Buying a gift can be a daunting task, especially when you really want to impress your recipient, but you are spoilt for choice.
If your recipient is a durian lover, then you’re in luck. We have 7 gift ideas inspired by durians that will delight any durian fan. Not only are they creative, but these sweet gestures are sure to make an impression on your recipient.
1. Durian Ice Cream
There’s nothing better than wolfing down a pint of ice-cream to combat Singapore’s sweltering heat. If you have a fellow durian lover whose birthday is coming up soon, why not gift a large pint of durian ice-cream?
Everyone loves ice-cream. Durian lovers, especially youngsters, would absolutely adore durian ice-cream.
Make sure, however, that that ice-cream of your choice uses real durians. While you can find options with durian extract or artificial durian, nothing beats the distinct bittersweet flavour and smoothness of real durian pulp.
2. Durian Mochi
Beautifully-packaged, convenient, and oh-so-tasty, durian mochi is an excellent choice for anyone who loves durian and sweet Japanese treats. Kids absolutely love them!
Mochi originated from Japan, but there are numerous localised variants out there. They are delightfully flavourful, not to mention delicate and good-looking.
When shopping for durian mochi, however, you’d want to avoid factory-made mochi. Instead, look out for handmade versions for bouncy mochi and flavoursome durian flavour.
3. Durian Mooncake
Anyone who has ever savoured succulent durian mooncakes would know that durians and mooncake are the perfect combination.
Mooncake season might be over, but you can still make mooncakes on your own with durian puree and pulp or find a bespoke baker who will be able to whip up a fresh batch.
Mooncakes are always fancifully presented. Not only they do look immaculate, but they taste great as well!
Durian mooncakes make an excellent gift for seniors (eg. parents and in-laws) who enjoy the King of Fruit.
4. Durian Chips
Chips are convenient snacks for home and the office. If you have a friend who enjoys durians and chips, why not send them a bag of durian chips?
Like banana chips, durian chips add an extra element of crisp to regular durian. It tastes and feels like a thin slice of durian that has just been deep-fried!
Durian chips are definitely a perfect gift to a durian lover who works long hours at the office and can’t go a day without a light snack every now and then.
5. Durian Popcorn
Have a loved one who adores watching movies? Durian popcorn would be a stellar gift.
Durian popcorn takes the boring caramelised and salty popcorn to another level. Let your best pal enjoy the unique flavour and aroma of real durian with a crunchy texture as they tune in to the latest blockbuster.
6. Durian Biscuit
Biscuits are simple, yet thoughtful gifts. While it might be easy to find a pack of chocolate biscuits online, why not go the extra mile for that fellow durian lovers by getting them durian biscuits?
Crunchy, satisfying and bittersweet, durian biscuits are a dream come true for durian lovers.
You could even try making durian biscuits at home. Aside from regular biscuit ingredients (eg. flour, eggs and sugar), you would need the durian element.
You can work either with fresh durians and mash them yourself or use premade durian puree.
7. Durian Whiskey
Downing a shot of whiskey to usher in the weekend seems to be commonplace especially amongst the working crowd, but what about durian whiskey?
It might seem like an odd combination, but durian whiskey is actually a thing! In fact, Asia One described it as an “outstanding” tipple that tasted just like Mao Shan Wang in liquid form.
You may buy durian whiskey from a company called The Durian Whiskey at $98 for 260 ML.