Madera releases Pokemon-themed bonbon collection


Gotta taste them all? In an unexpected merger of high and pop cultures, Madera, Menlo Park's upscale restaurant affiliated with the Rosewood Sand Hill hotel, has released a set of six bonbons that are inspired by Pokemon Go.

Pokemon Go is a smartphone game released July 6 that allows users to catch, collect, evolve and battle creatures that appear on users' phones based on their real location. Players of the popular game can often be observed frantically swiping their phones or taking to frequent dog walking excursions to scope out "lures," or time-limited hotspots where rarer Pokemon are more likely appear.

According to a spokesperson for Madera, players of the game have been going out of their way to catch Pokemon in the vicinity of the Rosewood Sand Hill Hotel, as it allegedly is a hotspot for catching some of the game's rarer creatures, such as Gyrados and Electabuzz.

Apparently inspired by the craze, Madera's Executive Chef Peter Rudolph developed a collection of six Pokemon-themed bonbons.

"Madera's Pokémon bonbons not only capture the flavors of Pokémon Go but connect guests to Silicon Valley, the place where the game was created," he said, crediting the "artistic vision" of Assistant Pastry Chef Lance Nitta.

In some cases, different flavors correspond to different Pokemon. For instance, one of the bonbons named after an ice bird creature called "Articuno" has a dark chocolate and "icy" mint flavor. The confections were so popular that the existing ones have already sold out. More ingredients have been ordered and the next batch is expected to be available sometime during the first week of August, the spokesperson said.

A set of six bonbons costs $12. They are:

● Gotta Catch 'Em All - vanilla bean ganache.

● Articuno (ice bird) - dark chocolate and mint.

● Moltres (electric bird) - chili negro and espelette ganache.

● Zapdos (fire bird) - passion fruit and yuzu citrus.

●Pokeball #1: strawberries, creme and pop rocks.

● Pokeball #2: raspberry, rose and lychee fruit.

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