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How to help small business by eating chocolate

It’s tough times for some of our most beloved local businesses. Sometimes you have to make the ultimate sacrifice to support them, and devour a variety of local chocolate.

Kep Whitley

It’s sensory overload inside Kep Whitley‘s Docklands shop. Order one of her beautiful hand painted chocolate boxes for a treat that’s part art, parts decadent indulgence. Flavors include yuzu ganache, caramelised white choc and banana walnut. Or go for a summertime treat with the waffle cone chocolate block. And if you’re local, we’ve got great news for you. Kep is now serving takeaway hot chocolate and icecream sandos.

A person holding a box of chocolates in front of a window

Kep Whitley chocolate creations. Pic thanks to @goodfoodgoodkarma on Instagram.

Chocomama

Handmade right here in Melbourne, Chocomama is a laneway icon. And if you love the laneways so much you just want to eat them, the Hosier Lane chocolate bar is brushed with colour, just like the real thing. Or go for a regal flavour with the Royal Arcade inspired block. It comes in milk chocolate60%85% and an intense 99% dark choc. Throw in some jumbo chocolate freckles for a nostalgic treat.

Melbourne Cocoa

Usually based out of the Queen Victoria Market, Melbourne Cocoa’s gone online for now. So if you’ve got a sweet tooth, this is the stop for you. Try the classics with mocha, salted caramel, dark and white blocks, or warm your heart with spiced drinking chocolate. Dairy-free? The vegan gift pack is a delicious no-moo option.

Koko Black

Get a gorgeous range of Koko Black chocolates delivered to your door. The Australian Natives collection is a curated selection of treats made with local ingredients and Aussie superfoods. Think Davidson Plum dark choc and wattle coconut milk bars. The range of marbles is a game changer too – little bite-sized treats inspired by the flavours of mojitos, espresso martinis and negronis. Can’t decide? Get a multi-piece box and try it all.

Melbournalia’s exclusive beer chocolate

Sold only at Melbournalia, this block with a difference is locally made by the Melbourne-based Monsieur Truffle. With notes of caramel, native lime and hops, mature sweet tooths will love these handcrafted gourmet squares. More flavours from the exclusive range include a rich native plum bar.

Mörk chocolate brewhouse

For next-level hot chocolate, head to Mörk Chocolate Brewhouse’s online shop. There’s a massive range of treats available for delivery Australia wide, including the iconic hot choc kit. It comes complete with 70% hot choc mix, smoked toffee, house made marshmallows and more. Pair with a twice baked chocolate cake for a very special treat.

A hot chocolate in a clear glass next to a white pouring cup

Create Mork’s campfire at home

The Chocolate Box

If unique treats are your iso essential, The Chocolate Box has them in spades. Chocolate coated salt and vinegar chips, gluten free dark choc inca berries and a silky smooth ruby chocolate range is just the beginning. Explore the endless range online.

Haigh’s

Haigh’s has been an Australian chocolate institution since 1915. Traditional treats include nougat bars, jumbo choccy frogs and simply perfect chocolate buttons. Plus, who can say no to a solid chocolate Murray River cod. This old soul is always developing though, with a helpful dietary requirement search bar for when you need to avoid gluten or eggs.

Godiva

Shopping at Godiva can be a dilemma – do you get white choc? Dark choc? Something luxe from the gold collection? Personally our eyes are on the famous chocolate covered pretzels. If you can’t decide, go for a bundle and order yourself the full Godiva experience. A bumper pack featuring nine different perfect chocolate varieties. Praise be to Godiva.

Earl Canteen choc chip cookies

Earl Canteen can now get you major brownie (well, cookie) points with your mates. Send something from the bake at home range, like the iconic cookie dough logs. The famous flavours included salted choc chip, raspberry ripple, vegan options and more. They even come in gigantic 7-serve bundles, with an extra log thrown in for free.

A chocolate chip cookie on a pan

Earl cookies