Recently several friends getting ready to mail a care package to their favorite college student and loved one far from home, but don’t know how to Make the Best College Cookie Care Package. Today OZPacking experts share the things parents need to know to Guarantee Homemade Cookies and Breads Arrive in Perfect Shape.
Few things bring as much joy to a parent of grown children than sending off a well-thought-out care package – it’s one of the next best things to having them home with you.
The best care packages include baked goods, but finding recipes that are sturdy enough to travel can be a challenge. Between the lag time in the college mail room and the delay until your child finally gets around to reading the school’s e-mailed announcement that there’s a package waiting – and goes to pick it up – it can be days before those lovingly baked goodies are finally opened. Care packages are an especially thoughtful gift during the college years, when your child – ahem, sorry, your young adult – is taking his or her first shaky steps into the great big world and can really benefit from a loving token from home.
Pack sturdy cookies, such as chocolate-chocolate chip, molasses – not Snickerdoodles. Also, a moist little loaf of banana bread or pumpkin-chocolate chip breadwill arrive looking – and tasting – as perfect as when it left. You do need to wrap breads in plastic wrap and then foil to seal out any air.
Failing that, if your budget permits, you can pack them into a Tupperware-type box, placing a layer of wax paper between layers. Pack everything in a sturdy cardboard box, cushioning the baked goods with shredded or crinkle paper, bubble wrap or even crumpled newspaper.
Finally, a couple of dozen cookies and a mini-loaf will please not just your child, but his roommates and friends too. Tuck in a box of hot cocoa mix, and they can have milk with their cookies too!