Best Way To Ship Chocolates In The Summer?

by Kimberly
(Chesapeake, Virginia)

What is the best way to ship chocolates in the summer so they will arrive the way they were created?

Please let me know how to keep them perfect through shipping and what items to use for the shipping.

What type of bagging or packaging is best for shipping? What kind of ice packs are best to use so the chocolate does not get wet?


Hi Kimberly,

These are good questions and since I don't mail a lot of chocolate myself, I thought it best to ask one of the "professionals." :)

I've sent a note off to our friend Joe from Candyland Crafts, so let's see what he has to say about the best way to ship chocolates in the summer months.

Stay tuned...

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Sep 07, 2018
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Jun 26, 2016
Shipping Chocolate To Soldiers NEW
by: Angie from

Sadly, I don't think anything is really going to last 10 days.

If you are absolutely set on sending chocolate rather than some other sweet treat, is there any way to get it to him faster? I have a feeling it would cost a small fortune to do so, but that's probably the only way you can get it there without melting to some extent.

I know some of the companies I am affiliated with use special packaging (for an extra fee) to ship in hot weather but even then they want you to choose a faster shipping method.

For instance, I just ordered some malted milk balls for my dad from and they were advising I choose those options for safety precautions, but I decided not to since I think they'll be okay for this particular order.

It might not be a bad idea to give them a ring and speak to someone there about your best options and outcomes. Maybe they can offer you some better suggestions.


Jun 25, 2016
Hmm... NEW

How long will the dry ice last? If I'm sending overseas to my soldier it takes about 10 days in a priority box

Mar 08, 2016
Shipping Easter Chocolates NEW
by: Angie from

Hi Michele,
This time of year it is probably cool enough to mail your Easter chocolates to Florida without too much concern. I can't guarantee it, of course, but if you don't want to use any of the suggestions above, you can probably take your chances and just wrap the chocolate well.

Mar 07, 2016
Easter Chocolate wafers
by: Michele

I am tring to mail out chocolate candy wafers to Florida for easter for my sister without it melting on the way ,please can you help me out

Oct 15, 2014
Dry Ice
by: Michele

Please consider shipping chocolate with dry ice to keep it from melting. Although heat melts chocolate, ice packs will add moisture which will ruin the chocolate. Look for your closest dry ice supplier online!

Sep 11, 2014
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Aug 26, 2014
moisture resistant gel packs for chocolates
by: jenny

hey there

If you want to purchase moisture resistant gel packs to send out things during the summer months, you can buy from I have tried several types of iced gel packs but this is a really good quality product and pretty affordable and available in small quantities.

Aug 09, 2014
Sending Chocolate to Soldiers Overseas
by: Angie from

If the chocolate is going to a hot climate, it is most likely going to melt. Not much you can do about that at all. If the soldier loves his chocolate enough, he may not care. :)

In that case I would be sure to put the chocolate inside something to "contain" it so that when it does melt it doesn't melt all over the place and out of the package.

For example, you can place it inside Ziploc bags, or if you're not worried about the weight of the package, get one of those plastic containers with lids and stick it in that before packaging it up.

If it were me and I were craving chocolate, I wouldn't mind that it had melted in transit. If he has access to a fridge, he can chill it back to a solid before eating. If not, he can just lick the melted chocolate from the packaging! I would! ;)

Aug 09, 2014
Oversea 2 week shipping of chocolate
by: anonymous

If shipping some chocolate overseas where you have no option to get it there faster, how could you? It is going to a soldier, who loves chocolate, but in a hot environment. Any suggestions? Can not say where, so please don't ask. Would this be out of the question?

May 12, 2013
very urgent
by: Anonymous

I hv made homemade chocolates nd hv to send but weather here is 50 degrees arnd..too hot..nd wya to reach will take 1 nd a half day.. i have to send tomorrow itslef..planning to pack in carton box with thermacol sheets around chocolate boxes to insulate it..will it be fine..or u suggest smthng else..plz reply i cn arrange soon nd send by tomorrow evening.. From India

Jun 27, 2012
Shipping Chocolate to Nigeria
by: Angie

That's definitely going to be tricky. Two things I'd do is to try to do the bulk of your ordering during the cooler months so that the risk of melting is reduced.

Secondly, I would contact each company that you order from and discuss the options they have available for international shipping. You will probably have to pay more for more secure packaging, so you'll have to weigh out your options and determine if you can resell at a high enough rate to cover your costs and leave you with a profit.

Alternatively, you can just buy the chocolate and other needed ingredients and make them yourself for your shop and you wouldn't have to worry about melting while shipping. Since you would be re-melting the chocolate anyway, it won't matter. :)

Hope your new candy store business venture goes well for you!

Jun 27, 2012
Shipping Candy to Africa
by: Anonymous

Hi,ive been reading some of the Q & As,and i found them interesting.But i have a more complex situation.i am in Nigeria,planning to open my candyshop and i am at a loss as to how to transport all sorts of candy from USA to such a long distance,without them melting or denting.Please help.

May 05, 2012
Best Way To Mail Chocolate Candy
by: Angie

Hi Ameenah,

I moved your question over here where we've already been discussing the best way to mail chocolate candy, particularly during the summer months. You should find some help in the information provided above.

It's hard to guarantee that your candy will arrive beautifully when the weather is extra hot. As mentioned, it's best to ship overnight or next day to get the best results, but that's pretty expensive and customers don't always want to pay the extra postage.

Joe from Candyland Crafts recommends using dry ice, which is probably the best option, but some people use cold packs with success but they aren't really going to stay cold that long so in some ways they would be a waste of money if you aren't using an insulated box or fast shipping.

To keep the chocolate from getting moisture/condensation, See if you can get ziploc bags big enough to hold your decorative boxes and then you won't have to worry about that so much.

Follow Joe's instructions above about using secure packing material to cushion the treats and all should be well.

Be sure to tell your customers that if they order during the hot months that they are going to have to pay extra for the secure postage and you can't guarantee that they will arrive in perfect condition. Otherwise you are going to go broke on the postage. :)

May 05, 2012
Best Way To Mail Candy
by: Ameenah

What is the best way to mail candy? Should I include ice packs for chocolate gifts?

For my business I am creating Mother's Day Dessert Gift boxes full of chocolates such as Chocolate Candy Apples, Chocolate Dipped Oreos, Chocolate Dipped Pretzles etc...

I want to make sure the chocolate stays fresh and without condensation when customers order them.

After making the chocolate desserts, I will leave them in airtight containers at room temp to set. But when its time to place them in their decorative storage boxes, should I include ice packs to keep fresh for the customer?

If so how and where should I place the ice packs inside the box? and if not how will they stay fresh and away from condensation in the gift box?

Also is it a good idea to put the chocolates in cellophane bags then place them inside the box with ice packs?

Mar 24, 2010
by: Anonymous

Thanks a lot for your answer! I did send to Florida with a lot of cold packs, so hopefully it will work, but it cost me more to do this and that is not fun, but hey, better to do that than having a customer not happy! :)
Thanks again!!

Mar 23, 2010
Sending Chocolate To Florida
by: Angie

Hi Anna,

I think you should be pretty safe sending the chocolate to Florida this time of year. It's still March, so I don't think the temperatures should be over 80 degrees (fingers crossed).

All you can do is package it the best you can and hope for the best. If your customer receives the chocolate in poor condition, you'll need to offer a refund or discount to compensate in order to maintain a good reputation.

That will have to be a lesson learned for you as a test run. I hope it works out well, though. Come back and let us know how it went.

I really don't think you need to add more of the cold gel packs. It stands to reason that they will be soft by the time they get almost anywhere. The purpose is just to keep the package "cool enough," not necessarily cold.

Mar 22, 2010
Can't Ship overnight??
by: Anonymous

I am Shipping a lot of Chocolates/candy all over the country, but I have not done it in the summer yet. I will start sending now though and I have a little panic since I bought gel cold packs and I put in 4 of those 3oz each about, together with 1LB of Chocolate products. But, I sent it to a state where it's not so warm yet so it was fine, but I am sending to FL etc tomorrow & I will have to pack with a lot of those since they were soft and not cold in my other package I just talked about.

Sending over night is something that is impossible for me to do, & the people who order my chocolate are not prepared to pay such an high price for the chocolates that only weigh about 1/2 LB itself....can I send it like I have done, Priority, but with better materials inside the box so it stays cool for 2 days?? 2 days is a must!
Thank you!!

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Jun 03, 2008
Shipping Chocolate
by: Joe

When shipping chocolate the 1st thing to keep in mind is that chocolate melts at about body temperature (about 100° F; or 36° C); and it begins to readily soften below that (around 80° F or 26° C).

In general you pack chocolate like most products for shipment: in a package with firm packing material around the container so it isn't subject to shocks. Ordinary packing materials are fine to ship chocolate - paper, plastic materials designed for shipment protection.

If you are in a climate or season where the above temperatures are exceeded you need to provide a method so the chocolate won't see melting/softening temperatures. The best options are: 1 - ship in an expedited manner, like overnight 2 - pack the chocolate in dry ice & ship it in an insulated container.

Keep in mind in fact chocolate may be "reused" (melted and remelted) literally hundreds of time. It won't affect the taste of the chocolate if it sees some softening. So if you're shipping chocolate wafers, it shouldn't be an issue of concern. If you're shipping finished chocolate and "must" not have any softening then use the dry ice and insulated container.

Moisture, unlike warm temperatures WILL harm chocolate, so it's very important in a hot humid climate to have the chocolate in a sealed moisture proof bag/container.

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