With InterContinental being one of our staple Sugar Hit choices for as long we have been doing them, you can count on the husband and I sampling what they have on offer unless the described dessert is a bit too weird and wacky for our tastes.
A cube of lolly cake is presented before us atop a smear of sweet pink, soft lolly-like purée on a slate tile. The layers of the cake are described to us by our friendly waiter, though I fail to catch what the top pink layer is. The pale yellow banana layer is a little firmer than expected but thankfully not overly banana-y for this non-banana lover. Flanked by berry-flavoured lollies, this Sugar Hit is quite sugary as forewarned by our waiter though its chosen pairing with Brown Brothers’ Orange Muscat & Flora for its “acidic notes” to help cut through the sweetness is lost on us.
The wine was unable to be swapped for a non-alcoholic drink for me, and wine consumers in our group felt the Orange Muscat & Flora was almost syrupy in mouthfeel. It has a strong perfume and added to the dessert’s overall sweetness, which tastes mostly of red berries rather than choc-hazelnut as we had anticipated. Naming it a “lolly cake” will probably also draw unrealistic comparisons with a similarly-named dessert from a reality cooking series earlier in the year.
And just in case you’re worried about how much sugar I’m consuming whilst in the final stages of pregnancy, rest assured that I passed my glucose tolerance test with flying colours. No gestational diabetes – yay! – and plenty of room for at least another couple of Sugar Hits yet.
*InterContinental are apparently serving their Sugar Hit from 12 noon each day, so you can indulge in an afternoon sweet treat if you choose!*
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