Mailing Baked Goods
Here's a packaging idea that will not only keep your cookies intact while traveling but is an addictive holiday treat for the recipient!
To ship baked goods with popcorn as cushion, add 1/2 of caramelized popcorn into a large clear plastic bag. Insert bag into shipping box. Adjust bag and popcorn to fill bottom of box. Add your baked goods, which should be in a sealed plastic bag. Top off with the remaining popcorn mixture and securely seal the plastic bag. Be sure to release enough air so that you can close the box. Your baked items will safely be floating in the delicious caramelized popcorn, ready to ship.
Tips for Shipping Baked Goods:
The Well-Traveled Baked Good
Choose baked goods that are moist, firm and hard-not brittle. These travel well and should arrive whole, not in crumbs. Durable foods that ship well include pound cakes, unfrosted cakes, breads, (not yeast breads), muffins, flavored nuts, candies (such as fudge), and cookies. Drop cookies, like chocolate chip or oatmeal raisin, and gingerbread cookies, and bar cookies, such as brownies, also do well in shipping.
Double for No Trouble
Use two containers: one for your baked goods and one as the shipping container. Once all individual items are tightly sealed in a food container, select a sturdy cardboard box for shipping. Avoid using a previously mailed box. Boxes weaken during transit, and may not withstand a second trip. The box should be large enough to allow plenty of cushioning material to be packed on all sides of the food box.
Wrap it Well
Wrap cookies individually or place back-to-back and wrap loosely as a pair in plastic wrap or sealed plastic bags. To keep cookies from breaking, put a layer of crumpled wax paper on the bottom of the food tin or box, then the cookies, then another layer of crumpled wax paper on top. For candies, be sure they are in individual bonbon cups or papers, layered and separated with wax paper. Make sure there is no headroom in the food box. Fill unused space with crumpled wax paper.
In the Tin
Leave baked goods in their pans, either disposable aluminum pans or bake the item in a new tin that becomes part of the gift. Pound cakes, loaf breads, brownies and fudge ship better this way. Seal the food in plastic wrap, place the pan in a plastic bag and pack in a cushioned food box.
Keep it Cushy
Making sure there is plenty of cushion, is the real key to avoid damaged baked goods. Use traditional cushion material such as crumpled newspaper, paper towels, bubble-wrap, or foam pellets. Or, see the tip below to create a truly unique shipping cushion that's a treat all its own!
To Pack Your Baked Goods:
Add the packing material to the bottom of the shipping box, then add the containers of food. Place heavier items at the bottom. Be sure there is ample space between each item, with packing material surrounding each container on all sides. Finish packing with crumpled wax paper. Shake the box down and add more crumpled paper to be sure there is no headspace left unpacked. This will assure the contents will not shift while in transit. Once your box is securely closed, label it "perishable" and "handle with care" to safeguard during delivery.