April 13, 2012

Shipping Baked Goods Overseas

Banana bread is always my go-to.

Sending baked good overseas??

Why haven't I done a post about this yet?  I bake cookies all the time!

I also eat them all or pawn them off on my co-workers.  The one place they do not go is to my deployed husband. 

He says I'm forever "trying to fatten him up".

What?? Me???

Nooooo....

Just because I sent him the Birthday Oreos that he practically begged for...I'm not trying to fatten him up.

I'd like to think that I cook some pretty healthy fare.  Unfortunately, I also like to eat ice cream and stuff. 

Strangely enough, it's probably not a coincidence that Scott is able to work out everyday, lose weight, and gain muscle while deployed. 

Funny how things work out.


So, while I don't send baked goods overseas, I'm sure lotsa you military wives do!  Here are my suggestions:
-Cookies that have a flour/oatmeal base.  Anything with the temperament of fudge or candy (no bakes/fudge/bark) might melt and get all funky.
-Banana bread ships really well
-Oatmeal cookies, Hershey's Kiss Cookies, Chocolate Chip, Pumpkin Cookies (if you use a frosting without cream-cheese in it), PB Cookies, and Sugar Cookies/Snickerdoodles all ship well.
-When packaging cookies, I generally put them into mini aluminum loaf pans (the disposable kind-"green" I am not).  I wrap them in plastic wrap, then in foil, then put them into Ziploc bags (again, "green" I am not).  These loaf pans fit perfectly into medium-sized flat-rate Priority boxes.
-I'd consider cupcakes a no-go.  Or cake in general actually.  Too messy. 
-My brother got oatmeal cookies and white chocolate rice crispy treats quite often from my parents when he was overseas.  
-Depending on the season, you could try cakeballs.  Their seasons are weird 13 1/2 time zones away.  I'm never sure if the box will be sitting in 85* and humid weather or end up on an air-conditioned plane.
-I'm sure brownies would do just fine.

Some ideas??

Ranch Seasoned Pretzels (always gotta have a salty option)
Sugar Cookies
Peanut Butter Cookies (with extra Reeses'!)
Oatmeal Chocolate Chip
Hershey's Kiss Cookies
Pumpkin Cookies
Chocolate Chip Cookies
Cake Mix Blondies
Cake Mix Blondies (take 2)
PB Marble Blondies
Banana Bread
PB and Snickers Cookies
White Chocolate Rice Crispy Treats

Do any of you have shipping/packing tips for baked goods being sent overseas??  Any suggestions on baked goods that travel well??

11 comments:

  1. I love all your ideas. I've always thought I should get involved in one of those Cookies for Soldiers programs or something. Send them to a good cause instead of my hips...

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  2. Great suggestions Kristin! LOVE

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  3. You have no idea how much this helped me! I was wondering how to go about packaging cookies because I want to send D some, but I wasn't sure. This is very helpful!

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  4. Beautiful blog with so many inspiring ideas! Great work:) Would you like to follow each other?

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  5. Oh wow! I've never considered sending baked goods overseas! What a brilliant idea!

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  6. Thanks so much sweetie, I just followed back! Your blog is such a great inspiration:)

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  7. Yayayayayay! I am definitely sharing a link to this post this week.
    Can't wait to try some new stuff, too.
    You rock the tomahawk!

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  8. It looks very delicious!! :D

    Woudl you like to follow each other? I´l be very happy about it :D

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  9. You are such a sweet wife! I think it’s a creative, sweet message way of sending a message to loved ones who are abroad. Just a friendly reminder: make sure that the aluminum loaf pans you choose for the packaging of the cookies are durable and will hold all the cookies tightly so that when your package arrives at its destination, it will still look delicious and freshly baked.

    -Valentina Moors

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  10. I was just saying I wanted to do this for the holidays. How do I find out year I can send them? Any ideas? thanks for the packing ideas.

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  11. Thank you for the tips of sending baked goods overseas. My son lives in Thailand and loves getting my peanut butter cookies (home-made). Now that I've seen your LIST of other goodies that fare well in travel - I'm going to add to the box :)

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