Growing up in Dubai for the past 18 years, it’s been interesting seeing how the retail sector has grown. There was a time when brands like Gap, Victoria’s Secret and Cheesecake Factory were limited to trips to the United States and now you can find them at multiple locations across Dubai. On the other hand, there has also been a proliferation of homegrown brands, predominantly led by the Landmark Group. With established brands such as Splash and Babyshop and newer brands such as Balance 360, it’s hard to step into any mall without finding a Landmark Group-operated store.
One such homegrown brand is Candelite – the confectionary store located in Ibn Battuta Mall, amongst other places. After the great session at Balance 360 a few months back, I was excited to receive the invite to Candelite’s Master Class held at Make Business Hub.
When I heard “Dessert Master Class”, I prepared myself for an evening of gorging on everything sweet and chocolatey, but I was in for an even more pleasant surprise. Candelite joined forces with Chef Marta Yanci of Marta’s Kitchen fame – a Dubai-based catering company, to create a 5-course tasting menu that included both sweet and savory elements. With this menu, Candelite gave us a glimpse into their vast collection of unique products, including the spiced and flavored Nutorious Nuts, La Sablesienne organic biscuits, Rococo Chocolates and McSteven desert ingredients. On the menu was:
Spiced pumpkin and goat´s cheese tapa over crispy waffle
Grilled shrimp mini skewers with a chocolate and chipotle vinaigrette
Chicken and orange mini pies (my personal favorite!)
Rose and pistachio truffles
After munching on these delicious treats by Chef Marta, I made one mental note to myself – next time I’m doing the shopping for a dinner party, stop by Candelite for some unique ingredients to bring that extra something *special* to the recipes. If you haven’t already been to Candelite, check out the little virtual tour below. My mum has already become an addict to the McStevens White Chocolate Powder, which we maintain a backup stash of at home!
And if all this food talk put you in the mood to cook, you can check out the detailed recipes at this link – I know I’ll be whipping up those Chicken Pies very soon!
Candelite is located in Dubai in Mirdiff City Centre (04-284-0175), Ibn Battuta Mall (04-363-1602); in Abu Dhabi in Mushrif Mall (02-650-0862); in Ajman in Ajman City Center (06-741-4173). You can place orders for gift hampers by calling them directly and can also find them on Facebook to stay posted on special promotions and events.
Dollz Tip: If you’re planning a birthday bash or bachelorette party, they have some cute party favor chocolates/candies on sale. Personally tried and tested!