For the sweetest dad

If you’re looking for a Father’s Day gift, you can’t go wrong with sweets and spirits for your big guy.

At the Mandarin Oriental, executive pastry chef Christophe Sapy has crafted a selection of sweet treats, including an exclusive Father’s Day cake made with dark chocolate and espresso coffee (price on request), homemade artisanal chocolates (from HK$228) and an addictive hazelnut milk chocolate spread (HK$238).

Another luxury pastry option is at Four Seasons Hotel, where executive pastry chef Ringo Chan has added four new flavors to the delicious donut family (HK$39 each): yuzu, Nutella and chocolate, strawberry and rose, and dulce de leche and vanilla. The latter two are decorated with moustaches for Father’s Day.

Lucullus’ sweet treats will make gift shopping a breeze without sacrificing quality.

Two chocolates and cookies gift boxes (HK$138 each), the Noble Gent and Awesome Dad, feature the confectioner’s signature chocolates and special festive cookies such as earl grey, cheese and peanut butter.

Also consider the Tie-rrific Hero 72 percent dark chocolate Grand Marnier mousse cake (HK$358) with chocolate glaze, adorned with a gold bow tie and buckles that resembles a man in a shirt. The rich dark cocoa is complemented by a lingering accent of citrus liqueur.

More options combining dad’s favorite spirits with sweets are available at Charbonnel et Walker in its Prince’s Building store and The Murray popup.

The Gentlemen’s Nightcap (HK$428) is the perfect gift for gin and whisky connoisseurs. The dark chocolate truffles have a white chocolate center infused with Sipsmith London dry gin, cream and natural juniper.

There’s also the brand’s famous whisky truffles, which feature dark chocolate truffles filled with rich dark chocolate ganache and Scotch whisky and finished off with delicate cocoa powder.

Want a little more variety? The epicurean chocolate trio Drinks to Dad (HK$648) showcases Sipsmith gin truffles and whisky truffles alongside the chocolatier’s signature dark marc de champagne truffles.

Or get him in good spirits with a selection of affordable own-brand wines from Marks & Spencer – such as a sparkly prosecco (HK$139) or smooth Gargenega pinot grigio (HK$79).

If he’s a cognac lover, how about a gift to remember? Hennessy XO (from HK$1,950) – a rich, full-bodied and sophisticated blend of more than 100 eaux-de-vie – combines the spiciness of oak and leather with the sweeter essences of fruits and flowers.

Buy a bottle at any Liquid Gold, Wai Shing Wine & Spirits and HK Liquor Store shops or online and you can get it engraved with a message for free.

(This article was published at The Standard on June 11, 2021: Weekend Glitz: For the sweetest dad )

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