I have the following questions:
Can a styrofoam cooler be used to store cupcakes?
Ice bag from store or Ice pack?
Please help, the weather out here 80+, need to help preserve cupcakes during the flea market.
Coolers are an excellent way to keep your products chilled. I like ice packs because they only sweat, as opposed to bags of ice that create standing water.
I have only done it with an Igloo cooler and the fake ice packs. The more insulation, the longer it can stay cool, so the styro will not last as long.
I brought cupcakes to my family reunion last year and the Igloo coolers lasted from 8 am to into the night. I still had to set them out for about 15 minutes to taste good. It was about 100 degrees. I did put the coolers under the table to keep the sun off.
You should be fine at 80 degrees for at least 6 hours. You could have the cupcakes cool to start by popping them in the refrigerator for about an hour.