Shipping Chocolate for Valentine’s Day
Chocolate is one of the traditional gift items for the romantic holiday of Valentines Day, and your Valentine may be across the country at college, or on a business trip. If that is the case, you will need to ship their chocolate hearts to them. Whether you buy your chocolates or make them yourself, keeping them in pristine enroute is tricky.
If you live in a colder climate, then shipping chocolate is less problematic. The biggest risk to chocolate shipments is warm temperatures which will cause them to warp and melt. If you are shipping chocolate in a cold climate, wrapping it securely in a sealed tin or bubble wrap will keep chocolate moisture-free and protect it from movement in shipping. For further protection, put your box or tin of chocolates inside a second box before shipping. This insulates it from bumps and dings.
For shipping chocolate in warmer climates, you need to keep your chocolate cool. Therefore, the best solution is shipping it inside a cooler or a container with dry ice. Either solution will only last for about 24 to 48 hours. Therefore, you should only ship via one- or two-day-air services. For large bulk shipments, you can opt to ship via refrigerated truck. This option is not available for small or individual shipments.
To keep individual chocolates intact when shipping any time of the year, it is a best practice to ship in molded interior trays that will hold the pieces in place with a piece of corrugated paper or plastic in between each tray. You can also place each tray inside its own sealed plastic bag to keep chocolate try and secure.