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My oldest has just gone away to his 1st year of college and I need advice about making & shipping care packages.  What are the best sort of goodies to send (I've done brownies & bars)? W
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Shipping Care Package to College Student

posted at 9/23/2012 1:20 PM EDT
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My oldest has just gone away to his 1st year of college and I need advice about making & shipping care packages.  What are the best sort of goodies to send (I've done brownies & bars)? What ingredients to avoid? And what shipping methods do you recomment? I'm sending from the DC area to Boston so at least no extreme heat to deal with. : )

Re: Shipping Care Package to College Student

posted at 9/23/2012 2:09 PM EDT
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Hi JANICE F;
GRANA
here;
 Send anything edible(non-perishables / needs no refrigeration)
Avoid peanuts other alergens that might cause problems for other students; People like to share in the godies so  makeit easier to do safely,
pre paid PHONE CARDS- ,
 gift cards for  fast food  places, things to alow  treats affordable.
shaving gear, dental care  supplies, a deck ofplaying cards,  books of short stories( if he's a  reader?

Re: Shipping Care Package to College Student

posted at 9/23/2012 2:27 PM EDT
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Welcome to our site, Janice. My youngest son is in the Navy and deployed twice, so I have sent LOTS of care packages over long distances to him. He loved bars and brownies, and cookies. Cupcakes/cakes don't ship well, I think because of the moisture content. At Christmas I make lots of candies, and they liked those as well. After Halloween, my neighbors gave me all of their leftover candy and I used that as packing material. The Navy guys loved that idea. What they all especially enjoyed was the fact that everything else I sent was homemade. Hope this helps.

Re: Shipping Care Package to College Student

posted at 9/23/2012 4:25 PM EDT
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I send candy and homemade cookies  to my grandson in college.
Popped corn makes a good filler around cookies in bags. It keeps them from
breaking up . I also send pudding in cups from the store.

Re: Shipping Care Package to College Student

posted at 9/23/2012 5:48 PM EDT
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Bar cookies ship the easiest and with less breaking.
I would suggest that you line you pan with parchment paper then lift the bar cookies out and wrap un cut.  This will prevent them from drying out as much.  The more surface cuts you have  the more chance for them to dry out.  I am sure they have knives that can be used to cut the bars.
News paper makes a good cushion as does bubble wrap. 
Stick with bar cookies, brownies and fudge.
Cake dries out pretty fast.  But quick breads like banana bread, pumpkin bread should ship pretty well.
It is possible the make the items then freeze. Then ship frozen items as they will be less likely to break or get crushed while frozen and will be thawed by the time they arrive.

Trail mix, granola, pretzels, crackers are all great treats.  A jar of Nutella or other nut butter would be a great addition.
Check out the recipe for things like Puppy Chow, Sweet Migglers.  All use Chex cereal and melted chocolate chips some use peanut butter as well.  these are great to snack on.


Re: Shipping Care Package to College Student

posted at 9/23/2012 7:32 PM EDT
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I send Chocolate chip cookies to both my grandsons in college. ( one in Southern California and one in New York)  Both have said that  the care packages come in very good condition.  We live in the San Francisco Bay Area.  I send Chocolate chips, because they both request them.

I get the boxes from the post office. ( If it fits it ships, medium size)  I make the cookies, place about 6 in small zip lock bags. ( I get about 6 bags per recipe)  I then wrap each bag in bubble wrap.  I line the box with bubble wrap and arrange the individual packages in the box, and top with a another sheet of bubble wrap.  Seal and address!  I usually use the 2 day mail.  It costs about  $ 10-11 dollars to send them.

Both boys are usually very happy to get their Care Packages!!!

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