Enjoy an array of indulgent festive treats available to order from UAE bakeries, confectioners and restaurants this year.
Gluten-free log cakes from Mama Rita
Social media influencer Jessica Kahawaty is serving up two decadent Christmas log cakes via the restaurant and food delivery concept she runs with her mother, Rita. Suitable for those who are gluten-intolerant, the cakes are available in two flavours: vanilla almond and chocolate hazelnut — covered with a crunchy layer of caramelised almonds and hazelnuts respectively.
Priced at Dh160, available via Deliveroo and from www.mamarita.com
Chocolate truffle Christmas tree from Dalion
Confectionery boutique Dalion (a play on the word medallion) is offering a Christmas tree made from pine green chocolate truffles until January 7.
And, most importantly, the intricately crafted treats taste as good as they look.
The bakery is also offering themed panettone, cupcakes, cookies, macarons, gingerbread houses and yule logs as part of its Christmas menu.
Truffles from Dh120, available via Talabat and www.dalion.ae
Bonbons from Sugargram
Sugargram is also serving up delectable chocolate bonbons this holiday season. Available in 12 artisanal flavours (think lemon yuzu, candy floss and hot chocolate marshmallow), the bite-size bonbons are handcrafted and can be personalised upon request. A box of five costs Dh40, while the Christmas tree packaging contains 25 bonbons for Dh165.
The brand is also offering a reindeer-shaped cake and edible Christmas ornaments.
Bonbon boxes from Dh40, available via Deliveroo, ChatFood and Talabat
Starry Night shortbread tin from M&S
A tin that opens to reveal a lit-up, rotating, music-spouting carousel is bound to spark joy in all those reaching for M&S’s deliciously buttery shortbread biscuits. The Christmas version comes in both butter and chocolate chip flavours, and can be enjoyed against the backdrop of Deck the Halls.
The brand is also offering edible gnomes, gingerbread house tins and chocolate topple towers.
Shortbread from Dh99, available in store and via www.marksandspencer.com/ae
Christmas wreath macarons from Brix Desserts
Award-winning pastry chef Carmen Rueda Hernandez, of 3 Fils fame, is serving up an edible Christmas wreath this season, crafted from 10 handmade macarons. These come in seasonal flavours such as Christmas spice, pistachio and raspberry-lime, while the wreath also includes four popping candy bonbons in chocolate mousse and olive oil sable flavours, all presented in a ribbon-wrapped gift box, for Dh250.
Dh250, orders must be placed 24 hours in advance by contacting 056 525 5299 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Assorted chocolates in Christmas tree packaging from Bateel
Top-notch dates aside, Bateel is known for its gourmet chocolates — and serves everything from truffles and pralines to ganaches and rochers. An assorted box is available for the festive season in a Christmas tree shape starting from Dh135. The square boxes, with mistletoe or shimmering star motifs, are priced from Dh75.
Square boxes from Dh75, Christmas tree boxes from Dh135, available in store or via www.bateel.com
Chocolate-coated ginger sticks from Forrey & Galland
More artisanal goodies come courtesy of Forrey & Galland, a luxury chocolate brand first set up in Paris in the early 1900s. For the festive season, consider a pack of its ginger sticks infused with a blend of spices from France and coated in rich dark or milk chocolate, for Dh79.
The brand is also offering Christmas tree boxes, gingerbread chocolate stars and reindeer-shaped cookies, plus a series of hampers, the largest of which costs Dh2,886.
Ginger sticks from Dh79, available in store at The Dubai Mall or via www.forreyandgalland.com