Luxury French chocolatier Forrey & Galland has introduced a ‘Peacock’ themed collection especially for Ramadan. Choose from Oriental meringues – crunchy meringues filled with different flavours (halwa, rahash, date, pistachio, rose, orange blossom and cardamom) and coated in a layer of chocolate; Petits Financiers – sweet mini cakes half dipped in chocolate, available in apricot, pistachio and orange flavours; and Omani halwa and pistachio flavoured Ramadan Florentin Truffles. Boutiques are located in Dubai Festival City and The Dubai Mall, the latter decorated with intricately painted peacock feathers, designed by Italian and French artists. www.forreygalland.com.
Gourmandise has introduced a new range of sweets ‘with a modern twist’ for Ramadan this year. An innovative version of the Khaleeji sweet known as ‘Batheetha’, the new range is available in different flavours including caramel, Oreo, sesame, pistachio, biscuit, peanut butter, coconut and marshmallow, with a 1kg box priced at Dhs135. Other bite-sized Emirati desserts include Aseeda, Khabees and Khanfaroosh. Gourmandise does not use any artificial ingredients or preservatives in any of its recipes and all sweets are freshly baked upon order. Gourmandise, Al Wasl Road (04 345 5455 / 056 659 4366).
Swiss chocolatier SprÜngli is offering a premium selection of specialities for iftar and Eid Al-Fitr in celebration of Ramadan. Delicious handmade pralines, truffles and chocolate-filled crispy wafer rolls, lovingly produced in Switzerland, will be available as gifts for friends and relatives, as well as corporate clients. A variety of exquisite gift hampers are also available to impress and delight loved ones, and their selection of pralines can also be personalised with messages. Sprüngli delivers to all locations within the UAE. Sprüngli showroom, Dubai Flower Centre, www.sprungli.com (04 220 0704).
Love Soni’s Glitteratti collection is designed especially for the upcoming party season, boasting glamorous, elegant showpieces. The collection contains bracelets, earrings and rings, with each item coming in either a rhodium finish or with 18-carat gold plating finished with Swarovski crystals. Visit www.lovesoni.com/stockists for information on retailers.
Luxury furniture and home decor retailer 2XL’s Arabia collection features eye-catching decorative pieces that also have various uses. The Ceramic Plate is ideal for serving dates, chocolates, nuts and dried fruits; the Mosque is perfect for burning tea lights, while the holder has adequate space for the Holy Qur’an and prayer beads; and the Minaret and Bell make great tea light holders that add a special sparkle to your dining table or meditation area. 2XL showrooms are located in Mirdif and Al Guhair. www.2xl.com.
Let bakeshop Hey Sugar sweeten Ramadan this year with its newly introduced colourful selection of delicious desserts fit for the occasion – and great as gifts to family and friends. The famous ‘Ooey Gooey’ Sticky Date Bunt Cake made with whole organic, grade A UAE Khoolas dates topped with Hey Sugar’s secret soft and chewy caramel, will make a much-anticipated comeback this season. The cake is a glorious celebration of local dates, and the perfect treat after a day of fasting for any iftar party during Ramadan. This irresistible cake costs Dhs220 and can be ordered 24 hours in advance.
Hey Sugar is also offering its seasonal Ramadan menu of cupcakes that feature the distinct flavours of the Orient, including pistachio, saffron, cardamom and Arabica coffee. Take a bite and experience the magic of the season. Alternatively, opt for the banoffee EXTREME, a heavenly treat consisting of traditional banoffee pie, made with a homemade graham cracker crust, fragrant bananas, luscious caramel and topped with fluffy, freshly whipped cream, all crowned with chopped buttery dates and healthy toasted walnuts. For advance orders, call 800 HEY SUGAR, or visit www.facebook.com/HeySugarBakeshopME for further information.