These iconic sweet shops have gone online to make Diwali sweeter and give you a taste of nostalgiaDebolina Biswas
Diwali isn’t Diwali without sweets. These online sweet shops ensure that feasting and gifting is a piece of cake!
The Festival of Lights isn’t complete without sweets and dry fruits. Be it for feasting or gifting, the demand for sweets is on top of every household’s bucket list.
Big players such as BigBasket, Flipkart, and Amazon have made things easier by delivering Indian sweets at your doorstep, even as food delivery startups like Swiggy and Zomato participate in the “sweetness-and-light” frenzy. But nothing beats the taste of nostalgia, does it?
YourStory lists iconic mithaiwalas that have gone online to come to your – and your sweet tooth’s – rescue this festive season. Bigger players such as Haldirams and Bikanerwala also have a huge assortment of sweets and snacks on offer. But if you’re looking for something different, these online stores promise to make it a sweeter Diwali:
Sixty-one-year-old Kanti Sweets, which has 54 outlets across Bengaluru, has taken the online route and now allows its customers to order online. They deal in sweets from West Bengal, Rajasthan, Delhi, and Karnataka, and have appointed region-specific chefs to oversee production.
The range of products includes ghee and khova sweets, Bengali sweets, chocolates, biscuits, sticks, snacks, and special combo boxes. Kanti Sweets has also introduced low-sugar variants of traditional sweets like barfi, kaju katli, moti choor laddus, and jalebi, which are ideal for diabetics and health-conscious customers.
Mumbai-based MM Mithaiwala was started as a family catering business in 1946 by Chandrabhan Nathanlal Gupta. It has come a long way since then with its website that helps customers order sweets online and get them delivered. MM Mithaiwala provides a wide range of products across categories - sweets, savouries, lassi, dry fruits and fresh snacks.
Like other online delivery services, MM Mithaiwala lets you track your order after it is placed. They also offer services to export sweets abroad, provide gift wrapping, and proffer their most popular delicacy- ice halwa.
Their USP remains premium quality Indian sweets made with fresh ingredients and by maintaining top hygiene standards. Deliveries are made within seven working days across India, with each product having a different delivery timeline, depending on the shelf life.
Hyderabad-based Almond House was founded three generations ago, in 1989. Currently owned by Chaitanya Muppala, Almond House has taken traditional sweets to a whole new level. It was one of the first brands to adopt ecommerce in India, long before Flipkart and Paytm started operations.
The brand retails its sweets, savouries, eggless confectionary items, premium dry fruits, and biscuits through its website and also on Amazon.
Sri Krishna Sweets
Coimbatore-based Sri Krishna Sweets was founded in 1948, and is now present in more than 60 locations across the country and in the UAE. The chain is known for its pure ghee, milk, and syrup sweets available for online orders on their website.
The website also provides savoury options that range from traditional South Indian snacks, including murukku and thattai, to new and innovative recipes. The brand also offers special spices for South Indian curries.
For Diwali, Sri Krishna Sweets is offering special assorted packs of sweets, savouries, and dry fruits that range between Rs 123 and Rs 1,600.
Place of Origin
Bengaluru-based “back-to-roots” startup Place of Origin was founded by Sudarsan Metla Srihari and Ashish Nichani. The startup, which was acquired by Craftsvilla in 2016, brings much-loved food items from different parts of India to people’s doorstep. It works with partners across the country to make deliveries possible. When customers place an order, they are helping a small family run business, somewhere in India. The website offers a range of sweets and specialities, including pure ghee Mysore pak, janak mithai, dhodha barfi, Karachi halwa and Kaju puri.
Sweets may be the main focus, but savouries don’t take a backseat during Diwali. FarsanKart.com, founded by Darshan Dhruv, brings online all kinds of farsan, or Gujarati snacks, ranging from Methi Khari to Sonth Vadi and Bhakharwadi.
Vadodara-based FarsanKart was founded in November 2012. It sources farsan from the stores in Vadodara, and primary customers include Gujaratis from across the country and NRIs across the world. Preparation and packaging are done to ensure long shelf life. FarsanKart has customers in the US, Canada, the UK, the UAE, and Australia.
Pune-based Mithai4all was founded in 2012 and acts as an online aggregator of famous sweet shops from Bhopal, Bikaner, Indore, Jaipur, Bengaluru, Chennai, Mumbai, Secunderabad, Ahmedabad, Delhi, Hyderabad, Nagpur, and Pune.
Mithai4all offers a wide variety of sweets and snacks for all occasions and festivals. There is no minimum order value while ordering online. The platform delivers sweets and snacks to the US, the UK, Canada, Singapore, and Dubai. Mithai4all also takes orders for customised corporate gift hampers and parties.