My boyfriend is in the navy and I like to send him boxes of cookies to boost morale and ya know to remind him he pretty much has the most amazing girlfriend ever. :)
I have shipped cookies, muffins, and brownies. They take anywhere from two to three weeks to get to him but he says they always show up intact and delicious. So I think its safe to say my technique works.
When shipping cookies you need to keep in mind where they will be going. Keep the temperature in mind, and what day of the week it is. Try to ship your cookies at the beginning of the week. The last thing you want is your yummy box of cookies sitting on a shipping dock or warehouse over the weekend. Also make sure you get to the post office before their final pickup that day. You can usually find that info online or you can call.
You want to ship sturdy cookies. I have found that sugar cookies, chocolate chip cookies, muffins and brownies ship well. You don't want to ship anything chocolate covered or that has icing. Most likely it will melt or spoil before it gets to its destination. If you have the luxury of being able to overnight it to your destination then by all means go for it! But unfortunately for me their is no one willing to overnight something to the middle of the ocean...
USPS Flat Rate Shipping Box (I like the medium size)
2 Ziploc Plastic Airtight Containers
Bubble Wrap (I prefer the smaller bubbles)
Glad Press and Seal
Customs Form if shipping to FPO/APO
You can use the medium or large USPS Boxes. These are free and you can even order online. You can also schedule a pick up from your home. I usually just get several from the post office and drop them off myself at the post office.
When packing your cookies pack two together at a time back to back to keep from breaking. I used Glad Press and Seal and cut it to size to wrap the cookies in. It's better than plastic wrap because it creates a better seal.
Then I put the cookies inside the ziploc container. You want to pack your cookies snugly so that they don't move around during shipment. I used the bubble wrap to put a padding between the cookies and the top of the container and any extra room inside the container.
I like the ziploc containers the best because I can fit two inside the medium sized box with a little extra room for a dvd or other little creation. I have tried several different brand of containers but I like the ziploc ones because they fit the best and are inexpensive.
Once you put all your contents in the box you want to make sure that everything is snug so that it wont shift too much during shipment. The best way to test this is to shake the box and see how much movement there is.
It is advised that you put a notecard inside the box with return and recipient address along with a manifest of the contents of your box incase the box is damaged during shipment. I have never felt a need to do this but it sounds like a good idea. And You could get creative with it and make it more for your recipient.
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