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I just sent two of my “babies” off to college last week. I’m so proud of them both and so excited for them, but I’m sad for little ol’ me left at home. I miss both of my babies so much (and, no, it’s not any easier sending baby number two off to her first year of college). I enjoy making college care packages to send to my babies (and I’m kind known for my college care packages). Making care packages is my way of showing my babies how much I love and miss them in a concrete way (and it helps distract me and keep me busy). Homemade baked goods are always a staple in my care packages. Finding a way to to package baked goods to survive the mail had been a challenge, but these tips for how to package brownies for shipping work for me every time.
I’ve found that brownies and bar cookies ship well through the mail. They hold up better than other baked goods and they’re easy to make. They’re also easy to make in in double or triple batches so that my baby can share with roommates and friends. In my care package shipping experience, these tips for how to package brownies for shipping ensure that the baked goods arrive intact and fresh every single time.
I was so excited on my weekly shopping trip to find these new Pillsbury™ Girl Scout Cookie™ Inspired Baking Mixes. I know that my babies will be thrilled with how delicious these treats are and the treats will also bring back sweet nostalgic family memories from their childhood. These Pillsbury™ Girl Scout Cookie™ Inspired Baking Mixes come in kits that contain everything you need to create the perfect homemade treat for your baby.
I made double batches of both the Girl Scout® Thin Mints® Brownies and the Girl Scout® Caramel & Coconut Blondies. Don’t they look delicious?!
How to Package Brownies for Shipping
Cut smaller-sized brownies. The smaller size holds up better in shipping with less breakage and crumbling. Use a plastic knife for the cleanest cuts. I don’t know what magical property a plastic knife has, but I can guarantee that it’s the best tool I’ve found to cut brownies cleanly and neatly.
Package each brownie individually. Individual packaging gives each brownie an extra layer of protection during shipping. Use only food-safe packaging, such as plastic wrap, tin foil or treat bags designed for use with food. Seal each individual brownie well to preserve freshness and to keep out pests during shipment.
Place brownies into a container. I use repurposed food-safe plastic containers that can be recycled to hold brownies for shipping. If you use an airtight plastic jar like the popcorn container below, you don’t have to wrap the brownies individually. But if you use one of the berry containers, be sure to wrap each brownie individually since the berry containers are not air tight.
I like to use repurposed recyclable containers because it’s earth-friendly and easy for my baby to simply recycle the container once she’s eaten all the brownies. Most colleges have recycling bins in the dorms and many even have recycling bins in each dorm room. My baby doesn’t have to hold onto an empty container (in her much too small dorm room) to bring home on her next visit and I don’t have to feel guilty about her throwing away a perfectly good container. Using a repurposed recyclable food-safe container makes us both happy.
Place containers in a shipping box. Simply slip your repurposed containers full of homemade treats into a shipping box and secure the containers well with recycled paper or shipping materials. Pack the containers in the box so that they don’t shake or rattle around.
Include a list of ingredients. I often include a label with the name of the treat and a list of ingredients. This makes it easy for my baby to share treats with her friends and address any food allergies with a clear answer. I was able to simply cut out the front of the box and the ingredients list from each box. If you use the list of ingredients from the box, be sure to write in any ingredients you added to the mix, like eggs and oil.
I always include enough baked treats so that my baby can enjoy them herself and still have plenty to share with roommates, hall-mates and friends.
I found these Pillsbury™ Girl Scout Cookie™ Inspired Baking Mixes at my local Kroger with the baking mixes on the baking supplies aisle. They’re brand new to your baking aisle, so be sure to look for them.
Who do you know that would appreciate a care package of homemade Pillsbury™ Girl Scout Cookie™ Inspired Baking Mix treats? I’m off to the post office now to send a college care package filled with love and homemade treats to each of my two babies. Thanks to these tips for how to package brownies for shipping, I know that the treats will arrive whole, fresh and ready for my babies to enjoy (and share).