How Do You Handle Summertime Chocolate Requests?

by Shirley George Frazier on June 1, 2010

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?


Dana Sonia June 1, 2010 at 10:38 am

Hi Shirley,
We do ship chocolate in baskets during the summer, but only on very short ship cycles. (1-2 days) and only to places where someone can receive the basket and it will not be sitting outside someone’s house all day in the hot sun.

We use a cold pack IN the basket and then cold packs in a sleeve around the perimeter of the design inside the basket with a barrier between the box and the cold pack since the heat is outside not inside.

They sell cold packs in different types and styles for shipping.

We are about to test out a new line for us, I would be glad to post our results on the blog when we are complete.

Shirley George Frazier June 2, 2010 at 11:09 am

Hi Dana,

I appreciate you sharing this information on how chocolate continues to be a gift basket addition for you during the summer months.

I’m sure that designers are happy to read this, too, and please share your findings about the new cold pack line when you have time.

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