What You Need to Know When Shipping Snacks

Pop-tarts, Reese's cups, Jell-O, and a variety of other foods evoke happy childhood memories for most Americans. Unfortunately, all these great snacks are usually not available in other parts of the world. When they are hard to come by in other countries, they are dearly missed by American ex-pats. Here at PackageHopper, we understand the struggle of not being able to get them instantly if you are far away from home. Whether they are Americans who have grown up tasting these delicious snacks or you want to surprise a friend with something from your culture, PackageHopper is here to help.

PackageHopper is a simple and affordable way to send packages from the United States to over 210 nations and territories across the world. It’s super easy to get a shipping label prepared, and we’ll walk you through the whole international shipping process!

Can You Ship This Snack?

The #1 thing you need to check before reading any further is whether the snacks you’re thinking about shipping are allowed out of the US and into your destination country. We recommend that you consult with our list of restricted and prohibited items to be on the safe side. For example, alcohol and tobacco products are not accepted for shipping by the carriers.

Once you’ve cleared your non-perishable candy and treat with the restrictions lists, you’ll want to think about your recipient! If you are okay with it not being a surprise, it’s best to consult with your family or friends abroad about what kind of snacks they like—and what exact treats they’ve been craving and simply cannot get in their current country.

And then the next important thing: packing your snacks.

You’re going to want to check the expiration dates, shapes of the candy containers, and think about how important it is that your candy is durabile. You wouldn't want caramel-filled chocolate to be squeezed into a sticky mess by a tin of cookies, and a packet of cheesy popcorn might arrive a little crumblier than expected.

Choose a firm box to house all your delicious treats safely on their long journey. Once you have purchased all the snacks, try to pack them in a way that heavy items are immediately next to more delicate ones so that they won’t break or smash each other. Remember that your box will travel a lot, so think about how you can make it as secure as possible. You might even consider tissue paper, packing peanuts, or bubble wrap around things with sharp and sturdy corners.

Some American Favorites

Now, let’s check out some delicious snacks that are not easily available outside the United States to consider shipping to your lucky recipients.

Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups

Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups shelf packaging

Reese's Peanut Butter Cups, are America's favorite snacks. They are delicious cups covered in creamy milk chocolate and filled with peanut cream. The Hershey Company makes these awesome tasting cups, which are popular candy among youngsters throughout the United States. They are a signature mark of sporting events, game nights, parties, or even the movies. Reese’s peanut butter is soft and slightly salty. A big advantage of this snack is that you can get them in a variety of styles.

We’d recommend using bubble wrap since the packaging for these peanut butter cups is just flimsy pastic and easily crushed. If the other items in your package also lay flat though, you might be in luck and able to just stack everything.

Teddy Grahams Snacks, Cinnamon Flavored

A Teddy Grahams cookie bear on top of an icing-covered slice of cake with snack skis

Teddy Grahams are another popular childhood snack brand in the United States. These adorable bear-shaped graham cracker nibbles are a favorite lunch bag, breakfast, and anytime snack with kids all around the country. Teddy Grahams are remembered fondly by most adults, and their appeal has been passed down through the generations. These cookies are a healthy snack for the whole family, with no high fructose corn syrup and 8 grams of whole grain every 30-gram serving.

These come in a sturdier cardboard box so there’s less worry about the packaging, but a little more worry about the jostling during travel causing more crumbs.

Peanut Butter M & M’s

A box of peanut butter flavored M&M’s containing 24 count packs

The wonderful flavor of genuine peanut butter in the heart of the iconic M&M'S Candy makes it even better. M&M'S Peanut Butter Candy is a delicious chocolate snack that's perfect for parties, baking, road trips, or filling your candy dish.

These are easy to toss into a package! The small size of each M&M means it’s harder for other items in your box to destroy them.

Pop-Tarts, Breakfast Toaster Pastries

Five packs of pop tarts with different flavors: two packs of frosted strawberry, a pack of frosted blueberry, a pack of brown sugar & cinnamon, and a pack of frosted cookies & creme

These soft toaster pastries with the flavors of frosted strawberry, blueberry, brown sugar cinnamon, or cookies and crème topped with delicious frosting are an American classic. For most Americans, after cereals, pop tarts are the most popular packaged breakfast items in the US. This family-favorite morning treat is a great travel food too. Whether you want a tasty snack at work, after school, or late at night, pop tarts offer just the right level of sweetness and satisfaction.

Keep these precious pastries within their original cardboard box to the best chance of them arriving intact!

Tootsie Roll

A 5lb resealable pack of Tootsie Roll Midgees

Tootsie Roll’s original flavor is chocolaty and chewy and it’s the signature Halloween candy. The original taste is deliciously chocolaty and chewy, but not too so. This is something you'll see pretty much every Halloween in America. This iconic treat is known and loved all around the States.

The classic Tootsie Roll is a hardier candy. You might even use it as a buffer between other snack containers!

We hope we didn’t make you crave all these snacks. There are so many more that you can include in your package. Check out your options of shipping with PackageHopper and get the best treatment and guaranteed satisfaction.


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