Alongside the resurgence of community spirit, the Coronavirus crisis has also highlighted the value of our key workers and healthcare heroes and the importance of saying ‘thank you’ to those who are sacrificing their time and risking their health to care and provide for the rest of us. Here at Taste of the Wight, we believe that the way to anyone’s heart is through their stomach, so if you’re giving thanks to someone special, there is nothing like a sweet treat (especially some locally produced goodies) to show your gratitude.
Although many businesses have had to close their shop doors, some have been quick to spot the potential demand and have diversified to offer mail order or home delivery. Whether you’re after a cupcake bouquet, tray of baked delights, chocolates, old-fashioned pick ‘n’ mix or even a hamper of Isle of Wight produce, here’s our pick of the local retailers and producers who will deliver direct to the door… and don’t forget, there’s nothing to stop you treating yourself either!
From locally-made fudge and artisan chocolate truffles to rhubarb and custards and flying saucers, there’s plenty to choose from!
- Chocolate Apothecary – chocolate boxes, bars and cakes available for mail order call 01983 718292 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to place an order.
- The Rabbit Hole – loose chocolates, chocolate boxes, marshmallows, jellies, liquorice and more. Vegan options available. Delivery or mail order available, order online at whistleandhound.co.uk
- Isle Love Sweets – pick ‘n’ mix delivery service. Choose your favourites or let the team surprise you. Free Island-wide delivery, order via Facebook page.
- Isle of Sweets – kids sweets, traditional sweets and classic chocolate. Free delivery to Shanklin, Lake, Sandown, Brading or Ryde. Order via Facebook or online at isleofwool.com
- Slab Fudge – mail order small-batch artisan fudge (including dairy-free and vegan options) made on the Isle of Wight. Order online at slabfudge.co.uk
Home-made baked goods really are made with love, and not only taste amazing but look great too! Please note, these companies are baking to order and have limited availability.
- Frostbite Bakery – cupcakes, traybakes, treat boxes and New York-style cookies and more hand-delivered to your door on Tuesday and Fridays. Order online at isleofwightcakes.com
- Isle of Wight Biscuit Company – mail order sweet and savoury Island-made biscuits. Order online at islandbiscuits.co.uk
- Richmonds Bakery – cakes, cupcakes and traybakes delivered to the door. Order via Facebook or call 07930 556644.
- Say it With Brownies – hand-baked chocolate brownies in a variety of flavours, made to order and sent by post. Order online at sayitwithbrownies.co.uk
- The Cakesmith – cakes and themed treat boxes available for Island-wide delivery (delivery days will depend on your location). See Facebook page for latest updates and order details.
- The Funky Cakery – Island-wide cupcake bouquets contact-free delivery service. Newport and Carisbrooke delivery is free, £2 for the rest of the Island. Order via Facebook.
Shopping for someone who’s not got a sweet tooth? Why not send a care package of carefully chosen Isle of Wight products instead…
- Isle of Wight Hampers – bespoke hampers containing Island produce including goodies from IW Cheese Co, Garlic Farm, Rosemary Vineyard, Yates Brewery, Isle of Wight Biscuit Company, Island Roasted and much more. To order email email@example.com or call 07377 079 148. Island delivery is included in the price, but UK delivery is available.
- Briddlesford Lodge Farm – hampers available including Briddlesford’s own dairy produce and ready meals, fruit and vegetables and Scarotts Lane Bakery treats. To order call 01983 884650. Delivery available for an additional charge.
- Cavanagh & Baker – bespoke hampers available containing Isle of Wight bread, cheese and meats, as well as jams, spread and condiments. Beers, wines and spirits also available. To order call 01983 506590 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Check our ‘Where to Shop Now’ area guides for more info on where to get your hands on local produce or see our Open for Business page for the comprehensive list of who’s open and offering a service under the current conditions.