How Do You Handle Summertime Chocolate Requests?

chocolate and summer months do not mixOne hot July day, a year before I started making gift baskets, Macy’s offered customers a four-piece Godiva sampler with the purchase of another product.

I wanted that sampler, so I participated in the promotion. What I was thinking?

All four pieces turned into a soup sampler by the time I arrived home by car. The trip was a mere 10 minutes, but it didn’t matter. You know how brutally hot a car’s interior becomes during the summer months.

Thinking back, the experience was a lesson for my designer life that chocolate is not to be included within gift baskets during warm months or in tropical climates.

I searched for manufacturers selling chocolate items that didn’t melt or were packaged properly, such as sauces or fudge toppings, and that search uncovered products that were outstanding.

Some of the companies are now out of business. Others, such as Cary’s of Oregon (a sponsor of this blog), offer Trail Toffee and Toffee Fingers, two chocolate treats that are warm weather friendly.

What items do you offer in gift baskets as alternatives to chocolate during warm weather months, or do you simply remove chocolate from your inventory?