Sunday, June 7, 2009

Tips for Packaging Your Homemade Chocolate

You can have a lot of fun packaging your homemade chocolate treats for a special occasion, to give as a gift, or just as a treat for the family or your friends. There are lots of different ways that you can package your homemade chocolate but when you’re picking out packaging for your homemade chocolate one thing that you need to keep in mind is that the chocolate needs to be in something that is airtight if it’s not going to be eaten immediately.

Because the first concern is always keeping the chocolate fresh usually homemade chocolate comes wrapped in two wrappers, one that is airtight and one that is decorative. You can choose a traditional gold colored candy box with pillow sheet inserts that are the same as other candy boxes. These are usually very similar to the boxes of candy that are popular as Valentine’s Day and Christmas gifts.

Or you can use little cello bags that seal shut with a hair dryer or other heat source. Cello craft bags are easy to use and are very inexpensive. Often they come in different colors or prints so they are great for wrapping homemade chocolates as party favors or birthday party treats.

If you are making lollipops or suckers then cello bags are the best packaging to use because the cello bag won’t stick to the chocolate like plastic wrap will. Put a cello bag over the top of the sucker, use a hair dryer to heat up the cello bag and the bag will mold to the shape of the candy without sticking to it. Put a ribbon or a sticker on the sucker and you have a sanitary package that will keep the chocolate fresh and looks cute.

The packaging that you use for your homemade chocolates is almost as important as the chocolate itself because the packaging is the finishing touch. Whatever type of packaging you pick for your homemade chocolate should be unique and should reflect your personality.

If you are making homemade chocolates for an event or a holiday using special theme packaging always makes a good impression. Even though you might think it’s not necessary to spend a lot of time or money on packaging your chocolate it’s really worth it to take that last step and create a fun package for your chocolate.

After all, you worked hard to make a delicious treat, and in order to keep that treat delicious and safe to eat it’s necessary to put some kind of packaging on it. So pick out some wild or funky packaging or even something sweet and traditional but make sure that whatever packaging you pick out expresses a little of your personality to make your chocolate really unique.

Creative packaging for your homemade chocolate doesn’t have to be expensive to be great it just needs to be something that you designed yourself and put your own artistic stamp on.