yesterday I made some chocolate from a mold. They looked pretty and I was pleased with myself. After a few minutes on the counter they started to get soft and mushy!!. This is stuff I intend shipping. Have any of your customers/friends complianed about chocolate arriving soft?. Please help!
Cooler is better! You can always bring a chocolate sucker to room temp, but its hard to keep it from going soft if its too hot out!
I just took some choc covered pretzels & licorice to work the other night, thought, Oh they'll be ok if I just run into the store quick!, WRONG! I had a BIG clump of choc covered treats, still yummy, just not a pretty!
Not sure if shipping in a styrofoam cooler is an option, are you delivering yourself, or mailing/courier. If you deliver them than you can put an ice pack in a cooler and that would work. Mail/courier, prob taking a chance you will have some melting. the only thing winter is good for is shipping chocolate! LOL!
Good question. I'm sure if you packed them in dry ice it would work. I sent my mom 2 bags of chocolate chips and from them first for a couple days. Then packed in ice bags hoping they would at least stay frozen for a couple of days traveling from Michigan to Arizona.....WRONG. My mom got them as 2 blocks of chocolate! dry ice might work. Just depends on how much you want to spend on shipping.
All chocolate during the summer months must be shipped overnight and it is wise to charge your client accordingly.
Uline has cool packs which I recommend. Wrap the packs in plastic and the products in their own seperate plastic bag. Place the chocolate products in a styrofoam box and pack the Uline cool packets around it. This is where everything wrapped in plastic comes in handy do to the condensation from the cool packs.
Once you have everything packed in the styrofoam then put it in a standard shipping box with popcorn/bubbles, whatever all around so there is no slipping.
Ship as an overnight delivery and there you go.
I work for Godiva (best job ever!) and when we receive small shipments through FedEx they are packed in a styrofoam cooler with dry ice. They come from PA all the way to Texas, and are just fine. Were your pops firm when they came out of the mold? Maybe your chocolate wasn't tempered correctly and they weren't dry inside?
thank you ladies for your answers. Looks like it's best to wait for cool weather before shipping