Cookie Tuesday is fun, but I'm still working on getting my new Cottage Food Business up and running and one thing I'm working on is packaging. I may be the Queen Bee of Dancing Bee Baking, but the Washoe County Department of Health isn’t likely going to let me package my product in simple (or even complex) honeycomb!
I have to have durable packaging “in order to protect food items from contamination during transport, display” and etc. (University of Nevada Cooperative Extension, Special Publication 14-15.) The packaging also has to allow for transmission of oxygen (O2) to prevent development of horrid things like Botulism. Yuck, I would be devastated if my product made some one sick (or even killed, as Botulism can!).
But durable doesn’t sound very fun/romantic/luxurious does it? So this week (and probably for a good number of weeks to come) I’m working on how to package my product so that it does look a bit luxurious, fun, exciting.
I have a good theme with the “Dancing Bees” so my idea right now is to use white bakery boxes with windows so you can see the product. The white boxes seem to me more luxurious than your typical grocery store packaging, such as clam shells. Eventually, I’ll probably have a paper ‘doily’ inside so it looks nice when opening.
I’m also thinking of tying a ribbon around the box and putting some little bee stickers on the outside, around the ribbon and or label. Not a lot, just a few. You can see my concept in the drawing below.
But I have no idea how many cookies will fit in what size boxes! How deep should they be? Shallow to display the cookies prettily or deeper to make a more reasonably sized package? What about samples, can I bag small numbers? What about cookie club monthly deliveries? What about family size orders of 2 or 3 dozen (or more) cookies?
And then, what about cakes- they’ll be a whole different discussion for down the road a bit.