The ultimate guide to chocolate delivery in Australia during COVID-19

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Well, we arrived back in Australia last week amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. After a long flight home from Scotland, we took an eerily empty train home to begin our 14-day self-isolation. Fortunately, we had a reasonable amount of food at home and a few food items that came back with us on the plane. After getting home, we discovered that getting food during isolation in Australia is not the easiest thing if you don’t live near family. It’s even harder if you are in a regional area not covered by restaurant delivery services.

Getting food is pretty important, but at a time of high stress, high anxiety, working from home necessity, chocolate is even more important than ever. Everywhere sells chocolate, when you can leave the house. When you can’t go out though, what do you do?

Well, as the saying goes, scarcity breeds necessity and so I’ve been exploring other ways to get chocolate. I’ve broken them down below based on the type of service in the hopes that it will help others maintain a consistent supply of chocolate in these tumultuous times.

Whittakers Chocolate

I feel like this blog probably needs some sort of disclaimer like:

Eat chocolate responsibly.

or

Eat in moderation.

or

Proceed at the risk of your waistline.

or

Always consume chocolate with adequate exercise.

Also of note, many of these delivery sources do indeed have organic chocolate, vegan chocolate, sugar-free chocolate, keto, and of course, chocolate for just about any other dietary requirements, so your chocolate doesn’t necessarily have to be full of things that are bad for you.

This information has been provided to you at your own risk and I take no responsibility whatsoever for what you choose to do with your newfound knowledge of the abundant sources of chocolate in Australia during COVID-19 isolation.

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Supermarket deliveries

The most obvious source of chocolate at a good price is as part of your food delivery with your local supermarket. There are a few options here: Woolworths and Coles are the main ones, and then there are independent chains like Harris Farm. Regardless of which one you choose, this should form the basis of your chocolate supply chain. You have to get other food right? You can’t eat chocolate 100% of the time indefinitely. Or can you? Hmmm…

So, make sure to always have chocolate as part of your regular shopping orders with your chosen supermarket provider. Remember, every supply chain should have redundancy built into it in case one supplier fails.

Woolworths Grocery Delivery

Woolworths

Woolworths has limited their food delivery service to priority assistance customers, which does include those in high-risk categories or who are required to self-isolate. So if that’s you, you’re all set. The only problem is, it’s typically about a 6-day wait for the earliest delivery times, even with priority assistance. That’s a long time to wait if you are out of chocolate!

Chocolate at Woolworths

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What you need to know:

  • Minimum order of $50.
  • Delivery prices start at $15 and decrease as order value increases.
  • Free delivery on your first order if it is over $100.
  • Deliver using their own delivery trucks.
  • Earn Woolworths Rewards points on purchases.
  • Accepts major credit cards, PayPal and Woolworths gift cards.

Learn more:

Chocolate from Woolworths

Coles

Coles has limited its delivery services for the general public and is currently implementing a similar service to Woolworths called Coles Online Priority Service. If you fit into that category then you can get chocolate delivered with your main grocery order. If you aren’t eligible for COPS then you won’t be able to get any chocolate delivered by Coles. Unfortunately “lack of chocolate” isn’t considered a reason to be eligible for the COPS program.

Chocolate at Coles

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What you need to know:

  • Minimum order of $50.
  • Delivery prices start at between $8 and $20 depending on your delivery choices.
  • Free standard delivery on your first order if it is over $100.
  • Deliver using their own delivery trucks.
  • Earn Fly Buys points on purchases.
  • Accepts major credit cards and PayPal.

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Independent supermarkets

There are also smaller, independent supermarkets that offer delivery. Look in your local area for smaller supermarket chains that may offer a delivery service.

Harris Farm

For people in isolation in Canberra and in NSW between Newcastle and Wollongong, Harris Farm is one such smaller supermarket chain that offers delivery with a wide variety of food options.

Harris Farm offers a selection of delivery windows at competitive prices. They specialise in fresh fruit and vegetables, often with great prices, but they do stock chocolate. It tends to be more expensive brands than what you might normally buy, but at the same time, the brands are premium brands so you know it’s going to be good!

Chocolate at Harris Farm

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What you need to know:

  • No minimum order value.
  • Delivery prices start at $8 and go up to $17 depending on your delivery choices.
  • Delivery price drops as your order value increases.
  • Free delivery on orders as low as $100.
  • Free delivery on your first 3 orders of $80 or more.
  • Harris Farm offers a range of promotions for free delivery.
  • Deliver using their own delivery trucks.
  • You can get a 5% discount on your veggies ordered at the same time if you join the “Friends of the Farm” loyalty program. Make sure to join first as there is a coupon code emailed to you after you join.
  • Accepts major credit cards, PayPal and ZipPay.

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Online Marketplaces

Online marketplaces have been around for some time now with the most well-known options being eBay and Amazon, but there are others operating in Australia too. These marketplaces make available a wide range of chocolate options at competitive prices. Some allow smaller vendors to sell through their platforms, and some also carry their own stock. In either case, they bring together a wide range of chocolatey choice.

Amazon

Amazon is known for super-fast delivery of in-stock items. Right now, they are slow. Really slow. Unbelievably slow. I am honestly amazed at how slow they are. As one might expect, with the increased demand on online retailers, Amazon has experienced a surge in orders and many products. are listed as temporarily out of stock.

Previously, my experience has been that any order I placed is shipped within 24 hours, usually the same day I order it. Now, it’s taken more than 3 days to dispatch items listed as in stock.

Amazon Delivery

Fear not though, having multiple sources of chocolate means a constant stream arriving at your house. Just think, a river of chocolate, like inside Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory, flowing through your door. Just reach into it and spoon some deliciousness straight into your mouth. Mmmmmmmmmmmm….chocolate coma….

Now, where was I?

Ok, right. Choose items that are in stock for the best chance of getting it sent out quickly, but if you are just trying to ensure you have a constant flow of chocolate, don’t be afraid to order out of stock items that indicate they will be back in stock soon. Amazon will ship them to you as soon as more stock arrives. Keep that river flowing, that’s what I say!

Chocolate at Amazon

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What you need to know:

  • No minimum order quantities.
  • Free delivery available on Amazon-fulfilled orders over $39.
  • Variable free delivery options for marketplace vendor fulfilled orders.
  • 10% off on subscription orders (get it delivered each month).
  • Free expedited delivery for Amazon Prime members on eligible orders.
  • Free international delivery for Amazon Prime members on eligible orders from Amazon US over $49.
  • Free 30-day trial of Amazon Prime for new subscribers and then $6.99/month.
  • Deliver with Australia Post and a range of couriers.
  • Accepts major credit cards, ZipPay and Amazon Gift Cards.

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eBay

eBay is one of the oldest online marketplaces in Australia, and, is usually well-stocked with merchants offering all kinds of chocolate goodies from all over the world. Since eBay is all about being a marketplace for merchants to sell their goods, there is a lot of opportunities to get your chocolate faster. Why? Because many of the sellers are smaller retailers that are not being hammered as hard for delivery.

The downside, of course, is that delivery windows, delivery costs, and return policies are not consistent. You could have one block of chocolate coming from down the road, and another from the other side of the country or the world. When it comes to chocolate though, return policies probably don’t matter much. Let’s be honest, if it comes through the door, it probably isn’t going back out again!

eBay has a great variety of individual items as well as bulk quantities, so you can really stock up. When it comes to ordering multiple individual items though, try to get them from the same seller if possible as this increases the chances of getting a shipping discount.

Chances are, eBay will bag you some of the best deals, but it can take some digging to unearth the true gems, like an absolutely ridiculously amazing 10kg box of M&M’s!

Chocolate at eBay

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What you need to know:

  • No minimum order quantities.
  • Earn Fly Buys points on purchases if you link your Fly Buys card.
  • Free delivery available on some items depending on seller policies.
  • Free delivery & returns on eligible items with eBay Plus membership.
  • Free 30-day trial available of eBay Plus and then $49/year.
  • Delivery methods vary between sellers, some use Australia Post and some use couriers.
  • Accepted payment methods vary between sellers, however, PayPal and most major credit cards are accepted on most items and AfterPay is available on eligible items.

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Catch

Catch has been around for quite a while now too, though there are still many Aussies that have never heard of this marketplace. Catch started as Catch of the Day, offering a handful of amazing deals on just about anything with very limited stock quantities. I picked up a genuine $200 Logitech Bluetooth keyboard for $30 on Catch of the Day way back in the early days. That’s how good the deals were. From memory, I think they had about 100 of the keyboards available, so stock really was limited and often sold out quickly.

Nowadays, Catch of the Day has evolved into a full-fledged marketplace and rebranded simply as Catch. Catch has subsequently been sold to Wesfarmers which is the conglomerate you might know of as the owners of Bunnings, Coles, Fly Buys, Officeworks, and many, many other businesses around Australia.

Catch does indeed still provide brilliant deals and they still have some epic savings available with limited stock quantities, but the difference is, other vendors can now list their deals directly on Catch and provide their own order fulfilment. It’s actually not that different from big old Amazon.

Right now, Catch is stocking stacks of pantry items including lots of chocolate in bulk quantities. That’s what we need right? Bulk lots of chocolate. Oh yeah…

Chocolate at Catch

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What you need to know:

  • No minimum order quantities.
  • Shipping starts at $7.95 and goes up with order weight for orders fulfilled by Catch. Other vendors may calculate shipping differently.
  • Some items have free shipping.
  • Free shipping is available on eligible items for orders over $45 with a Club Catch subscription.
  • Free 30 day trial of Club Catch is available and then it is $6.50/month or $69/year.
  • A 1-month subscription of Club Catch is cheaper than the cheapest shipping fees so it is a no-brainer to sign up, but it is a bit awkward to cancel.
  • Typically delivers with Australia Post.
  • Accepts most major credit cards, PayPal, Latitude Pay and ZipPay for most orders and AfterPay on eligible orders.

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Box of M&M's

Department Stores

It’s easy to forget when searching for food related items that department stores actually do sell food too. In fact, they tend to favour sweets, snacks and drinks that are shelf stable. They are those aisles right near the front of the store that we all know are there but so often don’t even look at for fear of the temptation.

Fortunately, many Australian department stores were already selling online, and the last 12-18 months have seen the remaining few also up their game. Now, you can get some or all of their in-store range online too, yay! Except for Target.

Kmart

Kmart might be considered one of the cheapest department stores in Australia, but I’ve listed them first because they actually have one of the best online ranges of chocolate of all the department stores, and that is definitely what we want!

Kmart is doing a pretty impressive job. To help handle the spike in online orders, they’ve closed one store in Victoria to turn it into a dedicated dispatch centre for online orders, while still dispatching orders from other stores around the country.

My chocolate order from Kmart was dispatched 2 days faster than my Amazon chocolate order and arrived overnight compared to 7 days from Amazon. That’s pretty impressive. Good job Kmart!

Kmart stocks their own range of discounted chocolate and confectionary as well as a variety of popular brands. Most of their options are focused on the party market and gift market so tend to be in bucket/tub form or are a bit fancier. Nothing wrong with either of those choices!

Chocolate at Kmart

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What you need to know:

  • No minimum order quantities.
  • Kmart partners with Club Catch to provide free delivery on orders over $45, however, during the current pandemic, all eligible orders over $45 will receive free delivery (excluding bulky items).
  • For orders under $45, shipping prices are a flat rate depending on whether you live in a metro ($10), regional ($14) or remote area ($16).
  • Deliver with Australia Post and Couriers Please for small items.
  • Earn Fly Buys points on purchases when you link your Fly Buys card to your online account.
  • Accepts most major credit cards and PayPal for all orders, and both AfterPay and ZipPay for eligible orders over $70.

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David Jones

David Jones is one of Australia’s big, high-end department stores. Usually situated over multiple floors in big shopping centres. It’s basically the opposite end of the market from Kmart. However, David Jones has also had one of the best online ordering experiences for years and you can pick up some great deals on clearance stock.

David Jones stocks a pretty decent range of chocolate, cookies, confectionery and other shelf-stable items with an assortment available to order online. What’s unique about their range though is that it tends to be products not widely stocked elsewhere. You can get some unique chocolate flavours from unusual manufacturers making for some nice variety in your ongoing chocolate river, like coffee and almond butter or cocoa crumb and macadamia. Yum!

Chocolate at David Jones

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What you need to know:

  • No minimum order quantities.
  • Free standard delivery used to be on orders over $100 but this has been reduced to $50 during the Coronavirus pandemic.
  • Flat rate $10 delivery charge on orders under $50.
  • Deliver with Australia Post.
  • Earn David Jones Member Reward Points or Qantas Frequent Flyer points if you pay using a David Jones American Express card.
  • Accepts most major credit cards PayPal, David Jones gift cards and David Jones Member Reward Points on all orders as well as AfterPay on eligible orders over $100.

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Myer

Myer is one of Australia’s higher-end department stores, competing with David Jones and operating a very similar format. Myer has been selling online for years, though until recently, I could never get my account linked to my Myer One rewards to actually work on the Myer website. That said, the latest iteration is a big improvement, and just in time for the current chocolate COVID-19 crisis.

Myer stocks a range of chocolate and sweets focused more on gift items, a very limited quantity of these are available to order online, especially their hampers. Right now, there are plenty of Easter inspired chocolate hampers available, including the aptly named “Death by Chocolate hamper“, but there are other options too.

Chocolate at Myer

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What you need to know:

  • No minimum order quantities.
  • Free standard delivery used to be on orders over $100 but during the current Coronavirus pandemic, this has been reduced to orders over $49.
  • Flat rate $7.95 delivery charge for orders under $49.
  • Deliver with Australia Post for small items and couriers for large items.
  • Earn Myer One points on purchases.
  • Accepts most major credit cards, PayPal, and Myer Gift Cards on all orders as well as AfterPay on eligible orders over $100.

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Big W

Big W has recently started to sell online, and when I first started browsing their range, I was excited. They’ve got soooooo much chocolate!! The problem is, many of the products I selected said they were not available for delivery. Target is the same, but Target has a handy option to filter out the products that are available for delivery (in their case, no chocolate at all, hence why they aren’t even on this list). Big W doesn’t have this option so it is a bit hit and miss trying to work out what you can and can’t get.

Some products say “In-store only” on their thumbnail images but most don’t. I’ll be honest, I gave up trying to find chocolate that I could get delivered (there are so many products to check individually, it just isn’t worth the effort when there are easier options from other stores), but I did find 1kg of Nutella available for delivery!

Chocolate at Big W

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What you need to know

  • No minimum order quantities.
  • Free delivery on eligible items if you also purchase $50 worth of clothes in the order.
  • Big W free delivery options are really confusing. I saw multiple different promotions on different pages, but right now I believe the one that actually applies is free delivery on orders over $100.
  • Normal delivery prices are a flat rate of $7.90 for metro areas and $9.90 for regional areas.
  • Deliver with Australia Post
  • Earn Woolworths Rewards points if you link your rewards card to your Big W account.
  • Accepts most major credit cards and PayPal for all orders and both AfterPay and ZipPay for eligible orders over $50.

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Specialty grocers

Specialty grocers, like Asian supermarkets, stock a huge range of food items. Yes, they tend to be focused on the cuisine that they cater to, but there is plenty to choose from, including chocolate and other sweet items. Increasingly more of these specialty grocers are offering online ordering on their shelf-stable items.

Chances are, they will be different brands from what you are used to, but they still present a great alternative and an opportunity to try something a little bit different.

Shipping can be a bit more expensive with these grocers compared to the major supermarkets as they use postal and courier services for delivery rather than their own delivery networks, and it is a bit more expensive than most of the other retailers I’ve looked at. However, it is still quite reasonable and not dissimilar from what many eBay sellers charge.

It’s worth checking with your local grocers to see if they are offering a local delivery service too that might be better value for you.

Here are a few that I’ve looked at and considered ordering from so far.

Yin Yam

Yin Yam is located in Melbourne and their best shipping prices are to the Melbourne metro area, but they do ship Australia-wide.

Chocolate at Yin Yam

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What you need to know:

  • No minimum order quantities, however, some items are sold as bulk quantities only.
  • Does not offer free delivery at all.
  • $7.50 flat-rate delivery in Melbourne Metro up to 22kg.
  • Variable delivery prices for the rest of Australia starting at $12.50.
  • Delivers with Fastway/Aramex and Sendle.
  • Accepts Mastercard, Visa, ShopPay, Google Pay and PayPal.

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My Asian Grocer

My Asian Grocer is located in Sydney and their best shipping prices on larger orders are to the Sydney metro area, but they do ship Australia-wide.

Chocolate at My Asian Grocer

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What you need to know:

  • No minimum order quantities, however, some items are sold as bulk quantities only.
  • Have applied some limits on order quantities and their latest blog indicates a handling surcharge may now apply.
  • Does not offer free delivery at all.
  • $11.99 flat-rate delivery in Sydney Metro up to 22kg.
  • Variable delivery prices for the rest of Australia starting at $11.79 for the first 500 grams.
  • Delivers with Australia Post.
  • Accepts most major credit cards, PayPal and My Asian Grocer gift certificates.

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Unlike the supermarkets, these specialty grocers don’t have delivery windows, you just place your order and they will ship it with their courier service.

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Restaurant & takeaway delivery services

Prepared food delivery services have been growing in Australia over the last few years anyway, but since the Coronavirus pandemic has seen restaurants closed, these businesses have become increasingly in demand and it seems like all of a sudden there is at least one new player (Doordash), and possibly others on the horizon too. Unfortunately for us, not a single one of them delivers to our area. We are literally in one of the most central ‘remote’ regions in Australia, and sit in a gap between delivery zones. We aren’t quite south enough for one zone and not quite north enough for the next.

However, I’ve used many of these services elsewhere, and every day I get emails from more restaurants and takeaway joints offering me freebies, discounts and so on to try out their new delivery service on one or more of these platforms. If only I could…

By the way, San Churro is delivering on most of these platforms now, so, that is awesome. You can also get some epic cakes, ice creams and so on from places like Gelato Messina, eg Dr Evil’s Magic Mushroom:

Gelato Messina Dr Evil's Magic Mushroom

Or cheesecakes from the Cheesecake Shop:

Cheesecake Shop Cheesecake

You can also find some other great chocolate options through independent restaurants. There really are some awesome ideas out there, like the genius that is Nutella & strawberry pizzas.

Nutella Dessert Pizza

Uber Eats

Uber Eats has been growing significantly in Australia and is helped significantly by the technology behind Uber. In my opinion, this backing gives it one of the best platforms from a customer perspective. If I lived just 10 minutes further north there would be so much chocolate I could get delivered…

Uber Eats covers most metro areas in Australia and a lot of regional centres too.

Uber Eats

Check if you can get delivery:

DoorDash

DoorDash is the new kid on the block. Their ads are literally EVERYWHERE, and from what I can see, their service is pretty good. They’ve picked up a lot of chocolate-serving enterprises already and seem to have more added daily. Unfortunately, I also am in the middle of a delivery blackhole here and so haven’t had the opportunity to try them out yet, but I hear good things.

DoorDash

Check if you can get delivery:

Deliveroo

I’ve only used Deliveroo once before, but like the others, they have great metro coverage and do not deliver to my house. Sigh…

I got some amazing chocolate desserts through these guys when I stayed in Sydney a while back and had no issues whatsoever. Like the other players, these guys are adding stacks of new restaurants at a rapid pace.

Deliveroo

Check if you can get delivery:

Menulog

Menulog is possibly the oldest of these players in Australia and is also the only home grown food ordering and delivery aggregator service. However, it is now owned by the British company, Just Eat, so sadly it’s no longer an Aussie enterprise.

I used to use Menulog all the time when I lived in Sydney. Back then, delivery was provided primarily by the restaurant you were ordering from. So if they didn’t offer delivery, it was pickup only. Nowadays, Menulog partners with independent couriers in much the same way as all of the other food delivery services to help bridge the gap for businesses that can’t offer delivery themselves.

Menulog has been advertising pretty aggressively of late, but one of my favourite aspects of it is the loyalty programs that stores can offer through their platform. It’s nice to be rewarded for repeat business 🙂

Menulog

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Domino’s

Domino’s is a little favourite of mine. They aren’t a food delivery aggregator like the others, they deliver their own food only. We all know Domino’s for their pizza, but they also sell hot chips, chicken, garlic bread, brownies, churros, sundaes, thick shakes, soft drink, mousse and many other things.

If I’m honest, I also have a bit of a soft spot for Domino’s. My first real job was as a Domino’s delivery driver while I was in high school. I really enjoyed it, even the crazy nights where you didn’t leave until the early hours of the morning. It was a lot of fun. Although, I must admit it was possibly a little more fun when it was owned by a franchisee that was never there and run by a store manager that was never there, and when he was, he was usually sleeping off a hangover in the storeroom. Yep, those were the days, the store was basically run by the assistant managers and more experienced delivery drivers.

To be fair, after the franchisee was basically fired by Domino’s Australia and the store was taken over by Domino’s corporate, it was still good fun. They put in their own store managers who were there aaaaaaaaallllll the time, but they were all great guys and gals.

Ahhh I ate way too much pizza and brownies back in those days, but, I digress…

I have included Domino’s here on their own, because they actually have (to my knowledge), the largest independent food delivery network in Australia. There is a Domino’s store in most towns, trading everyday, opening at 11am most days and closing between 10pm and 2am (depending on the day of the week and the area), so they can provide you with lunch and dinner quite easily.

Domino’s doesn’t sell blocks of chocolate or that kind of thing, but they do sell chocolate sundaes, chocolate thick shakes, chocolate and salted caramel mousse, and of course, chocolate fudge brownies with gooey chocolate sauce.

Most of the time, delivery is pretty quick, and they have fantastic contactless delivery policies, plus there are regularly changing deals at each store that can help you get better value deliveries.

Desserts at Domino's

Domino’s has been extremely pro-active with addressing concerns related to food safety and delivery safety and got us through our first week of isolation. We can’t get prepared food delivered through any of the other services in this section, but Domino’s came through for us both with pizza and chocolate. Thanks Domino’s!

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Pharmacies

Oooooh I bet you didn’t think pharmacies would make the list did you?

Pharmacies are a little bit different though. Many pharmacies offer online ordering, but not everything is available online, and often times the chocolate is not your normal everyday chocolate. Instead, it is more focused on dietary needs, for example: sugarless chocolate, high-protein, Atkins diet, weight-loss etc. Just because you have dietary requirements though, why should you miss out on chocolate?

Chemist Warehouse / ePharmacy

Chemist Warehouse has become one of the biggest players in the Australian pharmacy market, and their online presence is no different. They also operate the ePharmacy website.

Chocolate at Chemist Warehouse

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What you need to know:

  • No minimum order quantities.
  • There are some order limits due to COVID-19 and some items only available in store.
  • Free delivery used to be available on orders over $99 but is now reduced to $50 during the Coronavirus pandemic.
  • Delivery is a flat rate of $8.95 for orders under $50.
  • Delivers with Australia Post.
  • Accepts just about every kind of payment imaginable including most major credit cards, PayPal, BPay, AfterPay, ZipPay, AliPay and WeChat Pay.

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Priceline Pharmacy

Not to be confused with the hotel booking site, Priceline Pharmacy would be one of the other bigger players in Australia. They’ve been online for quite some time, and are often very competitive in their pricing. Along with Chemist Warehouse, Priceline would be the other one I use most when ordering pharmacy-related products online. Their chocolate range is very similar to Chemist Warehouse.

Chocolate at Priceline Pharmacy

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What you need to know:

  • No minimum order quantities.
  • Free delivery on orders over $50.
  • Delivery is a flat rate of $9.95 for orders under $50.
  • Delivers with Australia Post.
  • Earn Sister Club points on purchases.
  • Accepts most major credit cards and PayPal.

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Even more chocolate sources

It is remarkable just how many places you can get chocolate from when you are stuck at home and feel the need to ensure that you have a consistent chocolate supply chain in the event that the unthinkable happens: ORDER LIMITS ARE PLACED ON CHOCOLATE.

These retailers and suppliers are some bonus ones that are a little bit unexpected.

Officeworks

Officeworks is in a funny overlap of markets. They are a tech store. But they are also an office supplies store. They sell office furniture too. Oh and school supplies. They also offer a courier service, and printing. However, they are an office supplies store, which means they sell office supplies, and essential office supplies include what? CHOCOLATE!

Much of the choclatey goodness that is available to order online is in bulk quantities, so that is something to keep in mind, but there’s nothing wrong with a box of 50 Snickers bars, is there?

In my opinion, Officeworks chocolate is a tad bit overpriced, even the bulk boxes, but when you need to keep the chocolate flowing, they are there for you.

Chocolate at Officeworks

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What you need to know:

  • No minimum order quantities, but most of their chocolate is sold in bulk quantities.
  • There are some order maximum limits in place due to COVID-19.
  • Free delivery is available on orders over $55 in metro areas and in areas where the ordered product can be shipped from a nearby Officeworks store.
  • Delivery is a flat rate of $5.95 for orders under $55 and in regional areas where products cannot be shipped from a nearby store.
  • Delivery is a flat rate of $25.95 for orders to remote country areas.
  • Delivers with couriers.
  • Accepts most major credit cards and PayPal on all orders as well as AfterPay and ZipPay for eligible orders over $55.

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Australia Post

Australia Post delivers the majority of chocolate in Australia, but, they also sell it in their stores and online. I know this because it is always right at the counter, tempting me, whenever I visit my local franchisee. So, I thought I’d check their online store and see if they would deliver chocolate to my door, beyond the chocolate they are already delivering from arguably a few too many other channels.

The answer? YES!!!!!!!!! Admittedly, it’s all in hamper form, and again, it’s a bit on the pricey side, but with hampers named things like “All things Cadbury” and “Chocolate Delight“, it can get you through a chocolate drought!

Chocolate at Australia Post

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What you need to know:

  • No minimum order quantities.
  • Free delivery on all orders Australia wide – kinda feel like they have an unfair advantage here…
  • Delivers with Australia Post, of course.
  • Accepts most major credit cards and PayPal.

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Campbells Cash and Carry / C-Store Distribution

Most people have probably never heard of Campbells Cash and Carry or C-Store unless they have owned or worked in a convenience store/corner store/small food retail/catering business.

These two companies are both owned by Metcash, the South African company that also owns IGA, Mitre10, Home Hardware, Cellarbrations, The Bottle-O, Foodland, and probably a few other retail franchise businesses as well. Campbells and C-Store are a key pillar in the wholesale division of the business and provide food and catering wholesale services to IGA, Foodland and many other independent convenience stores, corner stores, takeaway stores and restaurants.

In fact, they use to provide me with wholesale supplies at the store I used to own on the Gold Coast. It’s pretty amazing walking into one of their warehouses. It kind of feels like all your Christmas’s have come at once with a giant confectionary section and floor to warehouse ceiling shelves of chocolate!

These guys deliver and are essentially open to the public, but there is a catch. You have to have an Australian Business Number (ABN) to shop with them. Since they are focused on business customers, all their prices are excluding GST and shipping costs are only confirmed after you place an order, so you won’t know for sure what the cost will be until your order is picked and packed for distribution. You also have to create an account before you can see prices.

It is possible to buy an individual block of chocolate and other individual items from them, or get them in bulk form, but some items are only available in box or carton quantities. Prices are pretty good, but they are not necessarily better than sale prices at your local supermarket.

Back to that ABN thing, if you don’t have one and are in a pinch, you can get an ABN for free as a sole-trader and it is a pretty quick registration process. Just be aware that it does add some extra requirements at tax time.

When it comes to choosing which one to go with (Campbells or C-Store), it just depends which has a closer branch to you. Their websites and product ranges are pretty well identical otherwise.

Chocolate at Campbells Cash and Carry

Quick links:

What you need to know:

  • No minimum order quantities, but may not be worth ordering small quantities and some items only available in bulk.
  • Free delivery is not offered.
  • Must have an ABN to open an account.
  • Delivers using their own delivery network but may also use couriers for smaller orders and orders outside their own network.
  • Accepts Visa, Mastercard and American Express, or payment on account for credit approved customers.
  • There is a surcharge for card payments.

Learn more:

Manufacturer direct

We often (or at least I do) forget to look at manufacturer websites. Increasingly, they are selling directly to the public. Particularly look for smaller manufacturers and artisan chocolatiers to find ones that don’t have exclusivity clauses with supermarkets. Don’t expect them to be the cheap option, but definitely expect them to be yum! Here’s a few I found:

Treats of Hahndorf Fudge

Where else?

Got other tips on where you can get chocolate delivered from in Australia? Let me know in the comments below! I’d also love to hear your experiences with any of the vendors I’ve listed.

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《The ultimate guide to chocolate delivery in Australia during COVID-19》有7条留言

    • And even more if you live in major centres that have restaurant food delivery services like DoorDash, UberEats, Menulog and Deliveroo. It blew my mind when I started exploring options after arriving home to our mandatory quarantine and discovering no chocolate in the house at all! “It’s raining chocolate! Hallelujah it’s raining chocolate”

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    • Wait, you are in Scotland, there should be a decent amount of options over there too. ASDA, Tesco and Co-Op at least should all have supermarket delivery options. Then there is definitely https://Amazon.co.uk and https://eBay.co.uk in the marketplace space. Surely some department stores must deliver too?

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  1. A lot of normal delivery services in general must be pretty slammed. Seems to be back to a 50/50 chance that your AusPost tracking sits empty until the day it shows up on your door right at the end of the delivery window.

    Canberra has a dessert/chocolate store that delivers directly but we’re talking like $10 for a single chocolate or cupcake excluding delivery so I’ve never been in enough of a money burning mood to try it.

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    • Oooooo that’s some expensive chocolate and cupcakes!! I hope they are amazing! I’ve noticed some AusPost orders seem to track perfectly fine and others are, like you said, non-existent until they arrive at the door.

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  2. Wow so many options. I’ve been stocking up at Aldi as I love their chocolate. It’s as close to English chocolate that I can get here in Perth (apart from the ridiculous prices at British shops).

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    • Mmmmm I’m a big fan of Aldi chocolate too. It’s sooo good! You are right, it’s not dissimilar to home brands at some of the supermarkets in the UK. I didn’t really notice much chocolate in the UK that was stand out. It seemed to be mostly home brands, Cadbury, and hard stuff that doesn’t melt in your mouth. My favourite UK chocolate would have to be Wispa’s. I love them! Soooo good! I wish they were a bit cheaper here in Aus. Occasionally I find the, reduced to clear in the UK section at the supermarket, but even then they are more than other chocolate bars….

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