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If Ganesh Chaturthi is around, can modaks be far behind? The most popular sweets of the season will never be replaced but there are modern versions of the dumplings and even alternate ideas that are now being entertained. We picked out new sweets that will make your loved ones weep with joy this year. From exotic chocolates to candied dates, there’s a lot to explore in terms of sweets this Ganpati. Here is a comprehensive list of bonbons, chocolates and gourmet dates alongside gourmet modaks available to us this Ganesh Chathurthi. 

Places to have the best modaks and sweets this Ganesh Chathurthi 2020 

Bombay Sweet Shop

Your Ganpati celebrations aren’t the same without giving your taste buds an exotic treat with handmade sweets from the newest sweet shop in town, Bombay Sweet Shop made with fresh mawa and are 100% vegetarian. Meet the Puran Poli Modak, a unique offering that is a combination that brings together the two biggest loves of Maharashtra – Puran Poli and Saffron Peda, stuffed with Chana Dal, Jaggery, warming Pepper, Cardamom & Nutmeg. The Gulab Nut inspired modak is another big bestseller. The Lonavala Chocolate Fudge Modak, a decadent chocolate pedi inspired by Lonavala’s chocolate fudge, stuffed with dark chocolate ganache and peanut-cashew chikki, and the Pista Gulab Jamun Modak, inspired by The Bombay Canteen’s iconic Gulab Nut, it has pista, mawa, orange zest and candied orange peda stuffed with gulab jamun. Everything is made to order, all you need to give is 2-days notice.

Bateel Dates

Dates as dessert? Bring it on. This season, it’s all about taking your taste buds on a journey around the world and date desserts seem like a welcome addition to your sweet box. Bateel, an international label known for its finest premium dates, luxury gifting, and exquisite gourmet products brings some unique ideas to the table – there is the Kholas with Caramelized Macadamia, dates filled with orange peel, the traditional medjool dates, Roasted almond dates, candied lemon peel dates – even those filled with pistachios, pecans and ginger – a treat for the eyes and the taste buds. Though, for Ganpati, we recommend the Cassandra gift set with mouth-watering treats tucked inside for every palate. 

Mylk Chocolates

Bonbons for Ganesh Chathurthi? These beautiful, colourful chocolates made by Mylk Chocolates by a Le Cordon Bleu dessert chef are definitely Instagram-friendly. Created with the best chocolate sourced from France and Belgium, the label makes exquisite bonbons, truffles, almond rocks, and bars that can be customised in any flavour and colour scheme. This festive season, they have come with Modak Bonbons in exquisite flavours like Dark Raspberry, Salted Caramel and Coconut!  

Khoya

Khoya, a well-known mithai label with a great fan following has now introduced their own Ganpati Special Modaks in enticing flavours: Walnut & Pista Modak; Chocolate Chip Peda; Coconut Khoya Ladoo and Kesar Modak. If you are feeling a bit quirky, go for the pink motichoor laddoos.

Arq Mithai

First up are the modaks themselves but reincarnated to suit modern needs. At Arq Mithai, we saw Pista, Paan, Mathura, and mawa modaks vying for attention. The melt-in-your-mouth Shahi Paan Modaks are a treat as are the Satvik Saffron Modaks.

Ornamental Mithai 

Mulund-based sweet house, Ornamental Mithai is known for it’s unique, beautiful showcase of modern mithais by chef Neelam Saini. The boutique luxury Indian dessert and sweet store has a lot of ideas for Ganpati – their honey nut crunch modaks are already a hit and their Maha modak is destined to be an amazing gifting suggestion. We also liked the Preserved Rose and Almond ones and the regular steamed modaks, if you are looking for different options.

Payal Singhal X Gaia Gourmet

Another unique partnership that came out this season is the Payal Singhal and Gaia Gourmet by Chef Chinu  collaboration called #GGxPSBappa. It’s a DIY Modak kit that comes with ready dough, fun fillings and dipping sauces alongside a Modak mould and Instruction Cards along with a special edition #PayalSinghal upcycled  Ganpati  in a Box designed by Payal Singhal. One can even add a super-cute apron for babies and biggies, matching oven mitts for the whole family, as an add on.

Sassy Teaspoon

This Ganesh Chaturthi,  the Mumbai and Pune-based restaurant and bakery is showcasing their specially handcrafted Chocolate Modaks in six delicious flavours: Rose and Gulkand, Kaju Katli, Red Velvet, Nutella, Kesar Peda & Dates and Cardamom. You can pre-order a box of 6 or 12 and all of them are eggless.

Yogisattva

Ganesh Chathurthi sweets from Yogisattva

Have you ordered your box of Limited Edition Paleo and Vegan Modak’s yet from Raveena Taurani’s Farm to Fork delivery kitchen? If you are health-conscious but looking to have a little fun, these are the best ones to go for. Each order (minimum 2 boxes) comes with a palatable seed paper Ganpati card which you can plant right away.

Rosarté Chocolaterie & Bakery

If you don’t like traditional modaks, you must try modak-shaped sweets and chocolates that give you the same joy. Enter, Rosarté Chocolaterie & Bakery that makes the most decadent chocolates. The Delhi-based chocolaterie also has some amazing Coffee Cream Bonbons with a smooth and silky coffee ganache that brings out the rich notes of coffee and Belgian chocolate paired together – the perfect addition to your Ganesh Chathurthi gourmet stash.

Theobroma

The quintessential vintage bakery now has come with its own twist on modaks. Their flavoured modaks come in the following flavours: Cashew nut Modak with Cashew nut marzipan with chocolate and silver warp, Badam Pak modak with Almond fudge with a flavour of cardamom and rose essence, Chocolate Modak with Dark chocolate ganache in a chocolate shell, Coconut Modak with Coconut filling inspired by traditional modaks and Blueberry Modak: With notes of ‘berry’ fruity flavour. Its a set box and a good one at that and is available for takeaway across all stores.

La Folie Boutique

Celebrate Ganesh Chaturthi with an artisanal spin on Bappa’s favourite modaks crafted with the purest ingredients. Each eggless box contains the following 6 flavours: Ruby Chocolate and Pistachio Rocher, Hazelnut Rocher, Almond Rocher, Peanut, Date and Quinoa Bliss Ball, Lime, Coconut, Cranberry and Rose Bliss Ball and Dark chocolate, Blackberry and Earl Grey Bliss Ball
Order before 4pm for next day delivery through lafolie.in.

Hurrems

Another interesting addition is gifting Baklava for Ganpati, a novel concept alright. And here’s how you can ‘Unlock Celebrations’ at home with Hurrem’s handcrafted, 100% vegetarian baklava and Turkish delights prepared by chefs trained in Gaziantep, Turkey. There are bespoke, artisanal food hampers in the mix too. Look out for their specials: Fistik Dolmas, Vegetarian Midyes and Havuc Dilmis.

Latha Sunadh
Deputy Editor
When she's not trying on a new serum, researching on yet another classic fragrance and sharing lip balms with her 5-year old daughter, Latha Sunadh keeps it reined in with a nice song and a good book. Special skills include obsessing over handmade, home-made and handcrafted luxuries.