Melbourne lockdown: 10 sweet treats to deliver cheer (for cheap) to friends in need

Send your friend in need a box of cannoli from Cannoleria.
Send your friend in need a box of cannoli from Cannoleria.  Photo: Supplied

We all know someone in need of a little TLC right now. When you don't want to send an extravagant hamper or yet another trite text message, but you still want to let someone know you're thinking of them, a sweet treat delivery will definitely do the trick. Plus, we all know calories don't count during lockdown.

Here's 10 of Melbourne's best, with many options available for $50 or less.

Cannoleria cannoli

You can't feel down in the dumps with a cannoli in your hand, fact. Lucky then for Cannoleria, who can send boxes of their delectably delicate tubes of fried pastry (scorza) freshly filled with signature Sicilian and chocolate flavoured ricotta (aka cannoli) by the mixed box of six large ($24) or 16 mini ($32). There are also DIY cannoli kits for the friend who wants to get a little hands-on, and gluten-free options too. $5 delivery for most of metropolitan Melbourne. cannoleriabythatsamore.com.au

Lune croissants and pastries

Lune's croissants (and other heavenly buttery sweet and savoury pastries) are legendary. It takes three days to make one croissant, such is the love (and fistfulls of fine French butter) that goes into them. It's no exaggeration to say, then, that a box of Lune pastries, delivered to the door, is as good as lockdown life gets. But like all good things, you have to work a little to get them. Check their Instagram page regularly to see when they're delivering to your (or your friend's) suburb and place your order for delivery in three days time. Minimum order for delivery $50 with a $10 delivery fee. lunecroissanterie.com

Lune croissants make everything better.

Lune croissants make everything better. Photo: Supplied

Cute cupcakes from Little Cupcakes

Nothing says "put the kettle on and turn off the press conference" like a box of 12 assorted mini cupcakes, freshly baked that day and delivered to the door. There's cupcakes of different sizes and decorations for pretty much any occasion, too: for birthdays, in bouquets, or just because. Starts from $30 plus delivery fee. littlecupcakes.com.au

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Billy Van Creamy ice-cream

What better way to give that Friday feeling back to someone than with an ice-cream delivery from Fitzroy North's dreamy Billy Van Creamy? Choose three flavours starting from just $15 (and don't forget the fudge sauce). Orders will be delivered to selected Melbourne suburbs on Friday afternoons, and for a $50 minimum spend, they may venture further afield, too. billyvancreamy.com.au

The watermelon cake from Black Star Pastry starts at $40.

The watermelon cake from Black Star Pastry starts at $40. Photo: Anna Kucera/Fairfax Media

Black Star Strawberry Watermelon Cake

The "world's most Instagrammed" cake, the famous Strawberry Watermelon Cake, can now be delivered to the door, with the 10cm x 12cm version available for just $40. Serves four (or one, depending on the size of your cake stomach). The all-star tasting box featuring this and a slice of five other spectacular cakes is a $60 showstopper, too. Delivery within 25 kilometres of the St Kilda store is free during lockdown, minimum order $50. blackstarpastry.com.au

Shortstop doughnuts

Good news, Melbourne. You can give someone a doughnut day whenever you feel like it with Shortstop delivering their tasty treats within 20 kilometres of the CBD store. Pick your own selection of cruller, filled or cake-based doughnuts with fabulous flavours including filled tiramisu, pistachio and spiced orange, and coconut lemon meringue starting from $4.50 each, or get them to choose and send a dozen of the best for $64. Minimum order $22.50. short-stop.com.au

Koko Black chocolate

At $15 for refrigerated delivery, Koko Black is a little exier than other options, but for beautifully packaged premium chocolate guaranteed to hit the sweet spot, it's a small price to pay. Go as little or large as you like, from bags of choc-covered popcorn to limited edition booze- and choc-filled hampers, and if it's an emergency situation only chocolate can fix, there's same day delivery via UberEats and Deliveroo, too. kokoblack.com

Hunted & Gathered chocolate

The Cremorne-based chocolate makers have one mission: to explore the depths and flavours of the cacao bean. And that they do, through a selection of stylishly packaged organic chocolate, chocolate spread and drinking chocolate. From Four Pillars Rare Dry Gin dark chocolate bars, to mixed chocolate packs and gift boxes, many for under $50, there's plenty to pick from. They're doing free delivery Australia-wide throughout lockdown, too. huntedandgathered.com.au

Buena Onda cakes and alfajores

You and your pal won't be travelling overseas anytime soon, so commiserate that cancelled trip by sending them some sweet Latin American treats from Buena Onda. Choose from a selection of stunning cakes (such as the mini coconut tres leches), flans and slices, as well as the 'Alfie' – a Melburnian version of South American alfajore biscuits, filled with dulce de leche. Weekly lockdown "special offers" come with cake and cookies for just $48. Delivery $10. buenaondaco.com.au

A bit of everything from Co-Lab Pantry

Whether it's a box of mixed biscotti from Brunetti, some milk chocolate almonds from King & Godfree, six beautiful macarons from By Jospehine, some salted caramel rocky road from Chocolati Confectionary, all of the above, or some other delicious snack entirely, you'll find plenty to please at online Victorian produce store, the Co-Lab Pantry. Currently stocking items from more than 150 Melbourne restaurants and brands, there's literally something for every taste and dietary requirement. Melbourne metro deliveries are $11.95, regional Victoria $20.95, and they deliver nationwide as well. colabpantry.com.au