True story: I have eaten an embarrassingly large amount of ice cream in the past two weeks. There’s a fantastic ice cream shop within walking distance of our new apartment and I’m a frequent visitor. But can you really blame me? It’s the perfect summer treat, especially when it’s so hot outside! And while I’ll keep going back to the ice cream shop, there are quite a few outstanding summer treats that I just can’t resist.
The problem with most summer treats is that they aren’t terribly care package-friendly. Fruit spoils. Chocolate and ice cream melt. Frosty alcoholic beverages are a no-go. You just can’t send your loved one any summer treats when they’re deployed.
Or can you?
Summer Treat #1: S’mores
Making s’mores around a campfire is a classic summer memory for many people, but it’s a tough thing to send in a care package. While the graham crackers are not an issue, the marshmallows and chocolate bars will almost certainly be a mess when they finally arrive.
However, you can send S’mores-flavored snack foods instead! This post has a list of quite a few items that would survive shipping without any issue. Other options include Tate’s Bake Shop S’mores cookies, Kodiak Cakes S’mores cups, S’mores Quest Bars or S’mores Oreos.
Summer Treat #2: Ice Cream
My affinity for ice cream is well documented, but it definitely poses a unique challenge when it comes to care packages. You can certainly decorate your box with an ice cream theme, but what can you put in it?
You can certainly put in all the toppings and fixings (sprinkles, nuts, chocolate syrup and caramel sauce) for an ice cream sundae, but you need to make sure your loved one actually has access to ice cream. You can also send ice cream-flavored items like coffee, jelly beans, lollipops or protein powder. Don’t be afraid to try something new and send Astronaut ice cream!
I would caution against sending those freezer pops for a few reasons. There’s the possibility that they’ll pop or leak during shipping, leaving your care package a giant mess. But there’s also the chance that your loved one won’t have access to a freezer strong enough to solidify the pops.
Summer Treat #3: Fresh Fruit
The best way to send fruit in a care package is sending dried versions! There are so many options out there: everything from bananas to mango to pineapple can be added to your next care package. You can pick a few different types or send multiples of the same fruit so your loved one can share.
Summer treats can find their way to a deployed loved one if you’re willing to get a bit creative! What summer treat would you send your loved one?
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