Is your chocolate perishable?
You can send chocolate as long as it’s not perishable—i.e. it won’t spoil if it’s not kept refrigerated or frozen. Perishable foodstuffs are prohibited by parcel couriers for most of their non-specialist services.
Non-perishable foods are those that have a long shelf-life, such as crackers, peanut butter, canned fruit or canned meat—or chocolate you can store in a cool, dry place such as a cupboard.
Will chocolate melt in transit?
Chocolate can turn chalky in warm storage conditions, due to changes in the fat or sugar content. Most chocolate will melt at around 25-30 degrees Celsius, though this varies depending on the type.
The cardboard boxes typically used for parcels are not temperature-controlled. This may be an issue if you are sending to or from a hot or tropical country.
To help keep your chocolate cool, place styrofoam coolers inside your box, and wrap the chocolate in aluminium foil. You can use cool packs or ice packs, which can help for a limited time, but not dry ice. Remember to refrigerate the chocolate for as long as possible before transit.
It may be worth opting for an express service to shorten the transit time, and only sending chocolate at certain times of the year if you’re sending to warmer countries.
Are there any customs issues with chocolate?
While there is usually no problem sending non-perishable chocolate, you should always check the specific customs regulations for your destination country.
For example, Kinder eggs are banned in the USA because there is a ban on toys embedded in confectionary. Also, FDA prior notice is required when sending any kind of food to the USA - you can download a PDF guide (right-click, Save As) for registering with the FDA.
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