Since undergoing a sudden operation related to digestion earlier this year, I made it a point to maintain a healthy lifestyle and a balanced diet. That includes cutting down on sweets. So whenever I crave for chocolates, I would always opt for the dark ones, a.k.a the healthier option. But last night, when my brother who just came from a short trip from Singapore brought out these artfully decorated chocolate box sets by Janice Wong, I just can’t say no.
At first, I thought they were just some same old chocolate treats packaged colorfully and attractively to tease you. But I must say, the delightful art is not only pleasing to the eye but also extends to the palate.
I lifted the cover and saw the shimmery paper with all the flavors in the box. As I scanned through the list, I found it both weird and madly interesting to see flavors such as “Salted Egg”, “Laksa Leaf Lemongrass”, “Bakkwa BBQ Pork” and “Mango Curry”. It got me all excited! I instantly thought, “forget about the diet and my digestive issues, I’m going to devour these chocolates!”.
I’m so amazed how the “Salted Egg” tasted exactly like the salted egg I’ve come to know growing up. The “Laksa Leaf Lemongrass” flavor was inspired by the coconut and curry base noodle soup, which stays true to its inspiration. Half of the box is filled with flavors that are inspired by the native Singaporean cuisine. While the other half are more regular flavors such as “Praline Poprocks”, “Salted Caramel”, “Popcorn” and “Almond Marzipan”.
As I tasted one flavor after another, I couldn’t help but admire the creativity and talent behind the chocolate box.
I’ve never seen anything like this before and I am definitely curious how these colorful and delightful pieces were made. Then I thought, no matter how it had technically come to life, you can’t simply rule out the amount of time, efforts, commitment and passion laid down into creating something so beautiful and delicious.
It is just truly fascinating.