If you buy chocolate online this summer, favor dark chocolate bars over milk, as the latter spoils more easily. While some companies will pack their chocolate in large, Styrofoam containers, most makers and online chocolate shops, including Bar & Cocoa, will pack their bars with biodegradable ice packs in an insulated, thermofoil envelope to prevent melting in transit.
Before placing an order, check out the site’s summer shipping policy: some makers will only ship once a week, and not on weekends, to prevent bars from melting. In my experience, most makers use two-day priority shipping and you’ll want to check that tracking number to make sure you’re there to welcome your shipment, as even a couple of hours on a hot porch is enough to cause your chocolate to melt.
If you frequently orders bars online, consider investing in a PO Box. That’s what I did when I realized that melting usually occurred in the postal truck en route to my home. Regardless of my schedule, the chocolate is held in a temperature-controlled environment. I have received dozens of bars in my box and all have been delivered in perfect condition. Getting a PO Box is inexpensive, as of August 2017, prices started at $37 for a 6-month period. If getting a PO Box is out of question, then consider having your bars delivered to your office.
One word of caution: Fedex does not deliver to PO Boxes.