Over the Moon About Hilton Hotels' Celestial Blooms Mooncakes
Here's something you should know about me: I have a sweet tooth. A really sweet tooth. And since mooncake season is in full swing right now, it should be pretty obvious what my current sweet indulgence is.
Here's another thing about me: my taste in mooncakes is pretty mainstream, so it's the classic flavours like lotus seed paste and red bean paste that truly resonate with me.
Don't get me wrong, I do like trying out new flavours. Some of the latest creations do hit the spot, but I find most to be too left-field for my taste buds. While I understand the need for innovation in a competitive mooncake market, it seems that the more creative they get, the weirder the flavours become. And sadly, that seems to be the trend these days.
So when I received this box of mooncakes by Hilton Hotels a couple of days ago, my immediate thought was, "Great. Weird flavours, I'm sure. Pretty box, though."
But guess what? As it turned out, I was wrong. No, not about the box because the box really was pretty, but I was wrong about the flavours. Inside the box was a classic flavour, which I love, plus a slightly newer one that agrees with me. I'll dive into those flavours in just a bit, but let me just say that I was so pleased with the flavours I got that I felt like my wavering faith in the mooncake industry had been restored! 😅
Anyway, a bit about this mooncake series by Hilton Hotels...
It's called the Celestial Blooms series and the theme is unfussily depicted on the box via a simple artwork of pink flowers set against a light blue background. I think it looks very pretty and would be perfect as a gift or to keep. There's also a gold circle at the top right corner of the box to signify a full moon, which I'm told symbolises completeness in Chinese culture. And, of course, the Hilton brand logo is featured as well. The mooncakes in my box were of the baked variety. As is the trend nowadays, they're available in numerous classic as well as modern flavours. And that flavour diversity applies to snow skin mooncakes, too. Each box in the Celestial Blooms series carries four mooncakes and I was quite pleased with the ones I got.
Here's a rundown of the flavours I got along with my views on each one:
White Lotus Seed Paste with Single Yolk (2 mooncakes)
Now this is a proper, proper flavour. Just delectable. A classic that's so timeless, like good design, it's unlikely to ever go out of style. As I said earlier, I'm not a fan of changing things up too radically if it's going to suck. There's an American saying that goes, "If it ain't broke, don't fix it." I think that sums it up perfectly and I love, love, love that two mooncakes in my box came in this classic flavour.
Pandan with Single Yolk (1 mooncake)
Although not a classic mooncake flavour, pandan really is a versatile flavouring agent that works a treat in all sorts of dishes and desserts, so it's not surprising that mooncakes have evolved to feature the pandan flavour. Fits like a glove, if you ask me, and I like it a lot.
Assorted Nuts (1 mooncake)
Hmmm... I don't know about this one. It's definitely not your typical mooncake. It's rather hard and chewy, and anyone who's allergic to nuts might want to skip this one. I'd probably place it in the same category as Musang King because I think you'll either love it or you'll hate it. I don't love it, I'm afraid.
Sorry, Hilton, but hey... 3 out of 4 isn't bad. 🙂
Anyway, the Mid-Autumn Festival is next Friday (13th September 2019), and while I don't normally do reviews this late, there is still time if you'd like to grab ahold of Hilton's Celestial Blooms mooncakes. They're priced at RM118.00 nett per box and from RM30.00 to RM35.00 nett per piece. If you'd like to find out more, do call DoubleTree by Hilton Kuala Lumpur at 03 2172 7272.
Cheers and Happy Mid-Autumn Festival!
Note: Prices, where mentioned, are correct at time of writing.