I have a son deployed....i sent a package with the no fail sugar cookies (with royal icing) for him and his platoon.....i mailed them 3 weeks ago...he still doesn't have them.... it may be two more weeks before he gets them...do you think they'll be ok?
i also made "lollipops" out of the wilton chocolate ..do you think they will be ok too?
The longest we've ever kept them was 3 weeks, and they were fine at that point. I've never tried keeping them longer, and the only reason we kept them three weeks was as an experiment. We love those things. They may be a wee bit on the stale side, but from my experience, they're pretty hardy and will probably be fine. I hope he gets them soon, though, it makes me nuts when packages are late getting where they're going.
As long as the chocolate pops don't get hot, they should be fine. I've got candy melts in colors I don't use often that are two years old, and whenever I need them, they're fine. Even if they melt a little, they'll still taste good.
i don't know if this helps...
but a customer of mine sent a cake to her son in iraq....they put it in one of those thingys that sucks the air out....
it arrived (ugly as heck)....but still good.
Where has your son been deployed to? My husband was in Iraq for 18months, and I sent him packages weekly. It ususally took about one week for him to get his packages. Unless it was Christmas time and the mail would back up. I sent cookies, and toffee among other things. The cookies are the things that held up the best.
How did you package the cookies?
I hope your son receives the cookies, but more importantly my thoughts and best wishes are with him and the others in Iraq. Let him know that even if he doesn't get the cookies, we are all praying they come home safely.
thanks for the replies.....
Deanna....i put them in goodie bags....and tied them tight with riboon.....so hopefully not much air has gotten to them, maybe they will be ok to eat....especially if yours were still ok after 3 weeks...
littlecake i might look into the thing that sucks the air out....i can't think of what it is called
kellylowe.....right now my son is on ship....i can't say where...(i know you understand)...it is taking a long time for mail to get to him...
i'm just hoping they aren't too stale......i'll let everyone know when i hear from him about the cookies and pops
My brother just returned from a year in Iraq this fall....please tell your son thank you for his service. And lots of prayers and hugs your way!!
Very nicely said 'mgdqueen' I second that. My best friend goes out next week, so please let us know in what state he recieves the cookies. All the best
GOD BLESS AMERICA AND ALL OF OUR MEN AND WOMEN SERVING OUR NATION.
I was deployed back during 9-11 and we always received packages from family, friends and strangers..... we sometimes got some 2 months out and for the most part everything was good, even the cookies..... during 9/11 it was HOT in the gulf do the chocolate didn't hold up too well, but that isn't to say yours won't make it.. I am sure it will. What a great idea... wish there was something we could all do for the men and women from their CakeCentral supporters.... maybe find a platoon and sponsor it and make them good and fat, because I know that MRE's and ship chow hall meals are awful!
LanaC ...i put everything in separate goodie bags ....50......whew! and tied them tight with curling ribbon....(pink at that...but it was for Valentines )....lots of bubble wrap......you don't even want to know what it cost to send it .....(but trust me i don't mind...its the least i can do)
mgdqueen thank you for your prayers.....my son is a Marine....and they are usually not in safe places....so I will take all the prayers i can get for him....i don't go to bed at night without praying for him, his Marines and all our service members....
My husband was there for a year. When I sent stuff, I would usually "pretty package" it and then ziplock that baby tight. Most of his items would only take about two weeks, though. I'm sure the cookies will be fine.
ape, lexy, SouthernSuzieSweets
thanks for your replies.....like i said...can't really say where he is....I know you all understand.
I will tell you that as a Mom the hardest thing i have ever had to do is tell him bye......
You are all so sweet....you're bringing tears to my eyes.....which granted these days come all to easy!
SSS....thank you for your service to our country.....glad to know the stuff you received was still in good condtion even after some extended time months...
i just wanted to do something for my son and his platoon.....it will be interesting to see what these Marines think about all that pink stuff!!!!!
i hadn't thought about ziplock bags.....thats a good idea......i could get one of those really big ones they make now....(to get 50 in)....thanks....
If they're anything like my husband's group, they'll think that pink tastes pretty daggone good.
It's called a foodsaver... It's AWESOME If you send them again I would definitely recommend it. You could vacuum pack each item separately if you wanted to.
dlp, you are such a brilliant women, you have brang tears to my eyes, all of you are great. I bet your cookie will go down a treat.
SouthernsuziesSweets, I think that is a brilliant idea!
My son is in the Army and cookies double wrapped lasted over a month (between my decorating them and sending them). My nephew was on the Roosevelt at sea in Iraq (ship staying there the longest time) and his took awhile to get to him but they still tasted great to him. Army food is worse than ship food, so he will be fine!
God bless and keep ALL our soldiers safe!!
"What a great idea... wish there was something we could all do for the men and women from their CakeCentral supporters.... maybe find a platoon and sponsor it and make them good and fat, because I know that MRE's and ship chow hall meals are awful! [/quote]"
I'm in!! I'll be happy to bake cookies for our service men and women. Would you happen to know where we should send them?
ok....more tears......ya;ll are sooooo sweet and kind....
LanaC...that's what i thought....they'll think pink was a fine color for those cookies!!!
foxymomma521...thanks....foodsaver....will be getting one
lexy.....i think that's the first time in my life someone has called me brillant!!!! thanks
vickymacd....thanks for you son's service.....you're right...compared to some of the food they eat.....pink cookies will great!!
Tscookies....when i get back from taking my mom to the doctor...i will try to find some links for you about sending things to troops..
i'll be back on later....thank you everyone...you have may my day much brighter!
Not a day goes by that I do not say a prayer for not only our troops but their families..... THANK YOU for your service
Oh, by the way.... I would venture a guess that those cookies could arrive in crumbs, and they would just lick the bags !! LOL!
everyone...as soon as my son gets his package i will give you an update on the cookies....grama_i...thanks for the prayers.....
Tscookies.....here is the link i promised you.....i'm sure any soldier on it would be glad to get cookies!!....hope the link helps you!
dlp: Please tell your son THANK YOU for his service to our country. Our Freedom isn't actually free, is it?
My prayers are with him but also with his mom!! 'Cause I'm a mom too!
Beth in KY
Thanks Beth.....you are so right......freedom is not free....you just don't know how much it means to me to get support.....especially from people that don't even know me.....it is truly what keeps me going.......thanks for your prayers.....
Glad to see some good ideas on this topic of shipping out homebaked goods. I know someone who will be getting deployed soon. On the one hand, I supposed that prepackaged brownies and cookies would probably keep better but, I like the idea of shipping that "love" that comes with something homemade and from the heart better.
We have two young men in our church that are in Iraq. We just sent them boxes this week. The one young man is the same age as my twin sons. He loves chocolate fudge. So I sent him 3 lbs!!! Triple saran wrapped and in a tin. The other wanted Sam's trail mix and he got plenty!! We ended up sending 3 REALLY LARGE boxes! It cost over 68.00 to ship them!! LOLL
Our local post office (as I am sure all post offices) has a "special box" that you can ship as much as you can get in it for a little over 7.00/box. But, our stuff WILL NEVER fit!! I think I'm going to try and make some of my coconut toffee pecan chip cookies next time.
First I can't even imagine sending one of my boys off to war.. it was hard enough when my husband had to go!
I am sure you cookies will be wonderful and they will be eaten very quickly!!! Home made goods do not last long at all!
Thanks for that link.. I am posting for other branches too..... let's all do something to show we care!
I know they would appreciate it. I also checked with the Post Office and the flat rate box costs $8.10 and can go to any FPO/APO address.. for those of you not military linked or don't come from a military background FPO/APO are military home-ported addresses linked to them like zipcodes... so YOU CAN USE FLAT RATERS! I will be putting some boxes together soon.... just remember the heat and if you are packing brittle items, maybe some foam peanuts.... Let's bring our men and women home safely, but keep them sweet treated until then...
Thanks for everyone who posted replies in this thread. I am so honored to know or feel like I know such wonderful people. My time in the Navy was worth every single day forward deployed in the middle of the Gulf, I will never regret it... my husband (a few years older than I) recently retired after 24 years.... we believe in the military and support all of our men and women. God Bless
Wow, thanks a LOT for the info about the flat rate boxes. I shipped a care package of goodies and little pocket games to a friend when she was deployed a year ago. The shipping cost more than the contents of the box, lmao. So I appreciate that tidbit greatly!
Wow....i never dreamed my little question would generate such a great response!!! you are all wonderful!!!
Thanks SSS for posting the other branches....didn't mean to leave them out....after being married to a Marine for 30 years...and then having a son in the Marines....i have "tunnel" vision!!!!
although i'm happy to know that the cookies i sent my son and his men will be fine....i'm most happy to think that some soldiers will get some home baked goodies because i asked a question!!
you guys are great!! thanks, Donna