but it weighs a tonne (maybe literally). Be careful – there’s no doubt you could seriously injure someone with this whopper.