NOTE: All food and beverages were complimentary, but all opinions are based on my own experience.
Still looking for last minute holiday gifts? With the launch of the 2016 holiday collection, Wild Sweets has you covered whether you’re looking for the perfect cake to bring to your holiday parties or if you’re looking for a box of chocolates for a gift.
Venezuela Ocumare Chocolate ‘Bûche de Noël’
A beautiful and elegant cake that will be a showstopper at your parties, this chocolate brownie cake has a variety of textures. The cake features crispy crêpes hazelnut praliné, dark chocolate & vanilla bean ganache, dark chocolate Crème Brûlée cream, dark chocolate sabayon mousse and dark chocolate gelée.
Crispy Chocolate Cherry Orange ‘Tea Cake
One of the most surprising cakes for most of us was this one. They based the cake with the ingredients in a traditional fruit cake but completely modernized it. Usually, I hate fruit cakes because of how dense it is, but this had so many layers, creating a lovely texture.
The cake is laced with dried cherries, cranberries, and orange peels which have been soaked in brandy. The cake is then placed over a crunchy buttery ‘sablé’ cookie topped with a hazelnut chocolate praline cream with crispy crepe flakes, and finished with a dark chocolate coating. I highly recommend giving this a try.
Crispy Cherry Ganache Collection
This has a similar cake component to the Tea Cake, but is placed on top of hazelnut chocolate praline cream with crispy crepe cookies. A soft ganache made with different fruit-based liquid caramels is poured over the crispy praline / cake components.Each collection features an assortment of 4 chocolate bouchées with the following flavours,
- William Pear & Chestnut Cream Caramel Ganache
- Lychee Rose & Raspberry Caramel Ganache
- Cassis Blackberry & Elderberry Ganache
- Mandarin & Orange Zest Caramel Ganache
These reminded me of moon cakes but a chocolate cake version.
Cocoa Bean Chocolate Tea
I believe when you make a purchase for both the Tea Cake and the Crispy Cherry Ganache Collection, you will receive a pack of the Cocoa Bean Chocolate Tea. I was confused when they told us we were trying chocolate tea. Did they mean they were going to melt chocolate in tea? But how come it looked literally just like tea? Well, the secret is the tea is made entirely from roasted cocoa beans and husks only. There is no sugar other than vanilla bean powder added. Seriously very tasty and something everyone should try!
Making great gifts, Wild Sweets also has Holiday cocoArt Sculptures for sale. These are made with milk and/or dark chocolate. And if you know the story of Wild Sweets, all their chocolates are made in-house from origin cocoa bean-to-bar chocolate.
2016 Vintage Canadian Icewine Collection
Moving on to boxed chocolates, this box is perfect for those who enjoy ice wine. The box features an assortment of 12 chocolates, each comprising of 2 types of fillings: one is a honey nut and Canadian Icewine praline cream while the other is a soft ganache made with different Icewine and fruits purees associated with the specific tasting notes of 4 different types of Vintage Canadian Icewine with some as old as 1999. I’m a fan of ice wine, but I found that the ice wine flavour was too light and I could barely taste it.
The collection includes the following ganache flavours:
- Cabernet Franc Icewine & Strawberry Apple Ganache
- Riesling Icewine & Peach Orange Ganache
- Vidal Icewine & Pineapple Passion fruit Ganache
- Gewürztraminer Icewine & Lychee Rose Ganache
2016 Vintage ‘Ganache Classique Nougatine’
This box features an assortment of four different types of chocolate made from Single Origin cocoa beans. Each ganache filling is topped with a piece of salted butter cocoa nibs nougatine before being enrobed in dark chocolate. Therefore, I loved the slight crunch and chew this collection had. This was probably my favourite of the chocolates.
The collections includes the following origins and percentages:
- 70% Venezuela Ocumare
- 70% Venezuela Canaobo
- 70% PeruOro Verde
- 64% MexicoChiapas
pRaliNe & caRaMel Collection N°12
I really liked the visual aspect of this box. The ‘Enrobed’ version features a soft and creamy ganache flavoured a fruit juice caramel, and coated in dark chocolate. The ‘Moulded’ chocolate is hand-painted with cocoa butter colours and filled with a rich and smooth hazelnut butter & milk chocolate cream laced with crispy French ‘crêpes’ cookies.I really enjoyed the orange flavours paired with the chocolate.
The collection features the following assortment of flavours:
- Hazelnut & vanilla bean praline cream
- Raspberry caramel & vanilla bean ganache
- Hazelnut & orange zest praline cream
- Fresh orange juice and zest caramel ganache
cocoArt ‘Praliné Noisette’ Collection N°17
This box features sweetened hazelnut butter or praliné in various forms and with distinct textures. The collection includes 2 types of chocolates: crispy or creamy praliné. With the glitter and beauitfully painted art, this box is sure to impress.
The collection features the following assortment of flavours including:
- Crispy – Cinnamon Spice Praliné
- Crispy – Orange Zest Oil Praliné
- Crispy – Lemon Zest Oil Praliné
- Crispy – Anise Seeds & Oil Praliné
- Creamy – Apricot Passion Ganache
- Creamy – Orange Zest Ganache
- Creamy – Green Apple Kalamansi Ganache
- Creamy – Salted Butter Caramel Ganache
- Creamy – Double Vanilla Bean Ganache
- Creamy – Origin Espresso Coffee Ganache
- Creamy – Raspberry Lemon Zest Ganache
- Creamy – Black Currant (Cassis) Ganache
cocoArt ‘Honey Heart’ Collection N°20
Each chocolate within the ‘Honey Heart’ Collection features 2 types of fillings: one is a smooth lightly scented honey-nut cream while the other is a soft ganache made with different fruit and berry juices. Super pretty and perfect for a loved one.
- Cassis – Blackberry Fruit Ganache & Elderberry Honey-nut Cream
- Mango – Apricot Fruit Ganache & Saffron Honey-nut Cream
- Lychee – Raspberry Fruit Ganache & Rose Honey-nut Cream
- Strawberry – Pineapple Fruit Ganache & Orange Blossom Honey-nut cream
Overall, I was very impressed with the new holiday collection, and especially with the cakes. The cakes are also priced very well at around $20-25 each. Make sure to pre-order online in advance to guarantee your cake.