Making candies at home is a fun activity for kids and parents. Apart from enjoying these sweet treats yourselves, they can also make excellent gifts to friends and loved ones from afar. Making and selling homemade candies can also be an extra source of income for enterprising individuals.
Homemade candies can be hard or soft. Just like other perishables, candies can also go bad but if properly stored, they will keep well for up to two to three weeks. When shipping homemade candies, proper packing is necessary to keep them fresh and prevent them from melting to a sticky mess. Here are some tips on how to properly pack and ship homemade candies.
Wrap each candy individually in clear plastic wrap. This will keep their flavors intact especially if sending an assortment of treats.
Pack hard and soft candies in separate air-tight containers. Packing them together may affect their quality as the moisture from the soft candy will cause hard candy to become sticky.
When shipping brittles and toffees, layer them in an air-tight container between sheets of waxed paper. The paper will absorb any moisture and keep the candies in excellent condition.
Use containers with air-tight lids. Whether made of tin, plastic or glass, make sure that the containers are well packed so the candies will not rattle inside. Use wax paper, tissue paper or bubble wrap to fill any empty space inside the containers.
Wrap the containers in layers of bubble wrap (especially if using glass jars) before placing them in boxes with packing materials on all sides, top and bottom. The containers should not move inside the box.
Close and seal the box with packaging tape. Address and label the package before taking to your local post office or shipping company.