Have you ever wanted to send someone a package of chocolate, candies or edible and was scared of it melting inside the package or that it wouldn’t reach the person in a good state? It is very common to blow up a gift just by forgetting that chocolate can easily melt in hot weather.
There are also many options for packages that many people don’t account for besides the traditional chocolate box. You can send candies in buckets, jars, candy boxes and even treat bags, those famous plastic cones that they give at kids’ birthday parties.
As for the candies themselves, you have to think and research about the possible reactions your chosen edible can have on the weather, excessive movement and if it can spoil. Some types of candy can expire in a quick manner or get a bad taste if wet.
Types of Candies
Caramel, if too much time passes, can get extremely hard. What is called “hard candy,” like lollipops, for example, can last indefinitely but will get sticky and clumped together if humidity gets to it. Candy boxes are not the best option for caramel.
Chocolate lasts for months, only having a bit of discoloration and softening after too much time has passed, but candies with nuts in them can get spoiled very quickly.
Lastly, a good practice is to account for five months the time you should start doubting the quality of your candies. Besides that, they are still edible as they are primarily made of sugar, so they’ll just get softer as a result.
For hard candy, because they can last longer, will not need too much attention spent on their package, just make sure it can’t get easily wet, so a glass bottle or a tin is the way to go with them.
As for chocolate, those old, classic candy boxes are still a good alternative for them, as you can’t fight back against hot weather. Chocolate boxes usually have a pre-made template for you to put chocolates there and they won’t move around the box. That is important if your candy can break into pieces or if there is a decoration in it.
While shipping, keeping the nature of the candy in mind is as important as when deciding the package. Chocolate and caramel, for example, can melt while shipping during hot days.
In the case of fragile candies, it is a good practice to use what is called overnight or one-day shipping. These have better chances of delivering your products in a much better state than other means of transportation.
It is important to keep in mind that candies can get into a bad state if kept inside a hot truck in the weekend. Because of that, remember to always ship them early in the week. That way they won’t get stuck during the weekend, and you’ll also secure that the delivery was fast.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) advises to put them in the refrigerator or places with a cold temperature for them to return to the optimal state, especially if shipping to hot places.
For packaging, they advise to place a cold source inside an insulated container and place the candy on top. After that, close the container, and you’re ready to ship it.